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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 11, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the Willis Carrier Recreation Center and Challenger Field of Dreams ground breaking ceremony in the Town of DeWitt. The new park will include accessible fields, playgrounds and other facilities for children with special needs and their families. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure a New York state grant for the project.
On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about his bill named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp. The legislation, which has passed the New York State Senate, would link all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses.
Additionally on Your Voice, Senator DeFrancisco discusses the future of 1-81 through the City of Syracuse, as well as the new state learning standards for New York students.
On this special edition of Your Voice in Albany, Senator John A. DeFrancisco honors Irving Cantor, his inductee into the New York State Senate 2013 Veterans’ Hall of Fame. He also recognizes West Point Cadet Sergeant Brian Callahan of Syracuse, who visited recently visited the Capitol for West Point Day.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helps serve hot dog and hamburger buns during the 2013 Crouse Hospital Employee Appreciation Picnic on May 9th. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured next to NewsChannel 9's Chris Brandolino.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored and recognized Nancy Kern Kronen as his 2013 Woman of Distinction during a celebration in Albany on May 7, 2013. The Senate launched the "Women of Distinction" program in 1998 to recognize the many contributions of women in the State of New York. These honorees have enriched the lives of those around them, while inspiring others to become active within their communities. Nancy Kronen is the Director of Development and Public Relations for ARISE Child and Family Services in Syracuse. She previously worked for The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area. Throughout her dedicated career and volunteer work, Nancy has demonstrated strong leadership, vision and passion.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the first piece of cake in celebration of PACE CNY's 15th anniversary. He is pictured with PACE Director Penny Abulencia, St. Joseph's Hospital President Kathy Ruscitto and Loretto President Bruce Buchanan. PACE CNY offers all-inclusive homecare to elderly residents living in Onondaga County.
Senator DeFrancisco was instrumental in the startup of PACE CNY. In 1994, he sponsored legislation that authorized the Department of Social Services to contract for chronic care management programs, allowing Loretto to move forward with PACE operations.
PACE CNY held a 15th Anniversary Celebration on May 8, 2013, at its Sally Coyne Center in North Syracuse.
In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.
The bill (S.4267), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I,Syracuse) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period. Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period. The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco speaks during a press conference to announce the Pango Mobile Parking System on May 3, 2013, in front of the Cayuga County Courthouse. The new system will allow drivers at various locations in downtown Auburn to pay for metered parking through their cell phones. You can sign up for the parking service and download the app by visiting www.pango-parking.com.