In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.
The bill (S.4267), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I,Syracuse) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period. Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period. The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco speaks during a press conference to announce the Pango Mobile Parking System on May 3, 2013, in front of the Cayuga County Courthouse. The new system will allow drivers at various locations in downtown Auburn to pay for metered parking through their cell phones. You can sign up for the parking service and download the app by visiting www.pango-parking.com.
You can properly dispose of your electronics by dropping them off at a FREE electronics recycling event that I am sponsoring in May.
The event will be held near the Time Warner Cable building at 32 Owasco Street in Auburn, on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Sunnking Electronics Recycling will be accepting computers, television sets and small appliances.
Community partners are Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Hospice of the Finger Lakes.
On April 27, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended The Bicentennial Ball to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Village of Manlius. Senator DeFrancisco presented a legislative resolution to Manlius Mayor Paul Whorrall, who was dressed in period clothing to celebrate the occasion.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the Southside American Little League team on April 27, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco, who played competitive baseball through high school and college, was honored to participate in the Opening Day ceremonies, located at Frank Harrigan Field in Wadsworth Park.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as the director of Casey's Place unveils a plaque in memory of the late Colleen H. Mastine. Mastine, a long-time staffer in Senator DeFrancisco's district office, passed away last year. She was an active member of the board of directors for Casey's Place and a tireless advocate for all local constituents. Casey’s Place in Syracuse provides more than 300 families with respite services for their children.
On this week's cable program, I discuss legislation that would unseal juvenile records prior to bail hearings for alleged sex offenders.
Last month, David Renz allegedly murdered a woman and sexually assaulted a child in Clay after disconnecting his electronic monitoring bracelet while on bail. He had been implicated in a prior sexual assault case as a teenager, but those records were sealed.
I have introduced this legislation in the hope that it might prevent future tragedies.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured holding a Resolution with Liverpool student, Mari DeTota, in Senate Chambers on April 22, 2013. Mari won first place in the Elks Area 1 National Soccer Shoot-Out. Senator DeFrancisco, along with Senator David Valesky who is pictured on the right, passed a Resolution to congratulate and recognize Mari for her achievements. Mari's family accompained her to Albany for the presentation.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized Cadet Sergeant Brian Callahan, a Central New York West Point cadet, during West Point Day at the New York State Capitol. Callahan is a Syracuse native and a 2010 graduate of Bishop Grimes High School.
“All of these cadets are exceptional young men and women, but I am especially proud to honor Brian Callahan who is from Syracuse,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Brian should be commended for his patriotism, dedication and strong commitment to our Nation. For Brian to answer the call to serve in this dangerous time is truly an inspiration to all of us.”
Assemblyman Colton (D-Brooklyn) was joined by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), and other lawmakers, to call attention to a pressing matter facing members of the military as they return home.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the pleasure of congratulating the Syracuse Academy of Science team for winning the regional championship of the 2013 National Science Bowl. The students and teachers pictured above met with Senator DeFrancisco at his district office in Syracuse on April 19, 2013.
Pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco are (from left to right) City of Auburn Fire Chief Jeff Dygert, Assistant Fire Chief Scott DeJoy and City of Auburn Manager Doug Selby. Senator DeFrancisco visited the fire department on April 18, 2013.
On this Your Voice program, I recognize some outstanding individuals within the 50th Senate District, such as Gatorade’s New York Football Player of Year Tyler Rouse and Fayetteville-Manlius High School vocalist Alyssa Napier. I also recognize the 2013 New York Association for Continuing Education Student of the Year recipients, Reginald Dennis and Patricia Gansz.
On this program of Your Voice in Albany, I explain how the new State Budget will impact health care, education and funding for people with disabilities. I also discuss certain tax credits that could help businesses offset an increase in the minimum wage.