Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate on June 18, 2012, passed his bill (S4749), which would require pharmacies to collect prescription drug co-payments from customers at the point of sale.
Currently, recipients of Medicaid and Family Health Plus can refuse to pay a modest co-payment, which can range between $1 and $6 depending on the prescription. The pharmacy must still honor the prescription despite a beneficiary’s refusal to pay, resulting in significant financial losses to New York State pharmacies each year.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on June, 18, 2012, that legislation he sponsored (S6837-2011), creating an angel tax credit for investors who invest in certified startup business enterprises, passed the Senate.
The bill authorizes the Commissioner of Economic Development to certify Startup Business Enterprises (SBE) in targeted industries and technologies and allocates $7 million in Angel Tax Credits each year. The minimum investment is $100,000 and is capped at $1 million per individual small business.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced the passage of bill (S4640C) in the Senate June 18, 2012, that would require a New York state permit for medical personnel who operate equipment that supports a patient’s heart and lungs during certain medical procedures.
“Currently, perfusionists, who are the operators of the equipment, are not required to be licensed or certified in New York state. This bill would require that perfusionists obtain a permit and establish that they are regulated by the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
On this program of the cable show, Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a bill that would better protect children from online bullying, and a bill that would make college more affordable for families.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced legislation that 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, passed the New York state Senate on June 13, 2012.
“There have been numerous incidents where the names of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been used without concern for the solider 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.”
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his mortgage tax legislation (S2906) passed the New York state Senate on June 12, 2012.
The bill would allow property owners who are refinancing their mortgages with a new bank to demand either a certificate of discharge, which shows that the mortgage is satisfied, or an assignment of mortgage, which shows a transfer from their original bank lender to a new lender.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored the Cicero-North Syracuse Girls' Basketball Team with a Senate Resolution in Albany on June 11, 2012. The basketball team earned the Class AA State Championship.
Senator DeFrancisco also honored Senior Breanna Stewart with a resolution, commending her for receiving the 2011-12 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award.
This is the second consecutive year that the Cicero-North Syracuse Girls’ Basketball Team has won the New York State Class AA Championship.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco presented Charlie Hollis with a Senate Resolution, on June 9, 2012, during the 2012 Polish Festival in Syracuse. Mr. Hollis was named "Pole of the Year" for his many civic activities that have improved the quality of life in Central New York.
On June 8, 2012, Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Mrs. DeStefano's universal pre-kindergarten class at Solvay Elementary School. For the first time this year, the school district was able to operate its universal pre-k program within the elementary school building. Senator DeFrancisco observed classroom activities, and even joined in using the Smart Board. Solvay's universal pre-kindergarten program is funded by a special grant from the New York State Education Department.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Brandiss Pearson in front of Pearson's new home at 513 Hickory Street in Syracuse, on June 7, 2012. Ms. Pearson was able to buy the home through Home HeadQuarter's First Mortgage Guarantee Program for Syracuse home buyers. Home HeadQuarters held a First Mortgage Guarantee kick off celebration on June 7th.
Daiton Daibo-Williams from Salem Hyde Elementary School in Syracuse was the winner of the New York State Senate's 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from Senator DeFrancisco's district. Daiton's theme was reduce, reuse, and recycle. The Senator visited Daiton at his school on June 7th to dicuss the poster and to meet his art teacher and family.
During the cable program, Your Voice, I discuss tax reform initiatives that would help increase economic development in New York state. I also talk about legislation that would strengthen state boating laws and help prevent accidents on our waterways.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with WWII Veteran Edward Zaluski and Edward's wife, Betty, at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Onondaga Hill, Sunday, May 25, 2012. The ceremony honors and remembers all of the military men and women, who lost their lives while serving our country.