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Long Branch Elementary School Select Chorus Visits the Capitol.

Long Branch Elementary School Select Chorus Visits the Capitol.

March 8, 2011
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Long Branch Elementary School Select Band Visits the Capitol.

Long Branch Elementary School Select Band Visits the Capitol.

March 8, 2011
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The North Syracuse All-Star Baseball Team was honored at the Capitol for winning the 2010 All-Star Championship.

The North Syracuse All-Star Baseball Team was honored at the Capitol for winning the 2010 All-Star Championship.

March 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Off The Floor-Room 332 CAP

March 8, 4:09 PM - 4:12 PM
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Capitol Report with Senator John A. DeFrancisco, 3/2/11

Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Final Days of Budget Hearings and What's Next in Achieving an On-Time Budget

March 4, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Room 124 CAP

March 8, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Off The Floor-Room 332 CAP

March 1, 4:04 PM - 4:10 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

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

The Senate Finance Committee will consider the following nomination: Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez for the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (TO APPEAR).

March 1, 1:00 PM - 1:22 PM
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Capitol Report with NYS Senator John DeFrancisco February 14, 2010

This week, I discuss what we have heard in Finance Committee Budget Hearings so far. I also talk about complying with the Budget Reform Act, which ensures an on-time budget.

February 16, 2011
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Budget Hearing Recap With Senator DeFrancisco on Capitol Tonight

Senator DeFrancisco gives a Budget Hearing Recap on Capitol Tonight.

February 11, 2011
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School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2011

I want to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2011.  STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- ,2- , or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  For qualifying homeowners, Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes. Once you are approved for Basic STAR, you need not reapply each year unless you move to a new primary residence.

February 11, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AND COLLEAGUES PASS LOCAL MANDATE RELIEF BILLS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) supported several mandate relief bills yesterday that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.

“As local communities continue to struggle with escalating costs, we must provide relief of state mandates to ease their burden,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“The bills we passed yesterday will provide opportunities for localities to operate more efficiently, and it will save taxpayers’ money,” DeFrancisco said.

February 8, 2011
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Taxes"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Taxes

February 14, 1:00 PM - 2:21 PM
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Legislature Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farell, Jr;’ today announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2011-2012 Excutive Budget proposal.

File: 
Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule

February 4, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

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

January 24, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Monday, January 31, 2011 Maj. Conference Room

January 31, 3:44 PM - 3:53 PM
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