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2015 Legislative Session Questionnaire - Your Opinion Counts!

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 nearing, I would very much like your input on several key state issues that will be debated in the new year. You can share your opinions with me through the legislative questionnaire below. Your responses will remain confidential.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this legislative questionnaire, so I can better represent you and your family in the State Legislature. Please check back in as I will continue to update the results.

December 18, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Holiday Party at North Area Meals on Wheels

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was pleased to meet Miss Syracuse 2015 Anneliese Trust at the annual holiday celebration for North Area Meals on Wheels on December 16th.

The North Area Meals on Wheels serves nutritious meals to seniors living in Cicero, North Syracuse, Liverpool, Mattydale, Brewerton, and Clay, and now to certain Baldwinsville clients who qualify for the Wellness In Nutrition (WIN) Program.

December 18, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Session on Your Voice

Your Voice is an Albany-based cable show that highlights key issues facing New York state government. 

On this week’s program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an economic forecast for 2015, promotes a new public awareness campaign regarding New York’s aging infrastructure, and discusses some big issues that face debate in the new year. 

December 18, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses State Government and the Legislative Process with Auburn High School Students

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Auburn High School on December 15, 2014, to speak with high school seniors about state government and the legislative process.  Senator DeFrancisco also talked about his role as Senator and about his family. 

December 16, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Observes Annual Shoe Drive in Syracuse

On the morning of December 15th, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was happy to be there as Discount Shoe Repair owner Ralph Rotella donated more than 7,000 shoes, boots and sneakers to The Rescue Mission of Syracuse, New York.

Mr. Rotella annually collects used shoes from his customers, as well as the general public, then volunteers his time to repair the shoes and donate them to charity.  His shop is located at 116 E. Washington Street in Syracuse.  

December 15, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads Holiday Stories to Students at Main Street School

On Friday, December 12, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at Main Street School in North Syracuse, part of the school's annual Cookies with Santa event.

December 12, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Supports Rebuild NY Now's Statewide Campaign to Raise Awareness about New York's Infrastructure Needs

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, spoke during a press conference on December 9th at Syracuse City Hall about the importance of investing in New York's aging infrastructure.  He joined various other elected officials and community leaders at the event - part of Rebuild NY Now's statewide campaign to raise public awareness about the pressing problem of deteriorating infrastrucutre, which includes roads and bridges and water and sewer lines. 

December 9, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Key Budget Items for the 2015 Legislative Session on Your Voice

On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco previews ome of the budget priorities that he and the Senate Majority will tackle in the 2015 Legislative Session. These budget items include a new five-year plan for road and bridge projects, school aid, and the local property tax cap that is set to expire.

Also on the show, Senator DeFrancisco shares a reminder about his seventh annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive and where people can drop off their old cellular phones to support our deployed troops.  

 

 

December 5, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICKS OFF HIS SEVENTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a United States Air Force veteran, kicked off his seventh-annual collection drive for Cell Phones For Soldiers on November 24th.  He was joined at his press conference to promote this important program by Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Paul T. Jackson and Helping Heroes Home Program Director David A. Foster.

November 21, 2014
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Veterans Day 2014 - Saluting Those Who Served

As a veteran myself, I know there is no greater service that a citizen can give to our country than to risk his or her life so that our freedoms can be protected.

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans, who have honorably served this great Nation. Their invaluable sacrifices and contributions have not gone unnoticed.

That is why I wanted to provide you with more information on several new programs and services that I have supported to better assist our military members and their families. To read about these measures, please click on the link below.

Again, thank you to all of our veterans, and I hope you, and yours, have a safe and memorable Veterans Day.

November 10, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes 2014 OCC Alumni Faces Honorees

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Gabriel Bol Deng, who was recently recognized as an OCC Alumni Faces honoree on October 1, 2014.  Mr. Deng was one of four distinguished alumni honored for their professional achievements and contributions to the community.

