Upstate Medical University will begin construction on a $15 million dollar Upstate Cord Blood Bank, located on the former Community General campus. This public blood bank will collect, process and store umbilical cord blood donated by families for life-saving medical procedures.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 60th Anniversary Celebration for the Greater Syracuse Area Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees. He presented Chapter President Floyd Duger with a Citation during the event, held at Ernie Lakeland Cafe on September 13, 2012.
In front of a packed room, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discussed his opposition to the Destiny USA tax deal. His talk on September 13, 2012, was the first in a monthly series of conversations, or lectures, hosted by Christ The King Retreat House and Conference Center in DeWitt. Senator DeFrancisco also took questions from the crowd. About 100 people attended the event.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke about the importance of diversity and unity during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Onondaga Hispanic Heritage Month. The event was held at Delaware Academy in Syracuse on September 13th. The Senator also presented organizers with a Citation to recognize and celelebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco speaks during the Rescue Mission's 125th Anniversary Luncheon at the OnCenter, September 13, 2012. He is pictured on stage with Senator David Valesky and Assemblyman William Magnarelli. A Resolution was passed by the NYS Legislature this year to honor and recognize the Rescue Mission.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has named Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) a 2012 Guardian of Small Business for his consistent support on issues that affect small businesses. Senator DeFrancisco is one of ten, out of 212, legislators to receive this designation.
Senator DeFrancisco was honored for his “commitment to reducing business costs, reducing taxes and improving New York’s economy for small businesses,” said NFIB’s New York State Director, Mike Durant in a statement. Out of more than 100 pieces of legislation monitored, seven bills were examined in NFIB’s Voting Record, including votes on the property-tax cap last year and pension reform.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is picutred with Van Buren Justice Ed Van Der Water and Mrs. Van Der Water at the 103rd New York State Magistrates Association Conference and Installation Banquet. Senator DeFrancisco was the keynote speaker, and he received the 2012 Amicus Curiae Award from the NYS Magistrates Association for his commitment to town and village courts. Senator DeFrancisco is the first-ever, non-judicial recipient of this new award. The event was held at the Sheraton University Hotel in Syracuse on September 11th.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured on stage during the Jewish Music & Cultural Festival in DeWitt on Sunday, September 9, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco received a plaque in recognition of his support of the festival.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was recognized by Schools Superintendent James Froio during the Jordan-Elbridge High School field band show on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The Senator helped secure funding for some of the students' band instruments.
As we pause today to mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, my thoughts and prayers are with the family members, who lost loved ones on that tragic day. I also pause to honor all of the first responders, who sacrificed their lives trying to save others in the Twin Towers. Please join with me in remembering all of the victims and survivors of 9/11, and in showing our continued support for our brave military that continues to defend this strong and resilient nation.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is hosting his 8th annual FREE Senior Fair on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It will be held in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
Senator DeFrancisco invites all Central New York senior citizens and their family members to browse informational displays from more than 80 exhibitors. Seniors can gather valuable information about programs and services to help them answer some of the challenging questions about long term care, health care, recreation, transportation, and much more. Local health professionals will also be on hand to provide free health screenings.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Edward Mills during the grand opening celebration for the new headquarters of ProLiteracy, located at 104 Marcellus Street in Syracuse. Mills, who took adult literacy classes at ProLiteracy, is now a published poet. The Senator also spoke during a grand opening celebration on September 7, 2012.
Senate Finance Chairman, John A. DeFrancisco, announced that the Senate’s Republican Majority spent $11 million less than budgeted for senate chamber expenses for the 2011-12 state fiscal year, according to a report released yesterday.
“When the Senate Democrats were in the majority, they overspent by millions of dollars and left us with a massive structural deficit. Senate Republicans have reigned in the spending, and are doing more with less, resulting in substantial savings to our state,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
The announcement on August 27, 2012, that the rating agency Standard and Poor has upgraded New York State's credit outlook is a positive development for our state and for hard-working, middle-class taxpayers.
Although there is more work to be done, New York is on the right track since the Senate Republicans regained leadership of the Senate nearly two years ago. Under the Senate Democrats' leadership, $14 billion dollars in new taxes and fees were approved at a time when our state was in a financial crisis.
CNY United players, Peyton Sefick and Andrew Cunningham presented Senator John A. DeFrancisco with a team jersey and picture on August 24, 2012. CNY United, a power soccer team, won the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) Champions Conference Cup in July. Also featured in the photo are Head Coach Jim Sefick and Assistant Coach Tom Cunningham. The Senator plans to introduce and pass a Senate Resolution to honor the entire CNY United team.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco received an award from Ray Rinaldi at Alliance Bank Stadium on August 25, 2012. The award was given to the Senator for his continued support of Rays Kidz, the North and West Area Athletic & Education Centers.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helps cut the ribbon on the new Centro Transit Hub, which will officially open for bus riders on September 4, 2012. The new transfer hub is located at the intersection of Salina and Adams Streets in downtown Syracuse.