State Senator John A. DeFrancisco read the story, Bullies Never Win, to a group of students from two outstanding kindergarten classes at the Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary School on May 17, 2012. He also answered some of the students' questions about his job.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the family of Colleen H. Mastine, the Senator's 2012 "Women of Distinction" honoree. Mastine, who passed away earler this year, was Director of Constituent Services in the Senator's district office. An awards ceremony was held in Albany on May 15th.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York Senate passed legislation today, May 15, 2012, which would give state agencies the authority to determine whether a letter of credit is needed for a state contract, and would limit the amount of the letter of credit to 3 percent of the total contract award.
“A three percent cap on a letter of credit would help small and medium-sized businesses, because a letter of credit requirement adversely impacts a company’s ability to secure a loan, and it ties up resources that a company needs for operating expenses and growth,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Colleen H. Mastine with the 2012 "Women of Distinction" award for the 50th Senate District. The New York State Senate recognizes women from Central New York and throughout the state at a reception in Albany.
"I am proud to honor my former colleague and friend, Colleen Mastine, who served in my district office for many years," said Senator DeFrancisco.
"Through her work in the Senate, she helped so many citizens in our community. I commend her for a lifetime of helping others, and for the genuine caring and concern that she exhibited, as she worked with people to solve their problems," said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Liverpool High School teacher Jeff Peneston and his family at the capitol building in Albany. The Senator presented Mr. Peneston with a New York State Senate Resolution for winning the 2012 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.
Colleen Hassett-Mastine was a devoted staff member and friend, whose passion, generosity, leadership, and desire to help others, enriched the quality of life for so many individuals in the State of New York.
A lifelong resident of the Syracuse area, Ms. Hassett-Mastine worked for Mayor Tom Young as an administrative assistant from 1986-1994. She was also selected an active member of the Mayor’s sub-cabinet on Neighborhoods and Youth.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 2012 Silver and Gold Gala on May 9th. The event, hosted by the Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs, took place at Pensabene's Casa Grande.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York State Senate passed on May 8, 2012, his bill (S6794-A) that would authorize a five-year extension for the New York Telecommunications Relay Center to remain in Syracuse.
“This bill requires 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 week’s edition of Your Voice, I discuss my bill that passed in the New York State Senate, requiring state agencies to pay timely interest on money owed to not-for-profits. This legislation presently awaits action in the State Assembly.
I also discuss legislation to better protect our children from sex offenders. Plus, I share my concern over some of the recent errors with the state’s student exams.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on May 7, 2012, that the New York State Senator passed his bil (S2856-A) 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.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that several libraries in Onondaga County have been awarded New York State Public Library Construction Grants to help make necessary improvements to their buildings.
The local grants are among 192 construction grants awarded to public libraries and library systems throughout New York state, which are supported by $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the State Budget.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke with senior citizens during a luncheon on May 4, 2012, hosted by the Wisdom People St. Daniel Senior Citizens Group. The Senator addressed ongoing state issues and provided helpful information on various state programs and services that are available to seniors. About 90 people attended the luncheon.
Senate Standing Committee on FinanceChair: Senator John DeFranciscoPublic Hearing: The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) ProgramPlace: Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M.Contact: Alexis Conti (518) 455-4371
New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the Senate passed his legislation today (S6469), which requires 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.