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Senator John DeFrancisco Commemorates Memorial Day 2013

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor all of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, by participating in Memorial Day events throughout Onondaga County and in Auburn.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured speaking during the Butterfly Garden of HOPE Remembrance Ceremony, at which he presented a legislative resolution marking the 35th anniversary of HOPE for the Bereaved.

May 28, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Room 332 CAP

May 29, 3:00 PM - 3:24 PM
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Students from Living Word Academy Tour the Capitol

On May 21, 2013, students from Living Word Academy toured the Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco for a first-hand lesson in state government. 

May 24, 2013
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Students from Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary Visit the Capitol

Students from Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse toured the New York State Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco on May 21, 2013. 

May 23, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Soccer Shoot-Out Winner Michael Brussel

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Michael Brussel, who won the New York State Championship and received Honorable Mention in the Elks Area National Soccer Shoot-out Contest, Boys Under 14 Division.  Senator DeFrancisco presented Michael with a Resolution on May 20, 2013 in Senate Chambers.

May 23, 2013
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Wheeler Elementary School Student Council Visits the Capitol

On May 16, 2013, Wheeler Elementary School Student Council from Nedrow toured the New York State Capitol.

May 23, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

The State Senate today passed a bill toughening the penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report. The bill (S.339), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco is in response to serious boating accidents that have happened in recent years.

“A few years ago, Central New York experienced two boating tragedies, and in both cases, the victims of the accident were left dead or dying,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “There is always a possibility, had the victims been rendered aid, they could have lived. People should be responsible for their actions, and know that if they try to avoid responsibility, there will be real consequences.”

May 23, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Wednesday, May 22, 2013 332 CAP 

May 22, 4:30 PM - 4:35 PM
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CORPORAL IRVING CANTOR IS INDUCTED INTO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that Corporal Irving Cantor was inducted into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame today, May 21, 2013, posthumously.

“Irving Cantor dedicated his life to helping returning veterans find work and keeping them informed about their benefits,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “He also fought to keep the War Memorial and founded the Veteran’s Party, which is an independent political party with the goal of supporting candidates who support policies that benefit veterans.”

Corporal Irving Cantor was born in Syracuse in 1918, and he served in the 3138th Motor Messenger Signal Corps, carrying messages behind enemy lines in the European Theater of operations working directly with and for General Eisenhower.

May 21, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DISCUSSES HIS CONCERNS WITH THE PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS ON YOUR VOICE

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains his concerns with the public financing of elections.  To watch Your Voice, please click the link provided.

May 21, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL EXPANDING DEFINITION OF RESTITUTION

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S.337), which would expand the scope of individuals and entities that are considered a “victim,” passed the New York State Senate today.

An existing law allows sentencing courts to order restitution or reparation for certain victims. This bill would amend the law to include any person, private company, or public agency, or department which took action to prevent, mitigate, or remedy damages to persons or property caused by the crime.

By enlarging the scope of the term “victim,” sentencing courts will have wider authority to order a convicted defendant to make reparation of actual out-of-pocket losses to an entity that suffers damages resulting from the crime.

May 21, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds Electronics Recycling Event in Auburn and Raises Money for Hospice

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped raise money for Hospice of the Finger Lakes by sponsoring an electronics recycling event in Auburn on May 18, 2013.  The event was a partnership with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics and Hospice, and it was free for the public to dispose of their unwanted electronics.  Volunteers from Welch Allyn, Inc. assisted with the collection process. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Alice Kim from Time Warner Cable and Cindy Jessop from Sunnking.

May 21, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Leslie Reichardt for His Military Service

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the pleasure of presenting Leslie Reichardt, Lt. Col, USAF Retired, a WW II veteran, with a certificate of appreciation on Armed Forces Day.  The CNY Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America held a dinner meeting on May 18, 2013, at which Senator DeFrancisco presented the certificate and spoke about legislation to better protect and support active military members and veterans.

May 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Pays Tribute to Football Legend Rocky Pirro

On May 18, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the unveiling of a memorial near the Town of Geddes municipal building to honor football legend Rocco "Rocky" Pirro.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Rocky's daughter, Rockette Pirro Brunetti and Rocky's sister, Rose. 

Rocky Pirro was born and raised in Solvay and played football for Catholic University.  His professional football career included the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.  He also was the Offensive Line Coach for Syracuse University from 1952 to 1973. He died in 1955.

 

May 20, 2013
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Irving Cantor

Corporal Irving Cantor was born in Syracuse on December 21, 1918 to Bertha and Louis Cantor, who came to the United States from Russia. He served in the 3138th Motor Messenger Signal Corps, carrying messages behind enemy lines in the European Theater of Operations, working directly with and for General Eisenhower.Upon his return to Syracuse after serving his country, Corporal Cantor received a citation from President Truman commenting that he would serve his community and country as he had done overseas. He fulfi lled that call for service with a lifetime of commitment to veterans.

May 19, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours Clear Path for Veterans

Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango on May 17, 2013.  The center was founded in 2011 to support veterans who are returning to civilian life. Clear Path offers a variety of support programs for veterans and their families and a tranquil natural setting.

May 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives Award at the 2013 NAMI Syracuse Children's Conference

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was honored to receive an award for his long-time support of mental health issues at the NAMI Syracuse Children's Conference on May 15, 2013.  NAMI is a not-for-profit organization of active and concerned families and friends of people who suffer from serious and persistent psychiatric illness.

May 17, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Room 124 CAP

May 21, 11:00 AM - 11:21 AM
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Senator DeFrancisco Calls For Public Input on the Future of I-81

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on May 17, 2013, at the corner of Harrison and South State Streets near the OnCenter to encourage citizen involvement in the decision-making process regarding the future of I-81. Various other legislative leaders, community members and business owners joined Senator DeFrancisco to call on the general public to get involved.

The elevated section of I-81 that runs through the City of Syracuse and its suburbs is nearing the end of its “useful” lifespan. Therefore, it will need to be repaired, removed or replaced with significant cost.

May 15, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Renews Awareness For Father's Kids

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke about the importance of volunteerism during the Guardian Angel Society's Mentor & Tutor Program Breakfast, held at the Cathedral Academy at Pompei on May 15, 2013. 

In 1997, the late Father Joseph Champlin formed the Guardian Angel Society to provide the Cathedral School's students with tuition assistance and support their continuing education. 

During the breakfast, mentors of the tutoring program were recognized along with program organizers and recipients.

May 15, 2013
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