On this program of Your Voice in Albany, I explain how the new State Budget will impact health care, education and funding for people with disabilities. I also discuss certain tax credits that could help businesses offset an increase in the minimum wage.
On this week's Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, known as CHIPS. These funds will directly go to local governments for highway, bridge and road repairs. Senator DeFrancisco also talks about the Legislature's rejection of proposed restrictions on plea bargaining, and a measure to provide school districts with more flexibility when hiring retired police officers for school protection.
On this week's Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about transportation budget bills, including the increase in funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, known as CHIPS.
On this week’s Your Voice program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate’s budget resolution, which provides tax relief to middle-class families, helps create jobs in New York state, and restores proposed funding cuts to the Office for People with Disabilities. He also talks about education aid, Medicaid reform and support for struggling municipalities.
On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why Senate Republicans have called for an independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program. He also talks about the next steps in New York’s budget process, now that Joint Public Budget Hearings have concluded.
On this week's Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why he voted "no" on the confirmation of Jenny Rivera for the New York State Court of Appeals. He also explains the judicial selection process. Rivera was confirmed to serve on the Appeals Court on February 11, 2013. She was nominated by Governor Cuomo on January 15.
On this week’s Your Voice cable program, I review video highlights from the Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection. I also provide a video excerpt from the Judiciary Committee Hearing for Court of Appeals nominee Jenny Rivera, in which I call into question Rivera's credentials for the specific job.
As Chairman of the State Senate Finance Committee, I continue to seek important answers during ongoing budget hearings in Albany. On the following Your Voice cable program, I discuss my questioning of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner on the status of revised day care provider regulations. Finally on Your Voice, I talk about the effort to end the utility tax surcharge.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the honor of performing with the legendary band The Blacklites on January 26, 2013. In the featured video, Senator DeFrancisco is singing "Play That Funky Music" with the band members.
On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senator John DeFrancisco talks about the new gun-control measures that are part of the NY SAFE Act. He also discusses legislation he introduced that would hold landlords accountable for paying their taxes.
On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senate Finance Chairman John DeFrancisco explains the budget process and the joint public budget hearing schedule. He also talks about the honor of receiving the Guardian of Small Business Award by the NFIB and initiatives to help local businesses.
Your Voice is a televised show that is taped in Albany. On the following Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Joint Budget Hearing on Education and his frustration with a failed teacher evaluation agreement in the New York City school district. You can watch his exchange with union leaders from the United Federation of Teachers by clicking on the link above.
On the cable program, Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an overview of the 2013 Legislative Session and discusses the new leadership coalition in the State Senate. He also shares some highlights from the Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony. This Your Voice program was taped in Albany on January 14, 2013.
On this program of the cable show, Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognizes young adults from Central New York, who visited the Capitol during legislative session. They include World Karate Champion Christopher Collins, Gatorade’s National Basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart, and the Cicero-North Syracuse Girls Basketball state champions.
The New York State Senate passed a number of bills during the 2012 legislative session to help create jobs, increase public safety, and improve school performance, which are discussed on my weekly cable show, Your Voice.
On this program, I talk about a new state measure that will help combat cyber-bullying, the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that would safeguard taxpayer dollars, and a bill that would require beneficiaries of government paid prescription benefits to pay their co-payments.
On this program of the cable show, Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a bill that would better protect children from online bullying, and a bill that would make college more affordable for families.