SYRACUSE, NY – On August 27, 2015, CenterState CEO announced $675,000 in awards to thirteen companies through its Grants for Growth program. Grants for Growth is a unique CenterState CEO seed program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industry to improve business competitiveness and create jobs. Over 14 rounds, Grants for Growth has invested nearly $3.8 million in small and emerging companies, thanks to direct support secured by New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon for the start of the 2015 Great New York State Fair on August 27th inside the Dairy Building on the Fairgrounds. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured next to NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathleen C. Hochul.
On this week’s Your Voice cable show, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discuss his new role as Deputy Majority Leader of the NYS Senate and his goals for next year's legislative session. Senator DeFrancisco also shares his thoughts on the Wage Board’s recent decision regarding minimum wage for fast-food workers, and he talks about two human rights bills that passed both the Senate and Assembly and now await the Governor’s consideration.
Finally, Senator DeFrancisco provides more details about his 11th annual Senior Fair, which will take place Tuesday, September 29th, on the New York State Fairgrounds.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks at a photo that is part of a new commemorative World War II display on the second floor of the Onondaga County War Memorial. The display was unveiled on Friday, August 15, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of WWII.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the honor of attending a dedication ceremony for the Debbie Bova Memorial Garden at Schiller Park on Friday, August 14, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Friends of Schiller Park and family members including Marie Bova, Debbie's mother.
Debbie Bova of Syracuse passed away a couple years ago after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She had been extremely involved in the Syracuse-area community.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at White Branch Library in Syracuse on August 6, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco read to the children, handed out edudational coloring books, and answered several questions about his job as Senator and about New York state government.
Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan today announced the appointment of Senator John DeFrancisco as Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, preserving a critical regional balance in the leadership of the chamber.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented a New York State Senate Proclamation at this year's ADA celebration to help recognize the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabililies Act. The event was held on July 23rd at the Atrium at City Hall Commons.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco read to children at the Northern Onondaga Public Library in Cicero on July 22nd. Senator DeFrancisco also talked about his job, answered questions and handed out coloring books.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon on the new McAuliffe Health Center, located at 115 Creek Circle in East Syracuse, on July 21st. Senator DeFrancisco also spoke during the event about the importance of quality care. This new PACE Center offers specialty outpatient services to adults 55 years and older. PACE CNY is a separate non-for-profit corporation of Loretto that provides long-term care services to those who might be disabled or chronically ill in the community.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus on July 21st. He had a great time reading stories to children and then talking about the importance of summer reading. The New York State Senate Summer Reading program is still underway. To register your child for the program, please visit nyread.com.
On July 21, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured the Rescue Mission's expanded and renovated campus on Gifford Street in Syracuse. The new emergency shelter and day center, expected to officially open in the fall, feature several new units to meet the increased demand for residential and support services for those who are homeless. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with, from left to right, Chief Operations Officer Corey Kociela, Chief Executive Officer Alan Thornton, and Chief Development Officer Carolyn Hendrickson of the Rescue Mission.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco today held at press conference at the Onondaga County Courthouse to announce the passage of his bill (S5533-B) by the Senate and Assembly, and to urge Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law.
The legislation would require that state-funded courts provide Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Through CART, everything said during a court proceeding would be translated through a software feed into real-time captioning, then displayed on a computer or monitor for the hearing impaired person. The bill awaits signing by Governor Cuomo.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a wonderful time reading to children at the Onondaga Free Library on July 16, 2015, as part of the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at various public libraries during the summer. A list of libraries is below.
(Auburn, NY) - State Senators John A. DeFrancisco, Michael F. Nozzolio and James L. Seward today (7/13/15) joined officials from the Owasco Watershed Lake Association to announce that significant water quality improvements are planned for Owasco Lake and its watershed.
Earlier this year, the Cayuga County state legislators secured $600,000 in the State Budget to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed. Owasco Lake is currently on the New York State Priority Waterbody Listing as “potentially impaired” for such uses as water supply and recreation. Water quality improvement projects will address phosphorous removal and reduction, lake inspections, ongoing research, public education and outreach, and project management.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with, from left to right, State Senators Seward and Nozzolio, OWLA President James Beckwith and Assemblyman Gary Finch during a press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Owasco Lake on July 13, 2015.
The Cayuga County state legislators secured $600,000 in the State Budget to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed. Owasco Lake is currently on the New York State Priority Waterbody Listing as “potentially impaired” for such uses as water supply and recreation. Water quality improvement projects will address phosphorous removal and reduction, lake inspections, ongoing research, public education and outreach, and project management.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Gordon Hershberger. The Kaye Center for Cancer Wellness was established in memory of Kathleen "Kaye" Hoffman Hershberger to meet the needs of men and woman who are battling cancer. The Kaye Center is located in the Northeast Family YMCA in Baldwinsville. The official dedication was held on July 7, 2015.
On July 6, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined disability rights advocates at ARISE Syracuse to urge Governor Cuomo to sign his bill (S2967-A) into law. The bill, which passed both the Senate and Assembly, would help to increase accessible and adaptable housing for people with disabilities in the State of New York.
If signed into law, the bill would provide a tax credit of up to $2,750 for a newly constructed or retrofitted principal residence that achieves universal visitability. The term visitability often refers to a single-family home that is designed so that it can be lived in or visited by people with limited mobility, featuring such elements as step-free entrances and wide doorways.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helps cut the ribbon to celebrate the renaming of Clare Bridge of Manlius to Brookdale Fayetteville. The senior living center offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia care. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with David Balliette, Executive Director of Brookdale Fayetteville, and Assemblyman Ale Stirpe.