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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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Senator DeFrancisco Fights for Bill to Protect Children from Drug Law Offenders

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today advocated for a bill that was just introduced that would fix a dangerous problem created by legislation that was passed earlier this year. The enacted legislation, which is set to take effect on June 8th, 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 28, 2009
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES BILL TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUG LAW OFFENDERS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today advocated for a bill that was just introduced that would fix a dangerous problem created by legislation that was passed earlier this year. The enacted legislation, which is set to take effect on June 8th, 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 28, 2009
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Paying Tribute to Those who have Died for our Country

This past weekend we marked the unofficial start of summer by celebrating the long Memorial Day Weekend. There were picnics, parties and parades. We spent most of our time enjoying these wonderful activities, but how many of us actually stopped to think about the real reason for the holiday weekend? How many of us visited a cemetery to pay tribute to those who have died in our nation’s service?  

May 26, 2009
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MORE NEW TAXES ON THE WAY STARTING JUNE 1ST

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today said that starting June 1 st New Yorkers will be paying more for bottled water, paying more for purchases made over the Internet and paying more for auto insurance, as a result of tax increases passed by Democrats in the Senate and Assembly as part of the 2009-10 state budget. In addition, June 1 st tax hikes will hit companies that transport employees in and out of New York and double a state fee on auto insurance policies.

May 26, 2009
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Faith Heritage School

These Faith Heritage students had a wonderful time in Albany touring the Capitol.

May 26, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco attends Eastwood Little Leagues' Opening Day Ceremonies

Senator DeFrancisco kicked-off the 2009 baseball season by attending the Eastwood Little Leagues’ Opening Day Ceremonies at Cummings Field in Eastwood.

May 19, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco was acknowledged at the Liverpool High School Alumni Baseball Game

Senator DeFrancisco was acknowledged at the Liverpool High School Alumni Baseball Game for helping to secure funding for the school’s new scoreboard.

May 19, 2009
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Andrew Bowman receives the Excelsior Award for Excellence

Senator John A. DeFrancisco congratulates Andrew Bowman, who received the New York State Assembly’s Excelsior Award for Excellence. Andrew is very active in the community and with Special Olympics. Last year, he went to the Special Olympic competition in Binghamton, New York, where he won a gold medal in the free-style swimming event.

May 19, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco secures funding for the Town of Elbridge

I am holding the keys to a van that the Town of Elbridge will use to help transport those with disabilities. I was very pleased to help secure funding for this van.

May 19, 2009
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Jordan Elbridge High School

I was very happy to meet this wonderful group of Jordan Elbridge High School students. The students came to Albany to tour the New York State Capitol and learn about state government.

May 19, 2009
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Most Holy Rosary School

This group of Most Holy Rosary students had the opportunity to tour the New York State Capitol, and meet Assemblyman Magnarelli and I.

May 19, 2009
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Liverpool Middle School Student Council

I was very happy to meet these students, who are members of the Liverpool Middle School Student Council.

May 18, 2009
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NY Offers Free Prescription Drug Discount Card

With unemployment and the cost of healthcare on the rise, New Yorkers are looking for some relief.  I am pleased to inform you of a new program for lower income New York residents. The New York Prescription $aver (NYP$) is a FREE prescription discount card that will help save on the cost of prescription drugs.

May 14, 2009
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Boy Scout Troop 60's 60th Anniversary

Boy Scout Troop 60 of Warners, New York, recently celebrate its 60th anniversary by hosting a reunion of past Scoutmasters and Eagle Scouts. I was pleased to attend this reunion and to present the troop with a Senate Resolution honoring its anniversary.

May 11, 2009
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Bailing Out Downstate

The secretly-negotiated MTA bailout deal is a massive new mandate that will drive up local property taxes, increase taxes on jobs and do nothing to reform the bloated and wasteful spending by the Authority. Even worse, the plan does nothing for Upstate New York.

May 8, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Debates the MTA Bailout Bill on the Senate Floor

The secretly-negotiated MTA bailout deal is a massive new mandate that will drive up local property taxes, increase taxes on jobs and do nothing to reform the bloated and wasteful spending by the Authority. Even worse, the plan does nothing for Upstate New York.

May 8, 2009
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Senator DeFrancisco Blasts Upstate Democrats on MTA Bailout

Senator DeFrancisco says it’s time for Senators David Valesky and Daryl Aubertine to start showing some independence, and fight for Upstate New York.

May 8, 2009
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May 7, 2009
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