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Senator DeFrancisco with Peggy Thomas, RN, Winner of the 2011 St. Joseph's Hospital Nursing Leadership Award.

Senator DeFrancisco with Peggy Thomas, RN, winner of the 2011 St. Joseph's Hospital Nursing Leadership Award, and her two daughters.

May 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Mrs. Lois Needham, RN, winner of the 2011 St Joseph's Nursing Education Award

Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Mrs. Lois Needham, RN, and member of the College of Nursing faculty, winner of the 2011 St Joseph's Nursing Education Award.

May 10, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AND COLLEAGUES PASS “TAXPAYER ADVOCATE ACT"

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today sponsored a bill (S1072) that would create the Office of Taxpayer Advocate to assist taxpayers in their dealings with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance.

“This new entity would be independent of the Tax and Finance Department and would assist taxpayers in resolving their problems with the tax department, and would help to ensure a fair and consistent application of the tax law,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

The Taxpayer Advocate would also identify areas in which taxpayers have problems dealing with the tax department, propose solutions, including administrative changes to departmental practices and procedures, recommend legislative action, and promote communication.

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AND COLLEAGUES PASS LIBRARY COST SAVINGS BILL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today sponsored a bill (S3297) that would authorize the State Library to coordinate and negotiate purchases of electronic databases and information resources on behalf of libraries, state agencies and other governmental agencies to save money.

“As our state struggles with escalating costs, we must provide ways for governmental organizations to operate more efficiently and reduce their costs, while maintaining quality services,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

May 9, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from the Syracuse Academy of Science at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from the Syracuse Academy of Science at the Capitol.

May 6, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 5/4/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses texting while driving, the results of the Property Tax Cap petition, and Mandate Relief for NYS. 

May 5, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator DeFrancisco - 4/25/11

Senator DeFrancisco discusses Budget & Medical Malpractice Cap.

April 26, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, April 5, 2011

Senator DeFrancisco discusses the Budget, Mandate Relief, Property Tax Relief, Reducing Government Spending, and Ethics Reform.

April 7, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Grants for Growth Round IX Recipients

Senator DeFrancisco congratulates one the four new recipients in the ninth round of the Grants for Growth program. Funding the the Grants for Growth Program was secured by Senator DeFrancisco.

April 5, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Shares Legislative Survey Results

Friends:

I recently sent out a survey asking constituents of my Senate District their opinions on important budget issues facing our state. Below, you will find a link to the results of this survey.

As you can see, my constituents overwhelmingly want state government to control its spending. I do too. During the budget hearings as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I aggressively advocated for this position.

I am pleased to tell you that the budget not only was on time but it calls for less spending than last year. This is the first time in more than 15 years that state spending will decrease.

April 4, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Budget with Liz Benjamin on Capitol Tonight.

Interview on Capitol Tonight with Liz Benjamin, 3/31/11.

April 1, 2011
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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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