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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
The New York State Senate has approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.
The New York State Senate Republican Conference has introduced the “Grown in New York Plan” to strengthen family farms by expanding markets, removing obstacles, and investing in the future of farming.
The proposal would expand markets for our family farms by promoting Farmers Markets, Food Hubs and “Buy from your Backyard” programs to increase the amount of locally grown produce that is enjoyed by communities throughout the state, nation and world.
In addition to being one of the most productive agriculture industries in the country, our farmers unfortunately are among the most regulated. New York farmers can be subject to more than 20 different federal, state and local regulatory agencies.
The Family Tax Relief Act Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.
The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years. The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.
The NY SAFE Act allows pistol license holders to protect the privacy of their personal information, including their home address, by providing them with a Public Records Exemption form. Those wishing to apply for the exemption should do so by May 15, 2013. In order to access this special form, please click on the provided link.
Onondaga County residents can return the form to the Pistol Permit Unit at the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department:
Address:407 South State St.Syracuse, NY 13202
Cayuga County residents can return the form to the Cayuga County Clerk's Office:
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).
In addition, Senate Republicans will work to establish a system to continually monitor and evaluate the state’s Medicaid program to ensure it is working to provide health care to those who truly need it while protecting taxpayer dollars. The system will be modeled on the strategy utilized in South Carolina to gauge the effectiveness and performance of that state’s Medicaid program.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that his bill (S1790), which would create a link between all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses, passed the New York State Senate today, February 11,2013.
Named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, who was killed during an alcohol related boating accident in July of 2006, the bill would link Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), with Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), and driving an ATV while intoxicated. Under current law, there is no linkage between these offenses, making it possible to be convicted of two or more separate offenses by using different motorized vehicles and still be treated as a first time offender.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.
Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, and Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco announced the release of the Senate Majority Coalition “white book” analysis of the Governor’s 2013-14 Executive Budget proposal. The analysis was prepared by the Senate Finance and Counsel staff to assist the members of the Finance Committee and the Senate as a whole, in budget deliberations. A link to the report is below:
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R,I,C) was recognized last week as a “Guardian of Small Business” by Mike Durant, New York State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business in New York. (NFIB)
“Senator DeFrancisco was one of an elite list of legislators to receive the highest award given by the NFIB for his strong support of New York's small and independent business owners, job creators and entrepreneurs. The Senator’s advocacy on issues like tax relief and regulatory reform have helped to improve the business climate in New York state,” said Durant.
People with questions about New York State's new gun-control law (NY SAFE Act) can visit www.nysafeact.com or call the toll-free number (855) 529-4867. The website has a question-and-answer section, plus photographs of weapons to help gun owners understand if their gun will now be classified as an assault weapon.
Those who own what is now considered an assault weapon must register with the New York State Police within one year, beginning April 15. Registration is free.
To access the governor's website regarding the NY SAFE Act, please click here.