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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 5/24/11

Senator DeFrancisco speaks about Boating Safety, Gas Tax Relief and Honoring Veterans this Memorial Day.

May 26, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS INDI SHELBY AS CENTRAL NEW YORK'S "WOMAN OF DISTINCTION"

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) presented Indi L. Shelby, with the 2011 "Women of Distinction" award for the 50th Senate District. The Senate honors women from Central New York and throughout the State at a reception in Albany. 

"I am proud to honor the many contributions of Indi Shelby," said Senator DeFrancisco. "She has touched the lives of so many citizens in our community. She should be commended for her dedication to helping others and for the kindness and caring that she has shown others." 

May 26, 2011
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SENATE PASSES AIRPORT AUTHORITY BILL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3250A), which would create a Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, passed the New York State Senate today. 

“By creating this new entity, the airport could function more like a business and find ways to operate more efficiently,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “The savings realized from a more efficiently run operation could be passed on to the consumer in the form of lower air fares.” 

The bill calls for the Airport Authority to provide safe and efficient air transportation by enhancing the airport capacity and improving and expanding aviation and related facilities. 

May 25, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Most Holy Rosary School at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Most Holy Rosary School at the Capitol.

May 25, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Faith Heritage School at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Faith Heritage School at the Capitol. 

May 25, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Ed Smith Student Council Members at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Ed Smith Student Council Members at the Capitol.

May 25, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD AMEND PROPERTY TAX INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS

School Board Would Determine the Percentage of the Installment 

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced today that his bill (S3110), which would authorize local school boards to determine the amount of an installment payment for school taxes, has been passed by the New York State Senate. 

“The amended Senate Bill allows local school boards to pass a resolution that would allow the receiver of taxes in a municipality to accept payments smaller than 50 percent of the tax bill as a first payment, instead of turning away them away,” said Senator DeFrancisco. 

The current law requires that at least 50 percent of the total tax bill be paid in the first installment, and the bill must be paid in three installments. 

May 24, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to 3rd Grade Students at Solvay Elementary School

Senator DeFrancisco Reads to 3rd Grade Students at Solvay Elementary School

May 20, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 24, 1:00 PM - 1:49 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Friday, June 24, 2011

MEETING CALLED OFF THE FLOOR ALL BILLS DIRECT TO RULES

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June 24, 6:35 PM - 6:37 PM
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Senate Passes Boating While Intoxicated Safety Measure

 

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) sponsored a bill passed by the Senate today (S2903B) that would require individuals 21 years of age or younger, who have been convicted of 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 July 2006 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 boating while intoxicated, on how to drive a boat safely, in the hopes of preventing future tragedies,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

 

May 17, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Room 332 CAP

May 17, 3:50 PM - 3:59 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 16, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 16, 1:00 PM - 1:36 PM
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 5/10/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses an Independant Redistricting Commission, civil liberty bills, and gas taxes.

May 12, 2011
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Indi L. Shelby

Indi L. Shelby arrived at the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc. more than 24 years ago as Director of Patient Services. For the past eight years, Ms. Shelby has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Visiting Nurses A Systems, Inc. the parent or sister agencies, Independent Health Care Services, Inc., The Visiting Nurses Association Foundation of Central New York, and the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc. as well as affiliate agency, CCH Home Care & Palliative Services, Inc. Her leadership has been instrumental in not only promoting positive change for all organizations within the corporate system, but also for solidifying its position as one of Central New York’s most trusted, respected and widely known home care systems.

May 11, 2011
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Apply for a Conspicuous Service Cross, a Conspicuous Service Medal, or a Medal for Merit.

Requirements and links to applications for each medal are listed below. For more information or to receive a hard copy of an application, please contact Tiffany Latino in my office at 315-428-7632.

May 10, 2011
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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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