On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the final deals negotiated at the end of session. Housing issues: property tax incentives, rent regulations, the 421a tax abatement program, and universal accessible housing.
Senator DeFrancisco also discusses the final passage of a bill he sponsors that would appoint an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing individuals during court proceedings. In addition, he discusses agreements that affect education: funding for non-public schools, increasing charter school cap, NYC mayoral control, common core standards and teacher evaluations.
June 23, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about ethics in government. He also discusses the status of the Women's Equality Agenda this year and how the State is addressing sex crimes on college campuses.
Additionally, Senator DeFrancisco explains why he voted against a bill to limit the amount of information required to formally change a person's name. He also shares his thoughts on the Governor's proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility.
Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco promotes his bill that would require the annual inspection of tinted vehicle windows, and he expresses his frustration with the Assembly's lack of action on Tiffany Heitkamp's Law, which recently passed the Senate.
On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discuss what’s left to accomplish during the final week of legislative session. He also discusses two of his bills, which recently passed the State Senate, that would require a cost benefit analysis of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and would create a database for terrorists.
Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco raises awareness about Arteriovenous Malformation, also know as AVM, and he shares some highlights from his Rebuttal at the 115th legislative Correspondents Association Show.
There were plenty of laughs as State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time giving the rebuttal at the 115th Legislative Correspondents Association Show on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the Convention Center in Albany. The LCA Show is an annual tradition in Albany, in which Capitol press corps and alumni perform musical and comedy skits, followed by rebuttals from New York lawmakers. In addition to Senator DeFrancisco, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also provided a rebuttal at the LCA Show.
With the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session underway, the State Senate has been passing a number of important bills that Senator DeFrancisco supports. Some of these bills would hold tax delinquent landlords accountable, establish the felony offense of aggravated assault, and honor the life of a fallen local officer, Glenn Searles.
On the featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses these bills, as well as the recent federal report on hydrofracking and the Governor’s "Raise the Age" proposal.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized World War II combat veterans, and Syracuse resident, as his 2015 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree during a special ceremony in Albany on <ay 19, 2015. The following is a video that shows highlights from the day.
On this program of Your Voice, I talk about the bills and policy measures that will be negotiated during the final three weeks of Legislative Session. I also explain my efforts to ensure that the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan will provide ratepayers with safe, reliable energy.
Finally on the program, I provide more details about legislation that would allow pension service credit buyback for certain veterans.
On this Your Voice program, recorded on May 18, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his 2015 Teachers of Excellence, his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, West Point Day, the Officer Brian Moore Resolution, Court of Claims, and ticket scalping legislation.
On the featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his bill that would establish a state commission on prosecutorial conduct. He also share his thoughts on the ongoing issue of NYS Infrastructure, plus highlights his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, Marcellus resident and Gold Star Mother Chapter President, Marsha Connor.
On this week's Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the wonderful Honor Flight Syracuse ceremony that he was happy to participate in this past Saturday. He also highlights two volunteers from the Baldwinsville community, who he helped recognize over the weekend at a special event.
On the featured Your Voice program, Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco explains what was allocated for the sectors that impact the lives of New Yorkers. Some of these budget measures include state education aid, transportation funding, and road and bridge projects.
March 30, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses ethics reform, school funding, teacher evaluations, education tax credits, and minimum wage in New York state.
On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate's progress toward enhancing the rights of women in New York, the proposal to increase funding for Centro, and the continued support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. He also talks about current budget negotiations as the April 1st deadline nears.
On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco further discusses the Senate’s on-house budget resolution and what it includes for education, tax relief and Upstate revitalization. He also talks about the Dream Act and why it was not included in the Senate’s budget.
On this week's Your Voice program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about cyber security legislation, broadband internet access for all of New York, and various education issues that include teacher evaluations and the Gap Eliminaton Adjustment (GEA).
This week’s Your Voice program highlights some key moments from the Local Government Hearing, including Senator John A. DeFrancisco's discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about investing in infrastructure, as well as his exchange with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the need for regionally balanced funding.
Senator DeFrancisco also shows a video clip of his questioning of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on the rationale behind his $13 an hour city minimum wage proposal.
Now that all of the public budget hearings have taken place, the Senate and the Assembly will start to begin the work on their one-house budgets.
On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate’s revenue forecast, the next steps in the state budget process, and the cost of college remediation. He also shares highlights from the Economic Development Hearing and further explains his concerns with the Start-Up NY program.