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Senator DeFrancisco's Budget Update

This week, I discuss the role of the Joint Conference Committee Meetings in achieving an April 1st Budget. I also talk about some of the key issues in this year’s Budget process, including education, property taxes and mandate relief, and Medicaid.

March 25, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 3/16/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses the One-House Budget and accomplishing an on-time Budget this year.

March 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Maynard Bland as a Continuing Education Student of the Year.

Senator DeFrancisco Honors Maynard Bland as a Continuing Education Student of the Year.

To read the NYS Senate Resolution in full, please click here:

http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/J628-2011

March 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Mahirwe Dina Ndeze as a Continuing Education Student of the Year.

Senator DeFrancisco Honors Mahirwe Dina Ndeze as a New York Association for Continuing Education Student of the Year.

To read the complete NYS Senate Resolution honoring Mahirwe Dina Ndeze, click here:

 http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/J627-2011

March 22, 2011
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Students from Blodgett School in Syracuse Visit the Capitol.

Students from Blodgett School in Syracuse Visit the Capitol.

March 22, 2011
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Students from Living Word Academy in Syracuse Visit Senator DeFrancisco at the Capitol.

Students from Living Word Academy in Syracuse Visit Senator DeFrancisco at the Capitol.

March 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students at the Lyncourt School Renovation Project Ribbon Cutting.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students at Lyncourt School. The students were selling pins to raise money in the wake of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

March 22, 2011
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Budget Update with Senator DeFrancisco on Capitol Tonight, 3/15/11

 

Senator DeFrancisco discusses the Budget on Capitol Tonight, 3/15/11

March 16, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 3/9/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses the findings of the Medicaid Redesign Team.

March 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE “RECHARGE NY” POWER PROGRAM

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) and his colleagues passed legislation (S.3164) yesterday to create “Recharge NY,” a program that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

“This bill will provide businesses with a permanent solution for low-cost electricity.  With a permanent solution in place, businesses will have the stability they need to make long-term plans for their businesses, and they will be able to create jobs,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“The current Power for Jobs program requires businesses to receive extensions each year, which makes it impossible to plan for the future,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

March 9, 2011
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Long Branch Elementary School Select Chorus Visits the Capitol.

Long Branch Elementary School Select Chorus Visits the Capitol.

March 8, 2011
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Long Branch Elementary School Select Band Visits the Capitol.

Long Branch Elementary School Select Band Visits the Capitol.

March 8, 2011
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The North Syracuse All-Star Baseball Team was honored at the Capitol for winning the 2010 All-Star Championship.

The North Syracuse All-Star Baseball Team was honored at the Capitol for winning the 2010 All-Star Championship.

March 8, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John A. DeFrancisco, 3/2/11

Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Final Days of Budget Hearings and What's Next in Achieving an On-Time Budget

March 4, 2011
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Capitol Report with NYS Senator John DeFrancisco February 14, 2010

This week, I discuss what we have heard in Finance Committee Budget Hearings so far. I also talk about complying with the Budget Reform Act, which ensures an on-time budget.

February 16, 2011
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Budget Hearing Recap With Senator DeFrancisco on Capitol Tonight

Senator DeFrancisco gives a Budget Hearing Recap on Capitol Tonight.

February 11, 2011
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School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2011

I want to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2011.  STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- ,2- , or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  For qualifying homeowners, Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes. Once you are approved for Basic STAR, you need not reapply each year unless you move to a new primary residence.

February 11, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AND COLLEAGUES PASS LOCAL MANDATE RELIEF BILLS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) supported several mandate relief bills yesterday that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.

“As local communities continue to struggle with escalating costs, we must provide relief of state mandates to ease their burden,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“The bills we passed yesterday will provide opportunities for localities to operate more efficiently, and it will save taxpayers’ money,” DeFrancisco said.

February 8, 2011
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Legislature Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farell, Jr;’ today announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2011-2012 Excutive Budget proposal.

File: 
Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule

February 4, 2011
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