John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

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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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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