On the cable program, Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an overview of the 2013 Legislative Session and discusses the new leadership coalition in the State Senate. He also shares some highlights from the Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony. This Your Voice program was taped in Albany on January 14, 2013.
People with questions about New York State's new gun-control law (NY SAFE Act) can visit www.nysafeact.com or call the toll-free number (855) 529-4867. The website has a question-and-answer section, plus photographs of weapons to help gun owners understand if their gun will now be classified as an assault weapon.
Those who own what is now considered an assault weapon must register with the New York State Police within one year, beginning April 15. Registration is free.
To access the governor's website regarding the NY SAFE Act, please click here.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that a new law will take effect tomorrow, January 19, 2013, which will require patients to be informed by their health care provider when dense breast tissue has been discovered during a breast exam. Additionally, patients must be informed about the importance of discussing additional screening options with their doctor.
“Dense breast tissue increases the risk of a woman developing breast cancer, and it makes the cancer harder to find. We need to educate women on this fact so that they can take the extra measures necessary in order to detect cancer as early as possible. As we all know, early detection is the key to a positive outcome in the fight against breast cancer,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) has introduced a bill that will allow public welfare officials to withhold rent from a landlord when real property taxes for the rental property have not been paid. (S-552)
In October of last fall, it was reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard that there were several landlords who were delinquent in payments of their real property taxes, yet were still receiving rent for public assistance recipients. In fact, two landlords alone had delinquencies totaling more than $1 million.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Christian Health Services of Syracuse, Inc. The event was held on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 3200 Burnet Ave. The nonprofit center will primarily serve individuals who are covered by Medicaid or Medicare.
Creating Jobs: As the Legislative Session gets underway, I will continue to support effectives measures that will help revitalize our economy by strengthening small business and creating new jobs for the local economy.
Providing Tax Relief: With federal tax increases in store for many hardworking taxpayers in 2013, I will fight for additional tax relief at the state and local levels.
Reducing Wasteful Spending: For the past two years, New York state has made significant progress in controlling state spending, but more can be done. Therefore, I will continue to help reduce government fraud and waste, and to deliver additional mandate relief for local governments and school districts.
On January 9, 2013, Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) was reappointed Chairman of the New York State Senate Finance Committee by Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein.
“I am honored that I have been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Through bi-partisan cooperation, we have made great strides in our state, although there is still much more work to be done. I am excited to continue working hard with Governor Cuomo, Senator Skelos, and Senator Klein toward the passage of another on-time budget that serves the interests of all New Yorkers.”
By partnering with Governor Cuomo in 2012, my colleagues and I in the State Senate were able to help move New York state in the right direction. We passed an early state budget, reduced taxes, cut spending, created jobs, and helped spur economic growth. Still – there is much more work ahead in the new year.
I am confident that Albany will continue to put the interests of New Yorkers first, by continuing to work toward compromise and results. I look forward to once again working with the Governor and members of the State Legislature in 2013 to keep this momentum going.
I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season, and a bright new year!
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined various state leaders in Albany on December 19, 2012, to help award a $93.8 Million Regional Economic Development Council Award to Central New York representatives. He is standing on stage in between Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor and CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco today (12/19/12) announced that 17 job creation projects in the 50th Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.
“The $93.8 million awarded for local projects will strengthen our economy and help create and retain jobs,” Senator DeFrancisco said. “Our community leaders serving on the regional economic development council have worked hard to put together an economic development strategy that takes advantage of the tremendous resources, skills and talent in our area. Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy deserve recognition for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Albany), Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver joined together in praising the winners of the 2012 New York Works Regional Economic Development Council Awards in Albany today (12/19/12).
"I am honored to represent the New York State Senate and Central New York for this very important economic development announcement, and I was proud to stand with Central New York representatives as they were awarded $93.8 Million as a top performer," said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.
When the Thruway Authority proposed a plan for a 45 percent toll increase on trucks and other commercial vehicles earlier this year, I immediately expressed my opinion that it was unacceptable and advocated against the increase.
I am very pleased with the decision today that this ill-conceived toll hike plan has now been reversed.
The Thruway Authority's proposed toll increase would have had a terrible impact on countless businesses across New York state, hurting job creation and adding new costs for consumers.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at Main Street School in North Syracuse on December 14, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco read a holiday story about a snowman to students part of the early education program.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco chats with members of the library community at the Central New York Library Resources Council Annual Legislative Breakfast, held at the CNY Philanthropy Center on December 14, 2012.
On December 7, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco kicked off his fifth annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive. He is pictured at his district office with Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Darville and Public Affairs Specialist Jacqueline Wren of the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), a United States Air Force veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to donate their used cellular phones to his annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Today, (12/7/12) Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Darville and Public Affairs Specialist Jacqueline Wren of the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion, joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference in Syracuse to discuss the importance of helping our military families stay connected.
“I am always proud to support our brave men and women in uniform, who are making tremendous sacrifices to serve our country,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
On November 1, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped announce a new round of funding for Grants for Growth. The program, now entering its 10th round, awards grants to various companies. During a press conference at The Tech Garden, Senator DeFrancisco addressed the program's impact on our economy through product development and job creation. Senator DeFrancisco has secured an additional $2 million dollars in funding for the program. Companies that want to apply for Grants for Growth can visit www.thetechgarden.com/.
As we mark this Veterans Day, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans, who have honorably served this proud State and Nation. Your invaluable sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.
Through my role as a New York State Senator, and a veteran of the United States Air Force, I have done all I can to serve our soldiers and veterans. Recently, a bill that I supported to improve the identification process for veterans, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. This new state law will now make it easier for former service men and women to identify themselves as veterans, by providing them with a separate indicator line, or mark, on their New York State Drivers License or non-driver ID.