On November 1, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped announce a new round of funding for Grants for Growth. The program, now entering its 10th round, awards grants to various companies. During a press conference at The Tech Garden, Senator DeFrancisco addressed the program's impact on our economy through product development and job creation. Senator DeFrancisco has secured an additional $2 million dollars in funding for the program. Companies that want to apply for Grants for Growth can visit www.thetechgarden.com/.
As we mark this Veterans Day, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans, who have honorably served this proud State and Nation. Your invaluable sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.
Through my role as a New York State Senator, and a veteran of the United States Air Force, I have done all I can to serve our soldiers and veterans. Recently, a bill that I supported to improve the identification process for veterans, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. This new state law will now make it easier for former service men and women to identify themselves as veterans, by providing them with a separate indicator line, or mark, on their New York State Drivers License or non-driver ID.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Edward Z. Menkin, the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Lawyer Award. Senator DeFrancisco spoke about Menkin's exceptional experience, character, skill and commitment to the profession during the Onondaga County Bar Association's annual dinner, held on October 25, 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with West Genesee High School senior Olivia Onoff, who invited the Senator to speak to her government class on October 25, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco discussed several issues including state government and his role as a Senator, education cuts, animal rights, and hydrofracking.
On October 23, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Catholic Charities Recognition Brunch for more than 500 Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers, who serve about 70 non-profit organizations. The event was held at Barbagallo's Restaurant.
Students at Soule Road Elementary School demonstrate for State Senator John A. DeFrancisco how they use tablet computing devices during interactive learning projects. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure discretionary funding for the Liverpool School District, which was used to purchase the tablets. He visited two first and fifth grade classrooms on October 22, 2012, to observe the tablets in use.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with St. Camillus Senior Physical Therapist Warren Stearns (and family) during a ceremony to recognize Stearns for receiving the Employee of Distinction award from LeadingAge NY. During the event, which was held at The Centers at St. Camillus on October 16, 2012, Senator DeFrancisco presented Mr. Stearns with a NYS Resolution that honors him for his accomplishments.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured speaking during a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the beautification project at Webster's Pond in Syracuse. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure some funding for the project.
On October 15, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a panel discussion on the future of economic development programs for statewide manufacturers. The annual event, which was hosted by the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, featured several panel discussions on various issues. It was held at the Doubletree Hotel in East Syracuse.
SPC. Sean Hudson, a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, was awarded the Purple Heart on October 9, 2012. State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured congratulating SPC. Hudson with Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle. Hudson also received the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Combat Infantry Badge.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco watches as the Taiwanese Flag is raised at Syracuse City Hall. Senator DeFrancisco spoke during the flag raising ceremony, held on October 5, 2012. Friday was also declared Republic of China Taiwan Community Recognition Day.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S4640c) into law requiring a New York state permit for medical personnel, who operate equipment that supports a patient’s heart and lungs during certain medical procedures.
“Currently, perfusionists, who are the operators of the equipment, are not required to be licensed or certified in New York state. This law requires that perfusionists obtain a permit and establish that they are regulated by the New York State Board of Education,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco admires the new Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten monument, located at the corner of State and Castle Streets in Syracuse. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure some state funding for the monument, which was unveiled and dedicated on October 2, 2012. Libba Cotten was a legendary folk musician, who lived in Syracuse. She wrote and performed the iconic song, "Freight Train." Speakers at the dedication ceremony included the Senator, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Peter Englot from Syracuse University, Francis Parks, Otis Jennings and Sculptor Sharon BuMann.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco shakes hands with construction workers at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center on October 2, 2012. The Senator joined Governor Andrew Cuomo for a tour of regional economic development projects. Other stops included the Biotech Accelerator site, Inner Harbor and Connective Corridor. Senator DeFrancisco is a member of the Governor's assessment team.
Several hundred senior citizens from throughout Central New York attended Senator John DeFrancisco's annual Senior Fair at the New York State Fairgrounds on September 27, 2012. Nearly 90 exhibitors were stationed under one roof to provide seniors with valuable information on various programs and services. Local health professionals also offered free health screenings. Entertainment was provided by the Mickey Vendetti band. Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank all of the vendors who made this year's Senior Fair a success and all of the seniors who attended.
In 1968, three young men sat on a park bench in Easton, PA and talked about – no – mimicked old men sitting on such a bench. Young, athletic men do such things. They disregard the future as it applies to the march of time. They think more about yesterday’s card games, their season, their upcoming game – about the things that young athletic men think about.
That they lost that day, a game they should have won but for an ironic twist of baseball fate, would become inconsequential in time. Most of the things that such young men do at that age become inconsequential – but some, like friendship, do not.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was the guest speaker at a dinner hosted by the Camillus Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, September 26, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with David and Liz Beebe and Daniel Willis aboard a boat on the Erie Canal near Sims Store at the Camillus Erie Canal Park.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on September 18 2012, that he secured $90,000 dollars in state funds to be awarded to individual libraries in Onondaga County in system-wide programs and mini-grants over the next two years. The grants are intended to serve the uses of 32 public libraries in Onondaga County and 19 boards.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced at Mundy Library on September 18, 2012, that he has secured $90,000 dollars in state funding for local libraries. These funds will be awarded to individual libraries throughout Onondaga County in system-wide programs and mini-grants over the next two years.