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Senator DeFrancisco Announces that the Governor has Signed his Legislation to Create Vince's Law

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.

 

 

August 1, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Serves as Emcee During the 2014 Jazz and Wine Festival

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured introducing Marcus Johnson - Traci during the 2014 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, located at Syracuse's Clinton Square on July 26th. Senator DeFrancisco has been a longtime supporter of the annual event. 

July 30, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the 40th Anniversary of the Radisson Community Association

On July 24, 2014, Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Lynn Tanner with a legislative resolution to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Radisson Community Association.

 

 

July 30, 2014
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Senator John A. DeFrancisco’s E-Cycling Event Raises $1,000 for Local Veterans Charity

On July 28, 2014, at East Syracuse Village Hall, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined Jon Nappa of Bruin Recycling and Alice Kim of Time Warner Cable to present a $1,000 check to Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. The donation was generated through an electronics recycling event, held this past June in East Syracuse, that Senator DeFrancisco sponsored, along with Time Warner Cable and Bruin Recycling.

July 30, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks During the Upstate Cancer Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined other state and local officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Upstate Cancer Center on July 18, 2014. Upstate Cancer Center encompasses 90,000 square feet and will occupy three of the five floors inside the new facility that adjoins Upstate University Hospital. The center features new cancer-fighting technology, a healing garden and a meditation room, plus much more.  

July 21, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco's 2014 Summer Reading Program Schedule

Senator John A. DeFrancisco will be reading to children at various libraries throughout Onondaga and Cayuga counties during the summer.  A tentative schedule is below.  We will continue to update the list, as additional libraries are scheduled. 

 

July 17th - 10:30 am at Dewitt Public Library

July 17, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO SCHEDULES HIS 10TH ANNUAL SENIOR FAIR

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 to this FREE event featuring more than 100 informational vendors, free health screenings and light refreshments.

July 9, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco with Ruth Colvin at the 2014 LiteracyCNY Student and Volunteer Recognition Event

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Ruth J. Colvin, who founded LiteracyCNY, formerly known as Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse.  LiteracyCNY's annual student and volunteer recognition event was held on June 26, 2014.  Photograph is courtesy of Ali Abdur Rahman, LiteracyCNY. 

July 8, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Michelle McKenna for Her Years of Outstanding Service at the State Office Building Cafe

Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Michelle McKenna with a proclamation to recognize her for her efforts on June 27, 2014.  Michelle succesfully owned and operated the cafe located at the State Office Building in Syracuse for nearly 14 years.   

July 1, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco at Syracuse's Hanover Square

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Syracuse Parks and Recreation Commissioner Baye Muhammad on June 27, 2014, at Hanover Square, which recently underwent major renovations. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure state grant money for the Hanover Square construction project. 

 

 

July 1, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Newly Renovated DeWitt Town Center

On June 24, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate finished renovations to the DeWitt Town Center, located at 3179 Erie Blvd. East.  The shopping and business center recently added six new tenants, including a new Time Warner Cable office.

June 25, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the 35th Anniversary of Hope for Bereaved

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Hope for Bereaved Founder and Executive Director Therese Schoeneck with a proclamation to help commemorate the 35th anniversary of the organization.  Hope for Bereaved held an open house and garden dedication at its main center at 4500 Onondaga Boulevard on June 24, 2014. 

June 25, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits Students Who Helped the Wood Frog Bill Pass in the New York State Senate

On June 23, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco made a special visit to Irene Manna's fourth-grade class at State Street School in Skaneateles to recognize students for their outstanding efforts to try and make the wood frog New York's official state amphibian. Senator DeFrancisco introduced legislation to designate the wood frog as the state's official amphibian, after receiving many compelling essays from students in the class.  The New York State Senate passed the bill on June 10, 2014. 

Senator DeFrancisco was joined in the classroom by Assemblyman Gary Finch, the bill's Assembly sponsor. Both legislators answered questions about the legislative process.  

June 25, 2014
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Teachers Making a Difference and Discusses Passed Legislation on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about his recent ceremony to honor outstanding teachers making a difference in Central New York, as well as an upcoming electronics recylcing event. He also discusses some important legislation that has passed during the 2014 Legislative Session. 

 

The E-Cylcing event was held on June 14, 2014. 

June 24, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Sponsors Second Annual Electronics Recycling Event

On June 14, 2014, Senator John A. DeFrancisco sponsored his second annual electronics recycling event, which was free to the public. Hundreds of residents dropped off their old televisions, computers and various other electronics during the event held at Time Warner Cable on Fair Lakes Road in East Syracuse. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Alice Kim from TWC.  

Proceeds from the recyling of these items will benefit a local organization that was formed by a group of caring children to purchases flags and flowers for Veterans Park in East Syracuse.  The event was made possible by community partners: Time Warner Cable, Bruin Recyling, and Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. 

June 16, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours Time Warner Cable's New Technical Training Facility

Senator John A. DeFrancisco toured Time Warner Cable's new training facility on Davis Road in Clay on June 13, 2014.  The training center, which is designed like an actual home, will provide technicians with real life learning experiences.  Senator DeFrancisco also spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony.  

June 16, 2014
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Bills that Have Passed the State Senate

On this week's program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that would improve the safety on college campuses, better protect women and children from human trafficking, and crack down on repeat drunk drivers. 

 

 

June 16, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Wheeler Student Council for Supporting Cell Phones for Soldiers

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was pleased to present merit certificates to members of the Wheeler Elementary Student Council on June 6, 2014, in recognition of their outstanding efforts in collecting phones for his annual Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive.  Over the past few years, Wheeler Elentary has collected hundreds of used mobile phones to help provide prepaid calling cards to deployed U.S. military members. 

June 6, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Capital Improvement Project at Pine Grove Middle School

On June 5, 2014, Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Pine Grove Middle School in East Syracuse.

June 6, 2014
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