John A. DeFrancisco's Constituent stories

Donald Fida

Donald Fida was born on January 28,1924, in Syracuse, New York. He enlisted in the United States Army on December 5, 1942, becoming a Private First Class in the 184th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division, deployed to the Aleutian Islands in the Central Pacific. 

May 19, 2015

Marsha K. Connor

Marsha K. Connor, an American Gold Star Mother, was elected President and Treasurer of the American Gold Star Mothers, Chapter #15, in October 2013. 

As the chapter’s president, Ms. Connor’s consistent goal is to increase fellowship among the Gold Star Mothers and to perpetuate the noble principles for which their children fought and died. She also promotes respect for our nation, by assisting veterans and active-duty military members in the Central New York community.

May 13, 2015

Stan F. Stanley

World War II veteran Stan F. Stanley was born September 27, 1919 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Liverpool, New York, and graduated from Syracuse Vocational High in 1937.

In 1942, at the age of 22, Stan was drafted into the United States Army Air Force.He completed his basic training in Atlantic City and his flight training in Pueblo, Colorado. His tours of duty consisted of European theater and bombing raids on Berlin. Stan, a radio operator on a B24 bomber, completed 10 missions before tragedy struck.

May 16, 2014

Diane Kuppermann

Diane Kuppermann, for the past 22 years, has effectively served as the President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Central New York - an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Under Ms. Kuppermann’s leadership and foresight, the organization has expanded programs, added employees and fulfilled the wishes of nearly 1,500 children. She considers it her mission every day to provide hope, strength and happiness to children battling illnesses in her Central New York community.

May 13, 2014

Irving Cantor

Corporal Irving Cantor was born in Syracuse on December 21, 1918 to Bertha and Louis Cantor, who came to the United States from Russia. 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.Upon his return to Syracuse after serving his country, Corporal Cantor received a citation from President Truman commenting that he would serve his community and country as he had done overseas. He fulfi lled that call for service with a lifetime of commitment to veterans.

May 19, 2013

Nancy Kronen

Nancy Kronen has spent nearly her entire career working and volunteering for nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of countless individuals within the Central New York community. Ms. Kronen has distinguished herself through effective leadership, outstanding character and dedicated community service. 

May 13, 2013

Alberto Caiella

Alberto Caiella was born on May, 1918 and has lived most of his life in the Syracuse, New York where he still resides today with his wife, Lucy. Alberto’s family includes 7 children, 14 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Mr. Caiella was nominated by his proud granddaughters Kristin, Danielle and Bianca. 

Alberto Caiella was drafted on July 16, 1941 and proudly served his country for four years as a half-track driver in the United States Army as a T5 (Technician, 5th Grade) A Company 17th Engineers, 2nd Armored Division 9th Army. 

May 18, 2012

Colleen Hassett-Mastine

Colleen Hassett-Mastine was a devoted staff member and friend, whose passion, generosity, leadership, and desire to help others, enriched the quality of life for so many individuals in the State of New York. 

A lifelong resident of the Syracuse area, Ms. Hassett-Mastine worked for Mayor Tom Young as an administrative assistant from 1986-1994. She was also selected an active member of the Mayor’s sub-cabinet on Neighborhoods and Youth.

May 15, 2012

Charles Murphy

Charles Murphy was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 10, 1949 and died on February 23, 2011.  He grew up in North Syracuse, New York, and in 1967, he joined the U.S. Army.

Sergeant Major Murphy served honorably in both the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts and retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 as an Operations Sergeant Major after 24 years of service. 

During his distinguished career of military service to the United States, Sergeant Major Murphy was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Conspicuous Service Star and the Conspicuous Service Cross for his actions and valor.

June 9, 2011

Indi L. Shelby

Indi L. Shelby arrived at the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc. more than 24 years ago as Director of Patient Services. For the past eight years, Ms. Shelby has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Visiting Nurses A Systems, Inc. the parent or sister agencies, Independent Health Care Services, Inc., The Visiting Nurses Association Foundation of Central New York, and the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc. as well as affiliate agency, CCH Home Care & Palliative Services, Inc. Her leadership has been instrumental in not only promoting positive change for all organizations within the corporate system, but also for solidifying its position as one of Central New York’s most trusted, respected and widely known home care systems.

May 11, 2011

Jeremy K. Torrisi

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION  honoring Chief Petty Officer Jeremy K. Torrisi upon the occasion of receiving the Silver Star Medal

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and commend those illustrious individuals of distinguished purpose whose lives have been committed to the pursuit of excellence and who bring great pride to the citizens of our great State; and

June 1, 2010

Nicholas Zingaro

Nicholas Zingaro served his country for more than 35 years as a member of the United States Marine Corps, transcending World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

May 28, 2010

Sam Danial

In recognition of his meritorious military service and his decades of tireless advocacy on behalf of his fellow veterans, Sam Danial has earned a place among the elite veterans of the Empire State.After serving in the United States Army during World War II, Mr. Danial became a leading advocate for veterans’ affairs in Central New York. Mr. Danial served as the State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans from 1976 to 1977 and became Chairman of the Onondaga County Veterans Service Advisory Board in 1979.

May 28, 2010
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