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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Memorial Day Parades

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco walked in various parades throughout Onondaga County during Memorial Day weekend. 

May 30, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with WWII Veteran Edward Zaluski and Edward's wife, Betty, at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Onondaga Hill, Sunday, May 25, 2012.  The ceremony honors and remembers all of the military men and women, who lost their lives while serving our country.

May 29, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with CNY United Power Soccer

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visits with the CNY United Power Soccer Club.  The team is practicing for its national tournament, which will be held in Indianapolis this July.  He wishes them the best of luck!  The Senator is pictured with members of CNY United at the East Syracuse elementary school, Friday, May 25, 2012. 

May 29, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors and Remembers Our Fallen Soldiers This Memorial Day

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco observed Memorial Day by remembering and honoring all of the brave men and women, who died while protecting our country and our freedoms.  The Senator attended several parades and ceremonies throughout Onondaga County during the holiday weekend.

May 27, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting for New Candle Company

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of Light 4 Life Candles LLC in the former Will & Baumer facility on Buckley Road in Liverpool.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May 24, 2012.

May 24, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Room 124 CAP

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May 30, 1:30 PM - 1:46 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Music Educator Jim Spadafore

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented James Spadafore with a New York Senate Citation during the 2012 Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool High School on May 23rd.  Spadafore, a teacher and music director at Liverpool High School, will retire in June 2012.

May 24, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Music Educator Joe Riposo

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Joseph Riposo with a New York Senate Resolution during the 2012 Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool High School on May 23rd.  Riposo was inducted into the Music Educator Hall of Fame during the 2011 Syracuse Area Music Awards, the SAMMYS. 

May 24, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting for the Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2012 Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, which was held at Long Branch Park on May 20th.  He is pictured with Autism Speaks Director Erin Mast, NewsChannel 9 Anchor Christie Casciano, and two walkers.

May 22, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco's May 14, 2012, Your Voice Show

On this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that could help save 100 jobs in Syracuse, funding for public libraries, and his honoree for the "2012 Women of Distinction" recognition ceremony.  The Senator also shows highlights from some Little League opening games. This Your Voice program was taped on May 14, 2012.

May 21, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco with 2012 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year Award Winner James Werbeck

Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Solvay Middle School Principal James Werbeck with a Resolution on May15, 2012. Werbeck was named the 2012 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State.  James Werbeck and his wife, Susie, were recognized by Senator DeFrancisco from the Senate Floor in Albany. 

May 21, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in the Unveiling of the Paul Seymour Playground

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped dedicate the Paul Seymour Playground at Skiddy Park in Syracuse on May 17, 2012.  The playground is named after the captain of the 1955 NBA Championship Syracuse Nationals team, Paul Seymour.

May 18, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks During Memorial Service for Fallen Firefighters and Deputies

Standing outside the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco paid tribute to local firefighters and sheriff's deputies who have died in the last year.  The memorial service was held on May 17, 2012.

May 18, 2012
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Alberto Caiella

Alberto Caiella was born on May, 1918 and has lived most of his life in the Syracuse, New York where he still resides today with his wife, Lucy. Alberto’s family includes 7 children, 14 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Mr. Caiella was nominated by his proud granddaughters Kristin, Danielle and Bianca. 

Alberto Caiella was drafted on July 16, 1941 and proudly served his country for four years as a half-track driver in the United States Army as a T5 (Technician, 5th Grade) A Company 17th Engineers, 2nd Armored Division 9th Army. 

May 18, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Recipients of New York State's First Veterans Build

On May 17, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the first-ever Veterans Build through Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. The two houses, located at 113 and 115 Fitch Street, were built for disabled veterans, Mike Smith and Felicia Plunkett. They are affordable, energy efficient, and handicap accessible. The Senator is pictured with home owner Felicia Plunkett (center).

May 17, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Kindergarteners at the Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary School

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. 

May 17, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Award to the Family of 2012 Women of Distinction Honoree Colleen H. Mastine

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.  

To watch the presentation, click here.

May 17, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ASSIST SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES IN SECURING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

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.

May 17, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Room 123 CAP

May 22, 1:00 PM - 1:29 PM
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