State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with WWII Veteran Edward Zaluski and Edward's wife, Betty, at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Onondaga Hill, Sunday, May 25, 2012. The ceremony honors and remembers all of the military men and women, who lost their lives while serving our country.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visits with the CNY United Power Soccer Club. The team is practicing for its national tournament, which will be held in Indianapolis this July. He wishes them the best of luck! The Senator is pictured with members of CNY United at the East Syracuse elementary school, Friday, May 25, 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco observed Memorial Day by remembering and honoring all of the brave men and women, who died while protecting our country and our freedoms. The Senator attended several parades and ceremonies throughout Onondaga County during the holiday weekend.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of Light 4 Life Candles LLC in the former Will & Baumer facility on Buckley Road in Liverpool. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May 24, 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented James Spadafore with a New York Senate Citation during the 2012 Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool High School on May 23rd. Spadafore, a teacher and music director at Liverpool High School, will retire in June 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Joseph Riposo with a New York Senate Resolution during the 2012 Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool High School on May 23rd. Riposo was inducted into the Music Educator Hall of Fame during the 2011 Syracuse Area Music Awards, the SAMMYS.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2012 Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, which was held at Long Branch Park on May 20th. He is pictured with Autism Speaks Director Erin Mast, NewsChannel 9 Anchor Christie Casciano, and two walkers.
On this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that could help save 100 jobs in Syracuse, funding for public libraries, and his honoree for the "2012 Women of Distinction" recognition ceremony. The Senator also shows highlights from some Little League opening games. This Your Voice program was taped on May 14, 2012.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Solvay Middle School Principal James Werbeck with a Resolution on May15, 2012. Werbeck was named the 2012 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State. James Werbeck and his wife, Susie, were recognized by Senator DeFrancisco from the Senate Floor in Albany.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped dedicate the Paul Seymour Playground at Skiddy Park in Syracuse on May 17, 2012. The playground is named after the captain of the 1955 NBA Championship Syracuse Nationals team, Paul Seymour.
Standing outside the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco paid tribute to local firefighters and sheriff's deputies who have died in the last year. The memorial service was held on May 17, 2012.
Alberto Caiella was born on May, 1918 and has lived most of his life in the Syracuse, New York where he still resides today with his wife, Lucy. Alberto’s family includes 7 children, 14 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Mr. Caiella was nominated by his proud granddaughters Kristin, Danielle and Bianca.
Alberto Caiella was drafted on July 16, 1941 and proudly served his country for four years as a half-track driver in the United States Army as a T5 (Technician, 5th Grade) A Company 17th Engineers, 2nd Armored Division 9th Army.