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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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Senator DeFrancisco's Cell Phones For Soldiers Collection Drive Continues

Please help us collect more Cell Phones for Soldiers.  My collection drive runs through the end of January.

Drop-off locations include: Great Northern Mall, ShoppingTown Mall, Solvay Library, Skaneateles Library, Liverpool Library, Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse, Fairmount Library, the Student Center at Onondaga Community College and the Army ROTC Office at Syracuse University.

Additional drop-off sites: MATTYDALE Army Recruiting Station at 372 Northern Lights Plaza in North Syracuse, SYRACUSE Army Recruiting Station at 2949 Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, 800 State Office Building at 333 East Washington Street in Syracuse.

For more information, please call my district office at 315-428-7632.

 

January 5, 2012
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January 4, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Mexico Consul General Carlos M. Sada

Senator John A. DeFrancisco met with Carlos Sada, Consul General of Mexico in New York State, on December 22, 2011, at the State Office Building in Syracuse. 

December 28, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks with Salvation Army Director Linda Wright at the 2011 Christmas Bureau Distribution

Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited with organizers, volunteers and recipients of the 2011 Christmas Bureau Distribution on Thursday, December 22nd, at the OnCenter.  The Syracuse-area Salvation Army's annual Christmas Bureau Distribution provides local families in need with toys and food baskets for the holiday. 

December 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Sings Christmas Carols with Children at the Silver Fox Senior Social Club Holiday Party

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was invited to sing to seniors during a holiday party at the Silver Fox Senior Social Club in Baldwinsville on December 20, 2011.  Students pictured with the Senator are 5th graders at Elden Elementary School.  

December 20, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco at Liverpool Legends Premiere

Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Liverpool Legends premiere of "An Introduction to the Town of Clay" on Monday, December 12, 2011, at the Liverpool Library.  Pictured with him in the photo are Host and Narrator Linda Loomis, Clay Town Supervisor Damian Ulatowski, Town Historian Dorothy Heller, Clay residents Patricia Hafner Lonergan, Heidi Hafner Schauer and Elaine Graves Smith, Liverpool Library Board Member Tim Dodge and Clay resident Lyle Young.

December 19, 2011
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