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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His 2014 Teachers of Excellence Awards Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will hold his first-ever Teachers Of Excellence awards ceremony this Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Jordan-Elbridge High School, starting at 4:00 pm. More than 20 educators throughout Onondaga and Cayuga Counties will be honored. They were nominated by students, faculty, staff, and family members.

“Teachers are the tools that enable our students to succeed in life,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “I am proud to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students.”

The ceremony will be held in the Jordan-Elbridge High School Auditorium, located at 5721 Hamilton Road in Jordan.

June 2, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, June 2, 2014 Room 124 CAP

*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

June 2, 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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Honoring Our Hometown Heroes on Your Voice

On this special edition of Your Voice to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and veterans, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognizes his honoree for the New York State Senate 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame, WWII veteran Stan F.

May 29, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Room 332 CAP
*Please note this meeting will be CALLED OFF THE FLOOR and held in Room 332 CAP

June 17, 1:27 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Memorial Day 2014

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in several parades and memorial services during the 2014 Memorial Day Weekend to remember and honor those who died while serving and protecting our country.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured at the Hope for Bereaved's Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26th located at the Butterfly Garden of HOPE at Onondaga Lake Park.  

May 27, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks to a Class of Students at the Syracuse Academy of Science

On May 22, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke to a sophomore class at the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School about state government and current legislation.  

May 27, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Northwest Family YMCA

On May 22, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Northwest Family YMCA, which will be located on River Road in Baldwinsville, New York.  The new YMCA is expected to open to the public in about a year. 

May 27, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIMES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill, S340-A, which would restrict perpetrators of violent crimes from accessing the personal records of their victims, passed the New York State Senate.

 

May 23, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED

   Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S1790), which would link all of a person’s driving under the influence offenses together, passed the New York State Senate.  The legislation is named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, a Syracuse-area woman, who was killed during an alcohol-related boating crash in 2006. 

May 23, 2014
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SENATE PASSES “NEW YORK COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION SYSTEM ACT”

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S2314) passed the New York State Senate. 

May 23, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Onondaga Thunder Bantum Travel Hockey Team in Albany

The Onondaga Thunder Bantun Travel Hockey team visited Albany on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, to be recognized by Senator John A. DeFrancisco in Senate Chambers during legislative session.  Senator DeFrancisco presented the team with a resolution for winning the New York State Amateur Youth Hockey Association Tier III 14U Championship. 

May 23, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance  Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair  11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 124 CAP

*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE*

May 28, 11:00 AM - 11:27 AM
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Stan F. Stanley as His 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree

At a special ceremony on May 22, 2014, at the State Office Building in Syracuse, Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized WWII Veteran Stan F. Stanley as his New York State Senate 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame honoree.

May 22, 2014
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An Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Regulatory Reform, Mixed Martial Arts and the NYS Senate Woman of Distinction

On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a package of regulatory reform bills that the Senate has passed to help spur economic growth in New York State.  He also talks about the Senate’s passage of legislation that would legalize and regulate mixed martial arts competitions in New York.

May 21, 2014
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Senator John A. DeFrancisco Recognizes Diane Kuppermann as His 2014 Women of Distinction Award Recipient

Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Diane Kuppermann with the 2014 “Women of Distinction” award during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany on May 13, 2014. 

 

May 19, 2014
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Senator John A. DeFrancisco Delivers Keynote Address at the 2014 Cayuga Community College Commencement Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was the keynote speaker at the 60th Annual Cayuga Community College Commencement.  The ceremony was held in Spartan Hall, on the Auburn campus, Sunday, May 18, 2014.  More than 500 students graduated from the college. Senator DeFrancisco's message to the graduates was to CARE.  C is for Character, A is for an Attitude that's positive, R is for Respect and E is for Excellence. 

May 19, 2014
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Stan F. Stanley

World War II veteran Stan F. Stanley was born September 27, 1919 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Liverpool, New York, and graduated from Syracuse Vocational High in 1937.

In 1942, at the age of 22, Stan was drafted into the United States Army Air Force.He completed his basic training in Atlantic City and his flight training in Pueblo, Colorado. His tours of duty consisted of European theater and bombing raids on Berlin. Stan, a radio operator on a B24 bomber, completed 10 missions before tragedy struck.

May 16, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 124 CAP

May 20, 11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks about Legislation to Protect Victims of Violent Crimes and a Measure to Create a State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct

On this week’s program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a bipartisan effort to establish the State Commission on Prosecutorial, an impartial forum that would review allegations that prosecutors acted improperly, and exonerate prosecutors from false accusations. He also talks about a bill that he has sponsored to restrict alleged felons from personally accessing the records of their victims. 

May 14, 2014
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Diane Kuppermann

Diane Kuppermann, for the past 22 years, has effectively served as the President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Central New York - an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Under Ms. Kuppermann’s leadership and foresight, the organization has expanded programs, added employees and fulfilled the wishes of nearly 1,500 children. She considers it her mission every day to provide hope, strength and happiness to children battling illnesses in her Central New York community.

May 13, 2014
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