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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the 50th Anniversary of RSA Architects

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.

December 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Moderates Common Core Community Forum at Fayetteville-Manlius High School

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.

December 4, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Teenagers at the North Area Family YMCA to Discuss State Government

On December 2, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco met with a group of teenagers at the North Area Family YMCA in Liverpool to discuss state government and the bill writing process.  

December 3, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours the Amboy Compost Facility

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.  

November 27, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Cherry Road School at Blue Ribbon Celebration Day

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.  

November 26, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICKS OFF HIS SIXTH ANNUAL COLLECTION DRIVE FOR CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

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.

November 25, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Syracuse International Film Festival

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.

October 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in a Groundbreaking Ceremony at Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center's Auburn Campus

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.  

October 16, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the Manlius Fire Department

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.  

October 7, 2013
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William Cregg and John Harke Receive New York State Senate Liberty Award

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.  

September 30, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in ACEC New York Fall Conference

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.  

September 27, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends the 40th Annual CNY Arts' On My Own Time Event

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.  

September 26, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 9th Annual Senior Fair

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.  

September 24, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Listens to Testimony at a Public Forum on Regulatory Reform

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.  

September 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Fall Concert Series at Liverpool Library

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.  

September 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks to Students at Owasco Elementary School

On September 10, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Owasco Elementary School to speak to students in Grade 5 about state government.

September 13, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Opening Day of Festa Italiana Syracuse

On September 13, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the opening ceremony for Festa Italiana in Syracuse, which was held on the steps of Syracuse City Hall.  The three-day event will feature great food, events and live music.  A flag-raising cerermony was held to honor and celebrate the Italian-American culture. 

September 13, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits Simulation Center at Upstate College of Health Professionals

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with a group of health care perfusionist students from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Senator DeFrancisco toured the facility and observed a clinical demonstration on September 11, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco is seated next to a cardiovascular perfusion simulator, which provides students with hands-on learning experience.  

September 12, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Opening of SUNY ESF Gateway Center

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon for the SUNY ESF Gateway Center on September 6, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with ESF President Cornelius Murphy and New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.  Senator DeFrancisco helped secure funding for the Gateway Center, which uses biomass pellets and natural gas to provide the campus with 65 percent of its heating needs and 20 percent of its electrical power.  

September 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Chairs Hearing on Tax Reform Initiatives

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Carl L. Marcellino, chairman of the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, are hosting five statewide public hearings on reforming New York’s tax policies to help reduce the burden on taxpayers and help create jobs.  

September 5, 2013
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