Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that the New York state Legislature has restored funding cuts to protect people with developmental disabilities.
“When significant budget cuts for people with developmental disabilties were proposed earlier this year, I was very concerned about the impact that the cuts would have on those who live with developmental disabilities,” said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.
Some of the cuts were restored during the budget process, and commitments were made to target the reductions to administrative costs, rather than direct services. To the extent the administrative cuts are not sufficient to cover the remaining budget gap, the bill will completely restore funding for the disabled. Governor Cuomo has committed to sign the bill.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco today announced that his legislation (S4512-A), which would give the city of Syracuse the authority to add unpaid code violation penalties, costs and fines to the property tax bill of the homeowner, passed the Senate.
“By allowing the uncollected fees to be added to the property tax bill of the homeowner, it will reduce the administrative costs associated with collecting delinquent fines,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today that the New York State Senate has passed his bill (S552) that would authorize public welfare officials to withhold rent from landlords who have not paid their real estate taxes. The bill would give broad discretion to the Department of Social Services.
On June 14, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon on a new senior affordable housing facility, located on Heman Street in East Syracuse. The Heman Street Senior Apartments are located in the former Heman Street School in East Syracuse. Thirty tenants have already moved in.
New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is raising awareness about the importance of summer reading through this Public Service Announcement.
To register for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program, click here.
Most libraries throughout Central New York will be holding summer reading programs. In addition, the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County will be spreading the word about the importance of summer learning. For more information, please click on the link below.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation, which would require a more thorough background check of contractors who perform home renovations on low-income disabled individuals, passed the Senate today on June 13, 2013.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation, which would end double sales taxation on vehicles of military service members who have returned to New York, passed the Senate today, June 13, 2013.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S2314) passed the New York State Senate today, June 12, 2013.
Access to information is vital to creating an environment conducive to learning and innovation. Under this legislation, the New York State Library would be authorized to coordinate the purchase of electronic databases and other information resources for state agencies, library systems, and other governmental entities.
“More Central New Yorkers are using their local libraries to research employment opportunities and learn new skills. This bill would allow libraries to lower their overheard, stretch their resources, and offer patrons more for less,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse by presenting the organization with a legislative resolution on June 6, 2013, at Traditions in East Syracuse.
He is pictured with Jessica DeCerce from Senator David Valesky’s office, Marci Erlebacher, Director of the Jewish Community Center, and Michael Atkins from Assemblyman Sam Robert’s Office.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized UCONN Women's Basketball Player Breanna Stewart during legislative session of the New York State Senate on June 5, 2013. Stewart, a graduate of C-NS High School, was named the NCAA's Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 Final Four Tournament.
Members of the CNY United Power Soccer Club were recognized during legislative session on June 3, 2013, of the New York State Senate. Senators John A. DeFrancisco and David Valesky are pictured with the team, which won the 2012 National Power Soccer Tournament.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York State Senate today, June 4, 2013, passed his bill (S2316) that would establish a New York state Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health.
“Obesity in children is on the rise. More than 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, and the numbers are even worse for adolescents,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
“We need to be proactive about promoting healthy lifestyles to our young people, so that we can reverse the unhealthy trends that cost our nation $117 billion annually in health care expenses,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco today,, June 4, 2013, announced that his bill, S340A, restricting the ability of perpetrators of violent crimes to access the personal records of their victims, passed the Senate.
"In order to crack down on violent criminal activity, we must provide appropriate protections so that violent felons may not access the personal records of their victims without legitimate legal purpose,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This bill ensures the safety of victims of violent crimes.”
The bill amends current law so that violent felons may only obtain records of their victims with a subpoena by a court in which an action against him or her is pending. Even then, only an agent is able to obtain the records on behalf of the felon.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation (S4792), which would allow a prompt review of sealed juvenile records in instances when a person is charged with a sex offense, passed the State Senate on June 4, 2013.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation(S553B), which would provide a five percent property tax break to reservists and National Guard members who have 20 years of service, passed the Senate today.
“Reservists and guard members can be called from civilian life to serve at a moments’ notice. These service members should be rewarded for their commitment to serving our country,” said Senator DeFrancisco, an Air Force Veteran.
If enacted, each municipality would have the discretion to offer the five percent tax break to service members if they are not eligible for any other military property tax exemption. Currently, veterans may receive various property tax breaks, but reservists are not eligible for any type of property tax break if they are not a veteran.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined CenterState CEO today in announcing six new recipients in the Grants for Growth program. A total of $398,680 was awarded in the program’s tenth round, and these grants will be leveraged against private sector and university matching funds.
Grants for Growth is a CenterState CEO seed program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industries to create jobs. Senator DeFrancisco has secured $5 million in funding for the program.