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Eastwood Community Center

These Eastwood Community Center seniors had a wonderful time in Albany touring the Capitol.

May 4, 2009
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2009 Friend of Poetry Award

I was happy to present Janet Fagal with the 2009 Friend of Poetry Award from the CNY Pen Women.

May 4, 2009
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NYS Beer and Wine Tax Hikes Take Effect

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today commented on the state tax increases on beer and wine . The tax hikes were part of the 2009-10 state budget pushed through by Governor Paterson and Senate Democrats, and opposed by Senator DeFrancisco and his Republican colleagues in the Senate.

May 4, 2009
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Jumpin' Jazz Jam

All of the musicians did a great job at the Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool HS.

May 1, 2009
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STAR Rebate On-line Petition

Senator John A. DeFrancisco and members of the Senate Republican Conference launch a statewide, grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks that were eliminated by Democrats, and are very important to middle-class families.

May 1, 2009
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Early Detection is the Best Weapon to Fight Breast Cancer

Many women let their fears of a breast cancer diagnosis keep them from getting a yearly mammogram.  The reality is that the vast majority of women do not have breast cancer.  However, for those who do have this disease, early detection with a mammogram can be a lifesaver.

The Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program has been providing professionals services to New Yorkers to address the psychosocial issues associated with breast cancer since the support program was established in 1980. 

May 1, 2009
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Preventing Animal Cruelty

During Animal Cruelty Prevention Month the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the United States and many other animal organizations are educating the public about the prevalence of animal cruelty in our country and how to help prevent it.

May 1, 2009
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Southside American Little League

The Southside American Little League celebrated its 2009 Opening Day!

April 29, 2009
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO LAUNCHES GRASS-ROOTS PETITION DRIVE TO RESTORE STAR REBATE CHECKS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) and members of the Senate Republican Conference today launched a statewide, grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks that were eliminated by Democrats, and are very important to middle-class families.

April 29, 2009
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO CRITICIZES LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY ON FEDERAL STIMULUS SPENDING

CONTACT: John McArdle, Mark Hansen (518) 455-2264        Carolyn Keleher (315) 428-7632 (DeFrancisco)        FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday,  April 29, 2009

Senate Republicans Propose Plan For More Oversight To Ensure Money Is Used To Create Jobs

April 29, 2009
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO CRITICIZES GOVERNOR PATERSON FOR FOLLOWING UTILITY TAX HIKE WITH CONSUMER OUTREACH

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today criticized Governor David A. Paterson for announcing an outreach program for consumers who can’t pay their energy bills, just days after pushing through a massive utility tax hike, which will make it even tougher for people to pay their energy bills.

April 9, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Fights for Amendment to Stop State Budget's Assault on Middle-Class Taxpayers

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), Ranking Member of the NYS Senate Finance Committee, today fought for and cosponsored a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have eliminated dozens of new taxes and fees included in the State Budget that will force the average Upstate, middle-class family to pay more than $2,350 in additional taxes this year.

April 3, 2009
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Senator Valesky Shuts Down Debate on “Most Secret” Budget

State Sen. David Valesky today shut down debate on the hospital and health care portion of the proposed $132 billion state budget.

Valesky, who was presiding over the Senate in his role as Vice President, called a halt to the question and answer session when it became apparent that Democrat Senators did not want to publicly explain details of the outsized plan that, despite setting spending records, still includes deep cuts to hospitals and nursing homes across the state.

April 2, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the 15TH Annual Vera House White Ribbon Campaign

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today praised Vera House for holding its 15th Annual White Ribbon Campaign aimed at raising funds for its education and awareness programs. The New York State Senate adopted a resolution, sponsored by Senator DeFrancisco, to recognize this year’s campaign.

April 1, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes a Central New York Cadet During West Point Day at the NYS Capitol

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today recognized Ashley C. Rowland, a Central New York West Point cadet during West Point Day at the New York State Capitol. Ms. Rowland is from Baldwinsville and is a 2005 graduate of C.W. Baker High School.

April 1, 2009
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