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Your Voice with Senator John A. DeFrancisco 1/7/14

On this featured Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses some of the Central New York projects that will benefit from the Regional Economic Development Council Awards, the upcoming state budget process, and the potential for real tax reform in New York state.

January 9, 2014
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2013-2014 Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive Locations

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will wrap up his 2013-2014 collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers on Monday, January 6, 2014.  You can drop off your gently-used mobile phones at Senator DeFrancisco’s district office:  

January 3, 2014
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Franciscan Companies Donate More than 500 Phones to Senator DeFrancisco's Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive

On December 17, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco received the largest single donation to benefit his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive -- more than 500 mobile phones from Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center.  This outstanding donation will provide more than 1,000 hours of free talk time to our soldiers serving overseas.  

December 19, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO REVISE THE NEW YORK YOUTH WORKS TAX CREDIT

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S.4762A) into law that will reduce the number of employer qualification hours for the New York Youth Works program. 

December 19, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO END DUPLICATE TAXATION ON VEHICLES OF RETURNING MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS

               State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (12/19/13) that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S.4170A) into law that will end double sales taxation on vehicles of military members who have returned home to New York State.

December 19, 2013
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December 19, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Matthew Doran Upon His Promotion to Captain in the U.S. Navy

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Captain Matthew Doran, United States Navy, with a proclamation during a promotion ceremony at Clear Path for Veterans on December 14, 2013.  

December 16, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Sings Carols to Seniors at the Silver Fox Senior Social Club Holiday Celebration

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined in singing Christmas carols at the Silver Fox Senior Social Club December 16, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco was a special guest at the annual celebration, which brings local elementary students and seniors together for a holiday party. 

December 16, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads Holiday Stories to Children at Main Street School

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Main Street School in North Syracuse on December 13, 2013, to read to children during the school's annual Cookies with Santa event. 

December 13, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Tax Reform on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses tax reform initiatives, Common Core standard, and Cell Phones for Soldiers. 

 

December 13, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Young Conservatives Club at Fayetteville-Manlius High School

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of a young conservative club at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.  Senator DeFrancisco spoke to the group about various state issues on December 10, 2013.  

December 12, 2013
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SENATOR JOHN DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES 2013 REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced today (12/11/13) that $66.9 million has been awarded through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council Awards to help create and retain jobs in Central New York. For the second consecutive year, Senator DeFrancisco joined Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for the REDC awards ceremony in Albany.

December 11, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the 50th Anniversary of RSA Architects

On December 5, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented a Citation to Lawrence Apgar and James Oliver of Robertson Strong Apgar to recognize the firm for marking 50 years of business. RSA Architects is a Syracuse based architecture firm specializing in office, educational, university and church projects.

December 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Moderates Common Core Community Forum at Fayetteville-Manlius High School

On December 3, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco served as the moderator of a community forum on the Common Core Standards, which was held at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.  New York State Education Commissioner John King attended the forum to answer questions and listen to comments from the public regarding Common Core and teacher evaluations.  About 200 parents, teachers and community members attended the event.  Also participating in the forum were Senator David Valesky, Assembly members, Will Barclay, Al Stirpe and Gary Finch (not pictured in photo), and Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar.

December 4, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Teenagers at the North Area Family YMCA to Discuss State Government

On December 2, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco met with a group of teenagers at the North Area Family YMCA in Liverpool to discuss state government and the bill writing process.  

December 3, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours the Amboy Compost Facility

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured the renovation project at OCCRA's Amboy Compost Facility in Camillus on Monday November 26, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco saw how the facility transforms food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost.  OCCRA's Amboy Compost Facility generates 36,000 cubic yards of compost each year.  

November 27, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Cherry Road School at Blue Ribbon Celebration Day

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Blue Ribbon Celebration at Cherry Road School on Tuesday November 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco congratulated Cherry Road School for being designated as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  Cherry Road School is part of the Westhill School District.  

November 26, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICKS OFF HIS SIXTH ANNUAL COLLECTION DRIVE FOR CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco,  a United States Air Force veteran, has kicked off his sixth annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  At a press conference on November 25th, Senator DeFrancisco was joined by Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Col. Hugh Darville and Staff Sgt.

November 25, 2013
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STATE SENATE REPUBLICANS ISSUE REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Senate Republicans today, November 19, 2013, issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.

November 19, 2013
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A Tribute to New York's Veterans

I hope you enjoy this video tribute to our veterans who have made immeasurable sacrifices and contributions to protect this proud country.  Happy Veterans Day!

 

 

November 7, 2013
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