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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Onondaga Free Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a wonderful time reading to children at the Onondaga Free Library on July 16, 2015, as part of the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at various public libraries during the summer. A list of libraries is below.

Maxwell Memorial Library - July 21st

Northern Onondaga Public Library - July 22nd

Fayetteville Free Library - July 26th

East Syracuse Free Library - July 29th

DeWitt Community Library - July 30th

Weedsport Public Library - August 11th

Seymour Public Library - August 11th

July 17, 2015
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SENATOR FLANAGAN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AS DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER

Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan today announced the appointment of Senator John DeFrancisco as Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, preserving a critical regional balance in the leadership of the chamber.

July 30, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the DeWitt Community Library

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at DeWitt Community Library on July 30, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco had a great time reading Dr. Seuss books to the children.  

July 30, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented a New York State Senate Proclamation at this year's ADA celebration to help recognize the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabililies Act. The event was held on July 23rd at the Atrium at City Hall Commons.

July 23, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco is a Guest Reader at the Northern Onondaga Public Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco read to children at the Northern Onondaga Public Library in Cicero on July 22nd.  Senator DeFrancisco also talked about his job, answered questions and handed out coloring books.  

July 22, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting for the New PACE CNY McAuliffe Health Center in East Syracuse

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon on the new McAuliffe Health Center, located at 115 Creek Circle in East Syracuse, on July 21st. Senator DeFrancisco also spoke during the event about the importance of quality care. This new PACE Center offers specialty outpatient services to adults 55 years and older. PACE CNY is a separate non-for-profit corporation of Loretto that provides long-term care services to those who might be disabled or chronically ill in the community.

July 22, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at Maxwell Memorial Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus on July 21st. He had a great time reading stories to children and then talking about the importance of summer reading. The New York State Senate Summer Reading program is still underway.  To register your child for the program, please visit nyread.com.  

July 22, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours Site of the Rescue Mission's Renovated Campus in Syracuse

On July 21, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured the Rescue Mission's expanded and renovated campus on Gifford Street in Syracuse. The new emergency shelter and day center, expected to officially open in the fall, feature several new units to meet the increased demand for residential and support services for those who are homeless. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with, from left to right, Chief Operations Officer Corey Kociela, Chief Executive Officer Alan Thornton, and Chief Development Officer Carolyn Hendrickson of the Rescue Mission.

July 21, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Announces the Passage of Legislation that Would Enable Persons Who are Deaf to Receive Realtime Court Reporting Services

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today held at press conference at the Onondaga County Courthouse to announce the passage of his bill (S5533-B) by the Senate and Assembly, and to urge Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law.

The legislation would require that state-funded courts provide Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Through CART, everything said during a court proceeding would be translated through a software feed into real-time captioning, then displayed on a computer or monitor for the hearing impaired person. The bill awaits signing by Governor Cuomo.

July 17, 2015
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STATE SENATORS ANNOUNCE PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WATER QUALITY OF OWASCO LAKE

(Auburn, NY) - State Senators John A. DeFrancisco, Michael F. Nozzolio and James L. Seward today (7/13/15) joined officials from the Owasco Watershed Lake Association to announce that significant water quality improvements are planned for Owasco Lake and its watershed.

 

Earlier this year, the Cayuga County state legislators secured $600,000 in the State Budget to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed. Owasco Lake is currently on the New York State Priority Waterbody Listing as “potentially impaired” for such uses as water supply and recreation. Water quality improvement projects will address phosphorous removal and reduction, lake inspections, ongoing research, public education and outreach, and project management.

July 14, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Announce Planned Water Quality Improvement Projects to Owasco Lake and its Watershed

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with, from left to right, State Senators Seward and Nozzolio, OWLA President James Beckwith and Assemblyman Gary Finch during a press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Owasco Lake on July 13, 2015.

The Cayuga County state legislators secured $600,000 in the State Budget to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed. Owasco Lake is currently on the New York State Priority Waterbody Listing as “potentially impaired” for such uses as water supply and recreation. Water quality improvement projects will address phosphorous removal and reduction, lake inspections, ongoing research, public education and outreach, and project management.

