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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Annual Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Mike Caron, 1st Vice President with the Onondaga County Volunteer Fireman's Association.  Senator DeFrancisco spoke at the Central and Northern Central New York Volunteer Fireman's Association Joint Convention on June 13, 2015, thanking the firefighters who were in attendance for their dedicated service. 

 

June 15, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Plays the Saxaphone During the 115th Legislative Correspondents Association Show

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured playing the saxaphone to "My Favorite Things" during his rebutall at the 115th Annual Legislative Correspondents Association Show on Tuesday June 9, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco also told a number of jokes and played a couple pre-reorded videos that brought down the house with laughter.  Senator DeFrancisco and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie offered separate rebuttals at the LCA Show, an annual satirical revue that roasts state lawmakers.

To watch Senator DeFrancisco's full rebuttal, visit https://vimeo.com/130289172

 

June 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours the New Film Hub in the Town of DeWitt

On June 12, 2015, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco took a tour of the new Film Hub that is being built at 24 Aspen Park Boulevard in the Town of DeWitt. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Steve Aiello with the COR Development Company.

June 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Provides Rebuttal at the 115th Legislative Correspondents Association (LCA) Show

There were plenty of laughs as State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time giving the rebuttal at the 115th Legislative Correspondents Association Show on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the Convention Center in Albany. The LCA Show is an annual tradition in Albany, in which Capitol press corps and alumni perform musical and comedy skits, followed by rebuttals from New York lawmakers. In addition to Senator DeFrancisco, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also provided a rebuttal at the LCA Show.

June 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Raises Awareness about Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) in the State of New York

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Kelleigh Gustafson, and Kelleigh's parents and doctor, in Senate Chamber on June 10, 2015.  Kelleigh was diagnosed with Arteriovenous Malformation, known as AVM, at the age of four and remains dedicated to promoting awareness about this rare medical condition. 

Senator DeFrancisco helped introduce and pass in the State Senate a Resolution memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to decalre July 19-25, 2015, AVM Awareness Week in the State of New York. 

June 11, 2015
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE NEW YORK STATE'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

The New York State Senate today(6/10/15) passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 11, 2015
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

The New York State Senate today (6/9/15) passed legislation to help assist and support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The bill (S3968), sponsored by Senator Sue Serino (R-C-I, Hyde Park), Chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, would create a dementia and Alzheimer’s disease program database to help coordinate resources available to patients and caregivers.

June 9, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Legislation that Has Passed the State Senate on Your Voice

With the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session underway, the State Senate has been passing a number of important bills that Senator DeFrancisco supports. Some of these bills would hold tax delinquent landlords accountable, establish the felony offense of aggravated assault, and honor the life of a fallen local officer, Glenn Searles.

On the featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses these bills, as well as the recent federal report on hydrofracking and the Governor’s "Raise the Age" proposal.

 

June 8, 2015
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Wheeler Elementary Student Council Members Meet with Senator DeFrancisco

The Wheeler Elementary Student Council visited Albany on June 2, 2015, and is pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco.  The students toured the State Capitol Building and had the opportunity to watch legislative session.  

June 5, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Final Weeks of Legislative Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, I talk about the bills and policy measures that will be negotiated during the final three weeks of Legislative Session. I also explain my efforts to ensure that the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan will provide ratepayers with safe, reliable energy.

Finally on the program, I provide more details about legislation that would allow pension service credit buyback for certain veterans.

 

 

June 2, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Memorial Day Observances Throughout Central New York

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of the Boys Scouts at the Butterfly Garden in Liverpool on Memorial Day, 2015. The Scouts are from the Lowanne Nimat Lodge, Order of the Arrow - Scouting's national honor society, which is dedicated to cheerful service. They were serving as the color guard for the Memorial Day service.

 

 

May 27, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO RECOGNIZES DONALD D. FIDA AS HIS 2015 VETERANS HALL OF FAME HONOREE IN ALBANY

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was extremely pleased to recognize World War II combat veteran and Syracuse resident, Sgt. Donald D. Fida, as his 2015 Veterans’ Hall of Fame honoree, during an Albany ceremony in the Legislative Office Building on May 19, 2015.  

“Though it is impossible to repay our veterans for all that they have sacrificed and contributed to this nation, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame does help to recognize their meritorious service as a fitting expression of gratitude,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

Donald Fida, who was born and raised in Syracuse, enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, becoming a member of the 184th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division.

May 20, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Teachers of Excellence and Women of Distinction and Discusses Public Safety Issues on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, recorded on May 18, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his 2015 Teachers of Excellence, his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, West Point Day, the Officer Brian Moore Resolution, Court of Claims, and ticket scalping legislation.

May 19, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with the Boy Scouts of America in Albany

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with a local group of boy scouts at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, on May 13th after the Boys Scouts of America presented its Report to the State.   

May 15, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Change in Senate Leadership on Your Voice

On this May 13, 2015, program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains the process that took place in selecting a new Senate Majority Leader upon Senator Dean Skelos' resignation.

May 13, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Students at Bear Road Elementary

Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Bear Road Elementary School on May 8, 2015.  Senator DeFrancisco read a story to the 3rd graders and then answered their questions about New York State government. 

May 11, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Baldwinsville Firebees for their 2014 New York State Title

Senator John A. DeFrancisco poses with members of the Baldwinsville All-Star Girls Softball team upon the occasion of the team’s New York State Senior League Softball Championship, which was won on July 21, 2014, in Haverstraw, New York. Senator DeFrancisco held a recognition event at the State Office Building in Syracuse On May 8, 2015, to congratulate the players and to present them with a NYS Senate Resolution.  Senator DeFrancisco is holding the team's mascot.  

 

May 11, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 2015 Teachers of Excellence Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his second annual Teachers Of Excellence awards program on May 7, 2015, at Solvay Middle School. More than 30 educators from throughout Onondaga County were honored for their outstanding efforts to help children learn during the 2014-15 school year. They were nominated by students, school administrators, faculty and staff.

“Teachers are instrumental in enabling our youth to succeed in life,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “I am very pleased to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who consistently go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students.”

The 2015 Teachers of Excellence honorees are listed in alphabetical order of schools:

May 8, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS MARSHA CONNOR AS HIS 2015 NEW YORK STATE SENATE WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

 

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was extremely pleased to honor Marsha K. Connor, an American Gold Star Mother president and Marcellus resident, as his 2015 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

Each honoree was recognized at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Marsha’s photograph and biography will also be displayed in an exhibit proclaiming the special contributions of each New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a service organization of mothers, who have lost sons and daughters in military service. Marsha Connor was elected President and Treasurer of the American Gold Star Mothers, Chapter #15, in October 2013.

May 6, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About His Prosecutorial Conduct Commission Bill, Infrastructure, and the 2015 Women of Distinction Ceremony

On the featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his bill that would establish a state commission on prosecutorial conduct. He also share his thoughts on the ongoing issue of NYS Infrastructure, plus highlights his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, Marcellus resident and Gold Star Mother Chapter President, Marsha Connor.

May 5, 2015
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