On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senator John DeFrancisco talks about the new gun-control measures that are part of the NY SAFE Act. He also discusses legislation he introduced that would hold landlords accountable for paying their taxes.
On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senate Finance Chairman John DeFrancisco explains the budget process and the joint public budget hearing schedule. He also talks about the honor of receiving the Guardian of Small Business Award by the NFIB and initiatives to help local businesses.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.
Your Voice is a televised show that is taped in Albany. On the following Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Joint Budget Hearing on Education and his frustration with a failed teacher evaluation agreement in the New York City school district. You can watch his exchange with union leaders from the United Federation of Teachers by clicking on the link above.
On February 1, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco officially wrapped up his 2013 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive to benefit our deployed soldiers. Senator DeFrancisco announced that his office collected 1,500 donated cell phones this season- a record amount! These phones will provide nearly 6,000 hours of free talk time to soldiers stationed around the world.
Senator DeFranciso is grateful to the Central New York community for its overwhelming support. He also thanks all of the local businesses, schools and organizations that served as his designated collection sites. These sites were expanded into Auburn, Fayetteville and Manlius this season:
Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, and Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco announced the release of the Senate Majority Coalition “white book” analysis of the Governor’s 2013-14 Executive Budget proposal. The analysis was prepared by the Senate Finance and Counsel staff to assist the members of the Finance Committee and the Senate as a whole, in budget deliberations. A link to the report is below:
On January 25, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco met with Mayor Carl Lincoln and other elected officials in the Village of Cato. Senator DeFrancisco has been reaching out to leaders who are new to his 50th Senate District, in order to introduce himself and to hear more about ongoing issues.
Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Town of Sennett Supervisor Jeffrey Herrick, County Legislator Joe Runkle and Town Justice Clerk Deborah French. Senator DeFrancisco has been reaching out to leaders who are new to his 50th Senate District. He visited Sennett on January 25, 2013.
The Village of Minoa celebrated its 100th Anniversary on January 25, 2013, with a Centennial Celebration at the Minoa Municipal Building. During the ceremony, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Minoa Mayor Richard Donovan with a Senate Resolution to honor the village for its proud history and accomplishments.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R,I,C) was recognized last week as a “Guardian of Small Business” by Mike Durant, New York State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business in New York. (NFIB)
“Senator DeFrancisco was one of an elite list of legislators to receive the highest award given by the NFIB for his strong support of New York's small and independent business owners, job creators and entrepreneurs. The Senator’s advocacy on issues like tax relief and regulatory reform have helped to improve the business climate in New York state,” said Durant.
On the cable program, Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an overview of the 2013 Legislative Session and discusses the new leadership coalition in the State Senate. He also shares some highlights from the Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony. This Your Voice program was taped in Albany on January 14, 2013.
People with questions about New York State's new gun-control law (NY SAFE Act) can visit www.nysafeact.com or call the toll-free number (855) 529-4867. The website has a question-and-answer section, plus photographs of weapons to help gun owners understand if their gun will now be classified as an assault weapon.
Those who own what is now considered an assault weapon must register with the New York State Police within one year, beginning April 15. Registration is free.
To access the governor's website regarding the NY SAFE Act, please click here.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that a new law will take effect tomorrow, January 19, 2013, which will require patients to be informed by their health care provider when dense breast tissue has been discovered during a breast exam. Additionally, patients must be informed about the importance of discussing additional screening options with their doctor.
“Dense breast tissue increases the risk of a woman developing breast cancer, and it makes the cancer harder to find. We need to educate women on this fact so that they can take the extra measures necessary in order to detect cancer as early as possible. As we all know, early detection is the key to a positive outcome in the fight against breast cancer,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) has introduced a bill that will allow public welfare officials to withhold rent from a landlord when real property taxes for the rental property have not been paid. (S-552)
In October of last fall, it was reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard that there were several landlords who were delinquent in payments of their real property taxes, yet were still receiving rent for public assistance recipients. In fact, two landlords alone had delinquencies totaling more than $1 million.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Christian Health Services of Syracuse, Inc. The event was held on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 3200 Burnet Ave. The nonprofit center will primarily serve individuals who are covered by Medicaid or Medicare.
Creating Jobs: As the Legislative Session gets underway, I will continue to support effectives measures that will help revitalize our economy by strengthening small business and creating new jobs for the local economy.
Providing Tax Relief: With federal tax increases in store for many hardworking taxpayers in 2013, I will fight for additional tax relief at the state and local levels.
Reducing Wasteful Spending: For the past two years, New York state has made significant progress in controlling state spending, but more can be done. Therefore, I will continue to help reduce government fraud and waste, and to deliver additional mandate relief for local governments and school districts.
On January 9, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) was reappointed Chairman of the New York State Senate Finance Committee by Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein.
“I am honored that I have been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Through bi-partisan cooperation, we have made great strides in our state, although there is still much more work to be done. I am excited to continue working hard with Governor Cuomo, Senator Skelos, and Senator Klein toward the passage of another on-time budget that serves the interests of all New Yorkers.”