John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

2014 New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence Program

 

Teachers are the tools that enable our students to succeed in life.  They unlock a child's potential by going above and beyond every day to mentor and inspire their students.  

That is why I am participating in the New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence awards program to recognize and honor those teachers who are making a difference in our community.  You can help me by nominating a teacher, who you think has excelled in his or her job, educating their students to the fullest. 

May 7, 2014
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2014-2015 STATE BUDGET MAKES INVESTMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

The New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state. The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.

April 30, 2014
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2014-2015 STATE BUDGET INCREASES SCHOOL AID BY $1.1. BILLION

The New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 education budget that will increase school aid by $1.1 billion, bringing total support for public schools to $22.1 billion.  The 2014-15 State Budget distributes school aid fairly and equitably across the state, will help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers, provides additional support for charter schools and for early education programs, and makes important changes to address serious concerns raised about the Common Core program.

April 30, 2014
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2014-15 BUDGET PROVIDES ALMOST $5 BILLION IN PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

New York’s hardworking families will see substantial property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program - $3.4 billion - and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.

April 30, 2014
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SENATE REPUBLICAN PRIORITIES ACHIEVED IN 2014-15 STATE BUDGET

4th Consecutive On-Time Budget Includes $1.1 Billion School Aid Increase; 

March 31, 2014
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROHIBIT THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE IMAGE OR NAME OF ANY MILITARY MEMBER

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill S3036, which would establish a crime for the unauthorized use of the name or image of any military member for commercial purposes, passed the New York State Senate today, March 24, 2014. 

March 24, 2014
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State Senate to Act on Bipartisan Budget Resolution That Cuts Taxes and Helps Create Jobs

New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced (3/13/14) the Senate will act on a bipartisan budget resolution that balances the budget without raising taxes or fees, increases school aid funding and provides significant business and property tax relief that will create new jobs, grow the economy and help middle-class families stay and thrive in New York.

 

March 14, 2014
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Senator John DeFrancisco and Hall Of Fame Boxing Coach Ray Rinaldi To Duke It Out In The Ring for a Good Cause

At the first-of-its kind fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, on April 26th, at 6:00pm, State Senator John A.

March 7, 2014
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SENATE FORECASTS $353 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL STATE REVENUES

Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democrat Conference Leader Jeff Klein today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection.  The Senate report projects revenues of $265 million more than the Executive’s estimate for Fiscal Year 2015, and $88 million more for the remainder of state fiscal year 2014. 

February 26, 2014
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GOVERNOR CUOMO UNVEILS DETAILS OF ONONDAGA LAKE REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

$30 Million in State Funding Will Support Economic Development and Infrastructure Improvements in Communities Surrounding Onondaga Lake

January 29, 2014
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Consensus Announcement - Senator DeFrancisco Helps Secure State Grant for the Study

The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community. 

January 24, 2014
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Information on Organ Donation

If you have questions about organ donation in New York State, please visit the link below.

http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/patients/donation/organ/

 

January 23, 2014
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2013-2014 Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive Locations

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will wrap up his 2013-2014 collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers on Monday, January 6, 2014.  You can drop off your gently-used mobile phones at Senator DeFrancisco’s district office:  

January 3, 2014
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO REVISE THE NEW YORK YOUTH WORKS TAX CREDIT

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S.4762A) into law that will reduce the number of employer qualification hours for the New York Youth Works program. 

December 19, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO END DUPLICATE TAXATION ON VEHICLES OF RETURNING MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS

               State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (12/19/13) that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S.4170A) into law that will end double sales taxation on vehicles of military members who have returned home to New York State.

December 19, 2013
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December 19, 2013
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SENATOR JOHN DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES 2013 REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced today (12/11/13) that $66.9 million has been awarded through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council Awards to help create and retain jobs in Central New York. For the second consecutive year, Senator DeFrancisco joined Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for the REDC awards ceremony in Albany.

December 11, 2013
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STATE SENATE REPUBLICANS ISSUE REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Senate Republicans today, November 19, 2013, issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.

November 19, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO EXTEND MANDATORY PERMIT PROCESS FOR PERFUSIONISTS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed his bill (S.5353A) into law that will improve patient safety statewide.  

October 25, 2013
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