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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Foreign Trade Zone and New York Works on Your Voice

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.

April 20, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 50

Dear Participant:

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:

Daiton Daibo-Williams

Grade: 5

April 20, 2012
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"New York Works" Projects in Central New York

Major work on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects will take place under the "New York Works" program to spur economic growth across the state.

The NY Works dam and flood control projects in Central New York are as follows: 

April 18, 2012
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April is Autism Awareness Month

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.

April 9, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses State Budget Process on The Campbell Conversations

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.

You can also visit http://www.wrvo.fm/post/john-defrancisco-campbell-conversations

 

 

April 3, 2012
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April 3, 2012
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New York State Senate Completes Second Consecutive Early Passage of State Budget

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.

April 2, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DISCUSSES SCHOOL AID, PENSION REFORM AND EPIC ON YOUR VOICE

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.

March 28, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DISCUSSES BUDGET AGREEMENT ON YNN'S CAPITAL TONIGHT PROGRAM

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.

To watch his interview, please visit http://www.capitaltonight.com/2012/03/sen-defrancisco-on-budget-agreement/

 

March 28, 2012
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO EXPAND CENTRAL NEW YORK'S FOREIGN TRADE ZONE AREA

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.

March 28, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Enjoys a Performance in Albany from the Ramsdell Middle School Junior Eagles

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. 

March 28, 2012
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Senator DeFranciso Discusses A New State Law That Will Expand the DNA Databank

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.  

March 27, 2012
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New York State Senate Passes Bills to Crack Down on Auto Insurance Fraud

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.

March 26, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Marches in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade

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. 

March 21, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Students at Solvay Elementary School

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.   

March 16, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Noela Niyonkuru in Albany

On March 14, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Noela Niyonkuru in Albany with a New York Resolution. Noela was named "Student of the Year" by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education.  She attended school at a refugee camp in the United Republic of Tanzania, until she and her family moved to the United States in 2007.  Noela continues to advance her education in Syracuse, and in June 2010, she earned her Teacher's Assistant Certificate.  Pictured with the Senator in Albany, are Noela and her mother. 

March 16, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Redistricting Reform Legislation on Your Voice Program

On this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco addresses a disruptive group of protestors, who showed incivility in Senate Chambers during the Pledge of Allegiance. He also discusses the Senate's redistricting reform bill, which would provide an independent body for future redistricting in New York State.  Plus, he seeks your feedback on state budget issues.

March 13, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator John A. DeFrancisco

Senator John DeFrancisco discusses Business Impacts, Medicaid, Higher Education

March 7, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Cost of Higher Education on Your Voice in Albany

During the Legislative Public Budget Hearing on Higher Education, I questioned SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher about the staggering cost of remedial education, and I triggered discussion on finding a possible solution to the problem.  You can watch a clip from this exchange during the Albany-based television program, Your Voice.

Also on this week's Your Voice, I address the Film Tax Credit, which could benefit Central New York.  Thank you for sharing your voice with me on the issues that matter most to you.

February 27, 2012
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See If You Have Unclaimed Funds Through A Simple Internet Search

You may be entitled to some of the over $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State. 

For your protection, banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by law to surrender inactive accounts to the State. These accounts are known as "lost," "abandoned," or "unclaimed" funds. A simple Internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible, and there is no charge to search or file a claim to recover unclaimed funds.

To see if you have any unclaimed funds, visit https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/ .

February 23, 2012
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