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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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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Tax Reform, Consolidation and Budget Hearings on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, taped on January 23, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses tax reform, consolidation, and public budget hearings.  He also announces the final numbers for his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive.

January 30, 2014
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GOVERNOR CUOMO UNVEILS DETAILS OF ONONDAGA LAKE REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

$30 Million in State Funding Will Support Economic Development and Infrastructure Improvements in Communities Surrounding Onondaga Lake

January 29, 2014
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Staff Analysis of the FY 2015 Executive Budget - White Book

The Staff Analysis of the FY 2015 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.

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Staff Analysis of the FY 2015 Executive Budget - White Book

January 27, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco's 2013-2014 Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive Breaks Record Amount

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2013/2014 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive has resulted in nearly 1,600 mobile phones - a record amount!

Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for once again answering the call to help support this worthy cause and break a record for two consecutive years!  Due to the community’s generosity, Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national nonprofit organization, will be able to recycle these gently-used donated phones to provide soldiers serving overseas with approximately 3,000 pre-paid calling cards.  That’s about 3,000 hours, 180,000 minutes, of FREE phone time for deployed troops to call home.

January 24, 2014
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Consensus Announcement - Senator DeFrancisco Helps Secure State Grant for the Study

The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community. 

January 24, 2014
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Information on Organ Donation

If you have questions about organ donation in New York State, please visit the link below.

http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/patients/donation/organ/

 

January 23, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Tax Reform on Your Voice

On this featured Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how proposed tax cuts would affect individuals and businesses in New York State.   Senator DeFrancisco also discuss the budget hearing process, as well as plans for a Homeland Security College in the state. 

 

January 21, 2014
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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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