As I’m sure you are aware, the elevated portion of Interstate 81, which runs north/south through downtown Syracuse, will reach the end of its useful life in 2017. State and federal officials are in the process of determining the best solution for fixing this important thoroughfare. It’s a decision that will impact Central New Yorkers for many decades. That’s why I would like your input on the future of I -81.

Thank you in advance for completing and returning this short survey to share your vision for I-81, and to help shape our future. Your response will be kept anonymous.


Senator John A. DeFrancisco

Celebrating National Women's Equality Day

Tuesday, August 26th is Women’s Equality Day. 

New York State has a long, proud tradition of leading the way with women’s rights. 

There is still work to be done and my colleagues and I in the Senate passed bills that will further strengthen equality in our state. 

Among other key objectives, the Women’s Equality Agenda will: 

- Ensure equal pay for equal work;

- Combat sexual harassment and domestic violence; and


Prostate Cancer Information

Senator John Flanagan and Stony Brook Medicine’s Prostate Care Program: Joining Together to Fight Prostate Cancer Free Screenings To Commemorate Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Monday, September 15 through Thursday, September 18.  


Reclaiming Newtown Creek

Senator Dilan recently joined North Brooklyn Development Corp Executive Director, Richard Mazur and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a canoe tour of Newtown Creek. The club, along with organizations such as the  Java St Community Garden, are stewards of the ongoing remediation of the creek. These groups are host to a number of environemental education projects finaced by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. To learn more about the fund and important projects in Greenpoint, please visit

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