On December 17, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco received the largest single donation to benefit his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive -- more than 500 mobile phones from Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. This outstanding donation will provide more than 1,000 hours of free talk time to our soldiers serving overseas.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined in singing Christmas carols at the Silver Fox Senior Social Club December 16, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco was a special guest at the annual celebration, which brings local elementary students and seniors together for a holiday party.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of a young conservative club at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Senator DeFrancisco spoke to the group about various state issues on December 10, 2013.
On December 5, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented a Citation to Lawrence Apgar and James Oliver of Robertson Strong Apgar to recognize the firm for marking 50 years of business. RSA Architects is a Syracuse based architecture firm specializing in office, educational, university and church projects.
On December 3, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco served as the moderator of a community forum on the Common Core Standards, which was held at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. New York State Education Commissioner John King attended the forum to answer questions and listen to comments from the public regarding Common Core and teacher evaluations. About 200 parents, teachers and community members attended the event. Also participating in the forum were Senator David Valesky, Assembly members, Will Barclay, Al Stirpe and Gary Finch (not pictured in photo), and Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured the renovation project at OCCRA's Amboy Compost Facility in Camillus on Monday November 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco saw how the facility transforms food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost. OCCRA's Amboy Compost Facility generates 36,000 cubic yards of compost each year.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Blue Ribbon Celebration at Cherry Road School on Tuesday November 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco congratulated Cherry Road School for being designated as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Cherry Road School is part of the Westhill School District.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a United States Air Force veteran, has kicked off his sixth annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. At a press conference on November 25th, Senator DeFrancisco was joined by Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Col. Hugh Darville and Staff Sgt.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured presenting a Legislative Resolution to Syracuse Film Festival Director Owen Shapiro during the festival's closing ceremony on October 6, 2013. The Resolution recognized the Syracuse Film Festival upon its 10th anniversary.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center's Auburn campus on October 7, 2013. During the event, Senator DeFrancisco, and other elected officials, spoke about the merger of Mercy and the Cayuga County Nursing Home. A renovated facility is expected to open early next year.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the 200th anniversary celebration for the Manlius Fire Department, held on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco presented a Citation that honored the fire department for its outstanding service.
At a ceremony on September 30, 2013, State Senators John A. DeFrancisco and David J. Valesky presented Mr. William Cregg and Mr. John Harke of Central New York with the New York State Senate Liberty Award. The Liberty medal, which was created by the State Senate in 2000, is given to those civilians who have exhibited exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the 2013 American Council of Engineering Companies of New York Fall Conference on September 23, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured from left to right with Kent Sopris, Neil Lucey, Senator David Valesky, Senator Joseph Robach, and Jay Simson.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 40th Annual On My Own Time event at the Everson Museum of Art on September 20, 2013. The event featured the work of local artists partnered with Central New York businesses, educational institutions, government and non-profit organizations. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Catherine Gerard, CNY Arts Board President, and Stephen Butler, Executive Director of CNY Arts.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his 9th annual Senior Fair at the New York State Fairgrounds Horticulture Building on September 24, 2013. There were nearly 100 exhibitors that provided information to more than 1,000 senior citizens who attended this free event. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with members from Crouse Hospital.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco served as a panelist at the Regulatory Reform Public Forum on manufacturing, held September 20, 2013, at Syracuse City Hall. During this Senate-sponsored forum, various local business leaders testified on ways to help improve the business environment in New York State.
On August 15, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the first of three fall concerts, held at Liverpool Library. Senator DeFrancisco secured a state grant for the library, which allowed for the concert series. The second concert is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 2:00 pm. The third concert is scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 2:00 pm. Both concerts are free to the public.