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Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice

On this Your Voice cable program, I express concern with Governor Cuomo’s “Tax-Free NY” proposal that would offer tax-free status to certain companies that start up operations on a SUNY campus.  Instead, I believe there should be broad-based tax cuts, so all businesses in New York state are on an equal playing field.

I also talk about legislation to curb littering on our highways, as well as my electronics recycling event in Auburn. 

May 30, 2013
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION REQUIRING STATE AGENCIES TO PAY TIMELY INTEREST ON MONEY OWED TO NOT-FOR-PROFITS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that the Senate passed his legislation (S5189), which would require state agencies to pay interest for money owed on state contracts within 30 days. 

Current law requires state agencies to furnish interest payments on state contracts that are paid late to not-for-profit organizations, but they do not provide a specific time frame by which such interest payments must be made. This bill would require that interest payments must be paid within 30 days of any payment required by contract, or as soon as monies become available, whichever is earlier. 

May 30, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE FINES FOR LITTERING ON HIGHWAYS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today, May 29, 2013, that his legislation (S2311), which would double the penalties for littering, passed the New York State Senate.

“Littering not only impacts the appearance of the roadways, it also can pose driving hazards, and trash is very costly to remove,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

If enacted, the fine for littering will be raised from $350 to $700 for the first offense and from $700 to $1,400 for the second offense.

“Stiffening the fines for those who are caught throwing trash on the highways should help to serve as a deterrent, and help to clean up the roadways in our state,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.

May 30, 2013
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The New York State Senate 2013 Summer Reading Program

To register for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program, click on the image above.  This year's theme is Dig Into Reading!

May 29, 2013
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Paying Tribute to Our Members of the Military

Senator John DeFrancisco saw this video and wanted to share it with his constituents. 

May 29, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Commemorates Memorial Day 2013

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor all of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, by participating in Memorial Day events throughout Onondaga County and in Auburn.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured speaking during the Butterfly Garden of HOPE Remembrance Ceremony, at which he presented a legislative resolution marking the 35th anniversary of HOPE for the Bereaved.

May 28, 2013
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Students from Living Word Academy Tour the Capitol

On May 21, 2013, students from Living Word Academy toured the Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco for a first-hand lesson in state government. 

May 24, 2013
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Students from Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary Visit the Capitol

Students from Bishop's Academy at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse toured the New York State Capitol and met with Senator John A. DeFrancisco on May 21, 2013. 

May 23, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Soccer Shoot-Out Winner Michael Brussel

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Michael Brussel, who won the New York State Championship and received Honorable Mention in the Elks Area National Soccer Shoot-out Contest, Boys Under 14 Division.  Senator DeFrancisco presented Michael with a Resolution on May 20, 2013 in Senate Chambers.

May 23, 2013
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Wheeler Elementary School Student Council Visits the Capitol

On May 16, 2013, Wheeler Elementary School Student Council from Nedrow toured the New York State Capitol.

May 23, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

The State Senate today passed a bill toughening the penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report. The bill (S.339), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco is in response to serious boating accidents that have happened in recent years.

“A few years ago, Central New York experienced two boating tragedies, and in both cases, the victims of the accident were left dead or dying,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “There is always a possibility, had the victims been rendered aid, they could have lived. People should be responsible for their actions, and know that if they try to avoid responsibility, there will be real consequences.”

May 23, 2013
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CORPORAL IRVING CANTOR IS INDUCTED INTO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that Corporal Irving Cantor was inducted into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame today, May 21, 2013, posthumously.

“Irving Cantor dedicated his life to helping returning veterans find work and keeping them informed about their benefits,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “He also fought to keep the War Memorial and founded the Veteran’s Party, which is an independent political party with the goal of supporting candidates who support policies that benefit veterans.”

Corporal Irving Cantor was born in Syracuse in 1918, and he served in the 3138th Motor Messenger Signal Corps, carrying messages behind enemy lines in the European Theater of operations working directly with and for General Eisenhower.

May 21, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DISCUSSES HIS CONCERNS WITH THE PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS ON YOUR VOICE

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains his concerns with the public financing of elections.  To watch Your Voice, please click the link provided.

May 21, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL EXPANDING DEFINITION OF RESTITUTION

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S.337), which would expand the scope of individuals and entities that are considered a “victim,” passed the New York State Senate today.

An existing law allows sentencing courts to order restitution or reparation for certain victims. This bill would amend the law to include any person, private company, or public agency, or department which took action to prevent, mitigate, or remedy damages to persons or property caused by the crime.

By enlarging the scope of the term “victim,” sentencing courts will have wider authority to order a convicted defendant to make reparation of actual out-of-pocket losses to an entity that suffers damages resulting from the crime.

May 21, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds Electronics Recycling Event in Auburn and Raises Money for Hospice

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped raise money for Hospice of the Finger Lakes by sponsoring an electronics recycling event in Auburn on May 18, 2013.  The event was a partnership with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics and Hospice, and it was free for the public to dispose of their unwanted electronics.  Volunteers from Welch Allyn, Inc. assisted with the collection process. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Alice Kim from Time Warner Cable and Cindy Jessop from Sunnking.

May 21, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Leslie Reichardt for His Military Service

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the pleasure of presenting Leslie Reichardt, Lt. Col, USAF Retired, a WW II veteran, with a certificate of appreciation on Armed Forces Day.  The CNY Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America held a dinner meeting on May 18, 2013, at which Senator DeFrancisco presented the certificate and spoke about legislation to better protect and support active military members and veterans.

May 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Pays Tribute to Football Legend Rocky Pirro

On May 18, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the unveiling of a memorial near the Town of Geddes municipal building to honor football legend Rocco "Rocky" Pirro.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Rocky's daughter, Rockette Pirro Brunetti and Rocky's sister, Rose. 

Rocky Pirro was born and raised in Solvay and played football for Catholic University.  His professional football career included the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.  He also was the Offensive Line Coach for Syracuse University from 1952 to 1973. He died in 1955.

 

May 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours Clear Path for Veterans

Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango on May 17, 2013.  The center was founded in 2011 to support veterans who are returning to civilian life. Clear Path offers a variety of support programs for veterans and their families and a tranquil natural setting.

May 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives Award at the 2013 NAMI Syracuse Children's Conference

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was honored to receive an award for his long-time support of mental health issues at the NAMI Syracuse Children's Conference on May 15, 2013.  NAMI is a not-for-profit organization of active and concerned families and friends of people who suffer from serious and persistent psychiatric illness.

May 17, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Calls For Public Input on the Future of I-81

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on May 17, 2013, at the corner of Harrison and South State Streets near the OnCenter to encourage citizen involvement in the decision-making process regarding the future of I-81. Various other legislative leaders, community members and business owners joined Senator DeFrancisco to call on the general public to get involved.

The elevated section of I-81 that runs through the City of Syracuse and its suburbs is nearing the end of its “useful” lifespan. Therefore, it will need to be repaired, removed or replaced with significant cost.

May 15, 2013
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