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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO WILL HOST 2013 SENIOR FAIR

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) will host his ninth annual Senior Fair on Tuesday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.  This informational event is FREE and open to all Central New York senior citizens and their caregivers, who are searching for local programs and services.

September 23, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Listens to Testimony at a Public Forum on Regulatory Reform

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco served as a panelist at the Regulatory Reform Public Forum on manufacturing, held September 20, 2013, at Syracuse City Hall.  During this Senate-sponsored forum, various local business leaders testified on ways to help improve the business environment in New York State.  

September 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Testimony from Tax Reform Hearings

This edition of Your Voice features various video clips from the public hearings that I have held statewide to address tax reform.  You can listen to the testimony of diverse business leaders from Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo, who shared their ideas for creating a fairer tax system in New York state. I will be hosting two additional hearings in the month of October. 

September 19, 2013
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HOTLINE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW YORK'S HEALTH-CARE EXCHANGE

The state Health Department has opened its hotline to help customers sign up for New York's health-care exchange.  The enrollment period runs from October 1 through March 31.  You can reach "NY State of Health" program at 1-855-355-5777.  The line will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.  Also for more information, please visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

September 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Fall Concert Series at Liverpool Library

On August 15, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the first of three fall concerts, held at Liverpool Library.  Senator DeFrancisco secured a state grant for the library, which allowed for the concert series.  The second concert is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 2:00 pm.  The third concert is scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 2:00 pm.  Both concerts are free to the public.  

September 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks to Students at Owasco Elementary School

On September 10, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Owasco Elementary School to speak to students in Grade 5 about state government.

September 13, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Opening Day of Festa Italiana Syracuse

On September 13, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the opening ceremony for Festa Italiana in Syracuse, which was held on the steps of Syracuse City Hall.  The three-day event will feature great food, events and live music.  A flag-raising cerermony was held to honor and celebrate the Italian-American culture. 

September 13, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES $3.3 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECT IN THE TOWN OF MANLIUS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that $3.3 million in state funding will be allocated for a road and bridge project in the Town of Manlius. 

September 12, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits Simulation Center at Upstate College of Health Professionals

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with a group of health care perfusionist students from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Senator DeFrancisco toured the facility and observed a clinical demonstration on September 11, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco is seated next to a cardiovascular perfusion simulator, which provides students with hands-on learning experience.  

September 12, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Opening of SUNY ESF Gateway Center

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon for the SUNY ESF Gateway Center on September 6, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with ESF President Cornelius Murphy and New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.  Senator DeFrancisco helped secure funding for the Gateway Center, which uses biomass pellets and natural gas to provide the campus with 65 percent of its heating needs and 20 percent of its electrical power.  

September 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Previews His 9th Annual Senior Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco previews his 9th annual Senior Fair, which will be held at the New York State Fairgrounds on Tuesday, September, 24, 2013. 

September 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Chairs Hearing on Tax Reform Initiatives

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Carl L. Marcellino, chairman of the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, are hosting five statewide public hearings on reforming New York’s tax policies to help reduce the burden on taxpayers and help create jobs.  

September 5, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco's NYS Senate Liberty Award

"The New York State Senate Liberty Award was created in 2000 and is one of the highest civilian honors that a New York resident can receive. It is awarded by the New York State Senate to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers."

 

 

September 4, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco's Ninth Annual Senior Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will host his ninth annual Senior Fair on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at the Horticulture Building on the New York State Fairgrounds.  This FREE event is open to all Central New York senior citizens and will feature more than 80 exhibitors wth valuable information on healthcare, housing, fitness, transportation, and many more issues.

September 24, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator John DeFrancisco Schedules His Ninth Annual Senior Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will host his ninth annual Senior Fair on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. This FREE event is open to all Central New York senior citizens.

September 3, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Veteran's Day at the New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor veterans during the New York State Fair Veteran's Day, held on August 29, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco spoke at a special ceremony recognizing those who have honorably served in the armed forces.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with four American Gold Star Mothers.

August 30, 2013
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE TO HOLD STATEWIDE HEARINGS ON TAX REFORM

Senators DeFrancisco & Marcellino To Chair Hearings on Reducing and Reforming NYS Taxes To Ease Burden on Taxpayers and Create Jobs

The state Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), and the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), have scheduled five statewide public hearings on how New York’s tax policies can be changed to reduce the burden on taxpayers and to help businesses create more jobs.

August 29, 2013
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Information on the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program for Veterans

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Program provides peer-to-peer counseling and assistance to veterans who are living with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Since its inception, the program had been operating in four test counties. Senator John A. DeFrancisco was instrumental in helping to expand the program in the 2013-14 State Budget to additional counties, including Onondaga County.  State funding for the program will be routed to Clear Path for Veterans. 

August 28, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Meg Bogosian for Her Outstanding Volunteer Service with Francis House

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured standing to left of Meg Bogosian, the 2013 Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award recipient. Senator DeFrancisco spoke during a ceremony on August 26, 2013, to honor Ms. Bogosian for her outstanding volunteer service with Francis House.

August 27, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Law Enforcement Day at the New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped to honor law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, during a ceremony held at the New York State Fairgrounds on August 23, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with various elected officials and law enforcement officers from around New York State. 

August 23, 2013
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