July 14, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Dedication for the Kaye Center for Cancer Wellness

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Gordon Hershberger. The Kaye Center for Cancer Wellness was established in memory of Kathleen "Kaye" Hoffman Hershberger to meet the needs of men and woman who are battling cancer.  The Kaye Center is located in the Northeast Family YMCA in Baldwinsville. The official dedication was held on July 7, 2015.  

July 8, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds Press Conference to Announce the Passage of His Universal Visitability Tax Credit Bill

On July 6, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined disability rights advocates at ARISE Syracuse to urge Governor Cuomo to sign his bill (S2967-A) into law. The bill, which passed both the Senate and Assembly, would help to increase accessible and adaptable housing for people with disabilities in the State of New York.

If signed into law, the bill would provide a tax credit of up to $2,750 for a newly constructed or retrofitted principal residence that achieves universal visitability. The term visitability often refers to a single-family home that is designed so that it can be lived in or visited by people with limited mobility, featuring such elements as step-free entrances and wide doorways.

July 6, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting for Brookdale Fayetteville

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helps cut the ribbon to celebrate the renaming of Clare Bridge of Manlius to Brookdale Fayetteville. The senior living center offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia care.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with David Balliette, Executive Director of Brookdale Fayetteville, and Assemblyman Ale Stirpe.   

July 2, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Ceremony Marking St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center's New Affiliation with Trinity Health

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Trinity Health CEO Richard Gilfillan, St. Joseph's Hospital President Kathryn Ruscitto, Assemblyman William Magnarelli and Assemblyman Ale Stirpe. The ceremony marked the first day of St. Joseph Hospital's new affiliation with Trinity Health.

July 2, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the Final Agreements Negotiated at the End of Legislative Session

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the final deals negotiated at the end of session. Housing issues: property tax incentives, rent regulations, the 421a tax abatement program, and universal accessible housing.

Senator DeFrancisco also discusses the final passage of a bill he sponsors that would appoint an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing individuals during court proceedings. In addition, he discusses agreements that affect education: funding for non-public schools, increasing charter school cap, NYC mayoral control, common core standards and teacher evaluations.

June 25, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Poses with Roosevelt Bouie at the Grand Re-opening of a GMC Dealership in Auburn

Senator John A. DeFrancisco jokingly stands on a chair next to former Syracuse University basketball star Roosevelt Bouie, after the grand re-opening ceremony of the revamped Chevrolet-Buick GMC Dealership in Auburn on Monday, June 22, 2015. Roosevelt Bouie was at the event signing autographs.

June 24, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives 2015 Robert J. Colvin Literacy Leadership Award from Ruth Colvin

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Ruth Colvin, the founder of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse (now LiteracyCNY), at the State Office Building in Syracuse on Friday June 19th. Senator DeFrancisco was extrmemely honored to be presented with the Robert J. Colvin Litereacy Leadership Award, which is named after Ruth's late husband.

June 24, 2015
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Update from Albany with Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice

June 23, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about ethics in government. He also discusses the status of the Women's Equality Agenda this year and how the State is addressing sex crimes on college campuses.

Additionally, Senator DeFrancisco explains why he voted against a bill to limit the amount of information required to formally change a person's name. He also shares his thoughts on the Governor's proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco promotes his bill that would require the annual inspection of tinted vehicle windows, and he expresses his frustration with the Assembly's lack of action on Tiffany Heitkamp's Law, which recently passed the Senate.

June 23, 2015
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSES “PETER FALK’S LAW”

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today (6/15/15) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his bill (S5154-A) that would enact “Peter Falk’s law” to safeguard against the isolation of the elderly from their family.

Recently, there have been some high- profile cases, in which adult children from a previous marriage were denied the right to visit their ill parent by the current spouse. These contentious cases in California involving the late Peter Falk and the late Casey Casem have highlighted the need for changes to the current law. In both of these situations, the adult children were blocked from seeing their ill father by their father’s respective spouse. They also were not notified of major changes in their father’s condition and of funeral arrangements.

June 16, 2015
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