Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Joe Carello with a NYS Senate Resolution during the 2012 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival. Carello is an outstanding saxophonist and educator, who was named the 2012 Jazz Educator of the Year by the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Terri Bright and her two mules, Franklin and Donovan, at the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Erie Canal Museum on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Canal boats were once pulled by mules along the Erie Canal through downtown Syracuse. During the celebration, Senator DeFrancisco also presented the Erie Canal Museum with a Citation.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco enjoyed reading a couple stories to a group of children at Onondaga Free Library on July 26th. The Senator has been visiting several libraries throughout Onondaga County, part of the 2012 Summer Reading program.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco has teamed up with other state, city and county officials to crack down on littering and raise awareness about the serious problem. During a press conference on July 16, 2012, it was announced that a recent cleanup of 690 between Teall Avenue and Thompson Road netted nearly three tons of trash. An ongoing campaign will focus on clean-up, enforcement and awareness, with the tagline "Litter: It Costs More Than You Think." As part of this campaign, violators will be ticketed.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured reading to a group of students at Mundy Library in Syracuse on July 13, 2012. The Senator will be reading stories to children at several libraries throughout Onondaga County this summer, part of the state's summer reading program.
On June 26, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented scholarship prizes to four oustanding student vocalists and instrumentalists, who competed in the 2012 Jazz Ignition through Signature Music in Syracuse. The recipients were vocalist Ashley Gusman from Bishop Ludden High School, tenor saxophonist Dunham Hall from Solvay High School, vocalist Nubia Hill from Nottingham High School, and vocalist Justin Tanksley from Jamesville-DeWitt High School. Signature Music, a non-profit organization, offers music opportunities to young artists in Central New York.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a long-time supporter of the arts, helped announce the 2012 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival during a press conference at Jazz Central on June 26, 2012. The festival will take place in Syracuse's Clinton Square July 27-28th.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Jamesville-DeWitt High School principal Paul Gasparini. On June 22, 2012, the Senator presented Mr. Gasparini with a New York State Senate Resolution for being named the "2012 High School Principal of the Year" by the School Administrators Associaiton of New York State.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored the Cicero-North Syracuse Girls' Basketball Team with a Senate Resolution in Albany on June 11, 2012. The basketball team earned the Class AA State Championship.
Senator DeFrancisco also honored Senior Breanna Stewart with a resolution, commending her for receiving the 2011-12 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award.
This is the second consecutive year that the Cicero-North Syracuse Girls’ Basketball Team has won the New York State Class AA Championship.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Charlie Hollis with a Senate Resolution, on June 9, 2012, during the 2012 Polish Festival in Syracuse. Mr. Hollis was named "Pole of the Year" for his many civic activities that have improved the quality of life in Central New York.
On June 8, 2012, Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Mrs. DeStefano's universal pre-kindergarten class at Solvay Elementary School. For the first time this year, the school district was able to operate its universal pre-k program within the elementary school building. Senator DeFrancisco observed classroom activities, and even joined in using the Smart Board. Solvay's universal pre-kindergarten program is funded by a special grant from the New York State Education Department.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Brandiss Pearson in front of Pearson's new home at 513 Hickory Street in Syracuse, on June 7, 2012. Ms. Pearson was able to buy the home through Home HeadQuarter's First Mortgage Guarantee Program for Syracuse home buyers. Home HeadQuarters held a First Mortgage Guarantee kick off celebration on June 7th.