Senator John DeFrancisco is pictured with staff members from Medical Answering Services in Syracuse. The company, which provides Medicaid transportation management services throughout New York State, has announced the creation of 80 new jobs in Syracuse.
Senator DeFrancisco stands with Mike Behnke near the 9/11 Memorial Monument at Sheridan Park in Syracuse. The monument is etched with names and shields of first responders who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks.
On September 11, 2011, Senator John DeFrancisco paid tribute to the victims and survivors of 9/11 by attending several local remembrance ceremonies. He spoke during the Baldwinsville Fire Department’s dedication of its 9/11 Memorial, which features a steal beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The Senator also attended the Town of DeWitt’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, the “We Remember: 9/11 Memorial Service” at Sheridan Park, a Commemorative Concert at West Genesee High School and a memorial program at the New York State Fairgrounds by the Eagle Association of CNY.
Senator John DeFrancisco is pictured with members of Team Red White and Blue at the Town of DeWitt 9/11 Memorial Service. Team RWB ran along the Erie Canal with the American Flag held high, as part of its "Moving Tribute" to those affected by 9/11.
Senator John DeFrancisco helps cut the ribbon at the Toll Road Senior Apartments. The new, affordable senior citizens housing complex is located off North Main Street (Route 11) in North Syracuse. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on September 9th.
Senator John DeFrancisco attended a memorial ceremony at Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse on September 9th, where students and staff honored the victims of 9/11 through prayer and song. Students held up American flags, sang "God Bless The USA" and particpated in a moment of silence. There was also a new flag raising.
Senator John DeFrancisco attended the unveiling of the "New York Remembers" exhibit at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse. On display is a battalion chief car from the FDNY headquarters at Metrotech in Brooklyn. Several FDNY battalion chiefs were lost on 9/11.
To mark the start of the 2011 New York State Fair, Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine, and several other dignitaries for a ribbon cutting ceremony near the Center of Progress building on Thursday, August 25th.
Senator John DeFrancisco joined family members who lost loved ones in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. A Pan Am 103 ceremony was held on opening day of the 2011 New York State Fair.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco will be hosting his 7th annual ever-popular FREE Senior Fair on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
Senator DeFrancisco invites all Central New York senior citizens and their family members to browse informational displays from over 60 exhibitors. Seniors can gather valuable information about services and resources to help them answer some of the challenging questions about long term care, health care, recreation, transportation and much more. Local health care professionals will also be on hand to provide free health screenings.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3250A), which creates a Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law takes effect immediately. “This new entity will allow the airport to function more like a business and find ways to operate more efficiently,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced legislation that he co-sponsored (S3237-A), to increase penalties for those who have knowingly participated in animal fighting, was signed into law and will take effect in 30 days.
“The criminal organization and participation in the cruel activity of animal fighting unfortunately still takes place in New York State despite the penalties associated with it,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This new law strengthens the current laws against animal fighting by ensuring that anyone who attends an animal fight will face tougher penalties. I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law.”
Ryan Manahan, a high school student from Marcellus, collected 3 dozen cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program. He presented them to Senator DeFrancisco with his parents and members of the Marcellus American Legion Post 297.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that today Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law his “Gold Alert” bill (S3293B) to assist in locating vulnerable missing adults.
The “Amber Alert” infrastructure, which is already in place, will be used to disseminate information about missing vulnerable adults through a statewide system, using a variety of resources, including television and radio stations, posters, highway message signs, New York State Thruway Authority services areas, e-mail alerts, and the Internet, in hopes of engaging the public in finding leads to locate the missing individual.