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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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SENATE PASSES SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S BILL NAMED AFTER THE LATE TIFFANY HEITKAMP

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S2860-A), which would create a link between all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses, passed the New York State Senate.

Named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, who was killed during an alcohol related boating accident in July of 2006, the bill would link Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), with Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), as well as driving an ATV while intoxicated. Under current law, there is no linkage between these offenses, making it possible to be convicted in two or more separate cases and still be treated as a first time offender.

February 14, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Health and Medicaid Issues on Your Voice in Albany

Following the Legislative Public Health and Medicaid Hearing, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined the television program, Your Voice in Albany, to discusses Medicaid reform and ways to reduce cost without reducing quality of care.  The Senator also addressed solutions for making home healthcare more cost effective. 

February 14, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Pushes for DNA Databank Expansion On Your Voice

The New York Senate recently passed the DNA Databank Expansion Bill. On this week's episode of the television program, Your Voice, in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how the measure could improve the safety in your community, solve more crimes, and help exonerate the innocent.

February 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “NEW YORK COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION SYSTEM ACT”

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S3297) passed the New York Senate. The bill would improve access to information across the State.

Access to information is vital to creating an environment conducive to learning and innovation. Under this legislation, the New York State Library would be authorized to coordinate the purchase of electronic databases and other information resources for state agencies, library systems, and other governmental entities.

“More Central New Yorkers are using their local libraries to research employment opportunities and learn new skills. This bill would allow libraries to lower their overheard, stretch their resources, and offer patrons more for less,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

February 7, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE PASSSES BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED SAFETY MEASURE

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his boating safety certificate bill (S2903B) passed the NY State Senate.

The bill would require individuals 21 years of age or younger, who have been subject to a suspension of operating privileges related to alcohol-related boating offenses, to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.

“Boating tragedies on Skaneateles and Oneida lakes, as well as the BWI death of Syracuse-resident, Tiffany Heitkamp, have brought the problem of boating while intoxicated to the forefront,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“It is important to educate those who have already been convicted of BWI, on how to drive a boat safely, in the hopes of preventing future tragedies,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.

February 7, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Release of the Dogs At Work Postage Stamp

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Christine Buff and John Thompson at his district office on February 2, 2012.  Ms. Buff trained the Search and Rescue K-9 that is featured on the United States postage stamp, Dogs at Work.  Mr. Thompson painted the stamp's orginal artwork.  Senator DeFrancisco presented both individuals with a New York Citation, honoring them for their outstanding efforts and achievements.

February 2, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Prepares His Thoughts During Tax Debate

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was among a group of panelists, who participated in the Campbell Public Affairs Institute Debate on Tax Policy at the Everson Museum on February 2, 2012.  Senator DeFrancisco joined the team against raising taxes on the wealthy.  Former Governor Elliot Spitzer, who joined the opposite team, argued for higher taxes on the rich.  Nearly 300 people attended the event. To watch a video from the debate, visit http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/campbell/products/The_Campbell_Debates/

 

 

February 2, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Pension Reform During Your Voice in Albany

This week's edition of Your Voice in Albany includes highlights from the Legislative Public Budget Hearings on education, transportation, and workforce issues.  Pension reform has been a major topic in these hearings.

 

February 2, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Onondaga Community College's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended Onondaga Community College's 50th Anniversary celebration on January 27, 2012.  He is pictured with Professor Emeriti Norma Foody of OCC's Department of English and Communications.

January 31, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Reality Check CO2 in Albany

Members of Reality Check CO2 (Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego counties) met with State Senator John A. DeFrancisco on January 24, 2012, during Legislative Day at the Capital.  Reality Check is a New York youth-led anti-tobacco group.   

January 26, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Explains the Budget Process And Why Your Voice Matters

On this edition of the television program, Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains the state budget process and responds to several of your important questions.

January 24, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco At Annual Dinner For Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmens' Clubs

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the annual dinner, hosted by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmens' Clubs on January, 19, 2012.  He is pictured with Fred and Melva Neff, DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch, and Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley. 

January 20, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Governor's Proposed 2012-2013 Budget on Your Voice in Albany

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal on the television program, Your Voice.  The Senator also answers some of your specific questions and addresses upcoming legislative budget hearings.  You can let your voice be heard in Albany by watching this week's edition of Your Voice with Senator John DeFrancisco.

January 19, 2012
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Senator John DeFrancisco Reacts to Governor Cuomo's proposed 2012-2013 Budget Proposal

Please click on the link below to watch my interview on YNN's Capital Tonight program, regarding Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal.

http://www.capitaltonight.com/2012/01/sen-defrancisco-reacts-to-budget-address

January 19, 2012
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Schedule of Legislative Public Budget Hearings on 2012-2013 Executive Budget proposal

Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco today announced the Legislative Public Budget Hearing Schedule on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget proposal.

January 11, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator John DeFrancisco, 1/09/12

New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the 2012 Legislative Session with Julia Lilkendey on Your Voice in Albany.  Some of the Senator's key priorities include: job creation, reduced state spending, mandate relief and Medicaid reform.  He is also seeking YOUR feedback on the 2012 New York State budget.   

January 10, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Yellow Ribbon 2 Event for Soldiers and Their Families

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at the Yellow Ribbon 2 Event on January 8, 2012, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.  The conference aimed to prepare soldiers for deployment and provide support services to families of deployed military personnel.  The Senator is pictured with SSG Jonathan Madonna.

January 9, 2012
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