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Senator DeFrancisco Wishes People A Happy Holiday Season During The Salvation Army's Holiday Open House

Senator John A. DeFrancisco chatted with folks during the Syracuse Area Salvation Army's expanded downtown senior services open house.   The event, held on December 15, 2011, provided seniors with a holiday meal and live entertainment.  

December 15, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Local Winner of Super Connector Search

A teacher at Salem Hyde Elementary School in the City of Syracuse has been chosen as the local winner of Time Warner Cable's Super Connector Search.  Laurie Holtsbery was honored Tuesday, December 13, 2011, for inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.  As a result, Holtsbery will take part in her own public service announcement for the Connect a Million Minds initiative, meant to inspire children to improve their science skills.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with (from left to right) Salem Hyde Elementary School Principal Octavia Wilcox, Teacher and Award Winner Laurie Holtsbery, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Time Warner representative Alice Kim. 

December 14, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Serves Lunch At The Baldwinsville Rotary Club Luncheon for Seniors

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a wonderful time serving meals to more than 200 seniors at Baldwinsville Rotary Club's luncheon for seniors, which was held in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on December 14, 2011.

December 14, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO SHARES THIS HOLIDAY VIDEO

To help get you in the holiday spirit, I offer you this video of Handel - Messiah Hallelujah Chorus. 

December 13, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO EXPLAINS MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT AND JOB CREATION PLAN

On Wednesday, the New York State Legislature passed a middle class tax cut and job creation plan that will provide significant tax relief to hardworking families and business owners throughout the state. By changing the state’s tax bracket, approximately 4.4 million taxpayers will receive $690 million in personal income tax relief. This means more money in the taxpayer’s pocket to help fuel the economy.

December 9, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO SAYS HELLO TO SANTA AT MAIN STREET SCHOOL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco shook hands with Santa during his visit to Main Street School in North Syracuse on December 9, 2011.  The Senator also read to students there.  

December 9, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO MEETS WITH MEMBERS OF ONONDAGA COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Craig Dennis, Brendan Whelan and Mark Burger at his office in the State Office Building in Syracuse.

December 9, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO CONGRATULATES THE CENTRAL NEW YORK REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR SUBMITTING A WINNING PROPOSAL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) extends his congratulations to co-chairs Rob Simpson, Chancellor Nancy Cantor, and all members of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council for submitting a winning proposal to the State of New York.

The Central New York council has been awarded $103.7 to invest in 74 projects, which will help to create jobs in Syracuse.“Our community should be proud that Central New York was one of four regional councils selected to receive these competitive funds due to the hard work and the outstanding presentation done by our regional council last month,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

 “I look forward to seeing the impact that these grants have on the future of our community,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.

December 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MEETING CALLED OFF THE FLOOR ALL BILLS DIRECT TO RULES

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BUDGET

December 7, 5:00 PM - 11:59 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Solvay Library's Holiday Open House

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.

December 5, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks at Lafayette Junior High School

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at Lafayette Junior High School on December 2, 2011, after students gave presentations on the impact of industrialization on Onondaga Lake.

December 2, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives Honorary Recognition Award from the Central Counties Professional Nurses Association

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.

December 2, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Kicks Off Collection Drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers

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.

December 2, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Redevelopment of Kennedy Square Site

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.

December 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco and the Alzheimer's Association Celebrate Activation of New York's Missing Vulnerable Adult Program

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.

December 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours ITT Tech in Liverpool

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.

November 30, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His 2011 Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive

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.

November 29, 2011
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