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The 2015-16 New York State Budget

The $142 billion 2015-16 New York State Budget reflects the Senate's continued commitment to strengthening the economy, increasing education aid, and reducting the tax burden for New Yorkers.  For highligts of the 2015-16 State Budget, please click on the file below. 

April 1, 2015
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2015 LEGISLATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE - THE RESULTS

(Thank you for taking the time to complete my legislative questionnaire.  The survey is now closed.)

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

With the 2015 Legislative Session underway, I value your continued input on several key state issues that will be debated throughout the year. That is why, before legislative session began, I asked all constituents of the 50th Senate District to complete a legislative questionnaire, which more than 4,600 people filled out and returned to me, either by mail or online.  

December 18, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 28, 2015  Room 124 CAP

April 28, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Evaluates Certain Budget Items on Your Voice

On the featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about StartUp-NY, the I-81 Viaduct, and the Tappan Zee Bridge plan. 

 

April 23, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Room 124 CAP

April 22, 11:00 AM - 11:58 AM
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2015 Legislative Questionnaire Results

To view a graph of the final results of my legislative questionnaire, please click on the file below.  Thank you, again, for taking the time to complete the survey and to share your thoughts with me on various key state issues. 

April 9, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Ethics Reforms on Your Voice

On this Your Voice cable show, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the new ethics reforms that are included in the 2015-16 State Budget, including income disclosures. 

 

 

April 6, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Details of the 2015-16 State Budget on Your Voice

On the featured Your Voice program, Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco explains what was allocated for the sectors that impact the lives of New Yorkers. Some of these budget measures include state education aid, transportation funding, and road and bridge projects. 

April 1, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Tuesday, March 31, 2015  Room 332 CAP

*THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED OF THE FLOOR AND HELD IN ROOM 332*

March 31, 10:00 PM - 10:03 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Room 332 CAP

*THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR AND HELD IN ROOM 332 CAP*

March 31, 6:35 PM - 6:37 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Tuesday, March 31, 2015  Room335 CAP

*THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR AND HELD IN ROOM 332CAP*

March 31, 4:45 PM - 4:52 PM
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR CENTRO IN NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (3/31/15) that the new State Budget includes an extra $25 million for Upstate transit systems including Centro. The additional money should help to close Centro's $4.5 million budget gap and to maintain all of its busing services.

“Many hardworking individuals rely on Centro to get to and from work, or to medical care and other necessary appointments,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “When I first learned of Centro's deficit, which would result in service cuts, I fought to help get Centro its much needed state support. I'm very pleased to inform Central New Yorkers that this funding is in the budget."

March 31, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About Education Aid, Ethics Reform, and Minimum Wage on Your Voice

March 30, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses ethics reform, school funding, teacher evaluations, education tax credits, and minimum wage in New York state.

 

March 30, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

 Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Monday, March 30, 2015  Room 332 CAP

March 30, 3:33 PM - 4:26 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Tuesday, March 24, 2015  Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called OFF THE FLOOR and held in Room 332 CAP* 

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March 24, 6:00 PM - 6:03 PM
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Women's Equality, Upstate Transit and Fort Drum on Your Voice

On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate's progress toward enhancing the rights of women in New York, the proposal to increase funding for Centro, and the continued support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. He also talks about current budget negotiations as the April 1st deadline nears.

 

March 24, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Fort Drum Day at the Capitol

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Commanding General Stephen Townsend and members of the 10th Mountain Division during Fort Drum Day at the Capitol on March 17th, 2015.

The event celebrated Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s contributions to the State of New York.  Joining General Townsend at the Capitol were Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander; Captain Scott Dawe, Commanding General’s Aide; Lieutenant Colonel Tage Rainsford, Public Affairs Officer, and many active-duty soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division.

March 20, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Jim Kenyon with a NYS Senate Resolution

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Jim Kenyon at the State Office Building in Syracuse on March 13, 2015. Jim Kenyon recently retired from CNY Central News, after serving as a dedicated and distinguished news reporter in the Central New York community for more than 40 years.  Senator DeFrancisco, and other CNY Senators, passed a NYS Senate Resolution to recognize Jim Kenyon for all of his accomplishments upon his retirement.  

March 19, 2015
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Committee Meeting: New York State General 2015-2016 Budget Joint Conference Committee 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; James L. Seward, Chairman, Majority Program Development Committee; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; 

Assembly members serving on the committee are: Carl E. Heastie, 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 19, 12:30 PM - 12:32 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Room 332 CAP

*THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR*

March 18, 3:50 PM - 3:52 PM
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