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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 27, 2015  Room 124 CAP

*Please note change in date for this meeting*

May 27, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO RECOGNIZES DONALD D. FIDA AS HIS 2015 VETERANS HALL OF FAME HONOREE IN ALBANY

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was extremely pleased to recognize World War II combat veteran and Syracuse resident, Sgt. Donald D. Fida, as his 2015 Veterans’ Hall of Fame honoree, during an Albany ceremony in the Legislative Office Building on May 19, 2015.  

“Though it is impossible to repay our veterans for all that they have sacrificed and contributed to this nation, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame does help to recognize their meritorious service as a fitting expression of gratitude,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

Donald Fida, who was born and raised in Syracuse, enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, becoming a member of the 184th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division.

May 20, 2015
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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 20, 2015
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Donald Fida

Donald Fida was born on January 28,1924, in Syracuse, New York. He enlisted in the United States Army on December 5, 1942, becoming a Private First Class in the 184th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division, deployed to the Aleutian Islands in the Central Pacific. 

May 19, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Teachers of Excellence and Women of Distinction and Discusses Public Safety Issues on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, recorded on May 18, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his 2015 Teachers of Excellence, his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, West Point Day, the Officer Brian Moore Resolution, Court of Claims, and ticket scalping legislation.

May 19, 2015
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Public Hearing: The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program

Senate Standing Committee on FinanceChair: Senator John DeFranciscoPublic Hearing: The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) ProgramPlace: Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Anthony Lino (518) 455-4371

June 3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with the Boy Scouts of America in Albany

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with a local group of boy scouts at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, on May 13th after the Boys Scouts of America presented its Report to the State.   

May 15, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Tuesday, May 19, 2015  332 CAP

*PLEASE NOTE TIME AND LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS WEEK'S MEETING*  This meeting will be called OFF THE FLOOR and held in Room 332 CAP.  This is a SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA which will be taken up at the meeting being held OFF THE FLOOR

May 19, 4:48 PM - 5:01 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Change in Senate Leadership on Your Voice

On this May 13, 2015, program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains the process that took place in selecting a new Senate Majority Leader upon Senator Dean Skelos' resignation.

May 13, 2015
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Marsha K. Connor

Marsha K. Connor, an American Gold Star Mother, was elected President and Treasurer of the American Gold Star Mothers, Chapter #15, in October 2013. 

As the chapter’s president, Ms. Connor’s consistent goal is to increase fellowship among the Gold Star Mothers and to perpetuate the noble principles for which their children fought and died. She also promotes respect for our nation, by assisting veterans and active-duty military members in the Central New York community.

May 13, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Students at Bear Road Elementary

Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Bear Road Elementary School on May 8, 2015.  Senator DeFrancisco read a story to the 3rd graders and then answered their questions about New York State government. 

May 11, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Baldwinsville Firebees for their 2014 New York State Title

Senator John A. DeFrancisco poses with members of the Baldwinsville All-Star Girls Softball team upon the occasion of the team’s New York State Senior League Softball Championship, which was won on July 21, 2014, in Haverstraw, New York. Senator DeFrancisco held a recognition event at the State Office Building in Syracuse On May 8, 2015, to congratulate the players and to present them with a NYS Senate Resolution.  Senator DeFrancisco is holding the team's mascot.  

 

May 11, 2015
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Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph Griffo
and Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John DeFrancisco
Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Contact: Anne Tarpinian (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Rocco LaDucca (315) 793-9072
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 2015 Teachers of Excellence Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his second annual Teachers Of Excellence awards program on May 7, 2015, at Solvay Middle School. More than 30 educators from throughout Onondaga County were honored for their outstanding efforts to help children learn during the 2014-15 school year. They were nominated by students, school administrators, faculty and staff.

“Teachers are instrumental in enabling our youth to succeed in life,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “I am very pleased to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who consistently go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students.”

The 2015 Teachers of Excellence honorees are listed in alphabetical order of schools:

May 8, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Room 124 CAP

May 12, 11:00 AM - 11:35 AM
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS MARSHA CONNOR AS HIS 2015 NEW YORK STATE SENATE WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

 

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was extremely pleased to honor Marsha K. Connor, an American Gold Star Mother president and Marcellus resident, as his 2015 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

Each honoree was recognized at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Marsha’s photograph and biography will also be displayed in an exhibit proclaiming the special contributions of each New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a service organization of mothers, who have lost sons and daughters in military service. Marsha Connor was elected President and Treasurer of the American Gold Star Mothers, Chapter #15, in October 2013.

May 6, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About His Prosecutorial Conduct Commission Bill, Infrastructure, and the 2015 Women of Distinction Ceremony

On the featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his bill that would establish a state commission on prosecutorial conduct. He also share his thoughts on the ongoing issue of NYS Infrastructure, plus highlights his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, Marcellus resident and Gold Star Mother Chapter President, Marsha Connor.

May 5, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Salina Crossing in Syracuse

This morning, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for Salina Crossing, a $14.8 million mixed-use development project comprised of 6,000 square feet of retail space and 49 housing units. Eight of these housing units will be reserved for people with traumatic brain injuries, with another seven units reserved for people with hearing impairments or mobility issues.

May 1, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  12 Noon, Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Room 124 CAP

May 5, 12:00 PM - 1:27 PM
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UPDATE FROM ALBANY: SENATOR DEFRANCISCO TALKS ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT ON THE AGENDA FOR THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

On this week's Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the wonderful Honor Flight Syracuse ceremony that he was happy to participate in this past Saturday.  He also highlights two volunteers from the Baldwinsville community, who he helped recognize over the weekend at a special event. 

April 28, 2015
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