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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Announce the Grants for Growth Round X Winners

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined CenterState CEO today in announcing six new recipients in the Grants for Growth program. A total of $398,680 was awarded in the program’s tenth round, and these grants will be leveraged against private sector and university matching funds. 

Grants for Growth is a CenterState CEO seed program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industries to create jobs.  Senator DeFrancisco has secured $5 million in funding for the program.

Round X Award-Winning Companies: - Blue Highway

 - Captura Diagnostics

 - Motion Intelligence

 - Zinnia Safety Systems

 - Rapid Cure Technologies

May 31, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Commemorates Memorial Day 2013

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor all of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, by participating in Memorial Day events throughout Onondaga County and in Auburn.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured speaking during the Butterfly Garden of HOPE Remembrance Ceremony, at which he presented a legislative resolution marking the 35th anniversary of HOPE for the Bereaved.

May 28, 2013
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Students from Living Word Academy Tour the Capitol

On May 21, 2013, students from Living Word Academy toured the Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco for a first-hand lesson in state government. 

May 24, 2013
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Students from Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary Visit the Capitol

Students from Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse toured the New York State Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco on May 21, 2013. 

May 23, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Soccer Shoot-Out Winner Michael Brussel

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Michael Brussel, who won the New York State Championship and received Honorable Mention in the Elks Area National Soccer Shoot-out Contest, Boys Under 14 Division.  Senator DeFrancisco presented Michael with a Resolution on May 20, 2013 in Senate Chambers.

May 23, 2013
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Wheeler Elementary School Student Council Visits the Capitol

On May 16, 2013, Wheeler Elementary School Student Council from Nedrow toured the New York State Capitol.

May 23, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds Electronics Recycling Event in Auburn and Raises Money for Hospice

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped raise money for Hospice of the Finger Lakes by sponsoring an electronics recycling event in Auburn on May 18, 2013.  The event was a partnership with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics and Hospice, and it was free for the public to dispose of their unwanted electronics.  Volunteers from Welch Allyn, Inc. assisted with the collection process. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Alice Kim from Time Warner Cable and Cindy Jessop from Sunnking.

May 21, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Leslie Reichardt for His Military Service

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the pleasure of presenting Leslie Reichardt, Lt. Col, USAF Retired, a WW II veteran, with a certificate of appreciation on Armed Forces Day.  The CNY Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America held a dinner meeting on May 18, 2013, at which Senator DeFrancisco presented the certificate and spoke about legislation to better protect and support active military members and veterans.

May 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Pays Tribute to Football Legend Rocky Pirro

On May 18, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the unveiling of a memorial near the Town of Geddes municipal building to honor football legend Rocco "Rocky" Pirro.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Rocky's daughter, Rockette Pirro Brunetti and Rocky's sister, Rose. 

Rocky Pirro was born and raised in Solvay and played football for Catholic University.  His professional football career included the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.  He also was the Offensive Line Coach for Syracuse University from 1952 to 1973. He died in 1955.

 

May 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours Clear Path for Veterans

Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango on May 17, 2013.  The center was founded in 2011 to support veterans who are returning to civilian life. Clear Path offers a variety of support programs for veterans and their families and a tranquil natural setting.

May 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives Award at the 2013 NAMI Syracuse Children's Conference

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was honored to receive an award for his long-time support of mental health issues at the NAMI Syracuse Children's Conference on May 15, 2013.  NAMI is a not-for-profit organization of active and concerned families and friends of people who suffer from serious and persistent psychiatric illness.

May 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Renews Awareness For Father's Kids

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke about the importance of volunteerism during the Guardian Angel Society's Mentor & Tutor Program Breakfast, held at the Cathedral Academy at Pompei on May 15, 2013. 

In 1997, the late Father Joseph Champlin formed the Guardian Angel Society to provide the Cathedral School's students with tuition assistance and support their continuing education. 

During the breakfast, mentors of the tutoring program were recognized along with program organizers and recipients.

May 15, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Break Ground on the Willis Carrier Recreation Center and Challenger Field of Dreams

On May 11, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the Willis Carrier Recreation Center and Challenger Field of Dreams ground breaking ceremony in the Town of DeWitt.  The new park will include accessible fields, playgrounds and other facilities for children with special needs and their families. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure a New York state grant for the project.

May 13, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Annual Crouse Hospital Employee Appreciation Picnic

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helps serve hot dog and hamburger buns during the 2013 Crouse Hospital Employee Appreciation Picnic on May 9th.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured next to NewsChannel 9's Chris Brandolino. 

May 9, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Nancy Kronen as His 2013 Recipient of the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award

Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored and recognized Nancy Kern Kronen as his 2013 Woman of Distinction during a celebration in Albany on May 7, 2013.  The Senate launched the "Women of Distinction" program in 1998 to recognize the many contributions of women in the State of New York.  These honorees have enriched the lives of those around them, while inspiring others to become active within their communities. Nancy Kronen is the Director of Development and Public Relations for ARISE Child and Family Services in Syracuse.  She previously worked for The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area.  Throughout her dedicated career and volunteer work, Nancy has demonstrated strong leadership, vision and passion.

May 9, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of PACE CNY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the first piece of cake in celebration of PACE CNY's 15th anniversary.  He is pictured with PACE Director Penny Abulencia, St. Joseph's Hospital President Kathy Ruscitto and Loretto President Bruce Buchanan.  PACE CNY offers all-inclusive homecare to elderly residents living in Onondaga County.

Senator DeFrancisco was instrumental in the startup of PACE CNY.  In 1994, he sponsored legislation that authorized the Department of Social Services to contract for chronic care management programs, allowing Loretto to move forward with PACE operations. 

PACE CNY held a 15th Anniversary Celebration on May 8, 2013, at its Sally Coyne Center in North Syracuse.

May 9, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Unveil the Pango Mobile Parking System in Auburn

Senator John A. DeFrancisco speaks during a press conference to announce the Pango Mobile Parking System on May 3, 2013, in front of the Cayuga County Courthouse. The new system will allow drivers at various locations in downtown Auburn to pay for metered parking through their cell phones.  You can sign up for the parking service and download the app by visiting www.pango-parking.com.

May 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Opening Day of the North Syracuse Little League Season

On May 4, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended opening day ceremonies for the North Syracuse Little League.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with one of the baseball teams at Lonergan Field.

May 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Polish Constitution Day in Syracuse

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Polish Constitution Day Ceremony, held in front of Sacred Heart Basilica on May 3, 2013.  The annual event celebrates the people and history of Poland.

May 3, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Village of Manlius

On April 27, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended The Bicentennial Ball to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Village of Manlius.  Senator DeFrancisco presented a legislative resolution to Manlius Mayor Paul Whorrall, who was dressed in period clothing to celebrate the occasion. 

April 29, 2013
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