John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

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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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN BACKGROUND CHECK OF CONTRACTORS WHO PERFORM HOME RENOVATIONS FOR LOW-INCOME DISABLED INDIVIDUALS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation, which would require a more thorough background check of contractors who perform home renovations on low-income disabled individuals, passed the Senate today on June 13, 2013.

June 13, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING ANGEL TAX CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today announced that legislation he sponsored (S3732) creating an angel tax credit for investors who invest in certified startup business enterprises passed the Senate.
 

June 13, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO END DUPLICATE VEHICLE TAX TO RETURNING MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation, which would end double sales taxation on vehicles of military service members who have returned to New York, passed the Senate today, June 13, 2013.

June 13, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES “NEW YORK COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION SYSTEM ACT”

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S2314) passed the New York State Senate today, June 12, 2013.

Access to information is vital to creating an environment conducive to learning and innovation. Under this legislation, the New York State Library would be authorized to coordinate the purchase of electronic databases and other information resources for state agencies, library systems, and other governmental entities.

“More Central New Yorkers are using their local libraries to research employment opportunities and learn new skills. This bill would allow libraries to lower their overheard, stretch their resources, and offer patrons more for less,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

June 12, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING LENDERS TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION FOR SATISFIED MORTGAGES

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his mortgage tax legislation (S2312) passed the New York state Senate today, June 11, 2013.

 

June 11, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL CREATING THE NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York State Senate today, June 4, 2013, passed his bill (S2316) that would establish a New York state Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health.

“Obesity in children is on the rise. More than 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, and the numbers are even worse for adolescents,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“We need to be proactive about promoting healthy lifestyles to our young people, so that we can reverse the unhealthy trends that cost our nation $117 billion annually in health care expenses,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

June 6, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today,, June 4, 2013, announced that his bill, S340A, restricting the ability of perpetrators of violent crimes to access the personal records of their victims, passed the Senate.

"In order to crack down on violent criminal activity, we must provide appropriate protections so that violent felons may not access the personal records of their victims without legitimate legal purpose,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This bill ensures the safety of victims of violent crimes.”

The bill amends current law so that violent felons may only obtain records of their victims with a subpoena by a court in which an action against him or her is pending. Even then, only an agent is able to obtain the records on behalf of the felon.

June 6, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REVIEW SEALED JUVENILE RECORDS IN CERTAIN INSTANCES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation (S4792), which would allow a prompt review of sealed juvenile records in instances when a person is charged with a sex offense, passed the State Senate on June 4, 2013.

June 6, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL PROVIDING LONG-SERVING RESERVISTS WITH PROPERTY TAX BREAKS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation(S553B), which would provide a five percent property tax break to reservists and National Guard members who have 20 years of service, passed the Senate today.

“Reservists and guard members can be called from civilian life to serve at a moments’ notice. These service members should be rewarded for their commitment to serving our country,” said Senator DeFrancisco, an Air Force Veteran.

If enacted, each municipality would have the discretion to offer the five percent tax break to service members if they are not eligible for any other military property tax exemption. Currently, veterans may receive various property tax breaks, but reservists are not eligible for any type of property tax break if they are not a veteran.

June 3, 2013
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION REQUIRING STATE AGENCIES TO PAY TIMELY INTEREST ON MONEY OWED TO NOT-FOR-PROFITS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that the Senate passed his legislation (S5189), which would require state agencies to pay interest for money owed on state contracts within 30 days. 

Current law requires state agencies to furnish interest payments on state contracts that are paid late to not-for-profit organizations, but they do not provide a specific time frame by which such interest payments must be made. This bill would require that interest payments must be paid within 30 days of any payment required by contract, or as soon as monies become available, whichever is earlier. 

May 30, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE FINES FOR LITTERING ON HIGHWAYS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today, May 29, 2013, that his legislation (S2311), which would double the penalties for littering, passed the New York State Senate.

“Littering not only impacts the appearance of the roadways, it also can pose driving hazards, and trash is very costly to remove,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

If enacted, the fine for littering will be raised from $350 to $700 for the first offense and from $700 to $1,400 for the second offense.

“Stiffening the fines for those who are caught throwing trash on the highways should help to serve as a deterrent, and help to clean up the roadways in our state,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.

May 30, 2013
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The New York State Senate 2013 Summer Reading Program

To register for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program, click on the image above.  This year's theme is Dig Into Reading!

May 29, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

The State Senate today passed a bill toughening the penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report. The bill (S.339), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco is in response to serious boating accidents that have happened in recent years.

“A few years ago, Central New York experienced two boating tragedies, and in both cases, the victims of the accident were left dead or dying,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “There is always a possibility, had the victims been rendered aid, they could have lived. People should be responsible for their actions, and know that if they try to avoid responsibility, there will be real consequences.”

May 23, 2013
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