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As your State Senator, I am doing my best to help make New York a better place to live and work.
With 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:
PROPERTY TAX CAP: Do you support making the 2% tax cap permanent?
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (3/31/15) that the new State Budget includes an extra $25 million for Upstate transit systems including Centro. The additional money should help to close Centro's $4.5 million budget gap and to maintain all of its busing services.
“Many hardworking individuals rely on Centro to get to and from work, or to medical care and other necessary appointments,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “When I first learned of Centro's deficit, which would result in service cuts, I fought to help get Centro its much needed state support. I'm very pleased to inform Central New Yorkers that this funding is in the budget."
March 30, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses ethics reform, school funding, teacher evaluations, education tax credits, and minimum wage in New York state.
On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate's progress toward enhancing the rights of women in New York, the proposal to increase funding for Centro, and the continued support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. He also talks about current budget negotiations as the April 1st deadline nears.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Commanding General Stephen Townsend and members of the 10th Mountain Division during Fort Drum Day at the Capitol on March 17th, 2015.
The event celebrated Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s contributions to the State of New York. Joining General Townsend at the Capitol were Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander; Captain Scott Dawe, Commanding General’s Aide; Lieutenant Colonel Tage Rainsford, Public Affairs Officer, and many active-duty soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Jim Kenyon at the State Office Building in Syracuse on March 13, 2015. Jim Kenyon recently retired from CNY Central News, after serving as a dedicated and distinguished news reporter in the Central New York community for more than 40 years. Senator DeFrancisco, and other CNY Senators, passed a NYS Senate Resolution to recognize Jim Kenyon for all of his accomplishments upon his retirement.
On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco further discusses the Senate’s on-house budget resolution and what it includes for education, tax relief and Upstate revitalization. He also talks about the Dream Act and why it was not included in the Senate’s budget.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the State Leaders Panel at the New York State School Board Association annual Capital Conference, which took place at the Albany Hilton Sunday March 15, 2015. Some of the issues discussed were education funding, school testings, charter schools, and the education tax credit.
The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.“Our Senate budget focuses on the priorities of hardworking taxpayers and their families by
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Joe Whiting during the 2015 Syracuse Area Music Awards, also known as the SAMMYS. Senator DeFrancisco and Joe Whiting served as presenters during the event, awarding Fayetteville teenager Nick Ziobro with the 2015 Best Jazz award. The SAMMYS were held on March 7, 2015, at the Palce Theatre in Syracuse.
The New York State Senate Republican Majority will act this week on its “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.
“Our Senate budget focuses on the priorities of hardworking taxpayers and their families by providing new property tax relief, rebuilding our infrastructure to spur job creation and giving students across the state the opportunities they need and deserve. This fiscally responsible spending plan should serve as a blueprint for an enacted budget that invests in New York and helps our residents build a brighter future,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
On March 6, 2015, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, speaking with students about the legislative process and how a bill becomes law. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with some of the students and Director Mr. Galip Bak.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped recognize David Rezak upon his induction into the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMY’s) Hall of Fame as Music Educator of the Year, during a ceremony on March 5, 2015, at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse. Senator DeFrancisco presented a Proclamation to Mr. Rezak, along with all of the Hall of Fame inductees.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference at his district office on March 5, 2015, to provide the public with an update on the state budget. Senator DeFrancisco told reporters that the Senate plans to release its one-house budget resolution in another week. Some of the topics he discussed were infrastructure, education and mass transit funding.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured on the Senate Floor with Yonkers native Patrick Quinn, co-creator of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral in the summer of 2014, generated nationwide awareness and raised millions of dollars toward research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS. On March 3, 2015, the New York State Senate passed a Resolution to honor Mr. Quinn for his notable advocacy efforts. Mr. Quinn was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same.
This week’s Your Voice program highlights some key moments from the Local Government Hearing, including Senator John A. DeFrancisco's discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about investing in infrastructure, as well as his exchange with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the need for regionally balanced funding.
Senator DeFrancisco also shows a video clip of his questioning of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on the rationale behind his $13 an hour city minimum wage proposal.
Now that all of the public budget hearings have taken place, the Senate and the Assembly will start to begin the work on their one-house budgets.
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.