Assemblymember Sam Roberts held a press conference on July 26, 2013, with Senator John A. DeFrancisco to urge the Governor to sign into law a bill they authored to reduce the number of part-time hours needed to qualify for the NY Youth Works program (A.7928-A/S.4762-A). The press conference was held at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, a nationally recognized Syracuse City youth development and dropout prevention program that helps students stay in school and successfully graduate high school ready for post-secondary education and employment.
On July 10, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped mark the 15th anniversary of the Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour, by presenting a legislative resolution to organizers during a half-way point celebration at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Hundreds of bicycle riders from across the country participate in Cycling the Erie Canal, which began in Buffalo and will end in Albany on July 14th.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is a strong supporter of literacy and our local libraries. During the summer, Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at several public libraries throughout the Central New York community. Please check back, as we continue to add more dates and library locations to the list.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's annual lake day at Emerson Park on June 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco, along with Senator Michael Nozzolio and Assemblyman Gary Finch, presented organizers with a legislative resolution recognizing the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's 25th Anniversary.
On June 26, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for a press conference on Marcellus Street in Syracuse to announce a plan that would give $20 million to community land banks, so cities can turn vacant properties over to new owners.
On the featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that would require all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects through a process called pulse oximetry screening.
The New York State Senate passed an historic package of nine bills that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and curb discrimination of women in the workplace. The "Women's Equality Agenda" would:
On this week's Your Voice program, I explain how the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” which has passed the State Senate, would prevent welfare fraud and protect taxpayer dollars. I also discuss legislation that I have sponsored to crack down on tax delinquent landlords.
The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures
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.