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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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NYS Legislative Report with Senator John DeFrancisco - January 24, 2011

On my cable show yesterday, I discussed what my role as Finance Chair means for in 2011 Budget Process, and a tax credit program for small businesses in New York State.

January 25, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco meets with students from the Syracuse charter school, Syracuse Academy of Science

Senator DeFrancisco meets with students from Syracuse Academy of Science.

January 21, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco speaks on Job Creation in NYS

Senator DeFrancisco speaks at the Job Creation News Conference, January 19, 2011.

January 20, 2011
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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS APPOINTS SENATOR JOHN DeFRANCISCO TO CHAIR SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS APPOINTS SENATOR JOHN DeFRANCISCO TO CHAIR SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

Senate Majority Members Named to Finance and Rules Committees

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has appointed Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) to serve as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

January 6, 2011
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Senator John DeFrancisco Named a Guardian of Small Business

Senator John DeFrancisco Named a Guardian of Small Business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has named Senator John DeFrancisco a 2010 Guardian of Small Business for his consistent support on issues that affect small businesses.

November 30, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco joins Vietnam Veterans at their annual Leadership Luncheon.

Senator DeFrancisco joins with Central New York Veterans to honor three teenagers, the winners of their annual scholarship awards.

November 8, 2010
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Thank You Voters

I am honored to have the support of the voters in the 50th District. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue to work for you!

November 8, 2010
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CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICK OFF ANNUAL CELL PHONE COLLECTION DRIVE

 Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), an Air Force Veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Robert Rouleau, Public Affairs Chief Pete Spadora, and Public Affairs Specialist Mark Burns joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference this morning to help support the cause and discuss the importance of helping our troops stay connected.

October 29, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Law Enforcement Officials During Law Enforcement Day at the NYS Fair.

Senator DeFrancisco attended the Law Enforcement Day Ceremonies at  at the NYS Fair.

September 9, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Annoucement that ProLiteracy will be Moving to Syracuse's Near Westside with Ruth Colvin, Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America.

Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Annoucement that ProLiteracy will be Moving to Syracuse's Near Westside with Ruth Colvin, Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America.

August 26, 2010
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