John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

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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CORPORAL IRVING CANTOR IS INDUCTED INTO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that Corporal Irving Cantor was inducted into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame today, May 21, 2013, posthumously.

“Irving Cantor dedicated his life to helping returning veterans find work and keeping them informed about their benefits,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “He also fought to keep the War Memorial and founded the Veteran’s Party, which is an independent political party with the goal of supporting candidates who support policies that benefit veterans.”

Corporal Irving Cantor was born in Syracuse in 1918, and he served in the 3138th Motor Messenger Signal Corps, carrying messages behind enemy lines in the European Theater of operations working directly with and for General Eisenhower.

May 21, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL EXPANDING DEFINITION OF RESTITUTION

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S.337), which would expand the scope of individuals and entities that are considered a “victim,” passed the New York State Senate today.

An existing law allows sentencing courts to order restitution or reparation for certain victims. This bill would amend the law to include any person, private company, or public agency, or department which took action to prevent, mitigate, or remedy damages to persons or property caused by the crime.

By enlarging the scope of the term “victim,” sentencing courts will have wider authority to order a convicted defendant to make reparation of actual out-of-pocket losses to an entity that suffers damages resulting from the crime.

May 21, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Calls For Public Input on the Future of I-81

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on May 17, 2013, at the corner of Harrison and South State Streets near the OnCenter to encourage citizen involvement in the decision-making process regarding the future of I-81. Various other legislative leaders, community members and business owners joined Senator DeFrancisco to call on the general public to get involved.

The elevated section of I-81 that runs through the City of Syracuse and its suburbs is nearing the end of its “useful” lifespan. Therefore, it will need to be repaired, removed or replaced with significant cost.

May 15, 2013
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New York State Senate Passes Vince's Law

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.

The bill (S.4267), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I,Syracuse) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period.  Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.  The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.

May 6, 2013
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FREE Electronics Recycling Event in Auburn on May 18th

You can properly dispose of your electronics by dropping them off at a FREE electronics recycling event that I am sponsoring in May.

The event will be held near the Time Warner Cable building at 32 Owasco Street in Auburn, on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  Sunnking Electronics Recycling will be accepting computers, television sets and small appliances. 

Community partners are Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Hospice of the Finger Lakes.

May 2, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Recognizes a West Point Cadet from Central New York at the NYS Capitol

Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized Cadet Sergeant Brian Callahan, a Central New York West Point cadet, during West Point Day at the New York State Capitol.  Callahan is a Syracuse native and a 2010 graduate of Bishop Grimes High School.

“All of these cadets are exceptional young men and women, but I am especially proud to honor Brian Callahan who is from Syracuse,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Brian should be commended for his patriotism, dedication and strong commitment to our Nation. For Brian to answer the call to serve in this dangerous time is truly an inspiration to all of us.”

April 24, 2013
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Lawmakers Tout Plan to End Duplicative Vehicle Taxes for Returning Members of the Military

Assemblyman Colton (D-Brooklyn) was joined by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), and other lawmakers, to call attention to a pressing matter facing members of the military as they return home.

April 22, 2013
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April 2013 is Autism Awareness Month

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that autism has risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States.

In order to raise awareness about the programs and services available to families affected by autism, the New York State Senate has commemorated April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month.

April 12, 2013
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THE 2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

The 2013-2014 State Budget is a fiscally responsible budget that will control spending, cut taxes and keep New York State moving in the right direction.  It is the third consecutive on-time budget.

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. For more information on the STAR program, please click here.

For further details on the overall 2013-2014 State Budget, please click on the image below.

March 27, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $3.4 MILLION TO BE ALLOCATED FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE REPAIR PROJECTS IN THE 50TH SENATE DISTRICT

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R,I,C) announced that more than $3.4 million in state funds will be allocated to the 50th Senate District for road and bridge repairs as part of the 2013-14 Budget under the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“I am pleased to see an increase in the amount of money provided for road and bridge repair for the first time in five years,” said State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco. “We desperately need these infrastructure improvements for communities throughout our state, and these projects will help to create local jobs and stimulate the economy.”

March 26, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MILITARY IMAGES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his legislation, which would make it a crime to use the name, image, or likeness of any current or former member of the armed forces or state militia for commercial purposes without permission (S3036), passed the New York state Senate today.

“There have been numerous incidents where the names of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been used without concern for the soldier or the soldier’s family,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Our military members, veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices for our country, and it is essential that we respect their privacy.”

March 19, 2013
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