The announcement on August 27, 2012, that the rating agency Standard and Poor has upgraded New York State's credit outlook is a positive development for our state and for hard-working, middle-class taxpayers.
Although there is more work to be done, New York is on the right track since the Senate Republicans regained leadership of the Senate nearly two years ago. Under the Senate Democrats' leadership, $14 billion dollars in new taxes and fees were approved at a time when our state was in a financial crisis.
CNY United players, Peyton Sefick and Andrew Cunningham presented Senator John A. DeFrancisco with a team jersey and picture on August 24, 2012. CNY United, a power soccer team, won the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) Champions Conference Cup in July. Also featured in the photo are Head Coach Jim Sefick and Assistant Coach Tom Cunningham. The Senator plans to introduce and pass a Senate Resolution to honor the entire CNY United team.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco received an award from Ray Rinaldi at Alliance Bank Stadium on August 25, 2012. The award was given to the Senator for his continued support of Rays Kidz, the North and West Area Athletic & Education Centers.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helps cut the ribbon on the new Centro Transit Hub, which will officially open for bus riders on September 4, 2012. The new transfer hub is located at the intersection of Salina and Adams Streets in downtown Syracuse.
New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco cut the ribbon for the start of the 2012 Great New York State Fair on August 23rd. He is pictured in between NYS Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture Darrel Aubertine and NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The New York State Business Council has released its 2012 ranking of state lawmakers, and Senator John A. DeFrancisco scored 90 percent for his pro-business votes on bills regarding taxes, state spending and job creation. Senator DeFrancisco discussed the Business Council's 2012 Voter Guide on August 21, 2012, with Liz Benjamin on YNN's Capital Tonight. To watch his interview, please click the link below.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured speaking with Clarence Jordan during the 2012 SYNERGY graduation ceremony. The Mercy Works/ SYNERGY program at Upstate Medical University provides goal-oriented college students or college-bound high school seniors with paid training and work experience. There were more than 40 graduates during the ceremony on August 10, 2012.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco tours a new laboratory at Cooper Crouse-Hinds in Syracuse. The plant credits a state grant in allowing it to expand and create jobs. The Senator also joined Governor Cuomo for a press conference following his tour of the facility.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco handed out certificates to several children at Hazard Library in Syracuse, who successfully completed the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. The Senator also read an anti-bullying book to the group of children.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco read to an outstanding group of children at Hazard Library in Syracuse on August 9, 2012. The Senator also answered some of the chidlren's questions about his job and state government, and he presented them with their summer reading certificates.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Margaret O'Brien with a Citation, recognizing her for her lifetime of achievements, during her 100th birthday party at Coleman's Irish Pub in Syracuse on July 29, 2012. The Senator had a wonderful time. He is pictured with Margaret O'Brien, who is holding the family's newest edition.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for addressing the synthetic drug crisis in our community by issuing a health department regulation to strengthen the ban on “bath salts.”
“The bath salt abuse problem has become an urgent situation in our community. In April, the Senate passed a bill (S6694-A) to address the issue, but it was not taken up by the Assembly. Had the Assembly taken quick action, the bath salt ban could have been law in April,” said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.
“Law enforcement now has a tool to crack down on those who are involved in the sale, distribution or use of this harmful substance,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured listening to Governor Cuomo during a press conference on August 3, 2012, regarding a new laboratory center at Cooper Crouse-Hinds in Syracuse. Crouse-Hinds won a near $300,000 dollar state grant to help it expand and develop modern LED lighting products. The grant was part of the Governor's economic development plan. Prior to the press conference, Senator DeFrancisco also took a tour of the lab.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited the Fairmount Library on July 31, 2012, and he read a couple stories to a great group of children. His visit was part of the state's summer reading program, which encourages children to read and dream big!