State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the State Leaders Panel at the New York State School Board Association annual Capital Conference, which took place at the Albany Hilton Sunday March 15, 2015. Some of the issues discussed were education funding, school testings, charter schools, and the education tax credit.
The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.“Our Senate budget focuses on the priorities of hardworking taxpayers and their families by
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Joe Whiting during the 2015 Syracuse Area Music Awards, also known as the SAMMYS. Senator DeFrancisco and Joe Whiting served as presenters during the event, awarding Fayetteville teenager Nick Ziobro with the 2015 Best Jazz award. The SAMMYS were held on March 7, 2015, at the Palce Theatre in Syracuse.
The New York State Senate Republican Majority will act this week on its “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.
“Our Senate budget focuses on the priorities of hardworking taxpayers and their families by providing new property tax relief, rebuilding our infrastructure to spur job creation and giving students across the state the opportunities they need and deserve. This fiscally responsible spending plan should serve as a blueprint for an enacted budget that invests in New York and helps our residents build a brighter future,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
On March 6, 2015, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, speaking with students about the legislative process and how a bill becomes law. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with some of the students and Director Mr. Galip Bak.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped recognize David Rezak upon his induction into the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMY’s) Hall of Fame as Music Educator of the Year, during a ceremony on March 5, 2015, at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse. Senator DeFrancisco presented a Proclamation to Mr. Rezak, along with all of the Hall of Fame inductees.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference at his district office on March 5, 2015, to provide the public with an update on the state budget. Senator DeFrancisco told reporters that the Senate plans to release its one-house budget resolution in another week. Some of the topics he discussed were infrastructure, education and mass transit funding.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured on the Senate Floor with Yonkers native Patrick Quinn, co-creator of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral in the summer of 2014, generated nationwide awareness and raised millions of dollars toward research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS. On March 3, 2015, the New York State Senate passed a Resolution to honor Mr. Quinn for his notable advocacy efforts. Mr. Quinn was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same.
This week’s Your Voice program highlights some key moments from the Local Government Hearing, including Senator John A. DeFrancisco's discussion with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about investing in infrastructure, as well as his exchange with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the need for regionally balanced funding.
Senator DeFrancisco also shows a video clip of his questioning of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on the rationale behind his $13 an hour city minimum wage proposal.
Now that all of the public budget hearings have taken place, the Senate and the Assembly will start to begin the work on their one-house budgets.
On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate’s revenue forecast, the next steps in the state budget process, and the cost of college remediation. He also shares highlights from the Economic Development Hearing and further explains his concerns with the Start-Up NY program.
On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses youth, public safety and the justice system. He also explains his frustration with the lack of answers from the acting commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services during a recent public budget hearing.
On this program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco highlights testimony from the ongoing budget hearings and calls on the Department of Transportation to change its funding formula to help give Upstate transit its fair share. He also discuss funding for healthcare facilties, the nursing home universal settlement, the Governor’s proposed education reforms, and the need for college readiness programs.
Finally, Senator DeFrancisco announces the results of his recent constituent survey, which asked your views on various state issues, such as property taxes, education and the Common Core standards.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the podium during a ceremony, in which he presented the Howlett Hill Fire Department with a Senate Citation to recognize the department for receiving the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 Rating. The ISO reaches its award classification based on a detailed review of multiple facets that include administrative operations, training programs, handling of fire alarms, water supply throughout the district, and appropriate use of rescue verses fire apparatus.
The Howlett Hill Fire Department held a ceremony on February 8, 2015, to celebrate the achievement.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2015 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games, by wishing all of the athletes the best of luck during a press conference on February 6, 2015, at the Oncenter in Syracuse.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the 2-1-1 Call Center in East Syracuse, after a press conference on February 6, 2015, to kick off the new system in Onondaga County. Residents of Onondaga County can now find a variety of resources by dialing a simple three-digit number, 211.
211 CNY brings together organizations in the community to better serve the residents of five counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence. Under the three digit phone number, 2-1-1, updated information is kept under national standards, and the call or use of the database is free and available 24/7.
Budget hearings are underway in Albany, and as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been asking tough questions of those state department heaads, who will help shape the 2014-15 State Budget.
On this week’s program of Your Voice, Senator DeFrancisco shares some video highlights from Tuesday’s Transportation Hearing, including his questioning of NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald on the unequal funding of Upstate transit and the future of the Interstate 81 project through the City of Syracuse.
You can also hear more about upcoming budget hearings.