State Senator John A. DeFrancisco read to an outstanding group of children at Hazard Library in Syracuse on August 9, 2012. The Senator also answered some of the chidlren's questions about his job and state government, and he presented them with their summer reading certificates.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Margaret O'Brien with a Citation, recognizing her for her lifetime of achievements, during her 100th birthday party at Coleman's Irish Pub in Syracuse on July 29, 2012. The Senator had a wonderful time. He is pictured with Margaret O'Brien, who is holding the family's newest edition.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured listening to Governor Cuomo during a press conference on August 3, 2012, regarding a new laboratory center at Cooper Crouse-Hinds in Syracuse. Crouse-Hinds won a near $300,000 dollar state grant to help it expand and develop modern LED lighting products. The grant was part of the Governor's economic development plan. Prior to the press conference, Senator DeFrancisco also took a tour of the lab.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited the Fairmount Library on July 31, 2012, and he read a couple stories to a great group of children. His visit was part of the state's summer reading program, which encourages children to read and dream big!
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Joe Carello with a NYS Senate Resolution during the 2012 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival. Carello is an outstanding saxophonist and educator, who was named the 2012 Jazz Educator of the Year by the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Terri Bright and her two mules, Franklin and Donovan, at the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Erie Canal Museum on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Canal boats were once pulled by mules along the Erie Canal through downtown Syracuse. During the celebration, Senator DeFrancisco also presented the Erie Canal Museum with a Citation.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco enjoyed reading a couple stories to a group of children at Onondaga Free Library on July 26th. The Senator has been visiting several libraries throughout Onondaga County, part of the 2012 Summer Reading program.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco has teamed up with other state, city and county officials to crack down on littering and raise awareness about the serious problem. During a press conference on July 16, 2012, it was announced that a recent cleanup of 690 between Teall Avenue and Thompson Road netted nearly three tons of trash. An ongoing campaign will focus on clean-up, enforcement and awareness, with the tagline "Litter: It Costs More Than You Think." As part of this campaign, violators will be ticketed.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured reading to a group of students at Mundy Library in Syracuse on July 13, 2012. The Senator will be reading stories to children at several libraries throughout Onondaga County this summer, part of the state's summer reading program.
On June 26, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented scholarship prizes to four oustanding student vocalists and instrumentalists, who competed in the 2012 Jazz Ignition through Signature Music in Syracuse. The recipients were vocalist Ashley Gusman from Bishop Ludden High School, tenor saxophonist Dunham Hall from Solvay High School, vocalist Nubia Hill from Nottingham High School, and vocalist Justin Tanksley from Jamesville-DeWitt High School. Signature Music, a non-profit organization, offers music opportunities to young artists in Central New York.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a long-time supporter of the arts, helped announce the 2012 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival during a press conference at Jazz Central on June 26, 2012. The festival will take place in Syracuse's Clinton Square July 27-28th.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Jamesville-DeWitt High School principal Paul Gasparini. On June 22, 2012, the Senator presented Mr. Gasparini with a New York State Senate Resolution for being named the "2012 High School Principal of the Year" by the School Administrators Associaiton of New York State.