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New York State Senate Passes Vince's Law

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.

The bill (S.4267), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I,Syracuse) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period.  Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.  The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.

May 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Unveil the Pango Mobile Parking System in Auburn

Senator John A. DeFrancisco speaks during a press conference to announce the Pango Mobile Parking System on May 3, 2013, in front of the Cayuga County Courthouse. The new system will allow drivers at various locations in downtown Auburn to pay for metered parking through their cell phones.  You can sign up for the parking service and download the app by visiting www.pango-parking.com.

May 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Opening Day of the North Syracuse Little League Season

On May 4, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended opening day ceremonies for the North Syracuse Little League.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with one of the baseball teams at Lonergan Field.

May 6, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Monday, May 6, 2013 Room 332 CAP

May 6, 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Polish Constitution Day in Syracuse

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Polish Constitution Day Ceremony, held in front of Sacred Heart Basilica on May 3, 2013.  The annual event celebrates the people and history of Poland.

May 3, 2013
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FREE Electronics Recycling Event in Auburn on May 18th

You can properly dispose of your electronics by dropping them off at a FREE electronics recycling event that I am sponsoring in May.

The event will be held near the Time Warner Cable building at 32 Owasco Street in Auburn, on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  Sunnking Electronics Recycling will be accepting computers, television sets and small appliances. 

Community partners are Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Hospice of the Finger Lakes.

May 2, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor

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April 30, 3:30 PM - 3:37 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Village of Manlius

On April 27, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended The Bicentennial Ball to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Village of Manlius.  Senator DeFrancisco presented a legislative resolution to Manlius Mayor Paul Whorrall, who was dressed in period clothing to celebrate the occasion. 

April 29, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco with the Lyncourt/LeMoyne Travel League

Senator John A. DeFrancisco takes a picture with the Lyncourt/LeMoyne Travel League team during opening day ceremonies for the Lyncourt/LeMoyne Little League on April 27, 2013. 

April 29, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Celebrate Opening Day of the Southside American Little League

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the Southside American Little League team on April 27, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco, who played competitive baseball through high school and college, was honored to participate in the Opening Day ceremonies, located at Frank Harrigan Field in Wadsworth Park. 

April 29, 2013
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Paying Tribute to Colleen Mastine

Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as the director of Casey's Place unveils a plaque in memory of the late Colleen H. Mastine.  Mastine, a long-time staffer in Senator DeFrancisco's district office, passed away last year.  She was an active member of the board of directors for Casey's Place and a tireless advocate for all local constituents.  Casey’s Place in Syracuse provides more than 300 families with respite services for their children. 

April 29, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice

On this week's cable program, I discuss legislation that would unseal juvenile records prior to bail hearings for alleged sex offenders.

Last month, David Renz allegedly murdered a woman and sexually assaulted a child in Clay after disconnecting his electronic monitoring bracelet while on bail. He had been implicated in a prior sexual assault case as a teenager, but those records were sealed.

I have introduced this legislation in the hope that it might prevent future tragedies.

 

 

April 25, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Soccer Shoot-Out Winner Mari DeTota at the NYS Capitol

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured holding a Resolution with Liverpool student, Mari DeTota, in Senate Chambers on April 22, 2013.  Mari won first place in the Elks Area 1 National Soccer Shoot-Out.  Senator DeFrancisco, along with Senator David Valesky who is pictured on the right, passed a Resolution to congratulate and recognize Mari for her achievements.  Mari's family accompained her to Albany for the presentation.

April 24, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Recognizes a West Point Cadet from Central New York at the NYS Capitol

Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized Cadet Sergeant Brian Callahan, a Central New York West Point cadet, during West Point Day at the New York State Capitol.  Callahan is a Syracuse native and a 2010 graduate of Bishop Grimes High School.

“All of these cadets are exceptional young men and women, but I am especially proud to honor Brian Callahan who is from Syracuse,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Brian should be commended for his patriotism, dedication and strong commitment to our Nation. For Brian to answer the call to serve in this dangerous time is truly an inspiration to all of us.”

April 24, 2013
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Liverpool High School Students Visit Albany

On April 16, 2013, students from the Liverpool High School Student Government Class met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco and toured the State Capitol.

April 22, 2013
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Lawmakers Tout Plan to End Duplicative Vehicle Taxes for Returning Members of the Military

Assemblyman Colton (D-Brooklyn) was joined by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), and other lawmakers, to call attention to a pressing matter facing members of the military as they return home.

April 22, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates the Regional Champions of the 2013 National Science Bowl

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the pleasure of congratulating the Syracuse Academy of Science team for winning the regional championship of the 2013 National Science Bowl.  The students and teachers pictured above met with Senator DeFrancisco at his district office in Syracuse on April 19, 2013. 

April 19, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits Auburn Fire Department

Pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco are (from left to right) City of Auburn Fire Chief Jeff Dygert, Assistant Fire Chief Scott DeJoy and City of Auburn Manager Doug Selby.  Senator DeFrancisco visited the fire department on April 18, 2013.

April 19, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Room 124 CAP

April 23, 11:00 AM - 11:22 AM
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Senator DeFrancisco discusses School Aid and Changes to the STAR Rebate Program on Your Voice

Senator DeFrancisco discusses School Aid and changes to the STAR Rebate Program.

April 16, 2013
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