John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

SENATE PASSES 2013-14 BUDGET RESOLUTION

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.

March 12, 2013
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2013 BLUEPRINT FOR JOBS PLAN

Highlights of the 2013 Blueprint for Jobs plan include:

March 8, 2013
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INTRODUCING THE 2013 GROWN IN NY PLAN

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.

March 6, 2013
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE NY SAFE ACT

For more information on the NY SAFE Act, please click here for the Governor's website.  This site will provide you with a question-and-answer section and a fact sheet on the new law. 

March 5, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

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.

March 4, 2013
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GUN OWNERS CAN PROTECT THEIR PRIVACY THROUGH A PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPTION FORM

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:

Address:160 Genesee StreetAuburn, NY 13021

February 25, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE AUDIT OF STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM, ANNOUNCE SENATE ROUNDTABLE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF “COMPLACENT” OMIG

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.

February 22, 2013
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NYS SENATE PASSES SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S BILL NAMED AFTER THE LATE TIFFANY HEITKAMP

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.

February 11, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO REMOVE UTILITY TAX SURCHARGE EXTENSION FROM EXECUTIVE BUDGET

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday,  February 5, 2013http://www.nysenate.gov

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.

February 5, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Releases Analysis of the 2013-14 Executive Budget Proposal

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:

January 30, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO RECEIVES NFIB AWARD

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.

January 25, 2013
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STATE TAX FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT MY DISTRICT OFFICE

Tax filers who are unable to download a New York State Tax Form, can call my district office at 315-428-7632 to have one mailed to them. You must file your taxes by April 15, 2013.

January 23, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SETS UP WEBSITE AND HOTLINE REGARDING THE STATE'S NEW GUN-CONTROL LAW

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.

January 22, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER FIGHT WITH NEW STATE LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that a new law will take effect tomorrow, January 19, 2013, which will require patients to be informed by their health care provider when dense breast tissue has been discovered during a breast exam. Additionally, patients must be informed about the importance of discussing additional screening options with their doctor.

“Dense breast tissue increases the risk of a woman developing breast cancer, and it makes the cancer harder to find. We need to educate women on this fact so that they can take the extra measures necessary in order to detect cancer as early as possible. As we all know, early detection is the key to a positive outcome in the fight against breast cancer,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

January 18, 2013
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NY SAFE ACT FACT SHEET FOR GUN OWNERS

Here is some helpful information on how the NY Safe Act of 2013 will impact gun owners.  Please click on the attachment below.

January 18, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS PLEDGE AND INTRODUCES LEGISLATION

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) has introduced a bill that will allow public welfare officials to withhold rent from a landlord when real property taxes for the rental property have not been paid. (S-552)

In October of last fall, it was reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard that there were several landlords who were delinquent in payments of their real property taxes, yet were still receiving rent for public assistance recipients.  In fact, two landlords alone had delinquencies totaling more than $1 million.

January 11, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES DURING THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Creating Jobs: As the Legislative Session gets underway, I will continue to support effectives measures that will help revitalize our economy by strengthening small business and creating new jobs for the local economy.

Providing Tax Relief: With federal tax increases in store for many hardworking taxpayers in 2013, I will fight for additional tax relief at the state and local levels.

Reducing Wasteful Spending: For the past two years, New York state has made significant progress in controlling state spending, but more can be done. Therefore, I will continue to help reduce government fraud and waste, and to deliver additional mandate relief for local governments and school districts.

January 10, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO REAPPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

On January 9, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) was reappointed Chairman of the New York State Senate Finance Committee by Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein. 

“I am honored that I have been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Through bi-partisan cooperation, we have made great strides in our state, although there is still much more work to be done. I am excited to continue working hard with Governor Cuomo, Senator Skelos, and Senator Klein toward the passage of another on-time budget that serves the interests of all New Yorkers.”

January 10, 2013
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Happy Holidays from Senator John A. DeFrancisco

By partnering with Governor Cuomo in 2012, my colleagues and I in the State Senate were able to help move New York state in the right direction. We passed an early state budget, reduced taxes, cut spending, created jobs, and helped spur economic growth. Still – there is much more work ahead in the new year.

I am confident that Albany will continue to put the interests of New Yorkers first, by continuing to work toward compromise and results. I look forward to once again working with the Governor and members of the State Legislature in 2013 to keep this momentum going.

I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season, and a bright new year!

December 21, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES LOCAL JOB CREATION PROJECTS TO RECEIVE STATE FUNDING

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco today (12/19/12) announced that 17 job creation projects in the 50th Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“The $93.8 million awarded for local projects will strengthen our economy and help create and retain jobs,” Senator DeFrancisco said. “Our community leaders serving on the regional economic development council have worked hard to put together an economic development strategy that takes advantage of the tremendous resources, skills and talent in our area. Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy deserve recognition for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”

December 19, 2012
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