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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco - June 23, 2010

Senator John DeFrancisco talks about the 12th budget extender and possibility of passing a budget by June 28.

June 24, 2010
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, June 16th, 2010

More than half of the budget has been passed by weekly budget extenders with only $1.1 billion in cuts having been made.   Since the deficit is $9.2 billion, it is obviously unlikely that $8.1 billion in cuts will be found in the portion of the budget that remains to be done. As I've said from the beginning, the piecemeal manner in which the budget is being passed by the Senate Democrats will inevitably lead our state to more taxes and borrowing.  I will continue to fight against new taxes and borrowing.

June 18, 2010
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SENATE PASSES AUTISM INSURANCE BILL

                   SENATE PASSES AUTISM INSURANCE BILL     Bill Would Provide Insurance Coverage for Screening, Diagnosis               and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

June 10, 2010
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO TO HONOR ONE OF CENTRAL NEW YORK'S "WOMEN OF DISTINCTION"

Senator  John  A.  DeFrancisco  (R-I-C,  Syracuse) will present PeggyLiuzzi,  the  Executive  Director  of  Child  Care Solutions, with the 2010"Women  of Distinction" award for the 50th Senate District. The Senate willhonor  women  from Central New York and throughout the State at a receptionthis evening in Albany.

May 25, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Heroic Silver Star Medal Recipient, Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Torrisi, With A Legislative Resolution

Chief Petty Officer Jeremy K. Torrisi Bravely Saved Four Lives in a                                Firefight

May 3, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Local West Point Cadets

Sen. John DeFrancisco recently recognized Daniel Walker and Dylan Potter, Central New York West Point cadets during West Point Day at the New York State Capitol. Cadet Walker is from Baldwinsville and is a 2006 graduate of C.W. Baker High School. Cadet Potter is from Marietta and is a 2006 graduate of Marcellus High School.“All of these cadets are exceptional young men and woman, but I am especially proud to honor Dylan Potter and Daniel Walker who are both in my 50th Senate District,” DeFrancisco said.

April 30, 2010
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES STATE GRANTS FOR LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN ONONDAGA COUNTY

SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES STATE GRANTS FOR LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN ONONDAGA COUNTYGrants are Supported by $14 million in Capital Funds for Public Library Construction

 Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that several libraries in Onondaga County have been awarded New York State Public Library Construction Grants to help make necessary improvements to their buildings.

March 9, 2010
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DEMANDS THAT GOVERNOR PATERSON ISSUE STATE INCOME TAX REFUNDS ON TIME

SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DEMANDS THAT GOVERNOR PATERSON ISSUE STATE INCOME TAX REFUNDS ON TIME      Senator DeFrancisco Leads CNY Online Petition Drive Fighting       Delay of State Income Tax Checks to Alleviate Budget Woes Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) requested today that Governor Paterson should not delay the return of state income tax refunds, and has started an online petition drive to send the Governor a message.

February 23, 2010
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO & ASSEMBLYMAN BARCLAY ANNOUNCE STATE GRANT FOR ELBRIDGE DRINKING WATER CONSOLIDATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 8, 2010

Contact: Erin O’Connor  (315) 428-7632

January 8, 2010
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MORE THAN 1100 CELL PHONES COLLECTED IN CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS PHONE DRIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 7, 2010

Contact: Katelyn Costello  (315) 428-7632

MORE THAN 1100 CELL PHONES COLLECTED IN CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS PHONE DRIVESenator DeFrancisco Thanks Central New Yorkers for Their Generosity   Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced today that  Central New Yorkers donated more than 1100 phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers through the phone drive this year.

January 7, 2010
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR PATERSON’S SECOND STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 6, 2010

SENATOR DEFRANCISCO RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR PATERSON’S SECOND STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS Speech focuses on State Deficit and Ethics Reform

Today Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), responded to Governor Paterson’s second State of the State address which officially marks the beginning of the 2010 legislative session.

January 6, 2010
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CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICK OFF CELL PHONE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 6, 2009

Contact: Benedicte Doran (315) 428-7632

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICK OFF CELL PHONE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) is calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soliders.

November 6, 2009
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DEFRANCISCO CALLS ON SENATE DEMOCRATS TO STOP STATE PAYMENTS TO ACORN, AFFILIATES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2009

Contact: Bénédicte Doran (315)428-7632

DEFRANCISCO CALLS ON SENATE DEMOCRATSTO STOP STATE PAYMENTS TO ACORN, AFFILIATESGroup Caught in ‘Hooker’ Sting in Line for Millions in Taxpayer Funds

September 15, 2009
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September 4, 2009
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NEW REFORMS FROM NEW LEADERSHIP

Summary of Rules Changes

Temporary President

• The Temporary President of the Senate presides in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor. He is subject to a term limit of 6 years.

• Appoints the Vice President of Urban Policy and Planning.

• Appoints officers and employees of the Senate, subject to the disapproval of the Vice President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader (VPPT). Appoints Vice Chair of Rules.

• Appoints the Legislative Librarian.

June 9, 2009
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STATE APPROVES $300,000 GRANT FOR HOME HEADQUARTERS TO RENOVATE 30 HOMES IN SYRACUSE

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) today approved a $300,000 grant to Home HeadQuarters (HHQ) to help finance home improvements for 30 homes in the City of Syracuse.

“This funding will help to improve the aging housing stock in Syracuse, and help make the city a better place to live,” said Senator DeFrancisco.  “In addition, it will improve the safety and value of thirty homes in the City of Syracuse, and most importantly, it will benefit thirty local families.”

June 4, 2009
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO COSPONSORS BILL TO PROMOTE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced that a bill (S5661) he cosponsored, to empower citizens and local officials to significantly reduce the size and cost of local government, has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation was first initiated by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

June 4, 2009
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO CALLS FOR MORE OVERSIGHT OF FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today renewed his call for better accounting of how Albany is using federal stimulus aid to help revitalize the Upstate economy. The Senator’s comments followed news reports that $120,000 of federal stimulus money is being used to fund a project to reprint 20-year-old pamphlets —without creating a single job. 

June 1, 2009
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SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE ONCE AGAIN TAKING CARE OF NEW YORK CITY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today blasted Senate Democrats for once again taking care of Downstate New York, while ignoring the needs of Upstate. Senator DeFrancisco referred to an analysis released by Onvia, a private company that runs the recovery.org Web site, which details the massive amounts of stimulus dollars that are being spent in New York City.  

According to the analysis, more than $1.3 billion of stimulus money is being spent on projects in New York City. That is more than half of the $2.5 billion available to the entire state.

May 29, 2009
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