John A. DeFrancisco's Press releases

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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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES STATE GRANTS FOR LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN ONONDAGA COUNTY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that several libraries in Onondaga County have been awarded New York State Public Library Construction Grants to help make necessary improvements to their buildings.
The local grants are among 192 construction grants awarded to public libraries and library systems throughout New York state, which are supported by $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the State Budget.

May 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION REQUIRING STATE AGENCIES TO PAY TIMELY INTEREST ON MONEY OWED TO NOT-FOR-PROFITS

New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the Senate passed his legislation today (S6469), which requires state agencies to pay interest for money owed on state contracts within 30 days.

Current law requires state agencies to furnish interest payments on state contracts that are paid late to not-for-profit organizations, but they do not provide a specific time frame by which such interest payments must be made. This bill would require that interest payments must be paid within 30 days of any payment required by contract, or as soon as monies become available, whichever is earlier.

May 2, 2012
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GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO EXPAND THE FOREIGN TRADE ZONE AREA

New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation (S6471) that expands Onondaga County’s foreign trade zone to include Cayuga, Oswego, and Madison counties.

April 30, 2012
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"New York Works" Projects in Central New York

Major work on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects will take place under the "New York Works" program to spur economic growth across the state.

The NY Works dam and flood control projects in Central New York are as follows: 

April 18, 2012
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April is Autism Awareness Month

April is designated "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York state, to raise awareness about the disorder, and to support families of autistic individuals.

As your Senator, I was proud to co-sponsor a bill last year, which Governor Cuomo signed into law, that will provide families with better access to critically important medical care for both adults and children who have autism.

April 9, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses State Budget Process on The Campbell Conversations

Speaking with Grant Reeher on WRVO's The Campbell Conversations just before the budget passed, State Senator John DeFrancisco describes the budget process and discusses whether or not it has improved in recent years.  Seantor DeFrancisco also discusses political redistricting and whether a constitutional amendment will fundamentally change the process.  To hear the Senator's interview, click here.

You can also visit http://www.wrvo.fm/post/john-defrancisco-campbell-conversations

 

 

April 3, 2012
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New York State Senate Completes Second Consecutive Early Passage of State Budget

Posted by Majority Press on Friday, March 30th, 2012

For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.

April 2, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DISCUSSES BUDGET AGREEMENT ON YNN'S CAPITAL TONIGHT PROGRAM

New York State Senate Finance Chair John A. DeFrancisco was interviewed by YNN's Liz Benjamin on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, regarding the state budget agreement. He addressed several elements, including school aid funding.

To watch his interview, please visit http://www.capitaltonight.com/2012/03/sen-defrancisco-on-budget-agreement/

 

March 28, 2012
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO EXPAND CENTRAL NEW YORK'S FOREIGN TRADE ZONE AREA

New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the Senate passed his legislation today (S6471), which would expand Onondaga County’s foreign trade zone to include Cayuga, Oswego, and Madison counties.

Imports and exports are a major source of growth for Central New York, and the expansion would permit existing businesses to expand distribution and increase international trade.

March 28, 2012
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