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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Some Central New York Standouts on Your Voice

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.

 

April 9, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Impact of State Budget on Your Voice

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.

April 2, 2013
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THE 2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

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.

March 27, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses State Budget Bills That Improve Transportation and Public Safety on Your Voice

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.

March 26, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $3.4 MILLION TO BE ALLOCATED FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE REPAIR PROJECTS IN THE 50TH SENATE DISTRICT

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.”

March 26, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks about the Senate's Budget Resolution on Your Voice

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.

March 19, 2013
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West Genesee High School Students Visit Albany

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).

March 19, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MILITARY IMAGES

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.”

March 19, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Girl Scout Troop 1970 in Albany

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.

March 13, 2013
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Auburn High School Social Studies Students Visit the State Capitol Building

Senator John A. DeFrancisco, along with Senators Nozzolio and Seward, met with Auburn High School Social Studies students at the State Capitol Building on March 11, 2013.

March 12, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About Tax Breaks for Middle-Class Families on Your Voice

On this week's Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate's Family Tax Relief Act and the Senate's Grown in New York plan. 

March 12, 2013
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SENATE PASSES 2013-14 BUDGET RESOLUTION

The New York State Senate has approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.

March 12, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents the Best Jazz Award to ESP at the 2013 SAMMYS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped present the Best Jazz Award to ESP during the 2013 Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS). 

(photo courtesy of Juan Junco)

March 11, 2013
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2013 BLUEPRINT FOR JOBS PLAN

Highlights of the 2013 Blueprint for Jobs plan include:

March 8, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Third Graders at Solvay Elementary School

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time reading to third graders at Solvay Elementary School.  He visited the school on March 8, 2013, to promote reading and answer students' questions.

March 8, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco at the NYS Art Teachers Association 23rd Legislative Student Exhibit in Albany

Senator John A. DeFrancisco would like to congratulate all of the students from the Baldwinsville School District, who had their artwork on display as part of the NYS Art Teachers Association 23rd Legislative Student Exhibit: A Celebration of Young Artists exhibit in Albany.  Participating schools from Baldwinsville were Reynolds Elementary, McNamara Elementary, VanBuren Elementary, and L.Pearl Palmer Elementary.

March 8, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco with Fayetteville-Manlius Student Alyssa Napier During the Music in Our Schools Month Celebration

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Alyssa Napier, a Fayetteville-Manlius High School student, who performed in the New York State School Music Association Celebration of Music in Our Schools Month.  The concert was held in Albany on March 4, 2013.

March 8, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Tyler Rouse, a Baldwinsville High School Football Player, with a New York State Resolution

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Baldwinsville high school football player Tyler Rouse with a Senate Resolution in Albany on March 7, 2013.  Rouse was named Gatorade's 2012-2013 New York Player of the Year.  Rouse is a student at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, NY.  Standing with Senator DeFrancisco from the Baldwinsville Central School District are Head Football Coach Carl Sanfilippo, Tyler Rouse and Athletic Director Chris Campoleta. 

March 7, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Patricia Gansz with a Senate Resolution

On March 6, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Patricia Gansz with a Senate Resolution upon the occasion of her designation as the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education 2013 Student of the Year Award.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Ms. Gansz at his Albany office. 

March 7, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Reginald Dennis with a Senate Resolution

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Reginald Dennis with a Senate Resolution in Albany on March 6, 2013. Mr. Dennis was the recipient of the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education 2013 Student of the Year Award.

March 7, 2013
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