State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined other elected officials from Cayuga County for a press conference at the Sennett Town Hall on August 1, 2013. The press conference was held to discuss the Sennett Taxpayers Rebate Program, which Governor Cuomo signed into law. Through the program, residents and business owners in the Town of Sennett will receive a $100 rebate check, as the result of a surplus in sales tax revenue. Senator DeFrancisco was a co-sponsor of the legislation.
On July 29, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) joined Kate McCaffrey, representing Onondaga County public libraries, to announce the individual libraries in Onondaga County that will receive state mini-grants for cultural programming. Last year, Senator DeFrancisco secured $90,000 in state funds to be awarded to libraries in Onondaga County over two years.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cheer on members of the Syracuse Challengers baseball team during Syracuse Challenger Baseball NBT Bank Stadium Night. Syracuse Challengers is a District 8 Baseball League program for children with developmental and physical disabilities. More than 200 children participated in the event, which was held at NBT Bank Stadium on July 25, 2013.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks on as Tom Otis, a Fayetteville science teacher, shows an excited group of children the "books on eggs" experiment. Young Scientists Day was held at the Fayetteville Free Library on July 25, 2013. Library Director Sue Considine is also featured in the picture.
Assemblymember Sam Roberts held a press conference on July 26, 2013, with Senator John A. DeFrancisco to urge the Governor to sign into law a bill they authored to reduce the number of part-time hours needed to qualify for the NY Youth Works program (A.7928-A/S.4762-A). The press conference was held at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, a nationally recognized Syracuse City youth development and dropout prevention program that helps students stay in school and successfully graduate high school ready for post-secondary education and employment.
On July 10, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped mark the 15th anniversary of the Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour, by presenting a legislative resolution to organizers during a half-way point celebration at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Hundreds of bicycle riders from across the country participate in Cycling the Erie Canal, which began in Buffalo and will end in Albany on July 14th.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is a strong supporter of literacy and our local libraries. During the summer, Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at several public libraries throughout the Central New York community. Please check back, as we continue to add more dates and library locations to the list.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's annual lake day at Emerson Park on June 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco, along with Senator Michael Nozzolio and Assemblyman Gary Finch, presented organizers with a legislative resolution recognizing the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's 25th Anniversary.
On June 26, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for a press conference on Marcellus Street in Syracuse to announce a plan that would give $20 million to community land banks, so cities can turn vacant properties over to new owners.
On the featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that would require all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects through a process called pulse oximetry screening.
The New York State Senate passed an historic package of nine bills that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and curb discrimination of women in the workplace. The "Women's Equality Agenda" would:
On this week's Your Voice program, I explain how the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” which has passed the State Senate, would prevent welfare fraud and protect taxpayer dollars. I also discuss legislation that I have sponsored to crack down on tax delinquent landlords.
The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has announced that the New York state Legislature has restored funding cuts to protect people with developmental disabilities.
“When significant budget cuts for people with developmental disabilties were proposed earlier this year, I was very concerned about the impact that the cuts would have on those who live with developmental disabilities,” said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.
Some of the cuts were restored during the budget process, and commitments were made to target the reductions to administrative costs, rather than direct services. To the extent the administrative cuts are not sufficient to cover the remaining budget gap, the bill will completely restore funding for the disabled. Governor Cuomo has committed to sign the bill.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco today announced that his legislation (S4512-A), which would give the city of Syracuse the authority to add unpaid code violation penalties, costs and fines to the property tax bill of the homeowner, passed the Senate.
“By allowing the uncollected fees to be added to the property tax bill of the homeowner, it will reduce the administrative costs associated with collecting delinquent fines,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today that the New York State Senate has passed his bill (S552) that would authorize public welfare officials to withhold rent from landlords who have not paid their real estate taxes. The bill would give broad discretion to the Department of Social Services.