Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S4640c) into law requiring 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 law requires that perfusionists obtain a permit and establish that they are regulated by the New York State Board of Education,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco admires the new Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten monument, located at the corner of State and Castle Streets in Syracuse. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure some state funding for the monument, which was unveiled and dedicated on October 2, 2012. Libba Cotten was a legendary folk musician, who lived in Syracuse. She wrote and performed the iconic song, "Freight Train." Speakers at the dedication ceremony included the Senator, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Peter Englot from Syracuse University, Francis Parks, Otis Jennings and Sculptor Sharon BuMann.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco shakes hands with construction workers at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center on October 2, 2012. The Senator joined Governor Andrew Cuomo for a tour of regional economic development projects. Other stops included the Biotech Accelerator site, Inner Harbor and Connective Corridor. Senator DeFrancisco is a member of the Governor's assessment team.
Several hundred senior citizens from throughout Central New York attended Senator John DeFrancisco's annual Senior Fair at the New York State Fairgrounds on September 27, 2012. Nearly 90 exhibitors were stationed under one roof to provide seniors with valuable information on various programs and services. Local health professionals also offered free health screenings. Entertainment was provided by the Mickey Vendetti band. Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank all of the vendors who made this year's Senior Fair a success and all of the seniors who attended.
In 1968, three young men sat on a park bench in Easton, PA and talked about – no – mimicked old men sitting on such a bench. Young, athletic men do such things. They disregard the future as it applies to the march of time. They think more about yesterday’s card games, their season, their upcoming game – about the things that young athletic men think about.
That they lost that day, a game they should have won but for an ironic twist of baseball fate, would become inconsequential in time. Most of the things that such young men do at that age become inconsequential – but some, like friendship, do not.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was the guest speaker at a dinner hosted by the Camillus Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, September 26, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with David and Liz Beebe and Daniel Willis aboard a boat on the Erie Canal near Sims Store at the Camillus Erie Canal Park.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on September 18 2012, that he secured $90,000 dollars in state funds to be awarded to individual libraries in Onondaga County in system-wide programs and mini-grants over the next two years. The grants are intended to serve the uses of 32 public libraries in Onondaga County and 19 boards.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced at Mundy Library on September 18, 2012, that he has secured $90,000 dollars in state funding for local libraries. These funds will be awarded to individual libraries throughout Onondaga County in system-wide programs and mini-grants over the next two years.
Upstate Medical University will begin construction on a $15 million dollar Upstate Cord Blood Bank, located on the former Community General campus. This public blood bank will collect, process and store umbilical cord blood donated by families for life-saving medical procedures.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 60th Anniversary Celebration for the Greater Syracuse Area Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees. He presented Chapter President Floyd Duger with a Citation during the event, held at Ernie Lakeland Cafe on September 13, 2012.
In front of a packed room, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discussed his opposition to the Destiny USA tax deal. His talk on September 13, 2012, was the first in a monthly series of conversations, or lectures, hosted by Christ The King Retreat House and Conference Center in DeWitt. Senator DeFrancisco also took questions from the crowd. About 100 people attended the event.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke about the importance of diversity and unity during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Onondaga Hispanic Heritage Month. The event was held at Delaware Academy in Syracuse on September 13th. The Senator also presented organizers with a Citation to recognize and celelebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco speaks during the Rescue Mission's 125th Anniversary Luncheon at the OnCenter, September 13, 2012. He is pictured on stage with Senator David Valesky and Assemblyman William Magnarelli. A Resolution was passed by the NYS Legislature this year to honor and recognize the Rescue Mission.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has named Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) a 2012 Guardian of Small Business for his consistent support on issues that affect small businesses. Senator DeFrancisco is one of ten, out of 212, legislators to receive this designation.
Senator DeFrancisco was honored for his “commitment to reducing business costs, reducing taxes and improving New York’s economy for small businesses,” said NFIB’s New York State Director, Mike Durant in a statement. Out of more than 100 pieces of legislation monitored, seven bills were examined in NFIB’s Voting Record, including votes on the property-tax cap last year and pension reform.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is picutred with Van Buren Justice Ed Van Der Water and Mrs. Van Der Water at the 103rd New York State Magistrates Association Conference and Installation Banquet. Senator DeFrancisco was the keynote speaker, and he received the 2012 Amicus Curiae Award from the NYS Magistrates Association for his commitment to town and village courts. Senator DeFrancisco is the first-ever, non-judicial recipient of this new award. The event was held at the Sheraton University Hotel in Syracuse on September 11th.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured on stage during the Jewish Music & Cultural Festival in DeWitt on Sunday, September 9, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco received a plaque in recognition of his support of the festival.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was recognized by Schools Superintendent James Froio during the Jordan-Elbridge High School field band show on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The Senator helped secure funding for some of the students' band instruments.
As we pause today to mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, my thoughts and prayers are with the family members, who lost loved ones on that tragic day. I also pause to honor all of the first responders, who sacrificed their lives trying to save others in the Twin Towers. Please join with me in remembering all of the victims and survivors of 9/11, and in showing our continued support for our brave military that continues to defend this strong and resilient nation.