State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S3297) passed the New York Senate. The bill would improve access to information across the State.
Access to information is vital to creating an environment conducive to learning and innovation. Under this legislation, the New York State Library would be authorized to coordinate the purchase of electronic databases and other information resources for state agencies, library systems, and other governmental entities.
“More Central New Yorkers are using their local libraries to research employment opportunities and learn new skills. This bill would allow libraries to lower their overheard, stretch their resources, and offer patrons more for less,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his boating safety certificate bill (S2903B) passed the NY State Senate.
The bill would require individuals 21 years of age or younger, who have been subject to a suspension of operating privileges related to alcohol-related boating offenses, to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.
“Boating tragedies on Skaneateles and Oneida lakes, as well as the BWI death of Syracuse-resident, Tiffany Heitkamp, have brought the problem of boating while intoxicated to the forefront,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
“It is important to educate those who have already been convicted of BWI, on how to drive a boat safely, in the hopes of preventing future tragedies,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.
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.