Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Syracuse Parks and Recreation Commissioner Baye Muhammad on June 27, 2014, at Hanover Square, which recently underwent major renovations. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure state grant money for the Hanover Square construction project.
On June 24, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate finished renovations to the DeWitt Town Center, located at 3179 Erie Blvd. East. The shopping and business center recently added six new tenants, including a new Time Warner Cable office.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Hope for Bereaved Founder and Executive Director Therese Schoeneck with a proclamation to help commemorate the 35th anniversary of the organization. Hope for Bereaved held an open house and garden dedication at its main center at 4500 Onondaga Boulevard on June 24, 2014.
On June 23, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco made a special visit to Irene Manna's fourth-grade class at State Street School in Skaneateles to recognize students for their outstanding efforts to try and make the wood frog New York's official state amphibian. Senator DeFrancisco introduced legislation to designate the wood frog as the state's official amphibian, after receiving many compelling essays from students in the class. The New York State Senate passed the bill on June 10, 2014.
Senator DeFrancisco was joined in the classroom by Assemblyman Gary Finch, the bill's Assembly sponsor. Both legislators answered questions about the legislative process.
On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about his recent ceremony to honor outstanding teachers making a difference in Central New York, as well as an upcoming electronics recylcing event. He also discusses some important legislation that has passed during the 2014 Legislative Session.
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On June 14, 2014, Senator John A. DeFrancisco sponsored his second annual electronics recycling event, which was free to the public. Hundreds of residents dropped off their old televisions, computers and various other electronics during the event held at Time Warner Cable on Fair Lakes Road in East Syracuse. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Alice Kim from TWC.
Proceeds from the recyling of these items will benefit a local organization that was formed by a group of caring children to purchases flags and flowers for Veterans Park in East Syracuse. The event was made possible by community partners: Time Warner Cable, Bruin Recyling, and Flags and Flowers for the Veterans.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured Time Warner Cable's new training facility on Davis Road in Clay on June 13, 2014. The training center, which is designed like an actual home, will provide technicians with real life learning experiences. Senator DeFrancisco also spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
On this week's program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that would improve the safety on college campuses, better protect women and children from human trafficking, and crack down on repeat drunk drivers.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was pleased to present merit certificates to members of the Wheeler Elementary Student Council on June 6, 2014, in recognition of their outstanding efforts in collecting phones for his annual Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive. Over the past few years, Wheeler Elentary has collected hundreds of used mobile phones to help provide prepaid calling cards to deployed U.S. military members.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his first-ever Teachers Of Excellence awards program on June 5, 2014, at Jordan-Elbridge High School. More than 20 educators from throughout Onondaga County were honored for their outstanding efforts to help children learn during the 2013-14 school year.