John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSES “PETER FALK’S LAW”

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today (6/15/15) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his bill (S5154-A) that would enact “Peter Falk’s law” to safeguard against the isolation of the elderly from their family.

Recently, there have been some high- profile cases, in which adult children from a previous marriage were denied the right to visit their ill parent by the current spouse. These contentious cases in California involving the late Peter Falk and the late Casey Casem have highlighted the need for changes to the current law. In both of these situations, the adult children were blocked from seeing their ill father by their father’s respective spouse. They also were not notified of major changes in their father’s condition and of funeral arrangements.

June 16, 2015
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE NEW YORK STATE'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

The New York State Senate today(6/10/15) passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 11, 2015
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

The New York State Senate today (6/9/15) passed legislation to help assist and support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The bill (S3968), sponsored by Senator Sue Serino (R-C-I, Hyde Park), Chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, would create a dementia and Alzheimer’s disease program database to help coordinate resources available to patients and caregivers.

June 9, 2015
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2015 Legislative Questionnaire Results

To view a graph of the final results of my legislative questionnaire, please click on the file below.  Thank you, again, for taking the time to complete the survey and to share your thoughts with me on various key state issues. 

April 9, 2015
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The 2015-16 New York State Budget

The $142 billion 2015-16 New York State Budget reflects the Senate's continued commitment to strengthening the economy, increasing education aid, and reducting the tax burden for New Yorkers.  For highligts of the 2015-16 State Budget, please click on the file below. 

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR CENTRO IN NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (3/31/15) that the new State Budget includes an extra $25 million for Upstate transit systems including Centro. The additional money should help to close Centro's $4.5 million budget gap and to maintain all of its busing services.

“Many hardworking individuals rely on Centro to get to and from work, or to medical care and other necessary appointments,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “When I first learned of Centro's deficit, which would result in service cuts, I fought to help get Centro its much needed state support. I'm very pleased to inform Central New Yorkers that this funding is in the budget."

March 31, 2015
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SENATE PASSES "BRIGHTER FUTURE" BUDGET PLAN

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.“Our Senate budget focuses on the priorities of hardworking taxpayers and their families by

March 12, 2015
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New York State Senate Announces "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate Republican Majority will act this week on its “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

“Our Senate budget focuses on the priorities of hardworking taxpayers and their families by providing new property tax relief, rebuilding our infrastructure to spur job creation and giving students across the state the opportunities they need and deserve. This fiscally responsible spending plan should serve as a blueprint for an enacted budget that invests in New York and helps our residents build a brighter future,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.

March 11, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE NOMINATION FORMS

Again this school year, I am taking part in the New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence award program. I am asking superintendents, principals, faculty members, and students to nominate an educator, who they feel is deserving of recognition for “Teacher of Excellence” Award. Teachers who are nominated should have a history of going above and beyond to inspire their students, as well as improving the quality of education in their classrooms, through innovative and exceptional teaching.

Nominations need to be returned to my office by April 1st. Once awardees have been selected, each teacher, along with his or her family and school administrators, will be invited to a local award ceremony. For a nomination form, please click on the pdf file that is below.

 

February 26, 2015
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New York State Senate Approves Measures to Protect Our Children From Sex Offenders

The State Senate voted today today in support of legislation designed to keep children safe from dangerous sex offenders.

Specifically, these bills would:

· Allow localities to fortify sex offender restrictions in ways that are no less restrictive than state laws;

· Close the loophole on the legal definition of a school to include Pre-K and Kindergarten;

· Hold risk assessment hearings before a sexual predator is released into a community;

· Prevent convicted Level 1, 2, or 3 sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of a building used exclusively as an elementary or high school;

· Prohibit a Level 2 or 3 sex offender from residing within 1,500 feet of their victim’s residence;

February 26, 2015
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ENDING THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT (GEA)

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on February, 10, 2015, that the New York State Senate Republican Conference has outlined its plan to fully eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). 

February 12, 2015
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2015 Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule

Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. have announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. 

The Local Government/General Government Hearing originally scheduled for January 27th has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the LOB.

January 23, 2015
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Agenda

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 13, 2015
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Veterans Day 2014 - Saluting Those Who Served

As a veteran myself, I know there is no greater service that a citizen can give to our country than to risk his or her life so that our freedoms can be protected.

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans, who have honorably served this great Nation. Their invaluable sacrifices and contributions have not gone unnoticed.

That is why I wanted to provide you with more information on several new programs and services that I have supported to better assist our military members and their families. To read about these measures, please click on the link below.

Again, thank you to all of our veterans, and I hope you, and yours, have a safe and memorable Veterans Day.

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF HIS 50th SENATE DISTRICT SURVEY ON I-81 / Majority of respondents want north-south thoroughfare at Interstate speed through Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the State Office Building in Syracuse to discuss the final results of his I-81 survey. The survey asked people living in Senator DeFrancisco’s district to share their thoughts on the future of I-81.The survey, which was mailed last month to constituents of the 50th Senate District, provided four main options for addressing the critical infrastructure needs of Interstate 81.

September 24, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Warns Constituents of Radical Legislation That Would Give Illegals the Right to Vote and Hold Office

Chairman of the New York State Senate Finance Committee John A. DeFrancisco today (9/22/14) warned constituents of proposed legislation, sponsored by New York City Democrat Gustavo Rivera, that would give illegal immigrants the right to vote and hold office in New York State. The bill is likely to become law, if New York City democrats were to win control of the State Senate in November. 

September 22, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO SCHEDULES HIS 10TH ANNUAL SENIOR FAIR

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco has scheduled his 10th annual Senior Fair for Tuesday, September 16th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. Senator DeFrancisco invites all Central New York senior citizens to this FREE event featuring more than 100 informational vendors, free health screenings and light refreshments.

July 9, 2014
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The 2014 Legislative Session

The NYS Senate Republican Conference:GIVING ALL NEW YORKERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED

Over the past four years, the Senate Republican Conference has worked together in a bi-partisan way to give all New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed. For information regarding this year's legislative session, please view the pdf attached:

June 23, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 2014 New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his first-ever Teachers Of Excellence awards program on June 5, 2014, at Jordan-Elbridge High School. More than 20 educators from throughout Onondaga County were honored for their outstanding efforts to help children learn during the 2013-14 school year. 

 

 

June 6, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His 2014 Teachers of Excellence Awards Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will hold his first-ever Teachers Of Excellence awards ceremony this Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Jordan-Elbridge High School, starting at 4:00 pm. More than 20 educators throughout Onondaga and Cayuga Counties will be honored. They were nominated by students, faculty, staff, and family members.

“Teachers are the tools that enable our students to succeed in life,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “I am proud to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students.”

The ceremony will be held in the Jordan-Elbridge High School Auditorium, located at 5721 Hamilton Road in Jordan.

June 2, 2014
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