In order to save and create jobs in New York state during this down economy, it is important now more than ever to take action.
On this week’s edition of Your Voice in Albany, I discuss a tax cutting plan that could help jump start more businesses in New York state and create jobs. I also discuss a tax incentive that could help veterans obtain jobs after serving our country, and I weigh in on the current debate over whether or not to raise the minimum wage in New York state.
The 2012-12 budget increases aid to school districts, provides Medicaid relief to counties, and restores funding to the EPIC program. It also is the second state budget in a row that spends less than the prior year. This is the first time that this has been done in 30 years. You can hear more about the budget on this televised edition of Your Voice in Albany. The video was taped on March 29, 2012.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his bill to expand the Foreign Trade Zone on this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany. He also talks about local projects under the "New York Works" program, to help fix roads, bridges and parks, while creating jobs.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year, we received outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of our students in the 50th Senatorial District.
Each of the entries from my district displayed tremendous originality and vision, as well as an obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the positive impact you can have on our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
April is designated "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York state, to raise awareness about the disorder, and to support families of autistic individuals.
As your Senator, I was proud to co-sponsor a bill last year, which Governor Cuomo signed into law, that will provide families with better access to critically important medical care for both adults and children who have autism.
Speaking with Grant Reeher on WRVO's The Campbell Conversations just before the budget passed, State Senator John DeFrancisco describes the budget process and discusses whether or not it has improved in recent years. Seantor DeFrancisco also discusses political redistricting and whether a constitutional amendment will fundamentally change the process. To hear the Senator's interview, click here.
Posted by Majority Press on Friday, March 30th, 2012
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the Senate's one house budget bill on Your Voice in Albany. He also provides details on the new pension plan, the reallocation of school aid, and restored funding to the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program. The interview was taped on March 19, 2012.
New York State Senate Finance Chair John A. DeFrancisco was interviewed by YNN's Liz Benjamin on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, regarding the state budget agreement. He addressed several elements, including school aid funding.
New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the Senate passed his legislation today (S6471), which would expand Onondaga County’s foreign trade zone to include Cayuga, Oswego, and Madison counties.
Imports and exports are a major source of growth for Central New York, and the expansion would permit existing businesses to expand distribution and increase international trade.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the Ramsdell Middle School Junior Eagles. The band from Jordan-Elbridge Schools performed in the Concourse as part of NYS School Music Association - Music in Our Schools Month.
Historic legislation has been signed into law to make New York state the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation. On this week’s edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco shares some compelling stories from crime victims and explains how this DNA databank expansion will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to victims, prevent future crimes, and exonerate the innocently convicted.
New York state is close to finalizing a budget, so the Senator also brings you up-to-date on the budget progress.
Auto insurance coverage is intended to protect law abiding citizens like you. It is not supposed to be an ATM machine for criminals. However, auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers more than one billion dollars a year.
Just a few weeks ago, the United States Attorney’s Office arrested dozens of alleged crooks, involved in running a $279 million dollar auto insurance scam. More recently, the New York State Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of 16 individuals, who are accused of staging car accidents to make more than $400,000 dollars in bogus insurance claims.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco marched in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Organizers estimate that there were more than 50,000 people in attendance for the 30th annual parade.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Solvay Elementary School on March 16, 2012, to read some entertaining books to a class of second grade students. The Senator also answered many of the students' questions about his job. His visit was part of Solvay Elementary's Parents As Reading Partners Program.