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CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICK OFF CELL PHONE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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November 6, 2009

Contact: Benedicte Doran (315) 428-7632

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICK OFF CELL PHONE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) is calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soliders.

November 6, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Kicks Off Second Annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive

Senator DeFrancisco is calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Local residents can support the collection drive by delivering their used cell phones to Senator DeFrancisco's Office:

800 State Office Building

333 East Washington Street

Syracuse, Ny 13202

November 6, 2009
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Letter to the Editor Regarding STAR

Dear Editor: I read with great interest the article, “Star Tax Relief Loses More of Its Luster” in the October 5, 2009 issue of your paper, which discussed the Legislature’s reduction of star benefits and the elimination of star rebate checks.  In the article it was stated that the “Legislature quietly” took these actions.  In fact, the actions were not taken by all Legislators and some Legislators were anything but quiet about it. During the public hearings, as the Republican Ranking member on the Finance Committee,  I  spoke  loudly,&nbsp

October 8, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends the Ernie Davis Hall Dedication Ceremony at Syracuse University.

New York State provided $5 million in support for the building’s construction through the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program.

October 6, 2009
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Green Doesn't Mean Good

To the Editor:

 In your September 18, 2009 issue of the Central New York Business Journal you published an article announcing that the legislature passed the Green Jobs/Green New York program.  The bill redirects $112 million of NYSERDA funds to a revolving loan fund to provide resources to residents to weatherize their homes, provide energy audits and the like.

 The bill helps to make New York green and helps to create green jobs, so it must be good.  Not so fast.  I voted against the bill.  Let me tell you why.

September 28, 2009
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Prostate Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life

  Because prostate cancer kills so many of its victims, September has been designated Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  It is a treatable and curable disease if caught early enough, yet every 17 minutes a husband, father, son brother, grandfather, uncle, or friend dies from this disease.  Most men are not aware that 33 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than women are to get breast cancer.  Of the almost 219,000 cases that are diagnosed this year more than 27,000 will die because they did not get an examination soon enough. 

September 24, 2009
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2009 Syracuse Festa Italiana.

Senator DeFrancisco and Fellow Legislators with Italian Fest Volunteers Before Playing a Game of Bocce.

September 21, 2009
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DEFRANCISCO CALLS ON SENATE DEMOCRATS TO STOP STATE PAYMENTS TO ACORN, AFFILIATES

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September 15, 2009

Contact: Bénédicte Doran (315)428-7632

DEFRANCISCO CALLS ON SENATE DEMOCRATSTO STOP STATE PAYMENTS TO ACORN, AFFILIATESGroup Caught in ‘Hooker’ Sting in Line for Millions in Taxpayer Funds

September 15, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco poses with fans of Gaelic Storm at the Syracuse Irish Festival.

Senator DeFrancisco poses with fans of Gaelic Storm at the Syracuse Irish Festival.

September 14, 2009
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September 11, 2009
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September 4, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits With St. Camillus Residents.

Senator DeFrancisco visits with Donna, a St. Camillus resident.

August 25, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Fire Fighter of the Year Timothy R. Ellis

Senator DeFrancisco awards a NYS Resolution to Timothy R. Ellis, the FASNY Firefighter of the year for his bravery in the line of duty.  Ellis pulled Michael Argy from a burning building last summer.

August 25, 2009
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