Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, said Monday he’s “up for the challenge” of leading a newly created Senate committee.
Robach was appointed chair of the Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investments, a group approved by the Senate Rules Committee and then the full body Monday.
“I’m very happy to be heading up the newly created committee,” Robach said.
“I’m always up for a new challenge,” he continued. “I think this should be a good one, but most importantly, I think, a way where I will be able to impact, not only across the state, but in Rochester and Monroe County, jobs, where money goes, how it’s spent, and hopefully, its effectiveness.”
Robach had been chair of the Labor Committee, but was replaced last week when the Senate’s new leadership announced Independent Democratic Conference member Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, would take over the post.
The powerful labor chairmanship comes with a $12,500 stipend. Robach’s new post has no stipend.
“There was a whole shift of everything going on here, trying to make everything work with all the members,” Robach said, addressing the labor chairmanship. “I believe 38 people now are involved — in a leadership spot, so when given all the opportunities, this looked like something I was willing to try. And as it turns out, with today’s vote, we’ll have that committee, and I’ll be the chair of it – the first chair of it in the history of the Senate.”
The committee will explore “how we can revive the economy, and that’s something that I’ve been involved with for a long time,” Robach said. “I’m interested in working with men and women across the state, especially in the Rochester area.”
A statement from Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, last week said the committee would review laws pertaining to public bidding.
“It is a little bit new, but I’m up for the challenge,” Robach said.