The New York State Senate Republican Conference has introduced the “Grown in New York Plan” to strengthen family farms by expanding markets, removing obstacles, and investing in the future of farming.
The proposal would expand markets for our family farms by promoting Farmers Markets, Food Hubs and “Buy from your Backyard” programs to increase the amount of locally grown produce that is enjoyed by communities throughout the state, nation and world.
In addition to being one of the most productive agriculture industries in the country, our farmers unfortunately are among the most regulated. New York farmers can be subject to more than 20 different federal, state and local regulatory agencies.
On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why Senate Republicans have called for an independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program. He also talks about the next steps in New York’s budget process, now that Joint Public Budget Hearings have concluded.
The Family Tax Relief Act Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.
The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years. The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.
On this week's Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why he voted "no" on the confirmation of Jenny Rivera for the New York State Court of Appeals. He also explains the judicial selection process. Rivera was confirmed to serve on the Appeals Court on February 11, 2013. She was nominated by Governor Cuomo on January 15.
The NY SAFE Act allows pistol license holders to protect the privacy of their personal information, including their home address, by providing them with a Public Records Exemption form. Those wishing to apply for the exemption should do so by May 15, 2013. In order to access this special form, please click on the provided link.
Onondaga County residents can return the form to the Pistol Permit Unit at the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department:
Address:407 South State St.Syracuse, NY 13202
Cayuga County residents can return the form to the Cayuga County Clerk's Office:
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).
In addition, Senate Republicans will work to establish a system to continually monitor and evaluate the state’s Medicaid program to ensure it is working to provide health care to those who truly need it while protecting taxpayer dollars. The system will be modeled on the strategy utilized in South Carolina to gauge the effectiveness and performance of that state’s Medicaid program.
On this week’s Your Voice cable program, I review video highlights from the Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection. I also provide a video excerpt from the Judiciary Committee Hearing for Court of Appeals nominee Jenny Rivera, in which I call into question Rivera's credentials for the specific job.
As Chairman of the State Senate Finance Committee, I continue to seek important answers during ongoing budget hearings in Albany. On the following Your Voice cable program, I discuss my questioning of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner on the status of revised day care provider regulations. Finally on Your Voice, I talk about the effort to end the utility tax surcharge.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that his bill (S1790), 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 today, February 11,2013.
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), and driving an ATV while intoxicated. Under current law, there is no linkage between these offenses, making it possible to be convicted of two or more separate offenses by using different motorized vehicles and still be treated as a first time offender.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the honor of performing with the legendary band The Blacklites on January 26, 2013. In the featured video, Senator DeFrancisco is singing "Play That Funky Music" with the band members.
On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senator John DeFrancisco talks about the new gun-control measures that are part of the NY SAFE Act. He also discusses legislation he introduced that would hold landlords accountable for paying their taxes.
On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senate Finance Chairman John DeFrancisco explains the budget process and the joint public budget hearing schedule. He also talks about the honor of receiving the Guardian of Small Business Award by the NFIB and initiatives to help local businesses.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.
Your Voice is a televised show that is taped in Albany. On the following Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Joint Budget Hearing on Education and his frustration with a failed teacher evaluation agreement in the New York City school district. You can watch his exchange with union leaders from the United Federation of Teachers by clicking on the link above.
On February 1, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco officially wrapped up his 2013 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive to benefit our deployed soldiers. Senator DeFrancisco announced that his office collected 1,500 donated cell phones this season- a record amount! These phones will provide nearly 6,000 hours of free talk time to soldiers stationed around the world.
Senator DeFranciso is grateful to the Central New York community for its overwhelming support. He also thanks all of the local businesses, schools and organizations that served as his designated collection sites. These sites were expanded into Auburn, Fayetteville and Manlius this season: