Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that the New York State Senate today, June 4, 2013, passed his bill (S2316) that would establish a New York state Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health.
“Obesity in children is on the rise. More than 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, and the numbers are even worse for adolescents,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
“We need to be proactive about promoting healthy lifestyles to our young people, so that we can reverse the unhealthy trends that cost our nation $117 billion annually in health care expenses,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco today,, June 4, 2013, announced that his bill, S340A, restricting the ability of perpetrators of violent crimes to access the personal records of their victims, passed the Senate.
"In order to crack down on violent criminal activity, we must provide appropriate protections so that violent felons may not access the personal records of their victims without legitimate legal purpose,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This bill ensures the safety of victims of violent crimes.”
The bill amends current law so that violent felons may only obtain records of their victims with a subpoena by a court in which an action against him or her is pending. Even then, only an agent is able to obtain the records on behalf of the felon.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation (S4792), which would allow a prompt review of sealed juvenile records in instances when a person is charged with a sex offense, passed the State Senate on June 4, 2013.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation(S553B), which would provide a five percent property tax break to reservists and National Guard members who have 20 years of service, passed the Senate today.
“Reservists and guard members can be called from civilian life to serve at a moments’ notice. These service members should be rewarded for their commitment to serving our country,” said Senator DeFrancisco, an Air Force Veteran.
If enacted, each municipality would have the discretion to offer the five percent tax break to service members if they are not eligible for any other military property tax exemption. Currently, veterans may receive various property tax breaks, but reservists are not eligible for any type of property tax break if they are not a veteran.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined CenterState CEO today in announcing six new recipients in the Grants for Growth program. A total of $398,680 was awarded in the program’s tenth round, and these grants will be leveraged against private sector and university matching funds.
Grants for Growth is a CenterState CEO seed program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industries to create jobs. Senator DeFrancisco has secured $5 million in funding for the program.
On this Your Voice cable program, I express concern with Governor Cuomo’s “Tax-Free NY” proposal that would offer tax-free status to certain companies that start up operations on a SUNY campus. Instead, I believe there should be broad-based tax cuts, so all businesses in New York state are on an equal playing field.
I also talk about legislation to curb littering on our highways, as well as my electronics recycling event in Auburn.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that the Senate passed his legislation (S5189), which would require state agencies to pay interest for money owed on state contracts within 30 days.
Current law requires state agencies to furnish interest payments on state contracts that are paid late to not-for-profit organizations, but they do not provide a specific time frame by which such interest payments must be made. This bill would require that interest payments must be paid within 30 days of any payment required by contract, or as soon as monies become available, whichever is earlier.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor all of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, by participating in Memorial Day events throughout Onondaga County and in Auburn. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured speaking during the Butterfly Garden of HOPE Remembrance Ceremony, at which he presented a legislative resolution marking the 35th anniversary of HOPE for the Bereaved.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Michael Brussel, who won the New York State Championship and received Honorable Mention in the Elks Area National Soccer Shoot-out Contest, Boys Under 14 Division. Senator DeFrancisco presented Michael with a Resolution on May 20, 2013 in Senate Chambers.
The State Senate today passed a bill toughening the penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report. The bill (S.339), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco is in response to serious boating accidents that have happened in recent years.
“A few years ago, Central New York experienced two boating tragedies, and in both cases, the victims of the accident were left dead or dying,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “There is always a possibility, had the victims been rendered aid, they could have lived. People should be responsible for their actions, and know that if they try to avoid responsibility, there will be real consequences.”
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that Corporal Irving Cantor was inducted into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame today, May 21, 2013, posthumously.
“Irving Cantor dedicated his life to helping returning veterans find work and keeping them informed about their benefits,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “He also fought to keep the War Memorial and founded the Veteran’s Party, which is an independent political party with the goal of supporting candidates who support policies that benefit veterans.”
Corporal Irving Cantor was born in Syracuse in 1918, and he served in the 3138th Motor Messenger Signal Corps, carrying messages behind enemy lines in the European Theater of operations working directly with and for General Eisenhower.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S.337), which would expand the scope of individuals and entities that are considered a “victim,” passed the New York State Senate today.
An existing law allows sentencing courts to order restitution or reparation for certain victims. This bill would amend the law to include any person, private company, or public agency, or department which took action to prevent, mitigate, or remedy damages to persons or property caused by the crime.
By enlarging the scope of the term “victim,” sentencing courts will have wider authority to order a convicted defendant to make reparation of actual out-of-pocket losses to an entity that suffers damages resulting from the crime.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped raise money for Hospice of the Finger Lakes by sponsoring an electronics recycling event in Auburn on May 18, 2013. The event was a partnership with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics and Hospice, and it was free for the public to dispose of their unwanted electronics. Volunteers from Welch Allyn, Inc. assisted with the collection process. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Alice Kim from Time Warner Cable and Cindy Jessop from Sunnking.