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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Breanna Stewart at the NYS Capitol Building

Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized UCONN Women's Basketball Player Breanna Stewart during legislative session of the New York State Senate on June 5, 2013.  Stewart, a graduate of C-NS High School, was named the NCAA's Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 Final Four Tournament.

June 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes CNY United Power Soccer at the NYS Capitol Building

Members of the CNY United Power Soccer Club were recognized during legislative session on June 3, 2013, of the New York State Senate. Senators John A. DeFrancisco and David Valesky are pictured with the team, which won the 2012 National Power Soccer Tournament. 

June 6, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL CREATING THE NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York State Senate today, June 4, 2013, passed his bill (S2316) that would establish a New York state Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health.

“Obesity in children is on the rise. More than 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, and the numbers are even worse for adolescents,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“We need to be proactive about promoting healthy lifestyles to our young people, so that we can reverse the unhealthy trends that cost our nation $117 billion annually in health care expenses,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

June 6, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today,, June 4, 2013, announced that his bill, S340A, restricting the ability of perpetrators of violent crimes to access the personal records of their victims, passed the Senate.

"In order to crack down on violent criminal activity, we must provide appropriate protections so that violent felons may not access the personal records of their victims without legitimate legal purpose,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This bill ensures the safety of victims of violent crimes.”

The bill amends current law so that violent felons may only obtain records of their victims with a subpoena by a court in which an action against him or her is pending. Even then, only an agent is able to obtain the records on behalf of the felon.

June 6, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REVIEW SEALED JUVENILE RECORDS IN CERTAIN INSTANCES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation (S4792), which would allow a prompt review of sealed juvenile records in instances when a person is charged with a sex offense, passed the State Senate on June 4, 2013.

June 6, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor.*The Senate Finance Committee will consider the following nomination:Upon confirmation by the Senate Transportation Committee:Jeffrey Hayden Lynford as Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (TO APPEAR)Frank A. Nocerino as a Member of the Republic Airport Commission (NOT APPEARING)

 

 

June 4, 3:58 PM - 4:08 PM
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL PROVIDING LONG-SERVING RESERVISTS WITH PROPERTY TAX BREAKS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation(S553B), which would provide a five percent property tax break to reservists and National Guard members who have 20 years of service, passed the Senate today.

“Reservists and guard members can be called from civilian life to serve at a moments’ notice. These service members should be rewarded for their commitment to serving our country,” said Senator DeFrancisco, an Air Force Veteran.

If enacted, each municipality would have the discretion to offer the five percent tax break to service members if they are not eligible for any other military property tax exemption. Currently, veterans may receive various property tax breaks, but reservists are not eligible for any type of property tax break if they are not a veteran.

June 3, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Announce the Grants for Growth Round X Winners

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined CenterState CEO today in announcing six new recipients in the Grants for Growth program. A total of $398,680 was awarded in the program’s tenth round, and these grants will be leveraged against private sector and university matching funds. 

Grants for Growth is a CenterState CEO seed program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industries to create jobs.  Senator DeFrancisco has secured $5 million in funding for the program.

Round X Award-Winning Companies: - Blue Highway

 - Captura Diagnostics

 - Motion Intelligence

 - Zinnia Safety Systems

 - Rapid Cure Technologies

May 31, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 124 CAP

June 4, 11:00 AM - 11:26 AM
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Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice

On this Your Voice cable program, I express concern with Governor Cuomo’s “Tax-Free NY” proposal that would offer tax-free status to certain companies that start up operations on a SUNY campus.  Instead, I believe there should be broad-based tax cuts, so all businesses in New York state are on an equal playing field.

I also talk about legislation to curb littering on our highways, as well as my electronics recycling event in Auburn. 

May 30, 2013
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION REQUIRING STATE AGENCIES TO PAY TIMELY INTEREST ON MONEY OWED TO NOT-FOR-PROFITS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that the Senate passed his legislation (S5189), which would require state agencies to pay interest for money owed on state contracts within 30 days. 

Current law requires state agencies to furnish interest payments on state contracts that are paid late to not-for-profit organizations, but they do not provide a specific time frame by which such interest payments must be made. This bill would require that interest payments must be paid within 30 days of any payment required by contract, or as soon as monies become available, whichever is earlier. 

May 30, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE FINES FOR LITTERING ON HIGHWAYS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today, May 29, 2013, that his legislation (S2311), which would double the penalties for littering, passed the New York State Senate.

“Littering not only impacts the appearance of the roadways, it also can pose driving hazards, and trash is very costly to remove,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

If enacted, the fine for littering will be raised from $350 to $700 for the first offense and from $700 to $1,400 for the second offense.

“Stiffening the fines for those who are caught throwing trash on the highways should help to serve as a deterrent, and help to clean up the roadways in our state,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.

May 30, 2013
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The New York State Senate 2013 Summer Reading Program

To register for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program, click on the image above.  This year's theme is Dig Into Reading!

May 29, 2013
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Paying Tribute to Our Members of the Military

Senator John DeFrancisco saw this video and wanted to share it with his constituents. 

May 29, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Commemorates Memorial Day 2013

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor all of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, by participating in Memorial Day events throughout Onondaga County and in Auburn.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured speaking during the Butterfly Garden of HOPE Remembrance Ceremony, at which he presented a legislative resolution marking the 35th anniversary of HOPE for the Bereaved.

May 28, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Room 332 CAP

May 29, 3:00 PM - 3:24 PM
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Students from Living Word Academy Tour the Capitol

On May 21, 2013, students from Living Word Academy toured the Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco for a first-hand lesson in state government. 

May 24, 2013
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Students from Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary Visit the Capitol

Students from Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse toured the New York State Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco on May 21, 2013. 

May 23, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Soccer Shoot-Out Winner Michael Brussel

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Michael Brussel, who won the New York State Championship and received Honorable Mention in the Elks Area National Soccer Shoot-out Contest, Boys Under 14 Division.  Senator DeFrancisco presented Michael with a Resolution on May 20, 2013 in Senate Chambers.

May 23, 2013
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Wheeler Elementary School Student Council Visits the Capitol

On May 16, 2013, Wheeler Elementary School Student Council from Nedrow toured the New York State Capitol.

May 23, 2013
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