State Senator John A. DeFrancisco handed out certificates to several children at Hazard Library in Syracuse, who successfully completed the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. The Senator also read an anti-bullying book to the group of children.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco read to an outstanding group of children at Hazard Library in Syracuse on August 9, 2012. The Senator also answered some of the chidlren's questions about his job and state government, and he presented them with their summer reading certificates.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Margaret O'Brien with a Citation, recognizing her for her lifetime of achievements, during her 100th birthday party at Coleman's Irish Pub in Syracuse on July 29, 2012. The Senator had a wonderful time. He is pictured with Margaret O'Brien, who is holding the family's newest edition.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for addressing the synthetic drug crisis in our community by issuing a health department regulation to strengthen the ban on “bath salts.”
“The bath salt abuse problem has become an urgent situation in our community. In April, the Senate passed a bill (S6694-A) to address the issue, but it was not taken up by the Assembly. Had the Assembly taken quick action, the bath salt ban could have been law in April,” said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.
“Law enforcement now has a tool to crack down on those who are involved in the sale, distribution or use of this harmful substance,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.
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.