October 10, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Taiwanese Flag Raising at Syracuse City Hall

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Elizabeth Lin, President of the Upstate New York Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, at the annual Taiwanese Flag Raising Ceremony in Syracuse.  Senator DeFrancisco presented Ms. Lin with a Senate Citation to commemorate the event, which was held in front of Syracuse City Hall on October 10, 2014.  

October 10, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New American Heart Association Office

On October 8, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony - to celebrate the organization's new location at The Atrium Building in Syracuse.  

October 10, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Students at Stonehedge Elementary

Senator John A. DeFrancisco read a story on how to overcome bullying to fith graders at Stonehedge Elementary School in theWest Genesee School District.  Senator DeFrancisco was invited by the Stonehedge Parent Teacher Association to be a guest reader on October 7, 2014. 

 

October 8, 2014
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YOUR VISION FOR I-81 SURVEY - THE SURVEY IS CLOSED

As I’m sure you are aware, the elevated portion of Interstate 81, which runs north-south through downtown Syracuse, is nearing the end of its useful life.  State and federal officials are now determining a solution for fixing this important thoroughfare. It’s a decision that will impact Central New Yorkers for many decades.

With this in mind, I mailed a survey to all of my constituents of the 50th Senate District to gather their input on the future of I-81.  Then in early October, I mailed a letter to members of the business community to also request their participation in this survey, as I-81 will, no doubt, impact their business and the overall economy for years to come. 

The survey is now closed.  

To date, 168 members of the Central New York business community completed the I-81 survey below.  The results are as follows:

47% want to construct a new I-81 viaduct or repair the existing one

21% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a street-level boulevard only through Syracuse

2% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a tunnel only through Syracuse

30% want to remove the existing viaduct and replace it with a street-level boulevard for downtown access, with a tunnel under the boulevard for interstate north-south traffic through Syracuse

Furthermore, 77% of the survey respondents, to date, think it is important to maintain a north-south throroughfare, at interstate speed, through the City of Syracuse.  Just 23% do not think a thoroughfare is important. 

The percentages shown in the above results are almost identical to the results of the survey that was sent to the residents of my Senate District.  

Thank you, again, for having completed this short survey to share your vision for I-81 and to help shape our community's future. Your responses will be kept confidential.  

September 29, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for INFICON's Building Expansion in East Syracuse

On September 23, 2014, INFICON, Inc. broke ground on the planned expansion of its manufacturing operations in East Syracuse. State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined other elected officials and community and business leaders for the ceremony, and he spoke about the signicance of the project during the groundbreaking ceremony. 

INFICON, a producer of sensor technologies, will invest $20 million to build an addition to its existing facility, resulting in the creation of 40 new high-paying jobs and the retention of 240 existing jobs.  New York State is providing INFICON with a $1 million grant.

September 24, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF HIS 50th SENATE DISTRICT SURVEY ON I-81 / Majority of respondents want north-south thoroughfare at Interstate speed through Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the State Office Building in Syracuse to discuss the final results of his I-81 survey. The survey asked people living in Senator DeFrancisco’s district to share their thoughts on the future of I-81.The survey, which was mailed last month to constituents of the 50th Senate District, provided four main options for addressing the critical infrastructure needs of Interstate 81.

September 24, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Warns Constituents of Radical Legislation That Would Give Illegals the Right to Vote and Hold Office

Chairman of the New York State Senate Finance Committee John A. DeFrancisco today (9/22/14) warned constituents of proposed legislation, sponsored by New York City Democrat Gustavo Rivera, that would give illegal immigrants the right to vote and hold office in New York State. The bill is likely to become law, if New York City democrats were to win control of the State Senate in November. 

September 22, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks the 25th Anniversary of the New York Relay Service

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the New York Relay Service on September 15, 2014. The New York Relay Service is a specialized call center located in Syracuse for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Joline Harris, Marybetth Mothersell and Assemblyman William Magnarelli. During the celebration, Senator DeFrancisco presented the New York Relay Service with a proclamation to recognize the center's milestone. 

 

September 17, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 10th Annual Senior Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his 10th annual Senior Fair on September 16, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Mickey Vendetti and Mickey's son, long-time providers of the musical entertainment at the Senior Fair. 

September 17, 2014
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