Senator John DeFrancisco was the official starter of the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at Schiller Park in Syracuse. Wearing the official starter hat, he is pictured with his granddaughters and his daughter-in-law and with the Friends of Schiller Park organizer. Senator DeFrancisco completed the 2 1/2 mile inaugural run.
On October 7, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the 100th birthday of the Republic of China, know as Taiwan. The Taiwanese flag was raised at Syracuse City Hall. Senator DeFrancisco spoke at the event.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of La Casita Cultural Center, located in the The Lincoln Building on Otisco Street in Syracuse. The center is the only Latino cultural center in the region. It is a project of Syracuse University. A grand opening celebration was held on September 28th.
"It really didn't hurt!" Senator John A. DeFrancisco jokes with seniors, as he gets his cholesterol checked at his 2011 Senior Fair. The free event drew hundreds of senior citizens to the NYS Fairgrounds on September 28th. More than 70 exhibitors provided attendees with information on healthcare, housing, transportation, etc. There were also free health screenings for interested senior citizens.
Also at the 2011 Senior Fair, Senator DeFrancisco helped announce details about the program, Embracing Age. Franciscan Companies have launched this new program, as a way to provide membership concierge service for the growing senior citizen population.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco took part in a groundbreaking ceremony on September 26, 2011, for Phase II of Riverknoll at Radisson in Baldwinsville, NY. The construction project is an 80-unit affordable rental complex.
Senator John DeFrancisco is pictured with staff members from Medical Answering Services in Syracuse. The company, which provides Medicaid transportation management services throughout New York State, has announced the creation of 80 new jobs in Syracuse.
Senator DeFrancisco stands with Mike Behnke near the 9/11 Memorial Monument at Sheridan Park in Syracuse. The monument is etched with names and shields of first responders who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks.
On September 11, 2011, Senator John DeFrancisco paid tribute to the victims and survivors of 9/11 by attending several local remembrance ceremonies. He spoke during the Baldwinsville Fire Department’s dedication of its 9/11 Memorial, which features a steal beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The Senator also attended the Town of DeWitt’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, the “We Remember: 9/11 Memorial Service” at Sheridan Park, a Commemorative Concert at West Genesee High School and a memorial program at the New York State Fairgrounds by the Eagle Association of CNY.
Senator John DeFrancisco is pictured with members of Team Red White and Blue at the Town of DeWitt 9/11 Memorial Service. Team RWB ran along the Erie Canal with the American Flag held high, as part of its "Moving Tribute" to those affected by 9/11.
Senator John DeFrancisco helps cut the ribbon at the Toll Road Senior Apartments. The new, affordable senior citizens housing complex is located off North Main Street (Route 11) in North Syracuse. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on September 9th.
Senator John DeFrancisco attended a memorial ceremony at Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse on September 9th, where students and staff honored the victims of 9/11 through prayer and song. Students held up American flags, sang "God Bless The USA" and particpated in a moment of silence. There was also a new flag raising.
Senator John DeFrancisco attended the unveiling of the "New York Remembers" exhibit at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse. On display is a battalion chief car from the FDNY headquarters at Metrotech in Brooklyn. Several FDNY battalion chiefs were lost on 9/11.