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Senator DeFrancisco Attends 2012 Boxing Hall of Fame

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard at the 2012 Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

July 31, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Jazz Educator of the Year Joe Carello

Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Joe Carello with a NYS Senate Resolution during the 2012 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival.  Carello is an outstanding saxophonist and educator, who was named the 2012 Jazz Educator of the Year by the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation.  

July 30, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Erie Canal Museum

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Terri Bright and her two mules, Franklin and Donovan, at the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Erie Canal Museum on Saturday, July 28, 2012.  Canal boats were once pulled by mules along the Erie Canal through downtown Syracuse.  During the celebration, Senator DeFrancisco also presented the Erie Canal Museum with a Citation.

July 30, 2012
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Senator DeFranciso and Jazz Musician Jessy J

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Jessy J.  He introduced the nationally-renowned jazz musician on the main stage at the 2012 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival.

July 30, 2012
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Senate DeFrancisco Tours the Rescue Mission in Syracuse

On July 27, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco took a tour of the Rescue Mission and was updated on the organization's future plans.

July 27, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Onondaga Free Library

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco enjoyed reading a couple stories to a group of children at Onondaga Free Library on July 26th.  The Senator has been visiting several libraries throughout Onondaga County, part of the 2012 Summer Reading program.

July 27, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO HELP INCREASE EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) has announced that legislation he supported (S6769B) to improve early breast cancer detection has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam.  Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.

Senator DeFrancisco said, “This new law will help save women’s lives by increasing their awareness of a known breast cancer risk factor.  Along with routine breast cancer screenings, the information provided by physicians to those with dense breast tissue can help increase early detection of the disease and give patients a greater ability to make educated decisions about their health.”

July 25, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW THAT WILL AUTHORIZE A FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE CENTER

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) has announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed his bill (S6794-A) into law.  The law will authorize a five-year extension for the New York Telecommunications Relay Center to remain in Syracuse.

“It require that the New York Telecommunications Relay Service Center remain in Syracuse, and along with it, nearly 100 private-sector jobs,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“As the center continues to grow and to add new services, I am hopeful that more telecommunications jobs will be created in Syracuse,” added Senator DeFrancisco.

July 25, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Some Outstanding Central New York Athletes on Your Voice

On this program of the cable show, Your Voice,  State Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognizes young adults from Central New York, who visited the Capitol during legislative session.  They include World Karate Champion Christopher Collins, Gatorade’s National Basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart, and the Cicero-North Syracuse Girls Basketball state champions.

July 19, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Takes Part In Ongoing Littering Crackdown Campaign

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco has teamed up with other state, city and county officials to crack down on littering and raise awareness about the serious problem.  During a press conference on July 16, 2012, it was announced that a recent cleanup of 690 between Teall Avenue and Thompson Road netted nearly three tons of trash.  An ongoing campaign will focus on clean-up, enforcement and awareness, with the tagline "Litter: It Costs More Than You Think."  As part of this campaign, violators will be ticketed.

July 17, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at Mundy Library in Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured reading to a group of students at Mundy Library in Syracuse on July 13, 2012.  The Senator will be reading stories to children at several libraries throughout Onondaga County this summer, part of the state's summer reading program.

July 13, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Anti-Cyberbullying Legislation on Your Voice

The New York State Senate passed a number of bills during the 2012 legislative session to help create jobs, increase public safety, and improve school performance, which are discussed on my weekly cable show, Your Voice.

On this program, I talk about a new state measure that will help combat cyber-bullying, the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that would safeguard taxpayer dollars, and a bill that would require beneficiaries of government paid prescription benefits to pay their co-payments.

June 27, 2012
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Clothing Sales Tax Exemption is in Effect

Your clothing and footwear purchases up to $110 dollars are no longer subject to New York state sales tax. 

On April 1, 2012, the New York State sales tax clothing exemption was restored to the original less-than-$110 threshold.

This means that sales of eligible clothing and footwear, costing less than $110 per item or pair, are now exempt from the state's 4% sales tax and local tax in those localities that enacted the exemption.  This new tax break could save a family of four as much as $200 dollars a year. 

June 27, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Students Who Competed in JazzIgnition at Signature Music

On June 26, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented scholarship prizes to four oustanding student vocalists and instrumentalists, who competed in the 2012 Jazz Ignition through Signature Music in Syracuse.  The recipients were vocalist Ashley Gusman from Bishop Ludden High School, tenor saxophonist Dunham Hall from Solvay High School, vocalist Nubia Hill from Nottingham High School, and vocalist Justin Tanksley from Jamesville-DeWitt High School.  Signature Music, a non-profit organization, offers music opportunities to young artists in Central New York.

June 26, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks During the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival Press Conference

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a long-time supporter of the arts, helped announce the 2012 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival during a press conference at Jazz Central on June 26, 2012. The festival will take place in Syracuse's Clinton Square July 27-28th.

June 26, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Jamesville-DeWitt High School Principal Paul Gasparini

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Jamesville-DeWitt High School principal Paul Gasparini.  On June 22, 2012, the Senator presented Mr. Gasparini with a New York State Senate Resolution for being named the "2012 High School Principal of the Year" by the School Administrators Associaiton of New York State.

June 25, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S3760), which would stiffen penalties for persons leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report, passed the New York State Senate.

“A few years ago, Central New York experienced two boating tragedies, and in both cases, the victims of the accident were left dead or dying.  There is always a possibility, had the victims been rendered aid, they could have lived,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

The bill would increase the penalty to an A misdemeanor for a first offense of leaving the scene of a boating accident when a person knows or should know that there has been an injury to another person.  A second offense within five years of the first offense would be an E felony.

June 21, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Domestic Violence Legislation on Your Voice

On this week’s Your Voice program, I discuss legislation to help control prescription drug abuse, protect domestic violence victims, and prevent repeated child abuse.

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PHARMACIES COLLECT CO-PAYMENTS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate on June 18, 2012, passed his bill (S4749), which would require pharmacies to collect prescription drug co-payments from customers at the point of sale.

Currently, recipients of Medicaid and Family Health Plus can refuse to pay a modest co-payment, which can range between $1 and $6 depending on the prescription. The pharmacy must still honor the prescription despite a beneficiary’s refusal to pay, resulting in significant financial losses to New York State pharmacies each year.

June 19, 2012
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