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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Mike Caron, 1st Vice President with the Onondaga County Volunteer Fireman's Association. Senator DeFrancisco spoke at the Central and Northern Central New York Volunteer Fireman's Association Joint Convention on June 13, 2015, thanking the firefighters who were in attendance for their dedicated service.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured playing the saxaphone to "My Favorite Things" during his rebutall at the 115th Annual Legislative Correspondents Association Show on Tuesday June 9, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco also told a number of jokes and played a couple pre-reorded videos that brought down the house with laughter. Senator DeFrancisco and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie offered separate rebuttals at the LCA Show, an annual satirical revue that roasts state lawmakers.
To watch Senator DeFrancisco's full rebuttal, visit https://vimeo.com/130289172
On June 12, 2015, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco took a tour of the new Film Hub that is being built at 24 Aspen Park Boulevard in the Town of DeWitt. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Steve Aiello with the COR Development Company.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Kelleigh Gustafson, and Kelleigh's parents and doctor, in Senate Chamber on June 10, 2015. Kelleigh was diagnosed with Arteriovenous Malformation, known as AVM, at the age of four and remains dedicated to promoting awareness about this rare medical condition.
Senator DeFrancisco helped introduce and pass in the State Senate a Resolution memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to decalre July 19-25, 2015, AVM Awareness Week in the State of New York.
The Wheeler Elementary Student Council visited Albany on June 2, 2015, and is pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco. The students toured the State Capitol Building and had the opportunity to watch legislative session.
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.