Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on August 1, 2014, that Governor Cuomo signed his legislation (S.7108) creating “Vince’s Law” to help tackle the serious issue of persistent drunk drivers.
The legislation will extend the time period, in which multiple DWI convictions can occur, in order to allow for stiffer penalties. Under the new law, if a driver is convicted of three or more Driving While Intoxicated-related offenses within 15 years, that person would be charged with a Class D felony and face up to seven years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Prior to the new law, the look back period was only 10 years.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured introducing Marcus Johnson - Traci during the 2014 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, located at Syracuse's Clinton Square on July 26th. Senator DeFrancisco has been a longtime supporter of the annual event.
On July 28, 2014, at East Syracuse Village Hall, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined Jon Nappa of Bruin Recycling and Alice Kim of Time Warner Cable to present a $1,000 check to Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. The donation was generated through an electronics recycling event, held this past June in East Syracuse, that Senator DeFrancisco sponsored, along with Time Warner Cable and Bruin Recycling.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined other state and local officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Upstate Cancer Center on July 18, 2014. Upstate Cancer Center encompasses 90,000 square feet and will occupy three of the five floors inside the new facility that adjoins Upstate University Hospital. The center features new cancer-fighting technology, a healing garden and a meditation room, plus much more.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco will be reading to children at various libraries throughout Onondaga and Cayuga counties during the summer. A tentative schedule is below. We will continue to update the list, as additional libraries are scheduled.
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 vendors, free health screenings and light refreshments.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Ruth J. Colvin, who founded LiteracyCNY, formerly known as Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse. LiteracyCNY's annual student and volunteer recognition event was held on June 26, 2014. Photograph is courtesy of Ali Abdur Rahman, LiteracyCNY.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Michelle McKenna with a proclamation to recognize her for her efforts on June 27, 2014. Michelle succesfully owned and operated the cafe located at the State Office Building in Syracuse for nearly 14 years.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Syracuse Parks and Recreation Commissioner Baye Muhammad on June 27, 2014, at Hanover Square, which recently underwent major renovations. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure state grant money for the Hanover Square construction project.
On June 24, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate finished renovations to the DeWitt Town Center, located at 3179 Erie Blvd. East. The shopping and business center recently added six new tenants, including a new Time Warner Cable office.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Hope for Bereaved Founder and Executive Director Therese Schoeneck with a proclamation to help commemorate the 35th anniversary of the organization. Hope for Bereaved held an open house and garden dedication at its main center at 4500 Onondaga Boulevard on June 24, 2014.
On June 23, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco made a special visit to Irene Manna's fourth-grade class at State Street School in Skaneateles to recognize students for their outstanding efforts to try and make the wood frog New York's official state amphibian. Senator DeFrancisco introduced legislation to designate the wood frog as the state's official amphibian, after receiving many compelling essays from students in the class. The New York State Senate passed the bill on June 10, 2014.
Senator DeFrancisco was joined in the classroom by Assemblyman Gary Finch, the bill's Assembly sponsor. Both legislators answered questions about the legislative process.
On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about his recent ceremony to honor outstanding teachers making a difference in Central New York, as well as an upcoming electronics recylcing event. He also discusses some important legislation that has passed during the 2014 Legislative Session.
The NYS Senate Republican Conference:GIVING ALL NEW YORKERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED
Over the past four years, the Senate Republican Conference has worked together in a bi-partisan way to give all New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed. For information regarding this year's legislative session, please view the pdf attached: