Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango on May 17, 2013. The center was founded in 2011 to support veterans who are returning to civilian life. Clear Path offers a variety of support programs for veterans and their families and a tranquil natural setting.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was honored to receive an award for his long-time support of mental health issues at the NAMI Syracuse Children's Conference on May 15, 2013. NAMI is a not-for-profit organization of active and concerned families and friends of people who suffer from serious and persistent psychiatric illness.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on May 17, 2013, at the corner of Harrison and South State Streets near the OnCenter to encourage citizen involvement in the decision-making process regarding the future of I-81. Various other legislative leaders, community members and business owners joined Senator DeFrancisco to call on the general public to get involved.
The elevated section of I-81 that runs through the City of Syracuse and its suburbs is nearing the end of its “useful” lifespan. Therefore, it will need to be repaired, removed or replaced with significant cost.
On May 11, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the Willis Carrier Recreation Center and Challenger Field of Dreams ground breaking ceremony in the Town of DeWitt. The new park will include accessible fields, playgrounds and other facilities for children with special needs and their families. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure a New York state grant for the project.
On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about his bill named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp. The legislation, which has passed the New York State Senate, would link all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses.
Additionally on Your Voice, Senator DeFrancisco discusses the future of 1-81 through the City of Syracuse, as well as the new state learning standards for New York students.
On this special edition of Your Voice in Albany, Senator John A. DeFrancisco honors Irving Cantor, his inductee into the New York State Senate 2013 Veterans’ Hall of Fame. He also recognizes West Point Cadet Sergeant Brian Callahan of Syracuse, who visited recently visited the Capitol for West Point Day.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helps serve hot dog and hamburger buns during the 2013 Crouse Hospital Employee Appreciation Picnic on May 9th. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured next to NewsChannel 9's Chris Brandolino.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored and recognized Nancy Kern Kronen as his 2013 Woman of Distinction during a celebration in Albany on May 7, 2013. The Senate launched the "Women of Distinction" program in 1998 to recognize the many contributions of women in the State of New York. These honorees have enriched the lives of those around them, while inspiring others to become active within their communities. Nancy Kronen is the Director of Development and Public Relations for ARISE Child and Family Services in Syracuse. She previously worked for The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area. Throughout her dedicated career and volunteer work, Nancy has demonstrated strong leadership, vision and passion.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the first piece of cake in celebration of PACE CNY's 15th anniversary. He is pictured with PACE Director Penny Abulencia, St. Joseph's Hospital President Kathy Ruscitto and Loretto President Bruce Buchanan. PACE CNY offers all-inclusive homecare to elderly residents living in Onondaga County.
Senator DeFrancisco was instrumental in the startup of PACE CNY. In 1994, he sponsored legislation that authorized the Department of Social Services to contract for chronic care management programs, allowing Loretto to move forward with PACE operations.
PACE CNY held a 15th Anniversary Celebration on May 8, 2013, at its Sally Coyne Center in North Syracuse.
In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.
The bill (S.4267), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I,Syracuse) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period. Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period. The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco speaks during a press conference to announce the Pango Mobile Parking System on May 3, 2013, in front of the Cayuga County Courthouse. The new system will allow drivers at various locations in downtown Auburn to pay for metered parking through their cell phones. You can sign up for the parking service and download the app by visiting www.pango-parking.com.
You can properly dispose of your electronics by dropping them off at a FREE electronics recycling event that I am sponsoring in May.
The event will be held near the Time Warner Cable building at 32 Owasco Street in Auburn, on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Sunnking Electronics Recycling will be accepting computers, television sets and small appliances.
Community partners are Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Hospice of the Finger Lakes.
On April 27, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended The Bicentennial Ball to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Village of Manlius. Senator DeFrancisco presented a legislative resolution to Manlius Mayor Paul Whorrall, who was dressed in period clothing to celebrate the occasion.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the Southside American Little League team on April 27, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco, who played competitive baseball through high school and college, was honored to participate in the Opening Day ceremonies, located at Frank Harrigan Field in Wadsworth Park.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as the director of Casey's Place unveils a plaque in memory of the late Colleen H. Mastine. Mastine, a long-time staffer in Senator DeFrancisco's district office, passed away last year. She was an active member of the board of directors for Casey's Place and a tireless advocate for all local constituents. Casey’s Place in Syracuse provides more than 300 families with respite services for their children.
On this week's cable program, I discuss legislation that would unseal juvenile records prior to bail hearings for alleged sex offenders.
Last month, David Renz allegedly murdered a woman and sexually assaulted a child in Clay after disconnecting his electronic monitoring bracelet while on bail. He had been implicated in a prior sexual assault case as a teenager, but those records were sealed.
I have introduced this legislation in the hope that it might prevent future tragedies.