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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROHIBIT THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE IMAGE OR NAME OF ANY MILITARY MEMBER

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill S3036, which would establish a crime for the unauthorized use of the name or image of any military member for commercial purposes, passed the New York State Senate today, March 24, 2014. 

March 24, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Key Priorities of the Senate One-House Budget Resolution on Your Voice

The State Senate has passed a budget resolution that reflects several key priorities:

March 20, 2014
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Committee Meeting: New York State General Joint Budget Conference Committee Meeting Schedule

Senate members serving on the committee are: Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Co-Chair; Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco; Deputy Republican Leader Thomas W. Libous; Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, Co-Chair; Deputy Independent Democratic Conference Leader for Legislative Operation David J. Valesky; Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; and Ranking Democratic Member of Senate Finance CommitteeLiz Krueger.

Assembly members serving on the committee are: Sheldon Silver, Co-Chair; Ways and Means Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.; Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper; and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb. 

 

March 17, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
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State Senate to Act on Bipartisan Budget Resolution That Cuts Taxes and Helps Create Jobs

New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced (3/13/14) the Senate will act on a bipartisan budget resolution that balances the budget without raising taxes or fees, increases school aid funding and provides significant business and property tax relief that will create new jobs, grow the economy and help middle-class families stay and thrive in New York.

 

March 14, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Thursday, March 13, 2014 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be called off the floor*

March 13, 11:15 PM - 11:17 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Updates You on Budget Talks on Your Voice in Albany

On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an update on some significant issues being debated as budget talks intensify in Albany.  These budget items include tax reform, education reform, funding for charter schools, the Senate’s “Young Farmers NY” plan, and the “NY Dream Act.”

March 11, 2014
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Senator John DeFrancisco and Hall Of Fame Boxing Coach Ray Rinaldi To Duke It Out In The Ring for a Good Cause

At the first-of-its kind fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, on April 26th, at 6:00pm, State Senator John A.

March 7, 2014
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Senator John DeFrancisco Recognizes Music Educator of the Year John Spillett

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured holding a legislative resolution with John Spillett, who was inducted into the SAMMYS Hall of Fame as Music Educator of the Year.  Spillett, who taught band at Solvay High School for more than 30 years, also operates a private music studio and plays the saxophone professionally throughout the Central New York community and beyond.  The SAMMYS Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse on March 6, 2014.  

March 7, 2014
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Senator John DeFrancisco Recognizes the West Genesee Marching Band

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended West Genesee High School's annual Festival of Bands on March 6, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco presented the West Genesee Marching Band with a legislative resolution to recognize the band for winning the National Class of the 2013 New York State Field Band Conference. 

March 7, 2014
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Senator John DeFrancisco Recognizes the Baldwinsville Girls Volleyball Team

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was pleased to recognize the Baldwinsville Girls Volleyball team at the New York State Capitol on March 6, 2014.  He presented the team members and coaches with a legislative resolution, congratulating them for winning the State Class AA Championship. 

March 7, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  Tuesday, March 4, 2014  Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be CALLED OFF THE FLOOR and be held in Room 332 of the CAP*

March 4, 4:26 PM - 4:29 PM
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Revenue Forecasting and the Budget Process on Your Voice

Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the 2014-2015 State Budget and Revenue Forecasting on Your Voice. 

March 3, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Funding for Hospitals and Mental Health Centers and the Governor's Proposal for Prisoner Tuition on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the financial problems concerning Long Island College Hospital, inpatient services at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, and my thoughts on the Governor’s proposal to provide prisoners with college tuition.

February 27, 2014
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SENATE FORECASTS $353 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL STATE REVENUES

Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democrat Conference Leader Jeff Klein today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection.  The Senate report projects revenues of $265 million more than the Executive’s estimate for Fiscal Year 2015, and $88 million more for the remainder of state fiscal year 2014. 

February 26, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Fair Tax Incentives on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why he is concerned with the Governor’s proposal to give tax breaks to homeowners living in jurisdictions that stay within a two percent property tax cap.

February 20, 2014
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Progress Report: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Testimony from Budget Hearings on Health and Higher Education

On this program of Your Voice, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses efforts to fix delayed payments to early intervention providers, statewide education reforms and remediation for high school students who plan to enter the SUNY system.  The show features several video clips from the recent public budget hearings on health and education in Albany.

 

February 12, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Testimony from the Public Budget Hearings on Education and Local Government

On his featured Your Voice program, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses highlights from the public budget hearings on local government and education. There are video clips of the Senator questioning Syracuse Mayor Miner, NYC Mayor de Blasio and NYC Chancellor Fariña. The topics include the proposal for full day Universal Pre-K, Common Core standards, pension costs and details of the Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program.

February 12, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Testimony from the Public Budget Hearings on Education and Local Government

On his featured Your Voice program, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses highlights from the public budget hearings on local government and education. There are video clips of the Senator questioning Syracuse Mayor Miner, NYC Mayor de Blasio and NYC Chancellor Fariña. The topics include the proposal for full day Universal Pre-K, Common Core standards, pension costs and details of the Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program.

February 12, 2014
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Progress Report: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Hearing Testimony Regarding I-81, Hospital Funding and Early Intervention Repayments on Your Voice

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been conducting public budget hearings in Albany to seek straight answers to serious questions regarding the Central New York community.  These issues include hydrofracking, the future of I-81, balanced funding for hospitals, and Early Intervention repayments. 

February 10, 2014
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Progress Report: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Testimony on I-81, Hospital Funding and Early Intervention Repayments on Your Voice

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been conducting public budget hearings in Albany to seek straight answers to serious questions regarding the Central New York community.  These issues include hydrofracking, the future of I-81, balanced funding for hospitals, and Early Intervention repayments. 

February 10, 2014
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