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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, June 13, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 13, 11:00 AM - 11:43 AM
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Charles Murphy

Charles Murphy was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 10, 1949 and died on February 23, 2011.  He grew up in North Syracuse, New York, and in 1967, he joined the U.S. Army.

Sergeant Major Murphy served honorably in both the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts and retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 as an Operations Sergeant Major after 24 years of service. 

During his distinguished career of military service to the United States, Sergeant Major Murphy was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Conspicuous Service Star and the Conspicuous Service Cross for his actions and valor.

June 9, 2011
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S BILL NAMED AFTER THE LATE TIFFANY HEITKAMP

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that his bill (S2860-A), which would create a link between all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses, passed the New York State Senate today. 

Named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, who was killed during an alcohol related boating accident in July of 2006, the bill would link Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), with Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), as well as driving an ATV while intoxicated. Under current law, there is no linkage between these offenses, making it possible to be convicted in two or more separate cases and still be treated as a first time offender. 

June 6, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Memorial Day with Elbridge Boy Scout Troop 52.

Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Memorial Day with Elbridge Boy Scout Troop 52 at the Elbridge Memorial Day Parade.

June 6, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors our Veterans at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Senator DeFrancisco Honors our Veterans at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

June 6, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Enjoys the Camillus Memorial Day Parade.

Senator DeFrancisco Enjoys the Camillus Memorial Day Parade.

June 6, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 124 CAP

The Senate Finance Committee will consider the following nominations: David R. Dudley, Member of the New York State Workers Compensation Board (TO APPEAR - pending confirmation by the Committee on Labor) Cesar A. Perales, New York State Secretary of State (TO APPEAR) Jonathan A. Ballan, Member of the New York State Metropolitian Transportation Authority (TO APPEAR - pending confirmation by the Committee on Labor) Steven J. Weiss, Member of the New York State Housing Finance Agency

June 7, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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June 2, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/1/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses the results of his most recent teletown hall,  the "Gold Alert" Bill to locate missing vulnerable older adults,  the Upstate & Community General Merger, Destiny,  & 2011 Women of Distinction honoree Indi Shelby.

June 2, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH ANIMAL FIGHTING HOTLINE

In honor of the first-ever Animal Advocacy Day, proclaimed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that his bill (S3317), which would establish a toll-free statewide hotline for use in the investigation and prevention of animal fighting, passed the New York State Senate.

“Animal fighting is a barbaric practice that cannot be condoned by any civilized society,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This legislation would provide a resource for individuals to anonymously report instances of animal fighting.”

The toll-free hotline would be operated by the Division of Criminal Justice Services and tips would be shared with law enforcement officials and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

June 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates the Students and School Administrators on the Success of the Falcons' Trust Branch at Fowler High School.

Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates the Students and School Administrators on the Success of the Falcons' Trust Branch at Fowler High School.

June 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Local Veterans on Memorial Day.

Senator DeFrancisco celebrates our veterans at the Eastwood Memorial Day service.

May 31, 2011
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In Honor of Memorial Day.

In commemoration of Memorial Day, I would like to share with you a wonderful video of a young trumpet soloist playing Taps in its entirety. 

The original version of Taps was called Last Post and was written in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal, as you will hear in this clip, so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps. 

Let us recognize, remember and appreciate all of the men and women who have put themselves in danger to protect our liberties, both past and present.

May 27, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3760), which would stiffen penalties for persons leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report, passed the New York State Senate on May 25, 2011.

A second offense within five years of the first offense would be an E felony.
If a third offense is committed and all three offenses are committed within twenty-four months, then the third offense would be punished by an E felony.

 Failing to report a boating accident to the Transportation Commissioner could carry the penalty of an A misdemeanor.

May 27, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 2, 11:00 AM - 11:28 AM
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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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