State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the New York Relay Service on September 15, 2014. The New York Relay Service is a specialized call center located in Syracuse for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Joline Harris, Marybetth Mothersell and Assemblyman William Magnarelli. During the celebration, Senator DeFrancisco presented the New York Relay Service with a proclamation to recognize the center's milestone.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his 10th annual Senior Fair on September 16, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Mickey Vendetti and Mickey's son, long-time providers of the musical entertainment at the Senior Fair.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was honored to receive the Accomplished Professional Award from the Eldercare Foundation during the annual "Gift of Age" cabaret on September 12, 2014, at the OnCenter. Senator DeFrancisco was presented the award for his consistent advocacy of seniors and the elderly. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Dr. Thomas Dennison of VNA Homecare and Cathy James, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off Festa Italiana during a press conference on the steps of Syracuse City Hall on September 12, 2014. Festa Italiana features a vast variety of great Italian foods, musical acts and entertainment. An Italian flag-raising ceremony was held at City Hall.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with rapper, Pitbull, at the 2014 New York State Fair.
Senator DeFrancisco has been referred to as the "pit bull" for his strong advocacy style. He also recently was advertised as John "The Pit Bull" DeFrancisco in his boxing match against Ray Rinaldi, called the Fight for a Future, to raise funds for youth athletic programs.
Now the pitbulls have met. However, there is no truth to the rumor that Senator DeFrancisco is going to launch a singing career.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of Solvay Bank in DeWitt with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 10, 2014. The bank branch is located on East Genesee Street near the Aldi supermarket.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Judge Michael Hanuszczak and Director Terri Gooley of the Onondaga County Family Treatment Court. On September 10, 2014, a special ceremony was held to celebrate the court's 10th anniversary. Senator DeFrancisco presented a Citation to recognize the court for its positive impact on families within the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and their caregivers, to this FREE event featuring nearly 120 informational vendors that will focus on healthcare, housing, recreation, transportation, and much more. There will also be free health screeings that include blood pressure and diabetes.
New this year -- Flu shots will be offered to interested seniors.