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YOUR VISION FOR I-81 SURVEY - THE SURVEY IS CLOSED

As I’m sure you are aware, the elevated portion of Interstate 81, which runs north-south through downtown Syracuse, is nearing the end of its useful life.  State and federal officials are now determining a solution for fixing this important thoroughfare. It’s a decision that will impact Central New Yorkers for many decades.

With this in mind, I mailed a survey to all of my constituents of the 50th Senate District to gather their input on the future of I-81.  Then in early October, I mailed a letter to members of the business community to also request their participation in this survey, as I-81 will, no doubt, impact their business and the overall economy for years to come. 

The survey is now closed.  

To date, 168 members of the Central New York business community completed the I-81 survey below.  The results are as follows:

47% want to construct a new I-81 viaduct or repair the existing one

21% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a street-level boulevard only through Syracuse

2% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a tunnel only through Syracuse

30% want to remove the existing viaduct and replace it with a street-level boulevard for downtown access, with a tunnel under the boulevard for interstate north-south traffic through Syracuse

Furthermore, 77% of the survey respondents, to date, think it is important to maintain a north-south throroughfare, at interstate speed, through the City of Syracuse.  Just 23% do not think a thoroughfare is important. 

The percentages shown in the above results are almost identical to the results of the survey that was sent to the residents of my Senate District.  

Thank you, again, for having completed this short survey to share your vision for I-81 and to help shape our community's future. Your responses will be kept confidential.  

September 29, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes 2014 OCC Alumni Faces Honorees

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Gabriel Bol Deng, who was recently recognized as an OCC Alumni Faces honoree on October 1, 2014.  Mr. Deng was one of four distinguished alumni honored for their professional achievements and contributions to the community.

October 10, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Taiwanese Flag Raising at Syracuse City Hall

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Elizabeth Lin, President of the Upstate New York Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, at the annual Taiwanese Flag Raising Ceremony in Syracuse.  Senator DeFrancisco presented Ms. Lin with a Senate Citation to commemorate the event, which was held in front of Syracuse City Hall on October 10, 2014.  

October 10, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New American Heart Association Office

On October 8, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony - to celebrate the organization's new location at The Atrium Building in Syracuse.  

October 10, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Students at Stonehedge Elementary

Senator John A. DeFrancisco read a story on how to overcome bullying to fith graders at Stonehedge Elementary School in theWest Genesee School District.  Senator DeFrancisco was invited by the Stonehedge Parent Teacher Association to be a guest reader on October 7, 2014. 

 

October 8, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for INFICON's Building Expansion in East Syracuse

On September 23, 2014, INFICON, Inc. broke ground on the planned expansion of its manufacturing operations in East Syracuse. State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined other elected officials and community and business leaders for the ceremony, and he spoke about the signicance of the project during the groundbreaking ceremony. 

INFICON, a producer of sensor technologies, will invest $20 million to build an addition to its existing facility, resulting in the creation of 40 new high-paying jobs and the retention of 240 existing jobs.  New York State is providing INFICON with a $1 million grant.

September 24, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF HIS 50th SENATE DISTRICT SURVEY ON I-81 / Majority of respondents want north-south thoroughfare at Interstate speed through Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the State Office Building in Syracuse to discuss the final results of his I-81 survey. The survey asked people living in Senator DeFrancisco’s district to share their thoughts on the future of I-81.The survey, which was mailed last month to constituents of the 50th Senate District, provided four main options for addressing the critical infrastructure needs of Interstate 81.

September 24, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Warns Constituents of Radical Legislation That Would Give Illegals the Right to Vote and Hold Office

Chairman of the New York State Senate Finance Committee John A. DeFrancisco today (9/22/14) warned constituents of proposed legislation, sponsored by New York City Democrat Gustavo Rivera, that would give illegal immigrants the right to vote and hold office in New York State. The bill is likely to become law, if New York City democrats were to win control of the State Senate in November. 

September 22, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks the 25th Anniversary of the New York Relay Service

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the New York Relay Service on September 15, 2014. The New York Relay Service is a specialized call center located in Syracuse for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Joline Harris, Marybetth Mothersell and Assemblyman William Magnarelli. During the celebration, Senator DeFrancisco presented the New York Relay Service with a proclamation to recognize the center's milestone. 

 

September 17, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 10th Annual Senior Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his 10th annual Senior Fair on September 16, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Mickey Vendetti and Mickey's son, long-time providers of the musical entertainment at the Senior Fair. 

September 17, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives Accomplished Professional Award from the Eldercare Foundation

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was honored to receive the Accomplished Professional Award from the Eldercare Foundation during the annual "Gift of Age" cabaret on September 12, 2014, at the OnCenter.  Senator DeFrancisco was presented the award for his consistent advocacy of seniors and the elderly.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Dr. Thomas Dennison of VNA Homecare and Cathy James, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York. 

September 15, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Jewish Music & Cultural Fest

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Sid Lipton, the organizer of the Jewish Music & Cultural Festival, which was held on September 14, 2014 at the Jewish Community Center in DeWitt.   

September 15, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Opening Ceremonies for Festa Italiana

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off Festa Italiana during a press conference on the steps of Syracuse City Hall on September 12, 2014.  Festa Italiana features a vast variety of great Italian foods, musical acts and entertainment. An Italian flag-raising ceremony was held at City Hall. 

Fest Italiana runs Friday, September 12th - Sunday, September 14th.  For more event information, visit www.festaitaliana.bizland.com.

 

 

 

September 12, 2014
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Pitbull Meets Pitbull

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with rapper, Pitbull, at the 2014 New York State Fair.

Senator DeFrancisco has been referred to as the "pit bull" for his strong advocacy style.  He also recently was advertised as John "The Pit Bull" DeFrancisco in his boxing match against Ray Rinaldi, called the Fight for a Future, to raise funds for youth athletic programs.  

Now the pitbulls have met.  However, there is no truth to the rumor that Senator DeFrancisco is going to launch a singing career. 

September 12, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Grand Opening of Solvay Bank in DeWitt

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of Solvay Bank in DeWitt with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 10, 2014.  The bank branch is located on East Genesee Street near the Aldi supermarket. 

September 11, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the 10th Anniversary of the Onondaga County Family Treatment Court

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Judge Michael Hanuszczak and Director Terri Gooley of the Onondaga County Family Treatment Court. On September 10, 2014, a special ceremony was held to celebrate the court's 10th anniversary. Senator DeFrancisco presented a Citation to recognize the court for its positive impact on families within the community.

September 11, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Veterans at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Veterans Ceremony at the 2014 Great New York Fair on August 28, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force, recognized military members for their invaluable sacrifices and contributions to our county.  

August 28, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Julia Goodwin for her Performance on America's Got Talent

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented 16-year-old Baldwinsville singer, Julia Goodwin, with a Proclamation during a special event at Paper Mill Island on August 26, 2014. Julia was honored for her musical talent and success on the hit televison program, "America's Got Talent." Julia had advanced to AGT's live show at Radio City Music Hall before being eliminated. Senator DeFrancisco joined other state and local officials for the special event.

 

 

August 27, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Proclamation to Emma L. Johnston

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Emma L. Johnston, the 2014 Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year award recipient. Ms. Johnston was one of the founders of PEACE, Inc. and has been actively involved in several other local charitable organizations throughout her life.

Ms. Johnston received her award on August 25th at the Emma L. Johnston Southside PEACE Family Resource Center in Syracuse.  The award is given out by Syracuse Media Group and Direct Energy.

Senator DeFrancisco presented Ms. Johnston with a proclamation to honor her for all her work, upon the occasion of being named the Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year.  

August 26, 2014
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