Senator John DeFrancisco attended a memorial ceremony at Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse on September 9th, where students and staff honored the victims of 9/11 through prayer and song. Students held up American flags, sang "God Bless The USA" and particpated in a moment of silence. There was also a new flag raising.
Senator John DeFrancisco attended the unveiling of the "New York Remembers" exhibit at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse. On display is a battalion chief car from the FDNY headquarters at Metrotech in Brooklyn. Several FDNY battalion chiefs were lost on 9/11.
To mark the start of the 2011 New York State Fair, Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine, and several other dignitaries for a ribbon cutting ceremony near the Center of Progress building on Thursday, August 25th.
Senator John DeFrancisco joined family members who lost loved ones in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. A Pan Am 103 ceremony was held on opening day of the 2011 New York State Fair.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco will be hosting his 7th annual ever-popular FREE Senior Fair on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
Senator DeFrancisco invites all Central New York senior citizens and their family members to browse informational displays from over 60 exhibitors. Seniors can gather valuable information about services and resources to help them answer some of the challenging questions about long term care, health care, recreation, transportation and much more. Local health care professionals will also be on hand to provide free health screenings.
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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”