John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

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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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His 8th Annual Senior Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is hosting his 8th annual FREE Senior Fair on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  It will be held in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Senator DeFrancisco invites all Central New York senior citizens and their family members to browse informational displays from more than 80 exhibitors.  Seniors can gather valuable information about programs and services to help them answer some of the challenging questions about long term care, health care, recreation, transportation, and much more.  Local health professionals will also be on hand to provide free health screenings.

September 7, 2012
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SENATE REPUBLICAN’S CHAMBER SPENDING COMES IN $11 MILLION UNDER BUDGET

Senate Finance Chairman, John A. DeFrancisco, announced that the Senate’s Republican Majority spent $11 million less than budgeted for senate chamber expenses for the 2011-12 state fiscal year, according to a report released yesterday.

“When the Senate Democrats were in the majority, they overspent by millions of dollars and left us with a massive structural deficit. Senate Republicans have reigned in the spending, and are doing more with less, resulting in substantial savings to our state,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

August 31, 2012
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Statement by Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco - - On Standard and Poor's Upgrade of New York's Credit Outlook

The announcement on August 27, 2012, that the rating agency Standard and Poor has upgraded New York State's credit outlook is a positive development for our state and for hard-working, middle-class taxpayers.

Although there is more work to be done, New York is on the right track since the Senate Republicans regained leadership of the Senate nearly two years ago. Under the Senate Democrats' leadership, $14 billion dollars in new taxes and fees were approved at a time when our state was in a financial crisis.

August 28, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives Top Ranking from the New York State Business Council

The New York State Business Council has released its 2012 ranking of state lawmakers, and Senator John A. DeFrancisco scored 90 percent for his pro-business votes on bills regarding taxes, state spending and job creation.  Senator DeFrancisco discussed the Business Council's 2012 Voter Guide on August 21, 2012, with Liz Benjamin on YNN's Capital Tonight.  To watch his interview, please click the link below.

http://capitaltonightny.ynn.com/2012/08/sen-defrancisco-reacts-to-business-council-ratings/

August 22, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S ACTIONS ON BATH SALTS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for addressing the synthetic drug crisis in our community by issuing a health department regulation to strengthen the ban on “bath salts.” 

“The bath salt abuse problem has become an urgent situation in our community. In April, the Senate passed a bill (S6694-A) to address the issue, but it was not taken up by the Assembly. Had the Assembly taken quick action, the bath salt ban could have been law in April,” said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

“Law enforcement now has a tool to crack down on those who are involved in the sale, distribution or use of this harmful substance,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.

 

August 8, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO HELP INCREASE EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) has announced that legislation he supported (S6769B) to improve early breast cancer detection has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam.  Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.

Senator DeFrancisco said, “This new law will help save women’s lives by increasing their awareness of a known breast cancer risk factor.  Along with routine breast cancer screenings, the information provided by physicians to those with dense breast tissue can help increase early detection of the disease and give patients a greater ability to make educated decisions about their health.”

July 25, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW THAT WILL AUTHORIZE A FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE CENTER

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) has announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed his bill (S6794-A) into law.  The law will authorize a five-year extension for the New York Telecommunications Relay Center to remain in Syracuse.

“It require that the New York Telecommunications Relay Service Center remain in Syracuse, and along with it, nearly 100 private-sector jobs,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“As the center continues to grow and to add new services, I am hopeful that more telecommunications jobs will be created in Syracuse,” added Senator DeFrancisco.

July 25, 2012
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Clothing Sales Tax Exemption is in Effect

Your clothing and footwear purchases up to $110 dollars are no longer subject to New York state sales tax. 

On April 1, 2012, the New York State sales tax clothing exemption was restored to the original less-than-$110 threshold.

This means that sales of eligible clothing and footwear, costing less than $110 per item or pair, are now exempt from the state's 4% sales tax and local tax in those localities that enacted the exemption.  This new tax break could save a family of four as much as $200 dollars a year. 

June 27, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S3760), which would stiffen penalties for persons leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report, passed the New York State Senate.

“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.  There is always a possibility, had the victims been rendered aid, they could have lived,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

The bill would increase the penalty to an A misdemeanor for a first offense of leaving the scene of a boating accident when a person knows or should know that there has been an injury to another person.  A second offense within five years of the first offense would be an E felony.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PHARMACIES COLLECT CO-PAYMENTS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate on June 18, 2012, passed his bill (S4749), which would require pharmacies to collect prescription drug co-payments from customers at the point of sale.

Currently, recipients of Medicaid and Family Health Plus can refuse to pay a modest co-payment, which can range between $1 and $6 depending on the prescription. The pharmacy must still honor the prescription despite a beneficiary’s refusal to pay, resulting in significant financial losses to New York State pharmacies each year.

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING ANGEL TAX CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on June, 18, 2012, that legislation he sponsored (S6837-2011), creating an angel tax credit for investors who invest in certified startup business enterprises, passed the Senate.

The bill authorizes the Commissioner of Economic Development to certify Startup Business Enterprises (SBE) in targeted industries and technologies and allocates $7 million in Angel Tax Credits each year. The minimum investment is $100,000 and is capped at $1 million per individual small business.

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING A PERMIT FOR PERSONNEL WHO OPERATE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPORTING HEART AND LUNGS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced the passage of bill (S4640C) in the Senate June 18, 2012, that would require 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 bill would require that perfusionists obtain a permit and establish that they are regulated by the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MILITARY IMAGES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced legislation that 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, passed the New York state Senate on June 13, 2012. 

“There have been numerous incidents where the names of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been used without concern for the solider 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.”

June 14, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING LENDERS TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION FOR SATISFIED MORTGAGES

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his mortgage tax legislation (S2906) passed the New York state Senate on June 12, 2012.

The bill would allow property owners who are refinancing their mortgages with a new bank to demand either a certificate of discharge, which shows that the mortgage is satisfied, or an assignment of mortgage, which shows a transfer from their original bank lender to a new lender.

June 12, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ASSIST SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES IN SECURING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York Senate passed legislation today, May 15, 2012, which would give state agencies the authority to determine whether a letter of credit is needed for a state contract, and would limit the amount of the letter of credit to 3 percent of the total contract award.

“A three percent cap on a letter of credit would help small and medium-sized businesses, because a letter of credit requirement adversely impacts a company’s ability to secure a loan, and it ties up resources that a company needs for operating expenses and growth,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

May 17, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE HONORS COLLEEN H. MASTINE AS A 2012 WOMEN OF DISTINCTION

Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Colleen H. Mastine with the 2012 "Women of Distinction" award for the 50th Senate District.  The New York State Senate recognizes women from Central New York and throughout the state at a reception in Albany.

"I am proud to honor my former colleague and friend, Colleen Mastine, who served in my district office for many years," said Senator DeFrancisco.

"Through her work in the Senate, she helped so many citizens in our community. I commend her for a lifetime of helping others, and for the genuine caring and concern that she exhibited, as she worked with people to solve their problems," said Senator DeFrancisco.

May 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL AUTHORIZING FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE CENTER

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York State Senate passed on May 8, 2012, his bill (S6794-A) that would authorize a five-year extension for the New York Telecommunications Relay Center to remain in Syracuse.

“This bill requires that the New York Telecommunications Relay Service Center remain in Syracuse, and along with it, nearly 100 private-sector jobs,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“As the center continues to grow and to add new services, I am hopeful that more telecommunications jobs will be created in Syracuse,” added Senator DeFrancisco.

May 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL CREATING THE NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on May 7, 2012, that the New York State Senator passed his bil (S2856-A) 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.

May 7, 2012
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