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Utility Tax Another Burden on New York State Residents

All across the state, New Yorkers have just received an unwelcome notice in their monthly utility bills, regarding a new State Assessment Fee. The notice cited a new law that took effect on July 1, 2009, requiring utility companies to collect a special fee from all customers.

August 18, 2009
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Teach Your Children About the Erie Canal Through the Passport to Your National Parks Program

If you’re looking for a field-trip to take with your children this summer, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor offers families a fun and affordable way to learn details of the rich history of the Erie Canal through a program called the Passport to Your National Parks.

August 18, 2009
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Summer Travel May Require An Enhanced Driver License or a U.S. Passport

If you are planning on taking a road trip to Canada or Mexico, or maybe a cruise to Bermuda or the Caribbean this summer, a New York State Driver License will no longer be enough for you to cross the border and gain entry back into the United States. 

July 28, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Makes Commitment to the Arts

New York State Senator John A.

July 28, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Disability Awareness Night

Senator John A. DeFrancisco presents Sara Wall-Bollinger the E.P. Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award for commitment to the special needs community on July 25, 2009, at Alliance Bank Stadium.

July 27, 2009
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Saving Taxpayers’ Dollars by Consolidating our Local Governments

Saving your tax dollars is one of my top priorities. That is why I recently voted “yes” on a bill to empower citizens and local officials to significantly reduce the size and cost of their local governments. The bill, which I cosponsored, passed the New York State Senate and Assembly, and was signed into law by the Governor.

July 9, 2009
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Protecting Nurses and Patients

Mandatory overtime (MOT) often results in nurses working long hours with little rest. These dangerous conditions can increase the risk of nurses making errors in the care of patients, and can negatively affect the well-being of those patients.

July 1, 2009
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Holy Cross School - Group 1

It was a pleasure meeting these students, who came to Albany to tour the New York State Capitol.

June 23, 2009
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June 23, 2009
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Holy Cross School - Group 2

It was a pleasure meeting these students, who came to Albany to tour the New York State Capitol.

June 23, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Implores Democrats to Show up

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) implores the Democrat "reformers" to start walking the walk and show up to session.

June 19, 2009
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Italian-American Athletic Club Dinner for High School Graduates

Senator DeFrancisco honored these High School Graduates at the Italian-American Athletic Club’s dinner for graduating seniors.

June 19, 2009
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Wheeler Elementary Student Council

I was very happy to meet this bright group of students, who are members of Wheeler Elementary School’s Student Council. They visited Albany to tour the New York State Capitol and learn about our state government.

June 17, 2009
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Bishop's Academy at St. Charles

It was very nice meeting this wonderful group of students from the Bishop's Academy at St. Charles. I am glad that they came to Albany to tour the New York State Capitol and meet with me.

June 17, 2009
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