John A. DeFrancisco's Photos

Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Memorial Day Observances Throughout Central New York

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of the Boys Scouts at the Butterfly Garden in Liverpool on Memorial Day, 2015. The Scouts are from the Lowanne Nimat Lodge, Order of the Arrow - Scouting's national honor society, which is dedicated to cheerful service. They were serving as the color guard for the Memorial Day service.

 

 

May 27, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO RECOGNIZES DONALD D. FIDA AS HIS 2015 VETERANS HALL OF FAME HONOREE IN ALBANY

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was extremely pleased to recognize World War II combat veteran and Syracuse resident, Sgt. Donald D. Fida, as his 2015 Veterans’ Hall of Fame honoree, during an Albany ceremony in the Legislative Office Building on May 19, 2015.  

“Though it is impossible to repay our veterans for all that they have sacrificed and contributed to this nation, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame does help to recognize their meritorious service as a fitting expression of gratitude,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

Donald Fida, who was born and raised in Syracuse, enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, becoming a member of the 184th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division.

May 20, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with the Boy Scouts of America in Albany

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with a local group of boy scouts at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, on May 13th after the Boys Scouts of America presented its Report to the State.   

May 15, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Students at Bear Road Elementary

Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Bear Road Elementary School on May 8, 2015.  Senator DeFrancisco read a story to the 3rd graders and then answered their questions about New York State government. 

May 11, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Baldwinsville Firebees for their 2014 New York State Title

Senator John A. DeFrancisco poses with members of the Baldwinsville All-Star Girls Softball team upon the occasion of the team’s New York State Senior League Softball Championship, which was won on July 21, 2014, in Haverstraw, New York. Senator DeFrancisco held a recognition event at the State Office Building in Syracuse On May 8, 2015, to congratulate the players and to present them with a NYS Senate Resolution.  Senator DeFrancisco is holding the team's mascot.  

 

May 11, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 2015 Teachers of Excellence Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his second annual Teachers Of Excellence awards program on May 7, 2015, at Solvay Middle School. More than 30 educators from throughout Onondaga County were honored for their outstanding efforts to help children learn during the 2014-15 school year. They were nominated by students, school administrators, faculty and staff.

“Teachers are instrumental in enabling our youth to succeed in life,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “I am very pleased to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who consistently go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students.”

The 2015 Teachers of Excellence honorees are listed in alphabetical order of schools:

May 8, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS MARSHA CONNOR AS HIS 2015 NEW YORK STATE SENATE WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

 

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was extremely pleased to honor Marsha K. Connor, an American Gold Star Mother president and Marcellus resident, as his 2015 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

Each honoree was recognized at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Marsha’s photograph and biography will also be displayed in an exhibit proclaiming the special contributions of each New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a service organization of mothers, who have lost sons and daughters in military service. Marsha Connor was elected President and Treasurer of the American Gold Star Mothers, Chapter #15, in October 2013.

May 6, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Salina Crossing in Syracuse

This morning, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for Salina Crossing, a $14.8 million mixed-use development project comprised of 6,000 square feet of retail space and 49 housing units. Eight of these housing units will be reserved for people with traumatic brain injuries, with another seven units reserved for people with hearing impairments or mobility issues.

May 1, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Welcome Home Ceremony for Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 5

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco poses with cadets and a World War II veteran after the Honor Fight Syracuse "Welcome Home" ceremony at Hancock Airport on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco helped welcome home the 81 veterans who were on the Honor Flight and to thank them for their dedicated military service. 

Honor Flight is a not-for-profit organization that flies veterans to and from their war memorials in Washington, D.C.  Hundreds of family and friends of the veterans also participated in Saturday's ceremony.  

April 27, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Symphoria Wind Quintet Performance at Petit Branch Library

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco enjoyed a medley of tunes, performed by the Symphoria Wind Quintet, at Petit Branch Library in Syracuse on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  The community concert was supported by a library grant that Senator DeFrancisco helped to secure. 

April 27, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Fort Drum Day at the Capitol

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.

March 20, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Jim Kenyon with a NYS Senate Resolution

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.  

March 19, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Serves as Panelist at the New York State School Board Association Capital Conference

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.  

 

 

March 16, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco at the 2015 Syracuse Area Music Awards

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. 

March 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School

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.

 

March 6, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits Auburn Memorial Hospital

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Auburn Memorial Hospital on March 5, 2015, and is pictured with hospital and county officials.

March 6, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Music Educator of the Year David Rezak

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. 

 

March 6, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds Press Conference on the Status of the 2015-16 State Budget

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.

March 5, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Honor Patrick Quinn, Co-Creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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.

March 4, 2015
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Living Word Academy Visits Albany

On February 26, 2015, students from Living Word Academy toured the Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco.  

March 2, 2015
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