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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured in Albany with students from Elmcrest Elementary School. The class toured the Capitol on June 5, 2012.

June 12, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Resolution to the 2012 Pole of the Year Award Recipient

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.

June 12, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits Universal Pre-Kindergarten Class at Solvay Elementary School

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.

June 8, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates with New Northside Homeowner

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.

June 8, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates the 2012 Earth Day Poster Winner

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.

June 8, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Tax Reform on Your Voice Cable Show

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.

June 8, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco with Boys Scouts of Marcellus Troop 532

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of Troop 532 Boy Scouts of Marcellus on Memorial Day, 2012.  The Senator participated in the Marcellus parade.

June 4, 2012
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Edward Smith School Student Council Visits the Capitol

Student council members from Edward Smith School in Syracuse toured the Capitol on May 31, 2012.

June 1, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator John A. DeFrancisco

Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Honoring Hometown Hero Sergeant Alberto Caiella, Support for Troops when they come back home and how he spent Memorial Day - May 30, 2012

June 1, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Memorial Day Parades

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco walked in various parades throughout Onondaga County during Memorial Day weekend. 

May 30, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery

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.

May 29, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with CNY United Power Soccer

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visits with the CNY United Power Soccer Club.  The team is practicing for its national tournament, which will be held in Indianapolis this July.  He wishes them the best of luck!  The Senator is pictured with members of CNY United at the East Syracuse elementary school, Friday, May 25, 2012. 

May 29, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors and Remembers Our Fallen Soldiers This Memorial Day

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.

May 27, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting for New Candle Company

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.

May 24, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Music Educator Jim Spadafore

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.

May 24, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Music Educator Joe Riposo

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. 

May 24, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Ribbon Cutting for the Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks

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.

May 22, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco's May 14, 2012, Your Voice Show

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.

May 21, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco with 2012 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year Award Winner James Werbeck

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. 

May 21, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in the Unveiling of the Paul Seymour Playground

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.

May 18, 2012
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