Senator DeFrancisco discusses the results of his most recent teletown hall, the "Gold Alert" Bill to locate missing vulnerable older adults, the Upstate & Community General Merger, Destiny, & 2011 Women of Distinction honoree Indi Shelby.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that today Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law his “Gold Alert” bill (S3293B) to assist in locating vulnerable missing adults.
The “Amber Alert” infrastructure, which is already in place, will be used to disseminate information about missing vulnerable adults through a statewide system, using a variety of resources, including television and radio stations, posters, highway message signs, New York State Thruway Authority services areas, e-mail alerts, and the Internet, in hopes of engaging the public in finding leads to locate the missing individual.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco will be hosting his 7th annual ever-popular FREE Senior Fair on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 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 over 60 exhibitors. Seniors can gather valuable information about services and resources to help them answer some of the challenging questions about long term care, health care, recreation, transportation and much more. Local health care professionals will also be on hand to provide free health screenings.
Senator John DeFrancisco helps cut the ribbon at the Toll Road Senior Apartments. The new, affordable senior citizens housing complex is located off North Main Street (Route 11) in North Syracuse. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on September 9th.
"It really didn't hurt!" Senator John A. DeFrancisco jokes with seniors, as he gets his cholesterol checked at his 2011 Senior Fair. The free event drew hundreds of senior citizens to the NYS Fairgrounds on September 28th. More than 70 exhibitors provided attendees with information on healthcare, housing, transportation, etc. There were also free health screenings for interested senior citizens.
Also at the 2011 Senior Fair, Senator DeFrancisco helped announce details about the program, Embracing Age. Franciscan Companies have launched this new program, as a way to provide membership concierge service for the growing senior citizen population.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco, along with members of the Alzheimer's Association, held a press conference on November 30, 2011, to announce the activation of the Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert System, which operates similarly to the state's "Amber Alert" system for missing and exploited children. Now, when an adult with a cognitive impairment goes missing, the Department of Criminal Justice Services can issue an alert to local law enforcement agencies and media outlets to help locate the missing person. Senator DeFrancisco sponsored the legislation.