John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

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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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO REPRESENTS STATE SENATE AT GOVERNOR'S REGIONAL COUNCIL AWARDS CEREMONY

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Albany), Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver joined together in praising the winners of the 2012 New York Works Regional Economic Development Council Awards in Albany today (12/19/12).

"I am honored to represent the New York State Senate and Central New York for this very important economic development announcement, and I was proud to stand with Central New York representatives as they were awarded $93.8 Million as a top performer," said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

December 19, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR JOHN DEFRANCISCO ON THRUWAY TOLLS

When the Thruway Authority proposed a plan for a 45 percent toll increase on trucks and other commercial vehicles earlier this year, I immediately expressed my opinion that it was unacceptable and advocated against the increase. 

I am very pleased with the decision today that this ill-conceived toll hike plan has now been reversed.

The Thruway Authority's proposed toll increase would have had a terrible impact on countless businesses across New York state, hurting job creation and adding new costs for consumers.

December 17, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICKS OFF HIS FIFTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), a United States Air Force veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to donate their used cellular phones to his annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Today, (12/7/12) Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Darville and Public Affairs Specialist Jacqueline Wren of the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion, joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference in Syracuse to discuss the importance of helping our military families stay connected.

“I am always proud to support our brave men and women in uniform, who are making tremendous sacrifices to serve our country,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

December 7, 2012
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COLUMN BY SENATOR DEFRANCISCO: HONORING OUR VETERANS

As we mark this Veterans Day, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans, who have honorably served this proud State and Nation. Your invaluable sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.

Through my role as a New York State Senator, and a veteran of the United States Air Force, I have done all I can to serve our soldiers and veterans. Recently, a bill that I supported to improve the identification process for veterans, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. This new state law will now make it easier for former service men and women to identify themselves as veterans, by providing them with a separate indicator line, or mark, on their New York State Drivers License or non-driver ID.

November 1, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL INTO LAW REQUIRING LICENSE FOR PERSONNEL WHO OPERATE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THAT SUPPORTS HEART AND LUNGS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S4640c) into law requiring a New York state permit for medical personnel, who operate equipment that supports a patient’s heart and lungs during certain medical procedures. 

“Currently, perfusionists, who are the operators of the equipment, are not required to be licensed or certified in New York state. This law requires that perfusionists obtain a permit and establish that they are regulated by the New York State Board of Education,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

October 4, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Remembers a Friend

A blog entry by Herm Card

In 1968, three young men sat on a park bench in Easton, PA and talked about – no – mimicked old men sitting on such a bench. Young, athletic men do such things. They disregard the future as it applies to the march of time. They think more about yesterday’s card games, their season, their upcoming game – about the things that young athletic men think about. 

That they lost that day, a game they should have won but for an ironic twist of baseball fate, would become inconsequential in time. Most of the things that such young men do at that age become inconsequential – but some, like friendship, do not.

September 26, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES MINI-GRANTS FOR ONONDAGA COUNTY LIBRARY PROGRAMMING PROJECTS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on September 18 2012, that he secured $90,000 dollars in state funds to be awarded to individual libraries in Onondaga County in system-wide programs and mini-grants over the next two years. The grants are intended to serve the uses of 32 public libraries in Onondaga County and 19 boards.

September 18, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO NAMED “GUARDIAN OF SMALL BUSINESS”

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has named Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) a 2012 Guardian of Small Business for his consistent support on issues that affect small businesses.  Senator DeFrancisco is one of ten, out of 212, legislators to receive this designation.

Senator DeFrancisco was honored for his “commitment to reducing business costs, reducing taxes and improving New York’s economy for small businesses,” said NFIB’s New York State Director, Mike Durant in a statement. Out of more than 100 pieces of legislation monitored, seven bills were examined in NFIB’s Voting Record, including votes on the property-tax cap last year and pension reform.

September 13, 2012
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Remembering September 11th

As we pause today to mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, my thoughts and prayers are with the family members, who lost loved ones on that tragic day.  I also pause to honor all of the first responders, who sacrificed their lives trying to save others in the Twin Towers.  Please join with me in remembering all of the victims and survivors of 9/11, and in showing our continued support for our brave military that continues to defend this strong and resilient nation.

September 11, 2012
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