On November 29, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco took a tour of the ITT Tech Liverpool campus, led by Campus Director Jennifer Hill. The Senator is pictured with members of ITT Tech's management team.
A teacher at Salem Hyde Elementary School in the City of Syracuse has been chosen as the local winner of Time Warner Cable's Super Connector Search. Laurie Holtsbery was honored Tuesday, December 13, 2011, for inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. As a result, Holtsbery will take part in her own public service announcement for the Connect a Million Minds initiative, meant to inspire children to improve their science skills. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with (from left to right) Salem Hyde Elementary School Principal Octavia Wilcox, Teacher and Award Winner Laurie Holtsbery, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Time Warner representative Alice Kim.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Solvay Elementary School on March 16, 2012, to read some entertaining books to a class of second grade students. The Senator also answered many of the students' questions about his job. His visit was part of Solvay Elementary's Parents As Reading Partners Program.
The 2012-12 budget increases aid to school districts, provides Medicaid relief to counties, and restores funding to the EPIC program. It also is the second state budget in a row that spends less than the prior year. This is the first time that this has been done in 30 years. You can hear more about the budget on this televised edition of Your Voice in Albany. The video was taped on March 29, 2012.
Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Liverpool High School teacher Jeff Peneston and his family at the capitol building in Albany. The Senator presented Mr. Peneston with a New York State Senate Resolution for winning the 2012 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.