State Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured the renovation project at OCCRA's Amboy Compost Facility in Camillus on Monday November 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco saw how the facility transforms food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost. OCCRA's Amboy Compost Facility generates 36,000 cubic yards of compost each year.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Blue Ribbon Celebration at Cherry Road School on Tuesday November 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco congratulated Cherry Road School for being designated as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Cherry Road School is part of the Westhill School District.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a United States Air Force veteran, has kicked off his sixth annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. At a press conference on November 25th, Senator DeFrancisco was joined by Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Col. Hugh Darville and Staff Sgt.
State Senate Republicans today, November 19, 2013, issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured presenting a Legislative Resolution to Syracuse Film Festival Director Owen Shapiro during the festival's closing ceremony on October 6, 2013. The Resolution recognized the Syracuse Film Festival upon its 10th anniversary.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center's Auburn campus on October 7, 2013. During the event, Senator DeFrancisco, and other elected officials, spoke about the merger of Mercy and the Cayuga County Nursing Home. A renovated facility is expected to open early next year.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the 200th anniversary celebration for the Manlius Fire Department, held on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco presented a Citation that honored the fire department for its outstanding service.
At a ceremony on September 30, 2013, State Senators John A. DeFrancisco and David J. Valesky presented Mr. William Cregg and Mr. John Harke of Central New York with the New York State Senate Liberty Award. The Liberty medal, which was created by the State Senate in 2000, is given to those civilians who have exhibited exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to restore up to $90 million in funding for programs for people with developmental disabilities.
On September 30, 2013, State Senators John A. DeFrancisco and David J. Valesky honored two Onondaga County men who helped rescue a 10-year-old girl, and comfort Lori Bresnahan, after a brutal assault in Clay.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the 2013 American Council of Engineering Companies of New York Fall Conference on September 23, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured from left to right with Kent Sopris, Neil Lucey, Senator David Valesky, Senator Joseph Robach, and Jay Simson.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 40th Annual On My Own Time event at the Everson Museum of Art on September 20, 2013. The event featured the work of local artists partnered with Central New York businesses, educational institutions, government and non-profit organizations. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Catherine Gerard, CNY Arts Board President, and Stephen Butler, Executive Director of CNY Arts.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his 9th annual Senior Fair at the New York State Fairgrounds Horticulture Building on September 24, 2013. There were nearly 100 exhibitors that provided information to more than 1,000 senior citizens who attended this free event. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with members from Crouse Hospital.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) will host his ninth annual Senior Fair on Tuesday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. This informational event is FREE and open to all Central New York senior citizens and their caregivers, who are searching for local programs and services.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco served as a panelist at the Regulatory Reform Public Forum on manufacturing, held September 20, 2013, at Syracuse City Hall. During this Senate-sponsored forum, various local business leaders testified on ways to help improve the business environment in New York State.