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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the Southside American Little League team on April 27, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco, who played competitive baseball through high school and college, was honored to participate in the Opening Day ceremonies, located at Frank Harrigan Field in Wadsworth Park.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as the director of Casey's Place unveils a plaque in memory of the late Colleen H. Mastine. Mastine, a long-time staffer in Senator DeFrancisco's district office, passed away last year. She was an active member of the board of directors for Casey's Place and a tireless advocate for all local constituents. Casey’s Place in Syracuse provides more than 300 families with respite services for their children.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured holding a Resolution with Liverpool student, Mari DeTota, in Senate Chambers on April 22, 2013. Mari won first place in the Elks Area 1 National Soccer Shoot-Out. Senator DeFrancisco, along with Senator David Valesky who is pictured on the right, passed a Resolution to congratulate and recognize Mari for her achievements. Mari's family accompained her to Albany for the presentation.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the pleasure of congratulating the Syracuse Academy of Science team for winning the regional championship of the 2013 National Science Bowl. The students and teachers pictured above met with Senator DeFrancisco at his district office in Syracuse on April 19, 2013.
Pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco are (from left to right) City of Auburn Fire Chief Jeff Dygert, Assistant Fire Chief Scott DeJoy and City of Auburn Manager Doug Selby. Senator DeFrancisco visited the fire department on April 18, 2013.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured (bottom left) with students from West Genesee High School. The students toured the capitol building in Albany on March 12, 2013. They also met with Assemblyman Gary Finch, who is pictured in the photo (bottom right).
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of Girl Scout Troop 1970 from Guilderland. The picture was taken in Senator DeFrancisco's Albany office on March 12, 2013. They were drinking green milk in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Senator DeFrancisco's granddaughter, who is pictured standing in front of him, is a proud member of the Girl Scout Troop.