Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 50th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:NameGradeSchool
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will host a State Budget Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Cayuga County Office Building in Auburn. The public will be able to ask questions about the 2014-2015 State Budget and other legislative issues.
The 2014-2015 Staet Budget increases state education aid by more than $1.1 billion, but it also significantly reduces the Gap Elimination Adjustment, commonly referred to as the GEA.On this week’s Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to abolish the GEA and restore state aid for our students statewide.
The 2014-2015 New York State Budget will help provide property tax relief to local homeowners and cut taxes for small businesses and manufacturers statewide. State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to report that the public helped shape several of these tax relief measures by sharing recommendations for broad-based tax cuts during a series of hearings that he co-chaired across the state last year.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured participating in a mock radio interview during the Big Read event at the WCNY Education Center on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs to encourage reading by diverse audiences. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure a state grant for the program.
The local Big Read event was sponsored by the Onondaga County Public Library and CNY READS ONE BOOK.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with students from Fayetteville-Manlius High School inside Senate Chamber on March 27, 2014. The students observed session and toured the Capitol Building.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during a dinner celebration on March 29, 2014, to mark the 65th anniversary of the Lakeside Fire Department in Lakeland. Senator DeFrancisco presented a legislative resolution to honor all of the past and present members of the department.
On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill S3036, which would establish a crime for the unauthorized use of the name or image of any military member for commercial purposes, passed the New York State Senate today, March 24, 2014.
Senate members serving on the committee are: Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Co-Chair; Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Republican Leader Thomas W. Libous; Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, Co-Chair; Deputy Independent Democratic Conference Leader for Legislative Operation David J. Valesky; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; and Ranking Democratic Member of Senate Finance CommitteeLiz Krueger.
Assembly members serving on the committee are: Sheldon Silver, Co-Chair; Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb.
New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced (3/13/14) the Senate will act on a bipartisan budget resolution that balances the budget without raising taxes or fees, increases school aid funding and provides significant business and property tax relief that will create new jobs, grow the economy and help middle-class families stay and thrive in New York.
On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an update on some significant issues being debated as budget talks intensify in Albany. These budget items include tax reform, education reform, funding for charter schools, the Senate’s “Young Farmers NY” plan, and the “NY Dream Act.”