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SENATE PASSES SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S BILL NAMED AFTER THE LATE TIFFANY HEITKAMP

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S2860-A), which would create a link between all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses, passed the New York State Senate.

Named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, who was killed during an alcohol related boating accident in July of 2006, the bill would link Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), with Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), as well as driving an ATV while intoxicated. Under current law, there is no linkage between these offenses, making it possible to be convicted in two or more separate cases and still be treated as a first time offender.

February 14, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Health and Medicaid Issues on Your Voice in Albany

Following the Legislative Public Health and Medicaid Hearing, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined the television program, Your Voice in Albany, to discusses Medicaid reform and ways to reduce cost without reducing quality of care.  The Senator also addressed solutions for making home healthcare more cost effective. 

February 14, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Pushes for DNA Databank Expansion On Your Voice

The New York Senate recently passed the DNA Databank Expansion Bill. On this week's episode of the television program, Your Voice, in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how the measure could improve the safety in your community, solve more crimes, and help exonerate the innocent.

February 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “NEW YORK COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION SYSTEM ACT”

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S3297) passed the New York Senate. The bill would improve access to information across the State.

Access to information is vital to creating an environment conducive to learning and innovation. Under this legislation, the New York State Library would be authorized to coordinate the purchase of electronic databases and other information resources for state agencies, library systems, and other governmental entities.

“More Central New Yorkers are using their local libraries to research employment opportunities and learn new skills. This bill would allow libraries to lower their overheard, stretch their resources, and offer patrons more for less,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

February 7, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE PASSSES BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED SAFETY MEASURE

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his boating safety certificate bill (S2903B) passed the NY State Senate.

The bill would require individuals 21 years of age or younger, who have been subject to a suspension of operating privileges related to alcohol-related boating offenses, to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.

“Boating tragedies on Skaneateles and Oneida lakes, as well as the BWI death of Syracuse-resident, Tiffany Heitkamp, have brought the problem of boating while intoxicated to the forefront,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“It is important to educate those who have already been convicted of BWI, on how to drive a boat safely, in the hopes of preventing future tragedies,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.

February 7, 2012
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Let's Keep NY Safe -- Join the Fight

Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide j

February 3, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Release of the Dogs At Work Postage Stamp

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Christine Buff and John Thompson at his district office on February 2, 2012.  Ms. Buff trained the Search and Rescue K-9 that is featured on the United States postage stamp, Dogs at Work.  Mr. Thompson painted the stamp's orginal artwork.  Senator DeFrancisco presented both individuals with a New York Citation, honoring them for their outstanding efforts and achievements.

February 2, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Prepares His Thoughts During Tax Debate

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was among a group of panelists, who participated in the Campbell Public Affairs Institute Debate on Tax Policy at the Everson Museum on February 2, 2012.  Senator DeFrancisco joined the team against raising taxes on the wealthy.  Former Governor Elliot Spitzer, who joined the opposite team, argued for higher taxes on the rich.  Nearly 300 people attended the event. To watch a video from the debate, visit http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/campbell/products/The_Campbell_Debates/

 

 

February 2, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Pension Reform During Your Voice in Albany

This week's edition of Your Voice in Albany includes highlights from the Legislative Public Budget Hearings on education, transportation, and workforce issues.  Pension reform has been a major topic in these hearings.

 

February 2, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Onondaga Community College's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended Onondaga Community College's 50th Anniversary celebration on January 27, 2012.  He is pictured with Professor Emeriti Norma Foody of OCC's Department of English and Communications.

January 31, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Reality Check CO2 in Albany

Members of Reality Check CO2 (Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego counties) met with State Senator John A. DeFrancisco on January 24, 2012, during Legislative Day at the Capital.  Reality Check is a New York youth-led anti-tobacco group.   

January 26, 2012
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Share Your Ideas and Help Reduce Government Spending

 

It's common sense. Thousands of hardworking families throughout New York State are tightening their belts, pinching pennies and working harder than ever to stretch their hard-earned dollars. I strongly believe that all levels of government should be doing the same.

As your Senator, one of my key priorities is finding ways to reduce government spending, and eliminate wasteful expenditures wherever they might occur. That’s why last year I partnered with Governor Andrew Cuomo on a State Budget plan that reduced overall government spending for the first time in years. By holding the line on spending, we closed a $10 billion budget gap – and we did it without raising any new taxes or fees.

January 24, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Explains the Budget Process And Why Your Voice Matters

On this edition of the television program, Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains the state budget process and responds to several of your important questions.

January 24, 2012
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Majority Finance/Counsel Staff Analysis of the 2012-2013 Executive Budget

(WhiteBook)

The report provides an analysis of the appropriations recommended this year and an analysis of the Governor's recommendations.

File: 
Majority - Executive Budget Analysis.pdf

January 23, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco At Annual Dinner For Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmens' Clubs

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the annual dinner, hosted by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmens' Clubs on January, 19, 2012.  He is pictured with Fred and Melva Neff, DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch, and Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley. 

January 20, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, January 30, 2012 Room 120 LOB

January 30, 1:00 PM - 1:06 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Governor's Proposed 2012-2013 Budget on Your Voice in Albany

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal on the television program, Your Voice.  The Senator also answers some of your specific questions and addresses upcoming legislative budget hearings.  You can let your voice be heard in Albany by watching this week's edition of Your Voice with Senator John DeFrancisco.

January 19, 2012
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Senator John DeFrancisco Reacts to Governor Cuomo's proposed 2012-2013 Budget Proposal

Please click on the link below to watch my interview on YNN's Capital Tonight program, regarding Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal.

http://www.capitaltonight.com/2012/01/sen-defrancisco-reacts-to-budget-address

January 19, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Taxes"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Taxes

February 6, 10:00 AM - 12:44 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 18, 1:00 PM - 1:22 PM
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