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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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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO CALLS FOR MORE OVERSIGHT OF FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today renewed his call for better accounting of how Albany is using federal stimulus aid to help revitalize the Upstate economy. The Senator’s comments followed news reports that $120,000 of federal stimulus money is being used to fund a project to reprint 20-year-old pamphlets —without creating a single job. 

June 1, 2009
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Healthy Steps to Albany

I am extremely proud of all of the students who won this challenge, as well as the students in my district who participated. I hope that these students will walk away from the First Lady’s fun and interactive challenge with a new way of thinking and skills that will help them to lead healthier lives.

 

June 1, 2009
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Healthy Steps to Albany

I am extremely proud of all of the students who won this challenge, as well as the students in my district who participated. I hope that these students will walk away from the First Lady’s fun and interactive challenge with a new way of thinking and skills that will help them to lead healthier lives.

June 1, 2009
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Protecting our Children from Drug Law Offenders

Protecting the most vulnerable members of our society is of the upmost importance to me. That is why I am advocating for a bill that would fix a dangerous problem created by legislation that was passed earlier this year. The enacted legislation would allow courts to seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their conviction when they apply for employment.

May 29, 2009
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SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE ONCE AGAIN TAKING CARE OF NEW YORK CITY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today blasted Senate Democrats for once again taking care of Downstate New York, while ignoring the needs of Upstate. Senator DeFrancisco referred to an analysis released by Onvia, a private company that runs the recovery.org Web site, which details the massive amounts of stimulus dollars that are being spent in New York City.  

According to the analysis, more than $1.3 billion of stimulus money is being spent on projects in New York City. That is more than half of the $2.5 billion available to the entire state.

May 29, 2009
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