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THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR VISION FOR I-81- THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

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 have asked your input on the future of I -81.  The survey is now closed, and I will keep you posted of the final results.  

Thank you 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.

August 29, 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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Senator DeFrancisco Receives Accomplished Professional Award from the Eldercare Foundation

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was honored to receive the Accomplished Professional Award from the Eldercare Foundation during the annual "Gift of Age" cabaret on September 12, 2014, at the OnCenter.  Senator DeFrancisco was presented the award for his consistent advocacy of seniors and the elderly.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Dr. Thomas Dennison of VNA Homecare and Cathy James, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York. 

September 15, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Jewish Music & Cultural Fest

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Sid Lipton, the organizer of the Jewish Music & Cultural Festival, which was held on September 14, 2014 at the Jewish Community Center in DeWitt.   

September 15, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Opening Ceremonies for Festa Italiana

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off Festa Italiana during a press conference on the steps of Syracuse City Hall on September 12, 2014.  Festa Italiana features a vast variety of great Italian foods, musical acts and entertainment. An Italian flag-raising ceremony was held at City Hall. 

Fest Italiana runs Friday, September 12th - Sunday, September 14th.  For more event information, visit www.festaitaliana.bizland.com.

 

 

 

September 12, 2014
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Pitbull Meets Pitbull

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with rapper, Pitbull, at the 2014 New York State Fair.

Senator DeFrancisco has been referred to as the "pit bull" for his strong advocacy style.  He also recently was advertised as John "The Pit Bull" DeFrancisco in his boxing match against Ray Rinaldi, called the Fight for a Future, to raise funds for youth athletic programs.  

Now the pitbulls have met.  However, there is no truth to the rumor that Senator DeFrancisco is going to launch a singing career. 

September 12, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Grand Opening of Solvay Bank in DeWitt

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of Solvay Bank in DeWitt with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 10, 2014.  The bank branch is located on East Genesee Street near the Aldi supermarket. 

September 11, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the 10th Anniversary of the Onondaga County Family Treatment Court

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Judge Michael Hanuszczak and Director Terri Gooley of the Onondaga County Family Treamtnet Court. On September 10, 2014, a special ceremony was held to celebrate the court's 10th anniversary.  Senator DeFrancisco presented a Citation to recognize the court for its positive impact on families within the community. 

September 11, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Veterans at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Veterans Ceremony at the 2014 Great New York Fair on August 28, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force, recognized military members for their invaluable sacrifices and contributions to our county.  

August 28, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Julia Goodwin for her Performance on America's Got Talent

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented 16-year-old Baldwinsville singer, Julia Goodwin, with a Proclamation during a special event at Paper Mill Island on August 26, 2014. Julia was honored for her musical talent and success on the hit televison program, "America's Got Talent." Julia had advanced to AGT's live show at Radio City Music Hall before being eliminated. Senator DeFrancisco joined other state and local officials for the special event.

 

 

August 27, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Proclamation to Emma L. Johnston

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Emma L. Johnston, the 2014 Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year award recipient. Ms. Johnston was one of the founders of PEACE, Inc. and has been actively involved in several other local charitable organizations throughout her life.

Ms. Johnston received her award on August 25th at the Emma L. Johnston Southside PEACE Family Resource Center in Syracuse.  The award is given out by Syracuse Media Group and Direct Energy.

Senator DeFrancisco presented Ms. Johnston with a proclamation to honor her for all her work, upon the occasion of being named the Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year.  

August 26, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits the Future of Nursing Booth at the New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco made a stop at the Future of Nursing New York State Action Coalition booth at the 2014 Great New York State Fair.  He is pictured with Carolyn McCauliffe, Megan Brandt, Cindy Campagni, and Kathy Truax. The booth is located in the Health and Sciences building. 

August 22, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Law Enforcement Day at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the New York State Fair Law Enforcement ceremony on August 22, 2014, to recognize all law enforcement agencies for serving and protecting our community. 

August 22, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Grand Opening of Fox Toyota and Subaru in Auburn

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the grand opening gala for Fox Toyota and Subaru in Auburn on August 21, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured next to Bill Fox and Jane Fox, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new business, 188 Grand Avenue in Auburn.  

August 22, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in the New York 4-H United Healthcare "Pedal Power" Event

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured pedaling a specially-made stationary bike equipped with a blender to make fruit and vegetable smoothies -- at the New York State Fairgrounds on August 21, 2014.  The initiative is the result of a partnership between 4-H Youth Development and United Healltcare to teach individuals and families about the importance of healthy eating and regular excercise.  

August 21, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Cuts the Ribbon for Opening Day of the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2014 Great New York State Fair by partaking in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Governor Cuomo and other elected officials throughout Central New York in the cattle building at the State Fairgrounds. 

August 21, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Grand Opening Celebration for Zounds Hearing of CNY

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Zounds Hearing of CNY.  The new business, located on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt, held a grand opening celebration on August 18, 2014.  

August 19, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Announce the 11th Round Grants for Growth Recipients

On August 18, 2014, at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped announce the nine new recipients of the Grants for Growth program.  A total of $474,944 was awarded in the program's 11th round. The new investment will leverage $919,207 in matching funds to support emerging regional companies.

Grants for Growth is made possible through state funding secured by Senator DeFrancisco. The program helps to stimulate the local economy and create jobs through the successful collaboration between private businesses and academic and research institutions throughout Central New York. 

August 18, 2014
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