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Senator DeFrancisco Holds Press Conference on the Status of the 2015-16 State Budget

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference at his district office on March 5, 2015, to provide the public with an update on the state budget. Senator DeFrancisco told reporters that the Senate plans to release its one-house budget resolution in another week. Some of the topics he discussed were infrastructure, education and mass transit funding.

March 5, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Honor Patrick Quinn, Co-Creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured on the Senate Floor with Yonkers native Patrick Quinn, co-creator of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral in the summer of 2014, generated nationwide awareness and raised millions of dollars toward research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS. On March 3, 2015, the New York State Senate passed a Resolution to honor Mr. Quinn for his notable advocacy efforts. Mr. Quinn was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same.

March 4, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Testimony from Local Government Hearing

This week’s Your Voice program highlights some key moments from the Local Government Hearing, including Senator John A. DeFrancisco's discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about investing in infrastructure, as well as his exchange with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the need for regionally balanced funding.

Senator DeFrancisco also shows a video clip of his questioning of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on the rationale behind his $13 an hour city minimum wage proposal. 

Now that all of the public budget hearings have taken place, the Senate and the Assembly will start to begin the work on their one-house budgets. 

 

March 3, 2015
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Living Word Academy Visits Albany

On February 26, 2015, students from Living Word Academy toured the Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco.  

March 2, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Senate's Revenue Forecast, the Budget Process and Taxes and Economic Development on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate’s revenue forecast, the next steps in the state budget process, and the cost of college remediation.  He also shares highlights from the Economic Development Hearing and further explains his concerns with the Start-Up NY program.

February 27, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE NOMINATION FORMS

Again this school year, I am taking part in the New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence award program. I am asking superintendents, principals, faculty members, and students to nominate an educator, who they feel is deserving of recognition for “Teacher of Excellence” Award. Teachers who are nominated should have a history of going above and beyond to inspire their students, as well as improving the quality of education in their classrooms, through innovative and exceptional teaching.

Nominations need to be returned to my office by April 1st. Once awardees have been selected, each teacher, along with his or her family and school administrators, will be invited to a local award ceremony. For a nomination form, please click on the pdf file that is below.

 

February 26, 2015
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New York State Senate Approves Measures to Protect Our Children From Sex Offenders

The State Senate voted today today in support of legislation designed to keep children safe from dangerous sex offenders.

Specifically, these bills would:

· Allow localities to fortify sex offender restrictions in ways that are no less restrictive than state laws;

· Close the loophole on the legal definition of a school to include Pre-K and Kindergarten;

· Hold risk assessment hearings before a sexual predator is released into a community;

· Prevent convicted Level 1, 2, or 3 sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of a building used exclusively as an elementary or high school;

· Prohibit a Level 2 or 3 sex offender from residing within 1,500 feet of their victim’s residence;

February 26, 2015
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Public Hearing: New York State Economic and Revenue Consensus Forecasting Conference

NEW YORK STATE2015 ECONOMIC AND REVENUE CONSENSUS FORECASTING CONFERENCEState Capitol, Albany, NY Room 124February 26, 20153:30-5:30 PMAgenda

Opening Remarks and Introductions:

February 26, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the Raise the Age Proposal on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses youth, public safety and the justice system.  He also explains his frustration with the lack of answers from the acting commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services during a recent public budget hearing.  

February 24, 2015
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New York State Senate Youth Leadership Recognition Awards

This year, I am once again participating in the New York State Senate’s Youth Leadership Recognition program to honor local students, who excel in their classroom studies and in extracurricular and volunteer activities.

You may nominate a student from your high school by filling out the application below.  You will be required to complete a brief online form and include an attached letter of recommendation by the nominating faculty member. Additionally, the student must electronically submit a short essay, describing his or her academic achievements and extracurricular and volunteer activities. All nominations must be submitted electronically by May 1, 2015.

February 20, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks about Equal Funding for Upstate on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco highlights testimony from the ongoing budget hearings and calls on the Department of Transportation to change its funding formula to help give Upstate transit its fair share.  He also discuss funding for healthcare facilties, the nursing home universal settlement, the Governor’s proposed education reforms, and the need for college readiness programs.

Finally, Senator DeFrancisco announces the results of his recent constituent survey, which asked your views on various state issues, such as property taxes, education and the Common Core standards. 

 

February 12, 2015
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ENDING THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT (GEA)

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on February, 10, 2015, that the New York State Senate Republican Conference has outlined its plan to fully eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). 

February 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Howlett Hill Fire Department at a Special Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the podium during a ceremony, in which he presented the Howlett Hill Fire Department with a Senate Citation to recognize the department for receiving the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 Rating. The ISO reaches its award classification based on a detailed review of multiple facets that include administrative operations, training programs, handling of fire alarms, water supply throughout the district, and appropriate use of rescue verses fire apparatus.

The Howlett Hill Fire Department held a ceremony on February 8, 2015, to celebrate the achievement.

February 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Kick Off the 2015 Special Olympics in Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2015 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games, by wishing all of the athletes the best of luck during a press conference on February 6, 2015, at the Oncenter in Syracuse.  

February 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Tries Out the New 2-1-1 Call System in Onondaga County

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the 2-1-1 Call Center in East Syracuse, after a press conference on February 6, 2015, to kick off the new system in Onondaga County. Residents of Onondaga County can now find a variety of resources by dialing a simple three-digit number, 211.

211 CNY brings together organizations in the community to better serve the residents of five counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence. Under the three digit phone number, 2-1-1, updated information is kept under national standards, and the call or use of the database is free and available 24/7.

February 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Important Testimony from the Transportation Hearing on Your Voice

Budget hearings are underway in Albany, and as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been asking tough questions of those state department heaads, who will help shape the 2014-15 State Budget.

On this week’s program of Your Voice, Senator DeFrancisco shares some video highlights from Tuesday’s Transportation Hearing, including his questioning of NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald on the unequal funding of Upstate transit and the future of the Interstate 81 project through the City of Syracuse.

You can also hear more about upcoming budget hearings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2015
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Staff Analysis of the FY 2016 Executive Budget - White Book

The Staff Analysis of the FY 2016 Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan.  It then examines an explanation of proposed changes that affect receipts and provides for Senate Issues In Focus.  Finally, it provides a summary of the Executive's Article VII language bills submitted as part of the Executive Budget.  The report provides an analysis of the appropriations recommended this year and an analysis of the Governor's recommendations.

File: 
Staff Analysis of the FY 2016 Executive Budget - White Book

January 29, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Hearing Schedule on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco further discusses Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal, including the initiatives that would launch an Upstate Economic Revitalization Competition, create a New York Broadband Program, and double the New York State Venture Capital Fund.

As Senate Finance Chairman, he also talks about the 2015 Legislative Hearing Schedule and how his constituents can share their thoughts on key budget issues.

Please note that these budget hearings will be streamed live at www.nysenate.gov.

January 27, 2015
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2015 Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule

Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. have announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. 

The Local Government/General Government Hearing originally scheduled for January 27th has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the LOB.

January 23, 2015
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