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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE AUDIT OF STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM, ANNOUNCE SENATE ROUNDTABLE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF “COMPLACENT” OMIG

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

In addition, Senate Republicans will work to establish a system to continually monitor and evaluate the state’s Medicaid program to ensure it is working to provide health care to those who truly need it while protecting taxpayer dollars. The system will be modeled on the strategy utilized in South Carolina to gauge the effectiveness and performance of that state’s Medicaid program.

February 22, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco on Your Voice in Albany

On this week’s Your Voice cable program, I review video highlights from the Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection.  I also provide a video excerpt from the Judiciary Committee Hearing for Court of Appeals nominee Jenny Rivera, in which I call into question Rivera's credentials for the specific job.

February 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Questions Agency Heads During Joint Public Budget Hearing on Human Services

As Chairman of the State Senate Finance Committee, I continue to seek important answers during ongoing budget hearings in Albany.  On the following Your Voice cable program, I discuss my questioning of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner on the status of revised day care provider regulations. Finally on Your Voice, I talk about the effort to end the utility tax surcharge.

February 19, 2013
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NYS SENATE PASSES SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S BILL NAMED AFTER THE LATE TIFFANY HEITKAMP

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that his bill (S1790), which would create a link between all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses, passed the New York State Senate today, February 11,2013.

Named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, who was killed during an alcohol related boating accident in July of 2006, the bill would link Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), with Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), and driving an ATV while intoxicated. Under current law, there is no linkage between these offenses, making it possible to be convicted of two or more separate offenses by using different motorized vehicles and still be treated as a first time offender.

February 11, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Performs with The Blacklites

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the honor of performing with The Blacklites on January 26, 2013.  He is pictured singing "Play That Funky Music" with band members.

February 7, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Performs with The Blacklites Band

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the honor of performing with the legendary band The Blacklites on January 26, 2013.  In the featured video, Senator DeFrancisco is singing "Play That Funky Music" with the band members. 

February 7, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the NY SAFE Act on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senator John DeFrancisco talks about the new gun-control measures that are part of the NY SAFE Act.  He also discusses legislation he introduced that would hold landlords accountable for paying their taxes. 

February 7, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Explains the Budget Process on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice in Albany, Senate Finance Chairman John DeFrancisco explains the budget process and the joint public budget hearing schedule.  He also talks about the honor of receiving the Guardian of Small Business Award by the NFIB and initiatives to help local businesses. 

February 7, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO REMOVE UTILITY TAX SURCHARGE EXTENSION FROM EXECUTIVE BUDGET

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday,  February 5, 2013http://www.nysenate.gov

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

February 5, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Questions Union Leaders During the Joint Budget Hearing on Education

Your Voice is a televised show that is taped in Albany.  On the following Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Joint Budget Hearing on Education and his frustration with a failed teacher evaluation agreement in the New York City school district. You can watch his exchange with union leaders from the United Federation of Teachers by clicking on the link above.

 

February 5, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco's Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive Raises a Record Amount - Thanks to the Support of the CNY Community

On February 1, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco officially wrapped up his 2013 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive to benefit our deployed soldiers.  Senator DeFrancisco announced that his office collected 1,500 donated cell phones this season- a record amount!   These phones will provide nearly 6,000 hours of free talk time to soldiers stationed around the world. 

Senator DeFranciso is grateful to the Central New York community for its overwhelming support.  He also thanks all of the local businesses, schools and organizations that served as his designated collection sites.  These sites were expanded into Auburn, Fayetteville and Manlius this season:

February 1, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Releases Analysis of the 2013-14 Executive Budget Proposal

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, and Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco announced the release of the Senate Majority Coalition “white book” analysis of the Governor’s 2013-14 Executive Budget proposal. The analysis was prepared by the Senate Finance and Counsel staff to assist the members of the Finance Committee and the Senate as a whole, in budget deliberations.  A link to the report is below:

January 30, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Leaders in the Village of Cato

On January 25, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco met with Mayor Carl Lincoln and other elected officials in the Village of Cato.  Senator DeFrancisco has been reaching out to leaders who are new to his 50th Senate District, in order to introduce himself and to hear more about ongoing issues.

January 30, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Town of Sennett Leaders

Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Town of Sennett Supervisor Jeffrey Herrick, County Legislator Joe Runkle and Town Justice Clerk Deborah French.  Senator DeFrancisco has been reaching out to leaders who are new to his 50th Senate District.  He visited Sennett on January 25, 2013.

January 30, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Village of Minoa

The Village of Minoa celebrated its 100th Anniversary on January 25, 2013, with a Centennial Celebration at the Minoa Municipal Building.  During the ceremony, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Minoa Mayor Richard Donovan with a Senate Resolution to honor the village for its proud history and accomplishments. 

January 30, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO RECEIVES NFIB AWARD

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R,I,C) was recognized last week as a “Guardian of Small Business” by Mike Durant, New York State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business in New York. (NFIB)

“Senator DeFrancisco was one of an elite list of legislators to receive the highest award given by the NFIB for his strong support of New York's small and independent business owners, job creators and entrepreneurs. The Senator’s advocacy on issues like tax relief and regulatory reform have helped to improve the business climate in New York state,” said Durant.

January 25, 2013
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STATE TAX FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT MY DISTRICT OFFICE

Tax filers who are unable to download a New York State Tax Form, can call my district office at 315-428-7632 to have one mailed to them. You must file your taxes by April 15, 2013.

January 23, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the New Senate Majority Leadership and His New Senate District on Your Voice in Albany

On the cable program, Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an overview of the 2013 Legislative Session and discusses the new leadership coalition in the State Senate.  He also shares some highlights from the Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony.  This Your Voice program was taped in Albany on January 14, 2013.

January 22, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SETS UP WEBSITE AND HOTLINE REGARDING THE STATE'S NEW GUN-CONTROL LAW

People with questions about New York State's new gun-control law (NY SAFE Act) can visit www.nysafeact.com or call the toll-free number (855) 529-4867.  The website has a question-and-answer section, plus photographs of weapons to help gun owners understand if their gun will now be classified as an assault weapon. 

Those who own what is now considered an assault weapon must register with the New York State Police within one year, beginning April 15.  Registration is free.

To access the governor's website regarding the NY SAFE Act, please click here.

January 22, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER FIGHT WITH NEW STATE LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that a new law will take effect tomorrow, January 19, 2013, which will require patients to be informed by their health care provider when dense breast tissue has been discovered during a breast exam. Additionally, patients must be informed about the importance of discussing additional screening options with their doctor.

“Dense breast tissue increases the risk of a woman developing breast cancer, and it makes the cancer harder to find. We need to educate women on this fact so that they can take the extra measures necessary in order to detect cancer as early as possible. As we all know, early detection is the key to a positive outcome in the fight against breast cancer,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

January 18, 2013
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