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Senator John DeFrancisco and Hall Of Fame Boxing Coach Ray Rinaldi To Duke It Out In The Ring for a Good Cause

At the first-of-its kind fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, on April 26th, at 6:00pm, State Senator John A.

March 7, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Meeting on the 2014-2015 State Budget

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will host a State Budget Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Cayuga County Office Building in Auburn.  The public will be able to ask questions about the 2014-2015 State Budget and other legislative issues.   

April 23, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Explains the Gap Elimination Adjustment on Your Voice

The 2014-2015 Staet Budget increases state education aid by more than $1.1 billion, but it also significantly reduces the Gap Elimination Adjustment, commonly referred to as the GEA.On this week’s Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to abolish the GEA and restore state aid for our students statewide. 

April 16, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Details Tax Relief Measures in the 2014-15 State Budget on Your Voice

The 2014-2015 New York State Budget will help provide property tax relief to local homeowners and cut taxes for small businesses and manufacturers statewide. State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to report that the public helped shape several of these tax relief measures by sharing recommendations for broad-based tax cuts during a series of hearings that he co-chaired across the state last year. 

April 9, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in the 2014 Big Read Event at the WCNY Education Center in Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured participating in a mock radio interview during the Big Read event at the WCNY Education Center on Sunday, March 30, 2014.  Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs to encourage reading by diverse audiences. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure a state grant for the program.  

The local Big Read event was sponsored by the Onondaga County Public Library and CNY READS ONE BOOK. 

April 4, 2014
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SENATE REPUBLICAN PRIORITIES ACHIEVED IN 2014-15 STATE BUDGET

4th Consecutive On-Time Budget Includes $1.1 Billion School Aid Increase; 

March 31, 2014
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Fayetteville-Manlius High School Students Visit Senator DeFranciso at the Capitol Building

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with students from Fayetteville-Manlius High School inside Senate Chamber on March 27, 2014. The students observed session and toured the Capitol Building.  

March 31, 2014
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Students from Jamesville-DeWitt Elementary School Visit Senator DeFrancisco at the Capitol Building

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with a group of fourth-grade students from Jamesville-DeWitt Elementary School in Senate Chamber on March 27, 2014. 

March 31, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the 65th Anniversary of the Lakeside Fire Department

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during a dinner celebration on March 29, 2014, to mark the 65th anniversary of the Lakeside Fire Department in Lakeland. Senator DeFrancisco presented a legislative resolution to honor all of the past and present members of the department. 

March 31, 2014
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March 26, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

March 26, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Monday, March 31, 2014 Room 332 CAP

March 31, 12:42 PM - 12:48 PM
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROHIBIT THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE IMAGE OR NAME OF ANY MILITARY MEMBER

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill S3036, which would establish a crime for the unauthorized use of the name or image of any military member for commercial purposes, passed the New York State Senate today, March 24, 2014. 

March 24, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Key Priorities of the Senate One-House Budget Resolution on Your Voice

The State Senate has passed a budget resolution that reflects several key priorities:

March 20, 2014
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Committee Meeting: New York State General Joint Budget Conference Committee Meeting Schedule

Senate members serving on the committee are: Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Co-Chair; Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Republican Leader Thomas W. Libous; Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, Co-Chair; Deputy Independent Democratic Conference Leader for Legislative Operation David J. Valesky; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; and Ranking Democratic Member of Senate Finance CommitteeLiz Krueger.

Assembly members serving on the committee are: Sheldon Silver, Co-Chair; Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb. 

 

March 17, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
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State Senate to Act on Bipartisan Budget Resolution That Cuts Taxes and Helps Create Jobs

New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced (3/13/14) the Senate will act on a bipartisan budget resolution that balances the budget without raising taxes or fees, increases school aid funding and provides significant business and property tax relief that will create new jobs, grow the economy and help middle-class families stay and thrive in New York.

 

March 14, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Thursday, March 13, 2014 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor*

March 13, 11:15 PM - 11:17 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Updates You on Budget Talks on Your Voice in Albany

On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an update on some significant issues being debated as budget talks intensify in Albany.  These budget items include tax reform, education reform, funding for charter schools, the Senate’s “Young Farmers NY” plan, and the “NY Dream Act.”

March 11, 2014
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Senator John DeFrancisco Recognizes Music Educator of the Year John Spillett

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured holding a legislative resolution with John Spillett, who was inducted into the SAMMYS Hall of Fame as Music Educator of the Year.  Spillett, who taught band at Solvay High School for more than 30 years, also operates a private music studio and plays the saxophone professionally throughout the Central New York community and beyond.  The SAMMYS Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse on March 6, 2014.  

March 7, 2014
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