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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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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks with Roberts School Students Regarding the Leadership Change in Albany

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today addressed the group of students from Roberts School who were in the Senate Chamber during the leadership change in Albany. The students, who are members of Roberts School’s student government, we able to ask the Senator questions about what occurred in Albany this week and what he expects to happen next week.  

June 12, 2009
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Elmcrest Elementary School

I am glad that these Elmcrest Elementary School students had the opportunity to tour the New York State Capitol and learn about our state government.

June 12, 2009
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Robert Elementary Student Council

These student council members had the opportunity to tour the New York State Capitol and learn about state government.

June 9, 2009
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Seymour Elementary School

I am very glad that these students had the chance to visit Albany and tour the New York State Capitol.

June 9, 2009
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NEW REFORMS FROM NEW LEADERSHIP

Summary of Rules Changes

Temporary President

• The Temporary President of the Senate presides in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor. He is subject to a term limit of 6 years.

• Appoints the Vice President of Urban Policy and Planning.

• Appoints officers and employees of the Senate, subject to the disapproval of the Vice President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader (VPPT). Appoints Vice Chair of Rules.

• Appoints the Legislative Librarian.

June 9, 2009
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2009 SAMMYS

Senator DeFrancisco presented saxophonist Evan Knight with an award at the 2009 Syracuse New Times Syracuse Area Music Awards Show (SAMMYS) at the Taste of Syracuse.

June 8, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Presented the Roosevelt Dean Blues Band with a Senate Resolution Commemorating the Life of Longtime Syracuse Blues Singer Roosevelt Dean

COMMEMORATING the life of longtime Syracuse blues singer Roosevelt Dean 

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commemorate the lives of celebrated men and women who have influenced our communities through their love of music and performing, and who have given us the gift of music; and   WHEREAS, Roosevelt "Rosie" Dean, an icon of the Syracuse blues scene, was taken from us on Saturday, April 4, 2009, after a long struggle with cancer; Dean had battled cancer since 2001; and

June 8, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors the SU Men’s Lacrosse Team

Senator DeFrancisco honored the Syracuse University Men’s Lacrosse Team, its Coaches and Managers at the Taste of Syracuse. He presented them with Senate Resolutions for capturing the 2009 NCAA Division I National Championship.

June 8, 2009
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Wasteful and Unevenly Distributed Stimulus Spending

Federal stimulus aid is supposed to be used to jumpstart our sluggish economy and get Americans back to work. Instead, we have seen how stimulus dollars are being wasted and allocated unfairly. That is why we need better accounting of how Albany is using federal stimulus aid to help revitalize our state’s economy.

June 5, 2009
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STATE APPROVES $300,000 GRANT FOR HOME HEADQUARTERS TO RENOVATE 30 HOMES IN SYRACUSE

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) today approved a $300,000 grant to Home HeadQuarters (HHQ) to help finance home improvements for 30 homes in the City of Syracuse.

“This funding will help to improve the aging housing stock in Syracuse, and help make the city a better place to live,” said Senator DeFrancisco.  “In addition, it will improve the safety and value of thirty homes in the City of Syracuse, and most importantly, it will benefit thirty local families.”

June 4, 2009
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO COSPONSORS BILL TO PROMOTE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that a bill (S5661) he cosponsored, to empower citizens and local officials to significantly reduce the size and cost of local government, has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation was first initiated by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

June 4, 2009
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Edward Smith School Student Council

I was very happy to meet these Edward Smith Student Council members. I am also glad that they had the opportunity to come to Albany and visit the New York State Capitol. They could become our future leaders!

June 3, 2009
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St. Mary's Academy

St. Mary's Academy students had a wonderful time in Albany touring the New York State Capitol.

June 2, 2009
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