Senator DeFrancisco vists Solvay Public Library for a "Creatures of the Deep" Program put on by Nature Educators from Baltimore Woods. Senator DeFrancisco secured a grant that made this and other educational library programs possible.
Senator DeFrancisco protests S1635 - Senate Republicans were successful in defeating this anti-economic development legislation pushed thru by Senate Democrats. Had the Democrats been successful in their attempts to pass this bill, they would have essentially put up a Closed for Business sign on New York State. Passage of the bill would have shut down all economic development activity, increased the number of frivolous lawsuits, and put up obstacles to legitimate environmental projects throughout New York.
Senator John DeFrancisco (R,C,I Syracuse) discusses the admission by Senate Democrats that Republicans in the Senate and Assembly have not been invited to participate in secret, closed-door budget negotiations. The debate came during a discussion of a budget extender bill that, once again, did not include authority to fund important road, bridge and capital construction projects that employ thousands of people across the state. The lack of funding has resulted in many of those projects to come a halt, and people losing their jobs.
During a debate in the state Senate Chamber today, Senate Republicans criticized Senate Democrats for focusing more on misleading, political attack robo phone calls, than on convening joint, public budget negotiations to get a budget done. The debate took place during discussion of another budget extender bill to keep government operating while there is no new budget in place.
Senator John DeFrancisco explains why he voted against the budget extender bill and updates where the legislature is on getting a budget enacted for this fiscal year. Includes four video clips from the Senate Floor from April 12th
NYS Senator John DeFrancisco gives an update on the budget process this year and talks about the need for joint public budget conference committee hearings. He says it's something the legislature didn't do last year.
Senator DeFrancisco talks about the recent controversy surrounding Governor Paterson and the Gov's proposal to delay state income tax refunds. Also discussion and a video clip of a public hearing on human services about nutrition and food stamps.
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