State Senator John A. DeFrancisco observed Memorial Day by remembering and honoring all of the brave men and women, who died while protecting our country and our freedoms. The Senator attended several parades and ceremonies throughout Onondaga County during the holiday weekend.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of Light 4 Life Candles LLC in the former Will & Baumer facility on Buckley Road in Liverpool. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May 24, 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented James Spadafore with a New York Senate Citation during the 2012 Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool High School on May 23rd. Spadafore, a teacher and music director at Liverpool High School, will retire in June 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Joseph Riposo with a New York Senate Resolution during the 2012 Jumpin' Jazz Jam at Liverpool High School on May 23rd. Riposo was inducted into the Music Educator Hall of Fame during the 2011 Syracuse Area Music Awards, the SAMMYS.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2012 Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, which was held at Long Branch Park on May 20th. He is pictured with Autism Speaks Director Erin Mast, NewsChannel 9 Anchor Christie Casciano, and two walkers.
On this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that could help save 100 jobs in Syracuse, funding for public libraries, and his honoree for the "2012 Women of Distinction" recognition ceremony. The Senator also shows highlights from some Little League opening games. This Your Voice program was taped on May 14, 2012.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Solvay Middle School Principal James Werbeck with a Resolution on May15, 2012. Werbeck was named the 2012 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State. James Werbeck and his wife, Susie, were recognized by Senator DeFrancisco from the Senate Floor in Albany.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped dedicate the Paul Seymour Playground at Skiddy Park in Syracuse on May 17, 2012. The playground is named after the captain of the 1955 NBA Championship Syracuse Nationals team, Paul Seymour.
Standing outside the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco paid tribute to local firefighters and sheriff's deputies who have died in the last year. The memorial service was held on May 17, 2012.
On May 17, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the first-ever Veterans Build through Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. The two houses, located at 113 and 115 Fitch Street, were built for disabled veterans, Mike Smith and Felicia Plunkett. They are affordable, energy efficient, and handicap accessible. The Senator is pictured with home owner Felicia Plunkett (center).
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco read the story, Bullies Never Win, to a group of students from two outstanding kindergarten classes at the Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary School on May 17, 2012. He also answered some of the students' questions about his job.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the family of Colleen H. Mastine, the Senator's 2012 "Women of Distinction" honoree. Mastine, who passed away earler this year, was Director of Constituent Services in the Senator's district office. An awards ceremony was held in Albany on May 15th.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York Senate passed legislation today, May 15, 2012, which would give state agencies the authority to determine whether a letter of credit is needed for a state contract, and would limit the amount of the letter of credit to 3 percent of the total contract award.
“A three percent cap on a letter of credit would help small and medium-sized businesses, because a letter of credit requirement adversely impacts a company’s ability to secure a loan, and it ties up resources that a company needs for operating expenses and growth,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Colleen H. Mastine with the 2012 "Women of Distinction" award for the 50th Senate District. The New York State Senate recognizes women from Central New York and throughout the state at a reception in Albany.
"I am proud to honor my former colleague and friend, Colleen Mastine, who served in my district office for many years," said Senator DeFrancisco.
"Through her work in the Senate, she helped so many citizens in our community. I commend her for a lifetime of helping others, and for the genuine caring and concern that she exhibited, as she worked with people to solve their problems," said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Liverpool High School teacher Jeff Peneston and his family at the capitol building in Albany. The Senator presented Mr. Peneston with a New York State Senate Resolution for winning the 2012 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 2012 Silver and Gold Gala on May 9th. The event, hosted by the Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs, took place at Pensabene's Casa Grande.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York State Senate passed on May 8, 2012, his bill (S6794-A) that would authorize a five-year extension for the New York Telecommunications Relay Center to remain in Syracuse.
“This bill requires 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.
On this week’s edition of Your Voice, I discuss my bill that passed in the New York State Senate, requiring state agencies to pay timely interest on money owed to not-for-profits. This legislation presently awaits action in the State Assembly.
I also discuss legislation to better protect our children from sex offenders. Plus, I share my concern over some of the recent errors with the state’s student exams.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on May 7, 2012, that the New York State Senator passed his bil (S2856-A) that would establish a New York state Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health.
“Obesity in children is on the rise. More than 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, and the numbers are even worse for adolescents,” said Senator DeFrancisco.