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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with the Wheeler Elementary School Student Council During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with the Wheeler Elementary School Student Council During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from the Bishops Academy at St. Charles During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from the Bishops Academy at St. Charles During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Charles Murphy

Charles Murphy was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 10, 1949 and died on February 23, 2011.  He grew up in North Syracuse, New York, and in 1967, he joined the U.S. Army.

Sergeant Major Murphy served honorably in both the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts and retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 as an Operations Sergeant Major after 24 years of service. 

During his distinguished career of military service to the United States, Sergeant Major Murphy was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Conspicuous Service Star and the Conspicuous Service Cross for his actions and valor.

June 9, 2011
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S BILL NAMED AFTER THE LATE TIFFANY HEITKAMP

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that his bill (S2860-A), which would create a link between all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses, passed the New York State Senate today. 

Named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, who was killed during an alcohol related boating accident in July of 2006, the bill would link Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), with Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), as well as driving an ATV while intoxicated. Under current law, there is no linkage between these offenses, making it possible to be convicted in two or more separate cases and still be treated as a first time offender. 

June 6, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Memorial Day with Elbridge Boy Scout Troop 52.

Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Memorial Day with Elbridge Boy Scout Troop 52 at the Elbridge Memorial Day Parade.

June 6, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors our Veterans at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Senator DeFrancisco Honors our Veterans at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

June 6, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Enjoys the Camillus Memorial Day Parade.

Senator DeFrancisco Enjoys the Camillus Memorial Day Parade.

June 6, 2011
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June 2, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/1/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses the results of his most recent teletown hall,  the "Gold Alert" Bill to locate missing vulnerable older adults,  the Upstate & Community General Merger, Destiny,  & 2011 Women of Distinction honoree Indi Shelby.

June 2, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH ANIMAL FIGHTING HOTLINE

In honor of the first-ever Animal Advocacy Day, proclaimed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that his bill (S3317), which would establish a toll-free statewide hotline for use in the investigation and prevention of animal fighting, passed the New York State Senate.

“Animal fighting is a barbaric practice that cannot be condoned by any civilized society,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This legislation would provide a resource for individuals to anonymously report instances of animal fighting.”

The toll-free hotline would be operated by the Division of Criminal Justice Services and tips would be shared with law enforcement officials and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

June 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates the Students and School Administrators on the Success of the Falcons' Trust Branch at Fowler High School.

Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates the Students and School Administrators on the Success of the Falcons' Trust Branch at Fowler High School.

June 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Local Veterans on Memorial Day.

Senator DeFrancisco celebrates our veterans at the Eastwood Memorial Day service.

May 31, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3760), which would stiffen penalties for persons leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report, passed the New York State Senate on May 25, 2011.

A second offense within five years of the first offense would be an E felony.
If a third offense is committed and all three offenses are committed within twenty-four months, then the third offense would be punished by an E felony.

 Failing to report a boating accident to the Transportation Commissioner could carry the penalty of an A misdemeanor.

May 27, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 5/24/11

Senator DeFrancisco speaks about Boating Safety, Gas Tax Relief and Honoring Veterans this Memorial Day.

May 26, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS INDI SHELBY AS CENTRAL NEW YORK'S "WOMAN OF DISTINCTION"

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) presented Indi L. Shelby, with the 2011 "Women of Distinction" award for the 50th Senate District. The Senate honors women from Central New York and throughout the State at a reception in Albany. 

"I am proud to honor the many contributions of Indi Shelby," said Senator DeFrancisco. "She has touched the lives of so many citizens in our community. She should be commended for her dedication to helping others and for the kindness and caring that she has shown others." 

May 26, 2011
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SENATE PASSES AIRPORT AUTHORITY BILL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3250A), which would create a Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, passed the New York State Senate today. 

“By creating this new entity, the airport could function more like a business and find ways to operate more efficiently,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “The savings realized from a more efficiently run operation could be passed on to the consumer in the form of lower air fares.” 

The bill calls for the Airport Authority to provide safe and efficient air transportation by enhancing the airport capacity and improving and expanding aviation and related facilities. 

May 25, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Most Holy Rosary School at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Most Holy Rosary School at the Capitol.

May 25, 2011
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