John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

SENATOR JOHN DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCED THAT GOVERNOR CUOMO HAS SIGNED LEGISLATION TO EXPAND THE DEFINITION OF RESTITUTION

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on September 28, 2013, that his bill (S.337A) to expand the scope of individuals and entities that are considered a “victim,” has been signed into law.

September 30, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Announced that Governor Cuomo Signed Legislation to Restore up to $90 million for People with Developmental Disabilities

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to restore up to $90 million in funding for programs for people with developmental disabilities.  

September 30, 2013
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ONONDAGA COUNTY MEN RECEIVE NEW YORK STATE SENATE LIBERTY AWARD FOR HELPING TO RESCUE 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND COMFORT LORI BRESNAHAN

On September 30, 2013, State Senators John A. DeFrancisco and David J. Valesky honored two Onondaga County men who helped rescue a 10-year-old girl, and comfort Lori Bresnahan, after a brutal assault in Clay.

September 30, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO WILL HOST 2013 SENIOR FAIR

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) will host his ninth annual Senior Fair on Tuesday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.  This informational event is FREE and open to all Central New York senior citizens and their caregivers, who are searching for local programs and services.

September 23, 2013
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HOTLINE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW YORK'S HEALTH-CARE EXCHANGE

The state Health Department has opened its hotline to help customers sign up for New York's health-care exchange.  The enrollment period runs from October 1 through March 31.  You can reach "NY State of Health" program at 1-855-355-5777.  The line will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.  Also for more information, please visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

September 17, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES $3.3 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECT IN THE TOWN OF MANLIUS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that $3.3 million in state funding will be allocated for a road and bridge project in the Town of Manlius. 

September 12, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Schedules His Ninth Annual Senior Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will host his ninth annual Senior Fair on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. This FREE event is open to all Central New York senior citizens.

September 3, 2013
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON TAX REFORM

Senators DeFrancisco & Marcellino To Chair Hearings on Reducing and Reforming NYS Taxes To Ease Burden on Taxpayers and Create Jobs

The state Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), and the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), have scheduled five statewide public hearings on how New York’s tax policies can be changed to reduce the burden on taxpayers and to help businesses create more jobs.

August 29, 2013
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Information on the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program for Veterans

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Program provides peer-to-peer counseling and assistance to veterans who are living with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Since its inception, the program had been operating in four test counties. Senator John A. DeFrancisco was instrumental in helping to expand the program in the 2013-14 State Budget to additional counties, including Onondaga County.  State funding for the program will be routed to Clear Path for Veterans. 

August 28, 2013
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STAR Registration Fact Sheet

New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years.  Registration will begin on August 19 and continue through December 31, 2013.  For more information on this registration requirement, please click on the box below for a STAR fact sheet. 

August 14, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES LOCAL LIBRARY GRANTS

On July 29, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) joined Kate McCaffrey, representing Onondaga County public libraries, to announce the individual libraries in Onondaga County that will receive state mini-grants for cultural programming. Last year, Senator DeFrancisco secured $90,000 in state funds to be awarded to libraries in Onondaga County over two years.

July 30, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO PROMOTES LEGISLATION TO HELP MORE YOUNG PEOPLE SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND THE WORKPLACE

Assemblymember Sam Roberts held a press conference on July 26, 2013, with Senator John A. DeFrancisco to urge the Governor to sign into law a bill they authored to reduce the number of part-time hours needed to qualify for the NY Youth Works program (A.7928-A/S.4762-A). The press conference was held at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, a nationally recognized Syracuse City youth development and dropout prevention program that helps students stay in school and successfully graduate high school ready for post-secondary education and employment.

July 26, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Will Host Auburn Office Hours

State Senator John DeFrancisco will host Auburn office hours on Friday, August 9th.

Senator DeFrancisco and members of his staff will be on hand to speak with constituents from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Stardust Building at 2 State Street in Auburn.

To schedule an appointment, please call the district office at 315-428-7632.

July 24, 2013
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New York State Senate Passes Women's Equality Agenda

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of nine bills that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and curb discrimination of women in the workplace.  The "Women's Equality Agenda" would:

June 24, 2013
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2013 Legislative Session Overview

For a summary of actions taken by the NYS Senate during the 2013 Legislative Session, please click on the link below.

 

June 24, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures

June 19, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAS RESTORED FUNDING CUTS TO PROTECT PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that the New York state Legislature has restored funding cuts to protect people with developmental disabilities.

“When significant budget cuts for people with developmental disabilties were proposed earlier this year, I was very concerned about the impact that the cuts would have on those who live with developmental disabilities,” said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

Some of the cuts were restored during the budget process, and commitments were made to target the reductions to administrative costs, rather than direct services. To the extent the administrative cuts are not sufficient to cover the remaining budget gap, the bill will completely restore funding for the disabled. Governor Cuomo has committed to sign the bill.

June 18, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL AUTHORIZING CITY TO ADD UNPAID CODE VIOLATION FINES TO HOMEOWNER’S PROPERTY TAX BILL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today announced that his legislation (S4512-A), which would give the city of Syracuse the authority to add unpaid code violation penalties, costs and fines to the property tax bill of the homeowner, passed the Senate.

“By allowing the uncollected fees to be added to the property tax bill of the homeowner, it will reduce the administrative costs associated with collecting delinquent fines,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

June 18, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO HOLD LANDLORDS ACCOUNTABLE FOR UNPAID REAL ESTATE TAXES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today that the New York State Senate has passed his bill (S552) that would authorize public welfare officials to withhold rent from landlords who have not paid their real estate taxes.  The bill would give broad discretion to the Department of Social Services.  
 

June 18, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL REMOVING 10-YEAR CAP ON COLD WAR ERA PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco today announced that his legislation (S3731), which would remove a 10-year cap on property tax breaks for Cold War era veterans, passed the Senate.

If enacted, this bill would provide for a permanent property tax break instead of requiring a sunset of the tax break after 10 years.
 

June 17, 2013
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