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Share Your Ideas For A Stronger Economy

New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years.  That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities.  Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades.  That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS

The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following:

August 23, 2011
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Senator John DeFrancisco at the Near Westside Block Party in Syracuse

Senator John DeFrancisco celebrates with children at the Near Westside Block Party on August 18th in Syracuse.

August 22, 2011
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AIRPORT AUTHORITY BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3250A), which creates a Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The law takes effect immediately.  “This new entity will allow the airport to function more like a business and find ways to operate more efficiently,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

August 18, 2011
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ANIMAL FIGHTING BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced legislation that he co-sponsored (S3237-A), to increase penalties for those who have knowingly participated in animal fighting, was signed into law and will take effect in 30 days.

“The criminal organization and participation in the cruel activity of animal fighting unfortunately still takes place in New York State despite the penalties associated with it,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This new law strengthens the current laws against animal fighting by ensuring that anyone who attends an animal fight will face tougher penalties. I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law.”

August 9, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Baldwinsville Library as Part of his Summer Reading Program.

Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Baldwinsville Library as Part of his Summer Reading Program.

August 4, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco with Intern Joe Cittadino at a Ceremony Celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Joe Cittadino, an intern with the office of Senator DeFrancisco, spoke at the ARISE Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured here with Joe and Joe's mother. 

July 29, 2011
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Ryan Manahan, a Student from Marcellus High School, Presents Senator DeFrancisco with cell phones he collected for the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program.

Ryan Manahan, a high school student from Marcellus, collected 3 dozen cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program. He presented them to Senator DeFrancisco with his parents and members of the Marcellus American Legion Post 297.

July 27, 2011
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GOLD ALERT SIGNED INTO LAW

 Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that today Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law his “Gold Alert” bill (S3293B) to assist in locating vulnerable missing adults. 

The “Amber Alert” infrastructure, which is already in place, will be used to disseminate information about missing vulnerable adults through a statewide system, using a variety of resources, including television and radio stations, posters, highway message signs, New York State Thruway Authority services areas, e-mail alerts, and the Internet, in hopes of engaging the public in finding leads to locate the missing individual. 

July 25, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO’S “GOOD SAMARITAN BILL” SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill, the “Good Samaritan Bill,”(S4454-B) was signed into law yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law encourages a witness or victim of a drug or alcohol related overdose to seek medical attention without being punished for drug or alcohol possession. The law is to take effect in 60 days. 

“Fear of prosecution has become an obstacle in seeking medical care for someone suffering from a drug or alcohol overdose,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This law will change that by encouraging people to call emergency services when lives are in jeopardy.” 

July 22, 2011
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SENATE INTRODUCES “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

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July 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Syracuse District Fire Department Chief Mike Chura with the NYS Senate Liberty Award

SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS FIRE CHIEF MIKE CHURA FOR SAVING WOMAN’S LIFE 

District Fire Chief Mike Chura is Presented with NYS Senate Liberty Award 

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today honored Syracuse District Fire Department Chief Mike Chura for his heroic actions which saved the life of a woman in August 2010. Senator DeFrancisco presented District Chief Mike Chura with the New York State Senate Liberty Award at a ceremony this morning attended by Chura’s family, friends, and Assemblyman Will Barclay, (R-I-C, Pulaski). 

July 12, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Joins Governor Cuomo in Announcing the 2% Property Tax Cap that was Recently Signed into Law.

Senator DeFrnacisco joins Governor Cuomo and other Central New York Legislators in announcing the 2% property tax cap that the Governor recently signed into law.

July 6, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives the "Mr. Walt" Award from Walt Shepperd of the Media Unit.

Senator DeFrancisco Receives the "Mr. Walt" Award from Walt Shepperd of the Media Unit.

July 5, 2011
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Captiol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/20/11

Senator DeFrancisco talks about Good Samaritan Bill, Biometrics Identification and Medicaid, Autism Insurance Legislation, New Legislation

June 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents the Skaneateles Boys Soccer Team with a Resolution Honoring their State Championship

Senator DeFrancisco Presents the Skaneateles Boys Soccer Team with a Resolution Honoring their State Championship

June 20, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

June 20, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

June 20, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/17/11

Senator DeFrancisco talks about passing numerous bills in the last days of session including the Gold Alert, Pharmacy Co-Payments, Health & Fitness,  DNA Expansion Bill,  Rainy Day Cap, and the Veterans' Hall of Fame

June 20, 2011
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Honoring Chuck Murphy

Senator John DeFrancisco recognizes Sergeant Major Charles Murphy of the US Army on his induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 20, 2011
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