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SHARE YOUR VISION FOR I-81

As I’m sure you are aware, the elevated portion of Interstate 81, which runs north/south through downtown Syracuse, will reach the end of its useful life in 2017. State and federal officials are in the process of determining the best solution for fixing this important thoroughfare. It’s a decision that will impact Central New Yorkers for many decades. That’s why I would like your input on the future of I -81.

Thank you in advance for completing and returning this short survey to share your vision for I-81, and to help shape our future. Your response will be kept anonymous.

Sincerely,

Senator John A. DeFrancisco

August 29, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Schedules 10th Annual Senior Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco has scheduled his 10th annual Senior Fair for Tuesday, September 16th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. Senator DeFrancisco invites all Central New York senior citizens to this FREE event featuring more than 100 informational exhibits, free health screenings and some light refreshments.

For more information, please call 315-428-7632,

 

August 15, 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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Senator DeFrancisco Visits the Future of Nursing Booth at the New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco made a stop at the Future of Nursing New York State Action Coalition booth at the 2014 Great New York State Fair.  He is pictured with Carolyn McCauliffe, Megan Brandt, Cindy Campagni, and Kathy Truax. The booth is located in the Health and Sciences building. 

August 22, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Law Enforcement Day at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the New York State Fair Law Enforcement ceremony on August 22, 2014, to recognize all law enforcement agencies for serving and protecting our community. 

August 22, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Grand Opening of Fox Toyota and Subaru in Auburn

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the grand opening gala for Fox Toyota and Subaru in Auburn on August 21, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured next to Bill Fox and Jane Fox, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new business, 188 Grand Avenue in Auburn.  

August 22, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in the New York 4-H United Healthcare "Pedal Power" Event

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured pedaling a specially-made stationary bike equipped with a blender to make fruit and vegetable smoothies -- at the New York State Fairgrounds on August 21, 2014.  The initiative is the result of a partnership between 4-H Youth Development and United Healltcare to teach individuals and families about the importance of healthy eating and regular excercise.  

August 21, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Cuts the Ribbon for Opening Day of the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2014 Great New York State Fair by partaking in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Governor Cuomo and other elected officials throughout Central New York in the cattle building at the State Fairgrounds. 

August 21, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Grand Opening Celebration for Zounds Hearing of CNY

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Zounds Hearing of CNY.  The new business, located on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt, held a grand opening celebration on August 18, 2014.  

August 19, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Announce the 11th Round Grants for Growth Recipients

On August 18, 2014, at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped announce the nine new recipients of the Grants for Growth program.  A total of $474,944 was awarded in the program's 11th round. The new investment will leverage $919,207 in matching funds to support emerging regional companies.

Grants for Growth is made possible through state funding secured by Senator DeFrancisco. The program helps to stimulate the local economy and create jobs through the successful collaboration between private businesses and academic and research institutions throughout Central New York. 

August 18, 2014
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AGRICULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Agricultural Highlights of the 2014 Legislative Session:

 

• Estate Tax reform - Expansion of the Estate Tax exemption to ease the transfer of farms and small businesses to next generations (estimated $14 million)

August 12, 2014
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August 11, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Ribbon Cutting for Geddes Federal Savings in Syracuse

On August 8, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a ribbon-cutting event for a new Geddes Federal Savings branch, located at 2208 West Genesee Street in Syracuse. The Geddes Federal Savings and Loan Association is celebrating 65 years of business. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Board Chairman Daniel Mathews and President/CEO Brian Dumond.

August 8, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Summer Concert in the Village of Meridian

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the Diana Jacobs band at the Village of Meridian Park on August 6, 2014 - part of the free Music in the Park concert series this summer.  The concert series is sponsored by Stewart Lang Memorial Library.  Senator DeFrancisco also helped secure a state grant for the event. 

August 8, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Summer Reading Certificates at White Branch Library

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was happy to pass out congratulatory certificates to children who completed the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program at White Brach Library in Syracuse, on August 6, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco also delivered coloring books and spoke about the importance of continuous reading. 

August 8, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at Baldwinsville Library

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time reading to children at the Baldwinsville Library on August 7, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco has been reading stories, delivering educational coloring books, and presenting certificates to children at various local libraries throughout the summer, as part of the 2014 New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. 

August 8, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Zoo to You at the Fayetteville Free Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as professionals from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo present live reptiles during the Zoo to You program at Fayeteville Free Library on August 5, 2014. 

Zoo to You is a traveling, educational program that visits schools, libraries, and community centers to increase awareness about animals, such as birds, reptiles, and invertebrates - among many others.

 

 

August 5, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Weedsport Free Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time reading to children at the Weedsport Free Library on August 5, 2014, as part of the New York State Senate Summer Reading program.  

August 5, 2014
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