State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Veterans Ceremony at the 2014 Great New York Fair on August 28, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force, recognized military members for their invaluable sacrifices and contributions to our county.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented 16-year-old Baldwinsville singer, Julia Goodwin, with a Proclamation during a special event at Paper Mill Island on August 26, 2014. Julia was honored for her musical talent and success on the hit televison program, "America's Got Talent." Julia had advanced to AGT's live show at Radio City Music Hall before being eliminated. Senator DeFrancisco joined other state and local officials for the special event.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Emma L. Johnston, the 2014 Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year award recipient. Ms. Johnston was one of the founders of PEACE, Inc. and has been actively involved in several other local charitable organizations throughout her life.
Ms. Johnston received her award on August 25th at the Emma L. Johnston Southside PEACE Family Resource Center in Syracuse. The award is given out by Syracuse Media Group and Direct Energy.
Senator DeFrancisco presented Ms. Johnston with a proclamation to honor her for all her work, upon the occasion of being named the Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco made a stop at the Future of Nursing New York State Action Coalition booth at the 2014 Great New York State Fair. He is pictured with Carolyn McCauliffe, Megan Brandt, Cindy Campagni, and Kathy Truax. The booth is located in the Health and Sciences building.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the grand opening gala for Fox Toyota and Subaru in Auburn on August 21, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured next to Bill Fox and Jane Fox, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new business, 188 Grand Avenue in Auburn.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured pedaling a specially-made stationary bike equipped with a blender to make fruit and vegetable smoothies -- at the New York State Fairgrounds on August 21, 2014. The initiative is the result of a partnership between 4-H Youth Development and United Healltcare to teach individuals and families about the importance of healthy eating and regular excercise.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2014 Great New York State Fair by partaking in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Governor Cuomo and other elected officials throughout Central New York in the cattle building at the State Fairgrounds.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Zounds Hearing of CNY. The new business, located on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt, held a grand opening celebration on August 18, 2014.
On August 18, 2014, at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped announce the nine new recipients of the Grants for Growth program. A total of $474,944 was awarded in the program's 11th round. The new investment will leverage $919,207 in matching funds to support emerging regional companies.
Grants for Growth is made possible through state funding secured by Senator DeFrancisco. The program helps to stimulate the local economy and create jobs through the successful collaboration between private businesses and academic and research institutions throughout Central New York.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco has scheduled his 10th annual Senior Fair for Tuesday, September 16th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Senator DeFrancisco invites all Central New York senior citizens, and their caregivers, to this FREE event featuring nearly 120 informational vendors that will focus on healthcare, housing, recreation, transportation, and much more. There will also be free health screeings that include blood pressure and diabetes.
New this year -- Flu shots will be offered to interested seniors.
On August 8, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a ribbon-cutting event for a new Geddes Federal Savings branch, located at 2208 West Genesee Street in Syracuse. The Geddes Federal Savings and Loan Association is celebrating 65 years of business. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Board Chairman Daniel Mathews and President/CEO Brian Dumond.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the Diana Jacobs band at the Village of Meridian Park on August 6, 2014 - part of the free Music in the Park concert series this summer. The concert series is sponsored by Stewart Lang Memorial Library. Senator DeFrancisco also helped secure a state grant for the event.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was happy to pass out congratulatory certificates to children who completed the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program at White Brach Library in Syracuse, on August 6, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco also delivered coloring books and spoke about the importance of continuous reading.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time reading to children at the Baldwinsville Library on August 7, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco has been reading stories, delivering educational coloring books, and presenting certificates to children at various local libraries throughout the summer, as part of the 2014 New York State Senate Summer Reading Program.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as professionals from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo present live reptiles during the Zoo to You program at Fayeteville Free Library on August 5, 2014.
Zoo to You is a traveling, educational program that visits schools, libraries, and community centers to increase awareness about animals, such as birds, reptiles, and invertebrates - among many others.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on August 1, 2014, that Governor Cuomo signed his legislation (S.7108) creating “Vince’s Law” to help tackle the serious issue of persistent drunk drivers.
The legislation will extend the time period, in which multiple DWI convictions can occur, in order to allow for stiffer penalties. Under the new law, if a driver is convicted of three or more Driving While Intoxicated-related offenses within 15 years, that person would be charged with a Class D felony and face up to seven years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Prior to the new law, the look back period was only 10 years.