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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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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Salina Crossing in Syracuse

This morning, Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for Salina Crossing, a $14.8 million mixed-use development project comprised of 6,000 square feet of retail space and 49 housing units. Eight of these housing units will be reserved for people with traumatic brain injuries, with another seven units reserved for people with hearing impairments or mobility issues.

May 1, 2015
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UPDATE FROM ALBANY: SENATOR DEFRANCISCO TALKS ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT ON THE AGENDA FOR THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

On this week's Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the wonderful Honor Flight Syracuse ceremony that he was happy to participate in this past Saturday.  He also highlights two volunteers from the Baldwinsville community, who he helped recognize over the weekend at a special event. 

April 28, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Welcome Home Ceremony for Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 5

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco poses with cadets and a World War II veteran after the Honor Fight Syracuse "Welcome Home" ceremony at Hancock Airport on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco helped welcome home the 81 veterans who were on the Honor Flight and to thank them for their dedicated military service. 

Honor Flight is a not-for-profit organization that flies veterans to and from their war memorials in Washington, D.C.  Hundreds of family and friends of the veterans also participated in Saturday's ceremony.  

April 27, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Symphoria Wind Quintet Performance at Petit Branch Library

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco enjoyed a medley of tunes, performed by the Symphoria Wind Quintet, at Petit Branch Library in Syracuse on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  The community concert was supported by a library grant that Senator DeFrancisco helped to secure. 

April 27, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Evaluates Certain Budget Items on Your Voice

On the featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about StartUp-NY, the I-81 Viaduct, and the Tappan Zee Bridge plan. 

 

April 23, 2015
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2015 Legislative Questionnaire Results

To view a graph of the final results of my legislative questionnaire, please click on the file below.  Thank you, again, for taking the time to complete the survey and to share your thoughts with me on various key state issues. 

April 9, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Ethics Reforms on Your Voice

On this Your Voice cable show, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the new ethics reforms that are included in the 2015-16 State Budget, including income disclosures. 

 

 

April 6, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Details of the 2015-16 State Budget on Your Voice

On the featured Your Voice program, Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco explains what was allocated for the sectors that impact the lives of New Yorkers. Some of these budget measures include state education aid, transportation funding, and road and bridge projects. 

April 1, 2015
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The 2015-16 New York State Budget

The $142 billion 2015-16 New York State Budget reflects the Senate's continued commitment to strengthening the economy, increasing education aid, and reducting the tax burden for New Yorkers.  For highligts of the 2015-16 State Budget, please click on the file below. 

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR CENTRO IN NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (3/31/15) that the new State Budget includes an extra $25 million for Upstate transit systems including Centro. The additional money should help to close Centro's $4.5 million budget gap and to maintain all of its busing services.

“Many hardworking individuals rely on Centro to get to and from work, or to medical care and other necessary appointments,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “When I first learned of Centro's deficit, which would result in service cuts, I fought to help get Centro its much needed state support. I'm very pleased to inform Central New Yorkers that this funding is in the budget."

March 31, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About Education Aid, Ethics Reform, and Minimum Wage on Your Voice

March 30, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses ethics reform, school funding, teacher evaluations, education tax credits, and minimum wage in New York state.

 

March 30, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Women's Equality, Upstate Transit and Fort Drum on Your Voice

On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate's progress toward enhancing the rights of women in New York, the proposal to increase funding for Centro, and the continued support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. He also talks about current budget negotiations as the April 1st deadline nears.

 

March 24, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Fort Drum Day at the Capitol

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Commanding General Stephen Townsend and members of the 10th Mountain Division during Fort Drum Day at the Capitol on March 17th, 2015.

The event celebrated Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s contributions to the State of New York.  Joining General Townsend at the Capitol were Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander; Captain Scott Dawe, Commanding General’s Aide; Lieutenant Colonel Tage Rainsford, Public Affairs Officer, and many active-duty soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division.

March 20, 2015
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