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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Weedsport Summer Fest

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the Weedsport Summer Festival in Trolley Park on Saturday August 10, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with members of the Weedsport Chamber of Commerce to show support for the first annual event which included arts, crafts, games and food.  Proceeds from the event were donated to the Domestic Violence Services Component of Cayuga/Seneca Agency, Inc.  Senator DeFrancisco is wearing a t-shirt that was made by volunteers to support the cause. 

August 12, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Honor the Life of Harriet Tubman

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped unveil a New York State Department of Transportation highway sign honoring the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.  Senator DeFrancisco joined family members of the late Harriet Tubman and other local dignitaries for the "Walk in the Steps of Harriet" event held in Auburn on Friday August 2, 2013. 

August 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Sandra Martin Upon Her Retirement

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Sandra Martin with a legislative resolution on August 1, 2013, to honor Martin for her dedicated service.  Sandra Martin retired from Home Aides of Central New York, after serving as the organization’s president for 23 years. 

 

 

August 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Skaneateles Library

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time reading to children at the Skaneateles Library on August 1, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco has been visiting local libraries throughout the summer to promote literacy.

August 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Promotes Sennett Taxpayers Rebate Program

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined other elected officials from Cayuga County for a press conference at the Sennett Town Hall on August 1, 2013.  The press conference was held to discuss the Sennett Taxpayers Rebate Program, which Governor Cuomo signed into law. Through the program, residents and business owners in the Town of Sennett will receive a $100 rebate check, as the result of a surplus in sales tax revenue.  Senator DeFrancisco was a co-sponsor of the legislation. 

 

August 6, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES LOCAL LIBRARY GRANTS

On July 29, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) joined Kate McCaffrey, representing Onondaga County public libraries, to announce the individual libraries in Onondaga County that will receive state mini-grants for cultural programming. Last year, Senator DeFrancisco secured $90,000 in state funds to be awarded to libraries in Onondaga County over two years.

July 30, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Syracuse Challenger Baseball NBT Bank Stadium Night

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cheer on members of the Syracuse Challengers baseball team during Syracuse Challenger Baseball NBT Bank Stadium Night. Syracuse Challengers is a District 8 Baseball League program for children with developmental and physical disabilities. More than 200 children participated in the event, which was held at NBT Bank Stadium on July 25, 2013.

July 29, 2013
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John A. DeFrancisco
and Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives
Place: Buffalo City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 13th Floor, 65 Niagara
Square, Buffalo, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

 

September 12, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John A. DeFrancisco
and Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives
Place: Syracuse City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East
Washington Street, Syracuse, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 5, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at Marcellus Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at Marcellus Library on July 25, 2013.Senator DeFrancisco read stories to the children and spoke about the importance of reading.

July 26, 2013
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John A. DeFrancisco
and Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,
Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

 

September 4, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on FinanceChair: Senator John A. DeFranciscoPublic Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiativesPlace: Long Island (location to be determined)Time: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiatives

Senate Standing Committee on FinanceChair: Senator John A. DeFranciscoand Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: Review existing tax policy and discuss reform initiativesPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Dottie Pohlid (518) 455-3511ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 4, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Observes Young Scientists Day at Fayetteville Free Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as Tom Otis, a Fayetteville science teacher, shows an excited group of children the "books on eggs" experiment. Young Scientists Day was held at the Fayetteville Free Library on July 25, 2013. Library Director Sue Considine is also featured in the picture.

July 26, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO PROMOTES LEGISLATION TO HELP MORE YOUNG PEOPLE SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND THE WORKPLACE

Assemblymember Sam Roberts held a press conference on July 26, 2013, with Senator John A. DeFrancisco to urge the Governor to sign into law a bill they authored to reduce the number of part-time hours needed to qualify for the NY Youth Works program (A.7928-A/S.4762-A). The press conference was held at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, a nationally recognized Syracuse City youth development and dropout prevention program that helps students stay in school and successfully graduate high school ready for post-secondary education and employment.

July 26, 2013
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August 9, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Senator DeFrancisco Will Host Auburn Office Hours

State Senator John DeFrancisco will host Auburn office hours on Friday, August 9th.

Senator DeFrancisco and members of his staff will be on hand to speak with constituents from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Stardust Building at 2 State Street in Auburn.

To schedule an appointment, please call the district office at 315-428-7632.

July 24, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour

On July 10, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped mark the 15th anniversary of the Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour, by presenting a legislative resolution to organizers during a half-way point celebration at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.  Hundreds of bicycle riders from across the country participate in Cycling the Erie Canal, which began in Buffalo and will end in Albany on July 14th.

July 11, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco to Read at Local Libraries this Summer

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is a strong supporter of literacy and our local libraries.  During the summer, Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at several public libraries throughout the Central New York community.  Please check back, as we continue to add more dates and library locations to the list.

July 2, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's Annual Lake Day

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's annual lake day at Emerson Park on June 26, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco, along with Senator Michael Nozzolio and Assemblyman Gary Finch, presented organizers with a legislative resolution recognizing the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's 25th Anniversary.   

June 28, 2013
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