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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor*

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March 28, 11:30 AM - 11:32 AM
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Senator DeFranciso Discusses A New State Law That Will Expand the DNA Databank

Historic legislation has been signed into law to make New York state the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation. On this week’s edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco shares some compelling stories from crime victims and explains how this DNA databank expansion will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to victims, prevent future crimes, and exonerate the innocently convicted.

New York state is close to finalizing a budget, so the Senator also brings you up-to-date on the budget progress.  

March 27, 2012
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Committee Meeting: New York State General Joint Budget Conference Committee Meeting

Senate members serving on the committee are: Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Majority Leader Thomas W. Libous; Senate Finance Committee Vice Chair Owen Johnson; and Minority Leader John L. Sampson.Assembly members serving on the committee are: Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Ronald Canestrari; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb.Joint Budget Conference Subcommittee.

March 26, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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New York State Senate Passes Bills to Crack Down on Auto Insurance Fraud

Auto insurance coverage is intended to protect law abiding citizens like you. It is not supposed to be an ATM machine for criminals. However, auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers more than one billion dollars a year.

Just a few weeks ago, the United States Attorney’s Office arrested dozens of alleged crooks, involved in running a $279 million dollar auto insurance scam. More recently, the New York State Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of 16 individuals, who are accused of staging car accidents to make more than $400,000 dollars in bogus insurance claims.

March 26, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Marches in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco marched in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Organizers estimate that there were more than 50,000 people in attendance for the 30th annual parade. 

March 21, 2012
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Cap State Spending -- Join the Fight!

As part of my comprehensive "New Jobs-NY" plan to revitalize our economy and spur new job creation, I am fighting to enact a strong state spending cap that will:

         - lock annual state spending to no more than 2 percent growth; and

         - ensure the state lives within its means -- just like hardworking families and businesses do every day.

Join my fight to protect taxpayers and create jobs by entering your information below.

March 19, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on FinanceSenator John A. DeFrancisco, ChairMonday, March 19, 2012Room 332 CAP*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE, TIME & LOCATION - THIS MEETING WILL BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR AND BE HELD IN ROOM 332 CAP

March 19, 3:00 PM - 3:02 PM
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LEGISLATURE & GOVERNOR APPROVE EXPANDED DNA DATABANK

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994, will become law.

The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor AndrewCuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, help prevent dangerouscriminals from committing additional crimes, and help to exonerate the innocent.

“Fingerprints have been an important tool relied on by law enforcement agneices.  DNA is a more accurate and reliable method to help solve crimes, prove guilt, and exonerate the innocent,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

March 16, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Students at Solvay Elementary School

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Solvay Elementary School on March 16, 2012, to read some entertaining books to a class of second grade students.  The Senator also answered many of the students' questions about his job.  His visit was part of Solvay Elementary's Parents As Reading Partners Program.   

March 16, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Noela Niyonkuru in Albany

On March 14, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Noela Niyonkuru in Albany with a New York Resolution. Noela was named "Student of the Year" by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education.  She attended school at a refugee camp in the United Republic of Tanzania, until she and her family moved to the United States in 2007.  Noela continues to advance her education in Syracuse, and in June 2010, she earned her Teacher's Assistant Certificate.  Pictured with the Senator in Albany, are Noela and her mother. 

March 16, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 20, 11:00 AM - 11:14 AM
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Committee Meeting: New York State General Joint Budget Conference Committee Meeting Schedule

Senate members serving on the committee are: Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Majority Leader Thomas W. Libous; Senate Finance Committee Vice Chair Owen Johnson; and Minority Leader John L. Sampson. Assembly members serving on the committee are: Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Ronald Canestrari; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb.Joint Budget Conference Subcommittee Schedule

Joint Budget Conference Subcommittee Schedule

March 13, 5:00 PM - 5:18 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Redistricting Reform Legislation on Your Voice Program

On this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco addresses a disruptive group of protestors, who showed incivility in Senate Chambers during the Pledge of Allegiance. He also discusses the Senate's redistricting reform bill, which would provide an independent body for future redistricting in New York State.  Plus, he seeks your feedback on state budget issues.

March 13, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 13, 11:00 AM - 11:13 AM
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Your Voice with Senator John A. DeFrancisco

Senator John DeFrancisco discusses Business Impacts, Medicaid, Higher Education

March 7, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 6, 11:00 AM - 11:33 AM
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Public Hearing: NEW YORK STATE 2012 ECONOMIC AND REVENUE CONSENSUS FORECASTING CONFERENCE

NEW YORK STATE 
2012 ECONOMIC AND REVENUE
CONSENSUS FORECASTING CONFERENCE
State Capitol, Albany, NY
Room 124





February 29, 2012
2:30

February 29, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Cost of Higher Education on Your Voice in Albany

During the Legislative Public Budget Hearing on Higher Education, I questioned SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher about the staggering cost of remedial education, and I triggered discussion on finding a possible solution to the problem.  You can watch a clip from this exchange during the Albany-based television program, Your Voice.

Also on this week's Your Voice, I address the Film Tax Credit, which could benefit Central New York.  Thank you for sharing your voice with me on the issues that matter most to you.

February 27, 2012
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See If You Have Unclaimed Funds Through A Simple Internet Search

You may be entitled to some of the over $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State. 

For your protection, banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by law to surrender inactive accounts to the State. These accounts are known as "lost," "abandoned," or "unclaimed" funds. A simple Internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible, and there is no charge to search or file a claim to recover unclaimed funds.

To see if you have any unclaimed funds, visit https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/ .

February 23, 2012
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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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