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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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.
This morning, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for Salina Crossings, a $14.8 million dollar mixed-use development 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 reserved for people with hearing impairments or mobility issues.
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.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco poses with cadets and a World War II veteran after the Honor Fight Syracuse "Welcome Home" ceremony at Hancock Airport on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco helped welcome home the 81 veterans who were on the Honor Flight and to thank them for their dedicated military service.
Honor Flight is a not-for-profit organization that flies veterans to and from their war memorials in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of family and friends of the veterans also participated in Saturday's ceremony.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco enjoyed a medley of tunes, performed by the Symphoria Wind Quintet, at Petit Branch Library in Syracuse on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The community concert was supported by a library grant that Senator DeFrancisco helped to secure.
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.
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.