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2015 Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule - Revised

Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. have announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. 

Please note that the Local Government/General Government Hearing originally scheduled for January 27th has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the LOB.

January 23, 2015
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2015 LEGISLATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE - THE ONLINE SURVEY IS CLOSED

(Thank you for taking the time to complete my legislative questionnaire.  The survey is now closed.  If you have a pressing matter, please feel free to call my district office at 315-428-7632.)

As your State Senator, I am doing my best to help make New York a better place to live and work.

With the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session underway, I would very much like your input on several key state issues that will be debated in this new year. You can share your opinions with me by completing the legislative questionnaire below. Your responses will remain confidential.

December 18, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Hearing Schedule on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco further discusses Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal, including the initiatives that would launch an Upstate Economic Revitalization Competition, create a New York Broadband Program, and double the New York State Venture Capital Fund.

As Senate Finance Chairman, he also talks about the 2015 Legislative Hearing Schedule and how his constituents can share their thoughts on key budget issues.

Please note that these budget hearings will be streamed live at www.nysenate.gov.

January 27, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reacts to Some of the Governor's Executive Budget Proposals on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco shares his opinions on some of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposals, including the plan on how to spend the state’s multi-billion dollar windfall.

Senator DeFrancisco also explains his frustration with the Assembly’s refusal to act on individual bills that would help to enhance the rights of women in our State, including bills that would help stop human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, and combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

January 23, 2015
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2015-2016 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.  

January 23, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Veterans Legal Clinic, Cell Phones For Soldiers and His Legislative Questionnaire on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how a new Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University will make an impact. He also talks about the success of his annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive, and he details the input he's receiving from a legislative questionnaire that he mailed to constituents.  

January 23, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses SU Legal Clinic and His Legislative Questionnaire on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how a new Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University will make an impact. He also talks about his annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive, and he details the input he's receiving from a legislative questionnaire that was mailed to his constituents. 

January 23, 2015
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PUBLIC DONATES MORE THAN 1,100 MOBILE PHONES TO SENATOR DEFRANCISCO’S SEVENTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive has resulted in more than 1,100 mobile phones. Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for again answering the call to help support this important cause! 

January 16, 2015
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Join My Women’s Equality Now! Campaign

Please join our Women’s Equality Now! campaign to help get the State Assembly to pass this landmark package of bills without delay. Let’s tell the Assembly leadership that women throughout our State have waited long enough!

January 13, 2015
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Agenda

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 13, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Kinney Drugs in Manlius

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the grand opening celebration for the new Kinney Drugs on Highbridge Road in Manlius on January 10, 2015.  The new store focuses on patient health and wellnes, offering home medical equipment, free presecription delivery, and a wide selection of nutritional products.

January 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Kinney Drugs in Manlius

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the grand opening celebration for the new Kinney Drugs on Highbridge Road in Manlius on January 10, 2015.  The new store focuses on patient health and wellnes, offering home medical equipment, free presecription delivery, and a wide selection of nutritional products.

January 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the 2015 Legislative Session on Your Voice

On the first Your Voice cable program of 2015, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the 2015 Legislative Session, the upcoming budget process, and his legislative priorities for the new year.  He also talks about his ongoing legislative questionnaire, which seeks the input of constituents regarding various key state issues. 

January 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Opening of the Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law has opened the first comprehensive veterans legal clinic in New York state, providing free legal assistance to veterans facing issues relateed to their veteran and military status.

The Veterans Legal Clinic officially opened on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, with a special event at Dineen Hall.  Syracuse Law alumni Tom Caruso, L’14, and Josh Keefe, L’14, who are pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco, helped create the clinic. Their efforts began as first year law students, when they met and founded the student group VISION (Veterans Issues, Support Initiative and Outreach Network) and also created Valor Day where veterans can obtain a range of free professional services. 

January 8, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco's 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers Collection Sites/ Thank You for Donating

Senator John A. DeFrancisco’s 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive is running now through January 5, 2015. Central New Yorkers may begin to drop off their gently-used mobile phones at his district office in Syracuse OR at any of his other collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the City of Auburn:

District Office:

800 State Office Building333 East Washington StreetSyracuse, New York 13202

December 23, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Holiday Party at North Area Meals on Wheels

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was pleased to meet Miss Syracuse 2015 Anneliese Trust at the annual holiday celebration for North Area Meals on Wheels on December 16th.

The North Area Meals on Wheels serves nutritious meals to seniors living in Cicero, North Syracuse, Liverpool, Mattydale, Brewerton, and Clay, and now to certain Baldwinsville clients who qualify for the Wellness In Nutrition (WIN) Program.

December 18, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Session on Your Voice

Your Voice is an Albany-based cable show that highlights key issues facing New York state government. 

On this week’s program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an economic forecast for 2015, promotes a new public awareness campaign regarding New York’s aging infrastructure, and discusses some big issues that face debate in the new year. 

December 18, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses State Government and the Legislative Process with Auburn High School Students

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Auburn High School on December 15, 2014, to speak with high school seniors about state government and the legislative process.  Senator DeFrancisco also talked about his role as Senator and about his family. 

December 16, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Observes Annual Shoe Drive in Syracuse

On the morning of December 15th, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was happy to be there as Discount Shoe Repair owner Ralph Rotella donated more than 7,000 shoes, boots and sneakers to The Rescue Mission of Syracuse, New York.

Mr. Rotella annually collects used shoes from his customers, as well as the general public, then volunteers his time to repair the shoes and donate them to charity.  His shop is located at 116 E. Washington Street in Syracuse.  

December 15, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads Holiday Stories to Students at Main Street School

On Friday, December 12, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at Main Street School in North Syracuse, part of the school's annual Cookies with Santa event.

December 12, 2014
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