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Senator DeFrancisco Provides Rebuttal at the 115th Legislative Correspondents Association (LCA) Show

There were plenty of laughs as State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time giving the rebuttal at the 115th Legislative Correspondents Association Show on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the Convention Center in Albany. The LCA Show is an annual tradition in Albany, in which Capitol press corps and alumni perform musical and comedy skits, followed by rebuttals from New York lawmakers. In addition to Senator DeFrancisco, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also provided a rebuttal at the LCA Show.

June 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds Press Conference to Announce the Passage of His Universal Visitability Tax Credit Bill

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.

July 6, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting for Brookdale Fayetteville

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.   

July 2, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Ceremony Marking St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center's New Affiliation with Trinity Health

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Trinity Health CEO Richard Gilfillan, St. Joseph's Hospital President Kathryn Ruscitto, Assemblyman William Magnarelli and Assemblyman Ale Stirpe. The ceremony marked the first day of St. Joseph Hospital's new affiliation with Trinity Health.

July 2, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the Final Agreements Negotiated at the End of Legislative Session

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the final deals negotiated at the end of session. Housing issues: property tax incentives, rent regulations, the 421a tax abatement program, and universal accessible housing.

Senator DeFrancisco also discusses the final passage of a bill he sponsors that would appoint an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing individuals during court proceedings. In addition, he discusses agreements that affect education: funding for non-public schools, increasing charter school cap, NYC mayoral control, common core standards and teacher evaluations.

June 25, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on FinanceSenator John A. DeFrancisco, ChairTuesday, June 24, 2015Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor and held in Room 332 CAP*

June 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Poses with Roosevelt Bouie at the Grand Re-opening of a GMC Dealership in Auburn

Senator John A. DeFrancisco jokingly stands on a chair next to former Syracuse University basketball star Roosevelt Bouie, after the grand re-opening ceremony of the revamped Chevrolet-Buick GMC Dealership in Auburn on Monday, June 22, 2015. Roosevelt Bouie was at the event signing autographs.

June 24, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives 2015 Robert J. Colvin Literacy Leadership Award from Ruth Colvin

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Ruth Colvin, the founder of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse (now LiteracyCNY), at the State Office Building in Syracuse on Friday June 19th. Senator DeFrancisco was extrmemely honored to be presented with the Robert J. Colvin Litereacy Leadership Award, which is named after Ruth's late husband.

June 24, 2015
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Update from Albany with Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice

June 23, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about ethics in government. He also discusses the status of the Women's Equality Agenda this year and how the State is addressing sex crimes on college campuses.

Additionally, Senator DeFrancisco explains why he voted against a bill to limit the amount of information required to formally change a person's name. He also shares his thoughts on the Governor's proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco promotes his bill that would require the annual inspection of tinted vehicle windows, and he expresses his frustration with the Assembly's lack of action on Tiffany Heitkamp's Law, which recently passed the Senate.

June 23, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Thursday, June 25, 2015 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor*

*ALL BILLS REPORT DIRECT TO THIRD READING*

June 25, 2:00 PM - 2:16 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Thursday, June 18, 2015 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor*

The committee will consider the following nominations:

Una Clarke - City University of New York Board of Turstees (NEW APPOINTMENT - MAYORAL)

(TO APPEAR)

Jill O'Donnell-Tormey - City University of New York Board of Trustees (NEW APPOINTMENT - GOVERNOR)

(TO APPEAR)

Michael M. Walsh - City University Construction Fund Board Trustee (NEW APPOINTMENT - GOVERNOR)

June 18, 4:14 PM - 4:38 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor* *ALL BILLS REPORT DIRECT TO THIRD READING*

June 17, 7:36 PM - 7:56 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor* *ALL BILLS REPORT DIRECT TO THIRD READING*

June 16, 8:38 PM - 8:59 PM
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSES “PETER FALK’S LAW”

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today (6/15/15) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his bill (S5154-A) that would enact “Peter Falk’s law” to safeguard against the isolation of the elderly from their family.

Recently, there have been some high- profile cases, in which adult children from a previous marriage were denied the right to visit their ill parent by the current spouse. These contentious cases in California involving the late Peter Falk and the late Casey Casem have highlighted the need for changes to the current law. In both of these situations, the adult children were blocked from seeing their ill father by their father’s respective spouse. They also were not notified of major changes in their father’s condition and of funeral arrangements.

June 16, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor*

June 16, 3:33 PM - 4:41 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Annual Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Mike Caron, 1st Vice President with the Onondaga County Volunteer Fireman's Association.  Senator DeFrancisco spoke at the Central and Northern Central New York Volunteer Fireman's Association Joint Convention on June 13, 2015, thanking the firefighters who were in attendance for their dedicated service. 

 

June 15, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the End-of-Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discuss what’s left to accomplish during the final week of legislative session. He also discusses two of his bills, which recently passed the State Senate, that would require a cost benefit analysis of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and would create a database for terrorists.  

Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco raises awareness about Arteriovenous Malformation, also know as AVM, and he shares some highlights from his Rebuttal at the 115th legislative Correspondents Association Show.

 

June 15, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Monday, June 15, 2015  Room 332 CAP

THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR

June 15, 5:41 PM - 5:54 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Plays the Saxaphone During the 115th Legislative Correspondents Association Show

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured playing the saxaphone to "My Favorite Things" during his rebutall at the 115th Annual Legislative Correspondents Association Show on Tuesday June 9, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco also told a number of jokes and played a couple pre-reorded videos that brought down the house with laughter.  Senator DeFrancisco and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie offered separate rebuttals at the LCA Show, an annual satirical revue that roasts state lawmakers.

To watch Senator DeFrancisco's full rebuttal, visit https://vimeo.com/130289172

 

June 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours the New Film Hub in the Town of DeWitt

On June 12, 2015, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco took a tour of the new Film Hub that is being built at 24 Aspen Park Boulevard in the Town of DeWitt. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Steve Aiello with the COR Development Company.

June 12, 2015
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