Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Christine Buff and John Thompson at his district office on February 2, 2012. Ms. Buff trained the Search and Rescue K-9 that is featured on the United States postage stamp, Dogs at Work. Mr. Thompson painted the stamp's orginal artwork. Senator DeFrancisco presented both individuals with a New York Citation, honoring them for their outstanding efforts and achievements.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was among a group of panelists, who participated in the Campbell Public Affairs Institute Debate on Tax Policy at the Everson Museum on February 2, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco joined the team against raising taxes on the wealthy. Former Governor Elliot Spitzer, who joined the opposite team, argued for higher taxes on the rich. Nearly 300 people attended the event. To watch a video from the debate, visit http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/campbell/products/The_Campbell_Debates/
This week's edition of Your Voice in Albany includes highlights from the Legislative Public Budget Hearings on education, transportation, and workforce issues. Pension reform has been a major topic in these hearings.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended Onondaga Community College's 50th Anniversary celebration on January 27, 2012. He is pictured with Professor Emeriti Norma Foody of OCC's Department of English and Communications.
Members of Reality Check CO2 (Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego counties) met with State Senator John A. DeFrancisco on January 24, 2012, during Legislative Day at the Capital. Reality Check is a New York youth-led anti-tobacco group.
It's common sense. Thousands of hardworking families throughout New York State are tightening their belts, pinching pennies and working harder than ever to stretch their hard-earned dollars. I strongly believe that all levels of government should be doing the same.
As your Senator, one of my key priorities is finding ways to reduce government spending, and eliminate wasteful expenditures wherever they might occur. That’s why last year I partnered with Governor Andrew Cuomo on a State Budget plan that reduced overall government spending for the first time in years. By holding the line on spending, we closed a $10 billion budget gap – and we did it without raising any new taxes or fees.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the annual dinner, hosted by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmens' Clubs on January, 19, 2012. He is pictured with Fred and Melva Neff, DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch, and Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal on the television program, Your Voice. The Senator also answers some of your specific questions and addresses upcoming legislative budget hearings. You can let your voice be heard in Albany by watching this week's edition of Your Voice with Senator John DeFrancisco.
New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the 2012 Legislative Session with Julia Lilkendey on Your Voice in Albany. Some of the Senator's key priorities include: job creation, reduced state spending, mandate relief and Medicaid reform. He is also seeking YOUR feedback on the 2012 New York State budget.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at the Yellow Ribbon 2 Event on January 8, 2012, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. The conference aimed to prepare soldiers for deployment and provide support services to families of deployed military personnel. The Senator is pictured with SSG Jonathan Madonna.
Please help us collect more Cell Phones for Soldiers. My collection drive runs through the end of January.
Drop-off locations include: Great Northern Mall, ShoppingTown Mall, Solvay Library, Skaneateles Library, Liverpool Library, Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse, Fairmount Library, the Student Center at Onondaga Community College and the Army ROTC Office at Syracuse University.
Additional drop-off sites: MATTYDALE Army Recruiting Station at 372 Northern Lights Plaza in North Syracuse, SYRACUSE Army Recruiting Station at 2949 Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, 800 State Office Building at 333 East Washington Street in Syracuse.
For more information, please call my district office at 315-428-7632.