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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour

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.

July 11, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco to Read at Local Libraries this Summer

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.

July 2, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's Annual Lake Day

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.   

June 28, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Announce a Competitive Grant Program for Community Land Banks

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. 

June 28, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Pulse Oximetry Testing on Your Voice

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.

June 28, 2013
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New York State Senate Passes Women's Equality Agenda

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:

June 24, 2013
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2013 Legislative Session Overview

For a summary of actions taken by the NYS Senate during the 2013 Legislative Session, please click on the link below.

 

June 24, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Public Assistance Integrity Act on Your Voice

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. 

June 20, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO PROTECT OPWDD FROM FUNDING CUTS

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

June 19, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAS RESTORED FUNDING CUTS TO PROTECT PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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.

June 18, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL AUTHORIZING CITY TO ADD UNPAID CODE VIOLATION FINES TO HOMEOWNER’S PROPERTY TAX 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.

June 18, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO HOLD LANDLORDS ACCOUNTABLE FOR UNPAID REAL ESTATE TAXES

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.  
 

June 18, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL REMOVING 10-YEAR CAP ON COLD WAR ERA PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco today announced that his legislation (S3731), which would remove a 10-year cap on property tax breaks for Cold War era veterans, passed the Senate.

If enacted, this bill would provide for a permanent property tax break instead of requiring a sunset of the tax break after 10 years.
 

June 17, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Celebrates the Opening of the New Heman Street Senior Apartments

On June 14, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon on a new senior affordable housing facility, located on Heman Street in East Syracuse.  The Heman Street Senior Apartments are located in the former Heman Street School in East Syracuse.  Thirty tenants have already moved in.

June 17, 2013
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Dig Into Reading This Summer!

 

New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is raising awareness about the importance of summer reading through this Public Service Announcement.

To register for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program, click here.

Most libraries throughout Central New York will be holding summer reading programs.  In addition, the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County will be spreading the word about the importance of summer learning.  For more information, please click on the link below.

June 14, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN BACKGROUND CHECK OF CONTRACTORS WHO PERFORM HOME RENOVATIONS FOR LOW-INCOME DISABLED INDIVIDUALS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation, which would require a more thorough background check of contractors who perform home renovations on low-income disabled individuals, passed the Senate today on June 13, 2013.

June 13, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING ANGEL TAX CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today announced that legislation he sponsored (S3732) creating an angel tax credit for investors who invest in certified startup business enterprises passed the Senate.
 

June 13, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO END DUPLICATE VEHICLE TAX TO RETURNING MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation, which would end double sales taxation on vehicles of military service members who have returned to New York, passed the Senate today, June 13, 2013.

June 13, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES “NEW YORK COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION SYSTEM ACT”

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S2314) passed the New York State Senate today, June 12, 2013.

Access to information is vital to creating an environment conducive to learning and innovation. Under this legislation, the New York State Library would be authorized to coordinate the purchase of electronic databases and other information resources for state agencies, library systems, and other governmental entities.

“More Central New Yorkers are using their local libraries to research employment opportunities and learn new skills. This bill would allow libraries to lower their overheard, stretch their resources, and offer patrons more for less,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

June 12, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING LENDERS TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION FOR SATISFIED MORTGAGES

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his mortgage tax legislation (S2312) passed the New York state Senate today, June 11, 2013.

 

June 11, 2013
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