On this week's cable program, I discuss legislation that would unseal juvenile records prior to bail hearings for alleged sex offenders.
Last month, David Renz allegedly murdered a woman and sexually assaulted a child in Clay after disconnecting his electronic monitoring bracelet while on bail. He had been implicated in a prior sexual assault case as a teenager, but those records were sealed.
I have introduced this legislation in the hope that it might prevent future tragedies.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured holding a Resolution with Liverpool student, Mari DeTota, in Senate Chambers on April 22, 2013. Mari won first place in the Elks Area 1 National Soccer Shoot-Out. Senator DeFrancisco, along with Senator David Valesky who is pictured on the right, passed a Resolution to congratulate and recognize Mari for her achievements. Mari's family accompained her to Albany for the presentation.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized Cadet Sergeant Brian Callahan, a Central New York West Point cadet, during West Point Day at the New York State Capitol. Callahan is a Syracuse native and a 2010 graduate of Bishop Grimes High School.
“All of these cadets are exceptional young men and women, but I am especially proud to honor Brian Callahan who is from Syracuse,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Brian should be commended for his patriotism, dedication and strong commitment to our Nation. For Brian to answer the call to serve in this dangerous time is truly an inspiration to all of us.”
Assemblyman Colton (D-Brooklyn) was joined by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), and other lawmakers, to call attention to a pressing matter facing members of the military as they return home.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the pleasure of congratulating the Syracuse Academy of Science team for winning the regional championship of the 2013 National Science Bowl. The students and teachers pictured above met with Senator DeFrancisco at his district office in Syracuse on April 19, 2013.
Pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco are (from left to right) City of Auburn Fire Chief Jeff Dygert, Assistant Fire Chief Scott DeJoy and City of Auburn Manager Doug Selby. Senator DeFrancisco visited the fire department on April 18, 2013.
On this Your Voice program, I recognize some outstanding individuals within the 50th Senate District, such as Gatorade’s New York Football Player of Year Tyler Rouse and Fayetteville-Manlius High School vocalist Alyssa Napier. I also recognize the 2013 New York Association for Continuing Education Student of the Year recipients, Reginald Dennis and Patricia Gansz.
On this program of Your Voice in Albany, I explain how the new State Budget will impact health care, education and funding for people with disabilities. I also discuss certain tax credits that could help businesses offset an increase in the minimum wage.
The 2013-2014 State Budget is a fiscally responsible budget that will control spending, cut taxes and keep New York State moving in the right direction. It is the third consecutive on-time budget.
New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years. For more information on the STAR program, please click here.
For further details on the overall 2013-2014 State Budget, please click on the image below.
On this week's Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, known as CHIPS. These funds will directly go to local governments for highway, bridge and road repairs. Senator DeFrancisco also talks about the Legislature's rejection of proposed restrictions on plea bargaining, and a measure to provide school districts with more flexibility when hiring retired police officers for school protection.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R,I,C) announced that more than $3.4 million in state funds will be allocated to the 50th Senate District for road and bridge repairs as part of the 2013-14 Budget under the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).
“I am pleased to see an increase in the amount of money provided for road and bridge repair for the first time in five years,” said State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco. “We desperately need these infrastructure improvements for communities throughout our state, and these projects will help to create local jobs and stimulate the economy.”
On this week’s Your Voice program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate’s budget resolution, which provides tax relief to middle-class families, helps create jobs in New York state, and restores proposed funding cuts to the Office for People with Disabilities. He also talks about education aid, Medicaid reform and support for struggling municipalities.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured (bottom left) with students from West Genesee High School. The students toured the capitol building in Albany on March 12, 2013. They also met with Assemblyman Gary Finch, who is pictured in the photo (bottom right).
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his legislation, which would make it a crime to use the name, image, or likeness of any current or former member of the armed forces or state militia for commercial purposes without permission (S3036), passed the New York state Senate today.
“There have been numerous incidents where the names of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been used without concern for the soldier or the soldier’s family,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Our military members, veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices for our country, and it is essential that we respect their privacy.”
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of Girl Scout Troop 1970 from Guilderland. The picture was taken in Senator DeFrancisco's Albany office on March 12, 2013. They were drinking green milk in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Senator DeFrancisco's granddaughter, who is pictured standing in front of him, is a proud member of the Girl Scout Troop.