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Senator DeFrancisco Observes Young Scientists Day at Fayetteville Free Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as Tom Otis, a Fayetteville science teacher, shows an excited group of children the "books on eggs" experiment. Young Scientists Day was held at the Fayetteville Free Library on July 25, 2013. Library Director Sue Considine is also featured in the picture.

July 26, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour

On July 10, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped mark the 15th anniversary of the Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour, by presenting a legislative resolution to organizers during a half-way point celebration at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.  Hundreds of bicycle riders from across the country participate in Cycling the Erie Canal, which began in Buffalo and will end in Albany on July 14th.

July 11, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco to Read at Local Libraries this Summer

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is a strong supporter of literacy and our local libraries.  During the summer, Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at several public libraries throughout the Central New York community.  Please check back, as we continue to add more dates and library locations to the list.

July 2, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's Annual Lake Day

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's annual lake day at Emerson Park on June 26, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco, along with Senator Michael Nozzolio and Assemblyman Gary Finch, presented organizers with a legislative resolution recognizing the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's 25th Anniversary.   

June 28, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Announce a Competitive Grant Program for Community Land Banks

On June 26, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for a press conference on Marcellus Street in Syracuse to announce a plan that would give $20 million to community land banks, so cities can turn vacant properties over to new owners. 

June 28, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Celebrates the Opening of the New Heman Street Senior Apartments

On June 14, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon on a new senior affordable housing facility, located on Heman Street in East Syracuse.  The Heman Street Senior Apartments are located in the former Heman Street School in East Syracuse.  Thirty tenants have already moved in.

June 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Jewish Community Center

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse by presenting the organization with a legislative resolution on June 6, 2013, at Traditions in East Syracuse.

He is pictured with Jessica DeCerce from Senator David Valesky’s office, Marci Erlebacher, Director of the Jewish Community Center, and Michael Atkins from Assemblyman Sam Robert’s Office.

June 11, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Breanna Stewart at the NYS Capitol Building

Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized UCONN Women's Basketball Player Breanna Stewart during legislative session of the New York State Senate on June 5, 2013.  Stewart, a graduate of C-NS High School, was named the NCAA's Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 Final Four Tournament.

June 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes CNY United Power Soccer at the NYS Capitol Building

Members of the CNY United Power Soccer Club were recognized during legislative session on June 3, 2013, of the New York State Senate. Senators John A. DeFrancisco and David Valesky are pictured with the team, which won the 2012 National Power Soccer Tournament. 

June 6, 2013
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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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