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Senator DeFrancisco with Peggy Thomas, RN, Winner of the 2011 St. Joseph's Hospital Nursing Leadership Award.

Senator DeFrancisco with Peggy Thomas, RN, winner of the 2011 St. Joseph's Hospital Nursing Leadership Award, and her two daughters.

May 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Mrs. Lois Needham, RN, winner of the 2011 St Joseph's Nursing Education Award

Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Mrs. Lois Needham, RN, and member of the College of Nursing faculty, winner of the 2011 St Joseph's Nursing Education Award.

May 10, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AND COLLEAGUES PASS “TAXPAYER ADVOCATE ACT"

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today sponsored a bill (S1072) that would create the Office of Taxpayer Advocate to assist taxpayers in their dealings with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance.

“This new entity would be independent of the Tax and Finance Department and would assist taxpayers in resolving their problems with the tax department, and would help to ensure a fair and consistent application of the tax law,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

The Taxpayer Advocate would also identify areas in which taxpayers have problems dealing with the tax department, propose solutions, including administrative changes to departmental practices and procedures, recommend legislative action, and promote communication.

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AND COLLEAGUES PASS LIBRARY COST SAVINGS BILL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today sponsored a bill (S3297) that would authorize the State Library to coordinate and negotiate purchases of electronic databases and information resources on behalf of libraries, state agencies and other governmental agencies to save money.

“As our state struggles with escalating costs, we must provide ways for governmental organizations to operate more efficiently and reduce their costs, while maintaining quality services,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

May 9, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from the Syracuse Academy of Science at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from the Syracuse Academy of Science at the Capitol.

May 6, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 10, 11:00 AM - 11:51 AM
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 5/4/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses texting while driving, the results of the Property Tax Cap petition, and Mandate Relief for NYS. 

May 5, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 2, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Capitol Report with Senator DeFrancisco - 4/25/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses Budget & Medical Malpractice Cap.

April 26, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Monday, April 11, 2011 off the floor

April 11, 3:30 PM - 6:17 PM
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, April 5, 2011

Senator DeFrancisco discusses the Budget, Mandate Relief, Property Tax Relief, Reducing Government Spending, and Ethics Reform.

April 7, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Grants for Growth Round IX Recipients

Senator DeFrancisco congratulates one the four new recipients in the ninth round of the Grants for Growth program. Funding the the Grants for Growth Program was secured by Senator DeFrancisco.

April 5, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Shares Legislative Survey Results

Friends:

I recently sent out a survey asking constituents of my Senate District their opinions on important budget issues facing our state. Below, you will find a link to the results of this survey.

As you can see, my constituents overwhelmingly want state government to control its spending. I do too. During the budget hearings as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I aggressively advocated for this position.

I am pleased to tell you that the budget not only was on time but it calls for less spending than last year. This is the first time in more than 15 years that state spending will decrease.

April 4, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Budget with Liz Benjamin on Capitol Tonight.

Interview on Capitol Tonight with Liz Benjamin, 3/31/11.

April 1, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Room 124 CAP

April 5, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Wednesday, March 30, 2011  Off The Floor-Room 332 CAP

March 30, 8:00 PM - 8:17 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Wednesday, March 30, 2011  Off The Floor-Room 332 CAP

March 30, 2:00 PM - 2:01 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Wednesday, March 30, 2011  Off The Floor-Room 332 CAP

March 30, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, March 29, 2011  Off The Floor-Room 332 CAP 

March 29, 5:30 PM - 5:31 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, March 29, 2011  Off The Floor-Room 332 CAP

March 29, 5:00 PM - 5:03 PM
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