Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Trinity Health CEO Richard Gilfillan, St. Joseph's Hospital President Kathryn Ruscitto, Assemblyman William Magnarelli and Assemblyman Ale Stirpe. The ceremony marked the first day of St. Joseph Hospital's new affiliation with Trinity Health.
On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the final deals negotiated at the end of session. Housing issues: property tax incentives, rent regulations, the 421a tax abatement program, and universal accessible housing.
Senator DeFrancisco also discusses the final passage of a bill he sponsors that would appoint an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing individuals during court proceedings. In addition, he discusses agreements that affect education: funding for non-public schools, increasing charter school cap, NYC mayoral control, common core standards and teacher evaluations.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco jokingly stands on a chair next to former Syracuse University basketball star Roosevelt Bouie, after the grand re-opening ceremony of the revamped Chevrolet-Buick GMC Dealership in Auburn on Monday, June 22, 2015. Roosevelt Bouie was at the event signing autographs.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Ruth Colvin, the founder of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse (now LiteracyCNY), at the State Office Building in Syracuse on Friday June 19th. Senator DeFrancisco was extrmemely honored to be presented with the Robert J. Colvin Litereacy Leadership Award, which is named after Ruth's late husband.
June 23, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about ethics in government. He also discusses the status of the Women's Equality Agenda this year and how the State is addressing sex crimes on college campuses.
Additionally, Senator DeFrancisco explains why he voted against a bill to limit the amount of information required to formally change a person's name. He also shares his thoughts on the Governor's proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility.
Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco promotes his bill that would require the annual inspection of tinted vehicle windows, and he expresses his frustration with the Assembly's lack of action on Tiffany Heitkamp's Law, which recently passed the Senate.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco today (6/15/15) announced that the New York State Senate has passed his bill (S5154-A) that would enact “Peter Falk’s law” to safeguard against the isolation of the elderly from their family.
Recently, there have been some high- profile cases, in which adult children from a previous marriage were denied the right to visit their ill parent by the current spouse. These contentious cases in California involving the late Peter Falk and the late Casey Casem have highlighted the need for changes to the current law. In both of these situations, the adult children were blocked from seeing their ill father by their father’s respective spouse. They also were not notified of major changes in their father’s condition and of funeral arrangements.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.