Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Christine Buff and John Thompson at his district office on February 2, 2012. Ms. Buff trained the Search and Rescue K-9 that is featured on the United States postage stamp, Dogs at Work. Mr. Thompson painted the stamp's orginal artwork. Senator DeFrancisco presented both individuals with a New York Citation, honoring them for their outstanding efforts and achievements.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was among a group of panelists, who participated in the Campbell Public Affairs Institute Debate on Tax Policy at the Everson Museum on February 2, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco joined the team against raising taxes on the wealthy. Former Governor Elliot Spitzer, who joined the opposite team, argued for higher taxes on the rich. Nearly 300 people attended the event. To watch a video from the debate, visit http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/campbell/products/The_Campbell_Debates/
Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended Onondaga Community College's 50th Anniversary celebration on January 27, 2012. He is pictured with Professor Emeriti Norma Foody of OCC's Department of English and Communications.
Members of Reality Check CO2 (Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego counties) met with State Senator John A. DeFrancisco on January 24, 2012, during Legislative Day at the Capital. Reality Check is a New York youth-led anti-tobacco group.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the annual dinner, hosted by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmens' Clubs on January, 19, 2012. He is pictured with Fred and Melva Neff, DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch, and Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at the Yellow Ribbon 2 Event on January 8, 2012, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. The conference aimed to prepare soldiers for deployment and provide support services to families of deployed military personnel. The Senator is pictured with SSG Jonathan Madonna.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited with organizers, volunteers and recipients of the 2011 Christmas Bureau Distribution on Thursday, December 22nd, at the OnCenter. The Syracuse-area Salvation Army's annual Christmas Bureau Distribution provides local families in need with toys and food baskets for the holiday.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was invited to sing to seniors during a holiday party at the Silver Fox Senior Social Club in Baldwinsville on December 20, 2011. Students pictured with the Senator are 5th graders at Elden Elementary School.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Liverpool Legends premiere of "An Introduction to the Town of Clay" on Monday, December 12, 2011, at the Liverpool Library. Pictured with him in the photo are Host and Narrator Linda Loomis, Clay Town Supervisor Damian Ulatowski, Town Historian Dorothy Heller, Clay residents Patricia Hafner Lonergan, Heidi Hafner Schauer and Elaine Graves Smith, Liverpool Library Board Member Tim Dodge and Clay resident Lyle Young.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco chatted with folks during the Syracuse Area Salvation Army's expanded downtown senior services open house. The event, held on December 15, 2011, provided seniors with a holiday meal and live entertainment.
A teacher at Salem Hyde Elementary School in the City of Syracuse has been chosen as the local winner of Time Warner Cable's Super Connector Search. Laurie Holtsbery was honored Tuesday, December 13, 2011, for inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. As a result, Holtsbery will take part in her own public service announcement for the Connect a Million Minds initiative, meant to inspire children to improve their science skills. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with (from left to right) Salem Hyde Elementary School Principal Octavia Wilcox, Teacher and Award Winner Laurie Holtsbery, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Time Warner representative Alice Kim.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a wonderful time serving meals to more than 200 seniors at Baldwinsville Rotary Club's luncheon for seniors, which was held in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on December 14, 2011.
On Sunday, December 4, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended a holiday open house at Solvay Library. He is pictured with Board of Trustees President Lorraine Page and Solvay Library Director Cara Burton.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was presented on December 1, 2011, with an Honorary Recognition Award from members of the Central Counties Professional Nurses Association for his "tireless efforts on behalf of patient rights and for being a true friend of the nursing profession." He is pictured with Registered Nurses Christopher Kowal and Christine Schrank. A reception was held in the Senator's honor.
On December 1, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco, along with various community leaders, helped break ground on the redevelopment of 10 acres on the Kennedy Square Site in Syracuse. As part of this redevelopment, Kennedy Square will be renamed Loguen’s Crossing in a tribute to the Rev. Jermain Loguen and his family, whose home was part of the Underground Railroad. SUNY Upstate Medical University and COR Development Company LLC are collaborating on the project. The 10 acres are adjacent to the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center, which is currently under construction.