John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

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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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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