On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill S3036, which would establish a crime for the unauthorized use of the name or image of any military member for commercial purposes, passed the New York State Senate today, March 24, 2014.
New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced (3/13/14) the Senate will act on a bipartisan budget resolution that balances the budget without raising taxes or fees, increases school aid funding and provides significant business and property tax relief that will create new jobs, grow the economy and help middle-class families stay and thrive in New York.
On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an update on some significant issues being debated as budget talks intensify in Albany. These budget items include tax reform, education reform, funding for charter schools, the Senate’s “Young Farmers NY” plan, and the “NY Dream Act.”
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured holding a legislative resolution with John Spillett, who was inducted into the SAMMYS Hall of Fame as Music Educator of the Year. Spillett, who taught band at Solvay High School for more than 30 years, also operates a private music studio and plays the saxophone professionally throughout the Central New York community and beyond. The SAMMYS Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse on March 6, 2014.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended West Genesee High School's annual Festival of Bands on March 6, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco presented the West Genesee Marching Band with a legislative resolution to recognize the band for winning the National Class of the 2013 New York State Field Band Conference.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco was pleased to recognize the Baldwinsville Girls Volleyball team at the New York State Capitol on March 6, 2014. He presented the team members and coaches with a legislative resolution, congratulating them for winning the State Class AA Championship.
On this featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the financial problems concerning Long Island College Hospital, inpatient services at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, and my thoughts on the Governor’s proposal to provide prisoners with college tuition.
Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Independent Democrat Conference Leader Jeff Klein today released a revenue forecast by the Senate Finance Committee that estimates additional General Fund revenues above the Executive’s projection. The Senate report projects revenues of $265 million more than the Executive’s estimate for Fiscal Year 2015, and $88 million more for the remainder of state fiscal year 2014.
On this Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why he is concerned with the Governor’s proposal to give tax breaks to homeowners living in jurisdictions that stay within a two percent property tax cap.
On this program of Your Voice, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses efforts to fix delayed payments to early intervention providers, statewide education reforms and remediation for high school students who plan to enter the SUNY system. The show features several video clips from the recent public budget hearings on health and education in Albany.
On his featured Your Voice program, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses highlights from the public budget hearings on local government and education. There are video clips of the Senator questioning Syracuse Mayor Miner, NYC Mayor de Blasio and NYC Chancellor Fariña. The topics include the proposal for full day Universal Pre-K, Common Core standards, pension costs and details of the Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program.
As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been conducting public budget hearings in Albany to seek straight answers to serious questions regarding the Central New York community. These issues include hydrofracking, the future of I-81, balanced funding for hospitals, and Early Intervention repayments.
On this edition of Your Voice, taped on January 23, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses tax reform, consolidation, and public budget hearings. He also announces the final numbers for his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive.
The Staff Analysis of the FY 2015 Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of proposed changes that affect receipts and provides for Senate Issues In Focus. Finally, it provides a summary of the Executive's Article VII language bills submitted as part of the Executive Budget. The report provides an analysis of the appropriations recommended this year and an analysis of the Governor's recommendations.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2013/2014 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive has resulted in nearly 1,600 mobile phones - a record amount!
Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for once again answering the call to help support this worthy cause and break a record for two consecutive years! Due to the community’s generosity, Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national nonprofit organization, will be able to recycle these gently-used donated phones to provide soldiers serving overseas with approximately 3,000 pre-paid calling cards. That’s about 3,000 hours, 180,000 minutes, of FREE phone time for deployed troops to call home.