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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.