State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured listening to Governor Cuomo during a press conference on August 3, 2012, regarding a new laboratory center at Cooper Crouse-Hinds in Syracuse. Crouse-Hinds won a near $300,000 dollar state grant to help it expand and develop modern LED lighting products. The grant was part of the Governor's economic development plan. Prior to the press conference, Senator DeFrancisco also took a tour of the lab.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited the Fairmount Library on July 31, 2012, and he read a couple stories to a great group of children. His visit was part of the state's summer reading program, which encourages children to read and dream big!
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Joe Carello with a NYS Senate Resolution during the 2012 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival. Carello is an outstanding saxophonist and educator, who was named the 2012 Jazz Educator of the Year by the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Terri Bright and her two mules, Franklin and Donovan, at the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Erie Canal Museum on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Canal boats were once pulled by mules along the Erie Canal through downtown Syracuse. During the celebration, Senator DeFrancisco also presented the Erie Canal Museum with a Citation.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco enjoyed reading a couple stories to a group of children at Onondaga Free Library on July 26th. The Senator has been visiting several libraries throughout Onondaga County, part of the 2012 Summer Reading program.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) has announced that legislation he supported (S6769B) to improve early breast cancer detection has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.
Senator DeFrancisco said, “This new law will help save women’s lives by increasing their awareness of a known breast cancer risk factor. Along with routine breast cancer screenings, the information provided by physicians to those with dense breast tissue can help increase early detection of the disease and give patients a greater ability to make educated decisions about their health.”
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) has announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed his bill (S6794-A) into law. The law will authorize a five-year extension for the New York Telecommunications Relay Center to remain in Syracuse.
“It require that the New York Telecommunications Relay Service Center remain in Syracuse, and along with it, nearly 100 private-sector jobs,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
“As the center continues to grow and to add new services, I am hopeful that more telecommunications jobs will be created in Syracuse,” added Senator DeFrancisco.
On this program of the cable show, Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognizes young adults from Central New York, who visited the Capitol during legislative session. They include World Karate Champion Christopher Collins, Gatorade’s National Basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart, and the Cicero-North Syracuse Girls Basketball state champions.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco has teamed up with other state, city and county officials to crack down on littering and raise awareness about the serious problem. During a press conference on July 16, 2012, it was announced that a recent cleanup of 690 between Teall Avenue and Thompson Road netted nearly three tons of trash. An ongoing campaign will focus on clean-up, enforcement and awareness, with the tagline "Litter: It Costs More Than You Think." As part of this campaign, violators will be ticketed.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured reading to a group of students at Mundy Library in Syracuse on July 13, 2012. The Senator will be reading stories to children at several libraries throughout Onondaga County this summer, part of the state's summer reading program.
The New York State Senate passed a number of bills during the 2012 legislative session to help create jobs, increase public safety, and improve school performance, which are discussed on my weekly cable show, Your Voice.
On this program, I talk about a new state measure that will help combat cyber-bullying, the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that would safeguard taxpayer dollars, and a bill that would require beneficiaries of government paid prescription benefits to pay their co-payments.
Your clothing and footwear purchases up to $110 dollars are no longer subject to New York state sales tax.
On April 1, 2012, the New York State sales tax clothing exemption was restored to the original less-than-$110 threshold.
This means that sales of eligible clothing and footwear, costing less than $110 per item or pair, are now exempt from the state's 4% sales tax and local tax in those localities that enacted the exemption. This new tax break could save a family of four as much as $200 dollars a year.
On June 26, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented scholarship prizes to four oustanding student vocalists and instrumentalists, who competed in the 2012 Jazz Ignition through Signature Music in Syracuse. The recipients were vocalist Ashley Gusman from Bishop Ludden High School, tenor saxophonist Dunham Hall from Solvay High School, vocalist Nubia Hill from Nottingham High School, and vocalist Justin Tanksley from Jamesville-DeWitt High School. Signature Music, a non-profit organization, offers music opportunities to young artists in Central New York.