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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Tyler Rouse, a Baldwinsville High School Football Player, with a New York State Resolution

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Baldwinsville high school football player Tyler Rouse with a Senate Resolution in Albany on March 7, 2013.  Rouse was named Gatorade's 2012-2013 New York Player of the Year.  Rouse is a student at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, NY.  Standing with Senator DeFrancisco from the Baldwinsville Central School District are Head Football Coach Carl Sanfilippo, Tyler Rouse and Athletic Director Chris Campoleta. 

March 7, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Patricia Gansz with a Senate Resolution

On March 6, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Patricia Gansz with a Senate Resolution upon the occasion of her designation as the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education 2013 Student of the Year Award.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Ms. Gansz at his Albany office. 

March 7, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Reginald Dennis with a Senate Resolution

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Reginald Dennis with a Senate Resolution in Albany on March 6, 2013. Mr. Dennis was the recipient of the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education 2013 Student of the Year Award.

March 7, 2013
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INTRODUCING THE 2013 GROWN IN NY PLAN

The New York State Senate Republican Conference has introduced the “Grown in New York Plan” to strengthen family farms by expanding markets, removing obstacles, and investing in the future of farming.

The proposal would expand markets for our family farms by promoting Farmers Markets, Food Hubs and “Buy from your Backyard” programs to increase the amount of locally grown produce that is enjoyed by communities throughout the state, nation and world.

In addition to being one of the most productive agriculture industries in the country, our farmers unfortunately are among the most regulated. New York farmers can be subject to more than 20 different federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

March 6, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses New York State's Medicaid Program on Your Voice

On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why Senate Republicans have called for an independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program.  He also talks about the next steps in New York’s budget process, now that Joint Public Budget Hearings have concluded.

March 5, 2013
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE NY SAFE ACT

For more information on the NY SAFE Act, please click here for the Governor's website.  This site will provide you with a question-and-answer section and a fact sheet on the new law. 

March 5, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

The Family Tax Relief Act Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.

The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years. The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.

March 4, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice in Albany

On this week's Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why he voted "no" on the confirmation of Jenny Rivera for the New York State Court of Appeals. He also explains the judicial selection process. Rivera was confirmed to serve on the Appeals Court on February 11, 2013. She was nominated by Governor Cuomo on January 15.

February 28, 2013
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GUN OWNERS CAN PROTECT THEIR PRIVACY THROUGH A PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPTION FORM

The NY SAFE Act allows pistol license holders to protect the privacy of their personal information, including their home address, by providing them with a Public Records Exemption form. Those wishing to apply for the exemption should do so by May 15, 2013. In order to access this special form, please click on the provided link.

Onondaga County residents can return the form to the Pistol Permit Unit at the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department:

Address:407 South State St.Syracuse, NY 13202

Cayuga County residents can return the form to the Cayuga County Clerk's Office:

Address:160 Genesee StreetAuburn, NY 13021

February 25, 2013
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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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