Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), an Air Force Veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Robert Rouleau, Public Affairs Chief Pete Spadora, and Public Affairs Specialist Mark Burns joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference this morning to help support the cause and discuss the importance of helping our troops stay connected.
Senator DeFrancisco joined in announcing the Orange Line Gallery ArtsWeek, a two-weekend program of visual and performing arts events: July 29-August 1st, and August 7, 2010. ArtsWeek is the region's largest celebration of the arts, and includes many interactive family-orientated arts activities and festivals conveniently located Downtown Syracuse.
Senator DeFrancisco secured the funding for two of the headlining festivals taking place during ArtsWeek.
More than half of the budget has been passed by weekly budget extenders with only $1.1 billion in cuts having been made. Since the deficit is $9.2 billion, it is obviously unlikely that $8.1 billion in cuts will be found in the portion of the budget that remains to be done. As I've said from the beginning, the piecemeal manner in which the budget is being passed by the Senate Democrats will inevitably lead our state to more taxes and borrowing. I will continue to fight against new taxes and borrowing.