Daiton Daibo-Williams from Salem Hyde Elementary School in Syracuse was the winner of the New York State Senate's 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from Senator DeFrancisco's district. Daiton's theme was reduce, reuse, and recycle. The Senator visited Daiton at his school on June 7th to dicuss the poster and to meet his art teacher and family.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with WWII Veteran Edward Zaluski and Edward's wife, Betty, at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Onondaga Hill, Sunday, May 25, 2012. The ceremony honors and remembers all of the military men and women, who lost their lives while serving our country.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visits with the CNY United Power Soccer Club. The team is practicing for its national tournament, which will be held in Indianapolis this July. He wishes them the best of luck! The Senator is pictured with members of CNY United at the East Syracuse elementary school, Friday, May 25, 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco observed Memorial Day by remembering and honoring all of the brave men and women, who died while protecting our country and our freedoms. The Senator attended several parades and ceremonies throughout Onondaga County during the holiday weekend.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of Light 4 Life Candles LLC in the former Will & Baumer facility on Buckley Road in Liverpool. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May 24, 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented James Spadafore with a New York Senate Citation during the 2012 Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool High School on May 23rd. Spadafore, a teacher and music director at Liverpool High School, will retire in June 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Joseph Riposo with a New York Senate Resolution during the 2012 Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool High School on May 23rd. Riposo was inducted into the Music Educator Hall of Fame during the 2011 Syracuse Area Music Awards, the SAMMYS.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2012 Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, which was held at Long Branch Park on May 20th. He is pictured with Autism Speaks Director Erin Mast, NewsChannel 9 Anchor Christie Casciano, and two walkers.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Solvay Middle School Principal James Werbeck with a Resolution on May15, 2012. Werbeck was named the 2012 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State. James Werbeck and his wife, Susie, were recognized by Senator DeFrancisco from the Senate Floor in Albany.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped dedicate the Paul Seymour Playground at Skiddy Park in Syracuse on May 17, 2012. The playground is named after the captain of the 1955 NBA Championship Syracuse Nationals team, Paul Seymour.
Standing outside the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco paid tribute to local firefighters and sheriff's deputies who have died in the last year. The memorial service was held on May 17, 2012.
On May 17, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the first-ever Veterans Build through Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. The two houses, located at 113 and 115 Fitch Street, were built for disabled veterans, Mike Smith and Felicia Plunkett. They are affordable, energy efficient, and handicap accessible. The Senator is pictured with home owner Felicia Plunkett (center).
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco read the story, Bullies Never Win, to a group of students from two outstanding kindergarten classes at the Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary School on May 17, 2012. He also answered some of the students' questions about his job.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the family of Colleen H. Mastine, the Senator's 2012 "Women of Distinction" honoree. Mastine, who passed away earler this year, was Director of Constituent Services in the Senator's district office. An awards ceremony was held in Albany on May 15th.
Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Liverpool High School teacher Jeff Peneston and his family at the capitol building in Albany. The Senator presented Mr. Peneston with a New York State Senate Resolution for winning the 2012 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 2012 Silver and Gold Gala on May 9th. The event, hosted by the Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs, took place at Pensabene's Casa Grande.