On Sunday, December 4, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended a holiday open house at Solvay Library. He is pictured with Board of Trustees President Lorraine Page and Solvay Library Director Cara Burton.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was presented on December 1, 2011, with an Honorary Recognition Award from members of the Central Counties Professional Nurses Association for his "tireless efforts on behalf of patient rights and for being a true friend of the nursing profession." He is pictured with Registered Nurses Christopher Kowal and Christine Schrank. A reception was held in the Senator's honor.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has started his collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. You can drop off your old cell phones at various collection sites throughout Onondaga County. During a recent press conference, the Senator explained why the non-profit program is so important to soldiers and their families.
On December 1, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco, along with various community leaders, helped break ground on the redevelopment of 10 acres on the Kennedy Square Site in Syracuse. As part of this redevelopment, Kennedy Square will be renamed Loguen’s Crossing in a tribute to the Rev. Jermain Loguen and his family, whose home was part of the Underground Railroad. SUNY Upstate Medical University and COR Development Company LLC are collaborating on the project. The 10 acres are adjacent to the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center, which is currently under construction.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco, along with members of the Alzheimer's Association, held a press conference on November 30, 2011, to announce the activation of the Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert System, which operates similarly to the state's "Amber Alert" system for missing and exploited children. Now, when an adult with a cognitive impairment goes missing, the Department of Criminal Justice Services can issue an alert to local law enforcement agencies and media outlets to help locate the missing person. Senator DeFrancisco sponsored the legislation.
On November 29, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco took a tour of the ITT Tech Liverpool campus, led by Campus Director Jennifer Hill. The Senator is pictured with members of ITT Tech's management team.
Senator DeFrancisco held a press conference on November 29, 2011, to kick off his annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. He is pictured with Master Sergeant Peter Palumb and Major Martin Debock.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), an Air Force veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Major Martin Debock, executive officer for the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion, Master Sergeant Peter Palumb, and Mark Burns, public affairs specialist for the battalion,joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference to discuss the importance of helping our troops stay connected.
Senator John DeFrancisco was the official starter of the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at Schiller Park in Syracuse. Wearing the official starter hat, he is pictured with his granddaughters and his daughter-in-law and with the Friends of Schiller Park organizer. Senator DeFrancisco completed the 2 1/2 mile inaugural run.
I want to invite local residents to nominate veterans whose service on behalf of our nation designates them as aninductee of the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.Once you have printed and completed the form, please send it to my office at:
As a state senator and an Air Force veteran, I ask that you pause this Veterans Day to reflect on our nation's past wars and to honor all veterans who have served our country honorably. A veteran knows first hand that the ideals of democracy and freedom are linked to the faithful service of members of our armed forces.
The New York State Labor Department’s “Jobs Express” website takes thousands of jobs listed on the New York State Jobs Bank and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area. It also helps them find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors. Currently, the New York State Job Bank has 42,370 job openings. According to the NYS Labor Department, there are currently 2,373 job openings in Central New York.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that he co-sponsored (S.4005A), which will enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco applauded the state’s decision to reschedule the due date for a mandated Medicaid payment from counties, a move that will spare Onondaga County homeowners and taxpayers an unexpected $2 million mandate next year.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has requested that New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald ease the restrictions on commercial vehicles and allow smaller vehicles, such as pickup trucks, to continue to use Onondaga Lake Parkway.
This year’s theme for National Fire Prevention Week is “Protect Your Family From Fire.” As a proud grandfather of eight, I know how important it is to follow the advice of fire safety experts. I always check the working order of my home’s smoke detectors, minimize the use of potential fire hazards, such as candles, and I like to plan and practice a fire escape route with my family. Simple steps like these can help save lives.
Sadly, every year numerous fires devastate homes, businesses and families throughout Central New York. My thoughts are always with the victims as they try and recover. I also commend all of the brave firefighters, who work daily to protect the lives and properties of residents in my district.