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2015 Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule

Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. have announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. 

The Local Government/General Government Hearing originally scheduled for January 27th has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the LOB.

January 23, 2015
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2015 LEGISLATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE - THE RESULTS

(Thank you for taking the time to complete my legislative questionnaire.  The survey is now closed.  If you have a pressing matter, please feel free to call my district office at 315-428-7632 for assistance.)

As your State Senator, I am doing my best to help make New York a better place to live and work.

With the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session underway, I value your input on several key state issues that will be debated throughout the new year. That is why I asked all constituents of the 50th Senate District to complete a legislative questionnaire, which more than 4,700 people filled out.  All of these responses remain confidential.

Here are the final results:

December 18, 2014
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Senate's Revenue Forecast, the Budget Process and Taxes and Economic Development on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate’s revenue forecast, the next steps in the state budget process, and the cost of college remediation.  He also shares highlights from the Economic Development Hearing and further explains his concerns with the Start-Up NY program.

February 27, 2015
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New York State Senate Approves Measures to Protect Our Children From Sex Offenders

The State Senate voted today today in support of legislation designed to keep children safe from dangerous sex offenders.

Specifically, these bills would:

· Allow localities to fortify sex offender restrictions in ways that are no less restrictive than state laws;

· Close the loophole on the legal definition of a school to include Pre-K and Kindergarten;

· Hold risk assessment hearings before a sexual predator is released into a community;

· Prevent convicted Level 1, 2, or 3 sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of a building used exclusively as an elementary or high school;

· Prohibit a Level 2 or 3 sex offender from residing within 1,500 feet of their victim’s residence;

February 26, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the Raise the Age Proposal on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses youth, public safety and the justice system.  He also explains his frustration with the lack of answers from the acting commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services during a recent public budget hearing.  

February 24, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks about Equal Funding for Upstate on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco highlights testimony from the ongoing budget hearings and calls on the Department of Transportation to change its funding formula to help give Upstate transit its fair share.  He also discuss funding for healthcare facilties, the nursing home universal settlement, the Governor’s proposed education reforms, and the need for college readiness programs.

Finally, Senator DeFrancisco announces the results of his recent constituent survey, which asked your views on various state issues, such as property taxes, education and the Common Core standards. 

 

February 12, 2015
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ENDING THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT (GEA)

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on February, 10, 2015, that the New York State Senate Republican Conference has outlined its plan to fully eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). 

February 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Howlett Hill Fire Department at a Special Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the podium during a ceremony, in which he presented the Howlett Hill Fire Department with a Senate Citation to recognize the department for receiving the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 Rating. The ISO reaches its award classification based on a detailed review of multiple facets that include administrative operations, training programs, handling of fire alarms, water supply throughout the district, and appropriate use of rescue verses fire apparatus.

The Howlett Hill Fire Department held a ceremony on February 8, 2015, to celebrate the achievement.

February 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Kick Off the 2015 Special Olympics in Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2015 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games, by wishing all of the athletes the best of luck during a press conference on February 6, 2015, at the Oncenter in Syracuse.  

February 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Tries Out the New 2-1-1 Call System in Onondaga County

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the 2-1-1 Call Center in East Syracuse, after a press conference on February 6, 2015, to kick off the new system in Onondaga County. Residents of Onondaga County can now find a variety of resources by dialing a simple three-digit number, 211.

211 CNY brings together organizations in the community to better serve the residents of five counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence. Under the three digit phone number, 2-1-1, updated information is kept under national standards, and the call or use of the database is free and available 24/7.

February 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Important Testimony from the Transportation Hearing on Your Voice

Budget hearings are underway in Albany, and as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been asking tough questions of those state department heaads, who will help shape the 2014-15 State Budget.

On this week’s program of Your Voice, Senator DeFrancisco shares some video highlights from Tuesday’s Transportation Hearing, including his questioning of NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald on the unequal funding of Upstate transit and the future of the Interstate 81 project through the City of Syracuse.

You can also hear more about upcoming budget hearings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Hearing Schedule on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco further discusses Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal, including the initiatives that would launch an Upstate Economic Revitalization Competition, create a New York Broadband Program, and double the New York State Venture Capital Fund.

As Senate Finance Chairman, he also talks about the 2015 Legislative Hearing Schedule and how his constituents can share their thoughts on key budget issues.

Please note that these budget hearings will be streamed live at www.nysenate.gov.

January 27, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reacts to Some of the Governor's Executive Budget Proposals on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco shares his opinions on some of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposals, including the plan on how to spend the state’s multi-billion dollar windfall.

Senator DeFrancisco also explains his frustration with the Assembly’s refusal to act on individual bills that would help to enhance the rights of women in our State, including bills that would help stop human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, and combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

January 23, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Veterans Legal Clinic, Cell Phones For Soldiers and His Legislative Questionnaire on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how a new Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University will make an impact. He also talks about the success of his annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive, and he details the input he's receiving from a legislative questionnaire that he mailed to constituents.  

January 23, 2015
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PUBLIC DONATES MORE THAN 1,100 MOBILE PHONES TO SENATOR DEFRANCISCO’S SEVENTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive has resulted in more than 1,100 mobile phones. Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for again answering the call to help support this important cause! 

January 16, 2015
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Agenda

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 13, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Kinney Drugs in Manlius

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the grand opening celebration for the new Kinney Drugs on Highbridge Road in Manlius on January 10, 2015.  The new store focuses on patient health and wellnes, offering home medical equipment, free presecription delivery, and a wide selection of nutritional products.

January 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Kinney Drugs in Manlius

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the grand opening celebration for the new Kinney Drugs on Highbridge Road in Manlius on January 10, 2015.  The new store focuses on patient health and wellnes, offering home medical equipment, free presecription delivery, and a wide selection of nutritional products.

January 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the 2015 Legislative Session on Your Voice

On the first Your Voice cable program of 2015, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the 2015 Legislative Session, the upcoming budget process, and his legislative priorities for the new year.  He also talks about his ongoing legislative questionnaire, which seeks the input of constituents regarding various key state issues. 

January 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Opening of the Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law has opened the first comprehensive veterans legal clinic in New York state, providing free legal assistance to veterans facing issues relateed to their veteran and military status.

The Veterans Legal Clinic officially opened on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, with a special event at Dineen Hall.  Syracuse Law alumni Tom Caruso, L’14, and Josh Keefe, L’14, who are pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco, helped create the clinic. Their efforts began as first year law students, when they met and founded the student group VISION (Veterans Issues, Support Initiative and Outreach Network) and also created Valor Day where veterans can obtain a range of free professional services. 

January 8, 2015
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