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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured presenting a Legislative Resolution to Syracuse Film Festival Director Owen Shapiro during the festival's closing ceremony on October 6, 2013. The Resolution recognized the Syracuse Film Festival upon its 10th anniversary.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center's Auburn campus on October 7, 2013. During the event, Senator DeFrancisco, and other elected officials, spoke about the merger of Mercy and the Cayuga County Nursing Home. A renovated facility is expected to open early next year.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the 200th anniversary celebration for the Manlius Fire Department, held on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco presented a Citation that honored the fire department for its outstanding service.
At a ceremony on September 30, 2013, State Senators John A. DeFrancisco and David J. Valesky presented Mr. William Cregg and Mr. John Harke of Central New York with the New York State Senate Liberty Award. The Liberty medal, which was created by the State Senate in 2000, is given to those civilians who have exhibited exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to restore up to $90 million in funding for programs for people with developmental disabilities.