Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S1790), which would link all of a person’s driving under the influence offenses together, passed the New York State Senate. The legislation is named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, a Syracuse-area woman, who was killed during an alcohol-related boating crash in 2006.
The Onondaga Thunder Bantun Travel Hockey team visited Albany on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, to be recognized by Senator John A. DeFrancisco in Senate Chambers during legislative session. Senator DeFrancisco presented the team with a resolution for winning the New York State Amateur Youth Hockey Association Tier III 14U Championship.
At a special ceremony on May 22, 2014, at the State Office Building in Syracuse, Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized WWII Veteran Stan F. Stanley as his New York State Senate 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame honoree.
On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a package of regulatory reform bills that the Senate has passed to help spur economic growth in New York State. He also talks about the Senate’s passage of legislation that would legalize and regulate mixed martial arts competitions in New York.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco was the keynote speaker at the 60th Annual Cayuga Community College Commencement. The ceremony was held in Spartan Hall, on the Auburn campus, Sunday, May 18, 2014. More than 500 students graduated from the college. Senator DeFrancisco's message to the graduates was to CARE. C is for Character, A is for an Attitude that's positive, R is for Respect and E is for Excellence.
On this week’s program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a bipartisan effort to establish the State Commission on Prosecutorial, an impartial forum that would review allegations that prosecutors acted improperly, and exonerate prosecutors from false accusations. He also talks about a bill that he has sponsored to restrict alleged felons from personally accessing the records of their victims.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco stopped by Rocky DiFlorio's barbershop on May 9, 2014, to present Mr. DiFlorio with a Senate Citation for working at and owning the business for more than 50 years. The barbershop, which is located on East Genesee Street in the Village of Fayetteville, is known for its old-fashioned barber chairs and pictures on the walls that date back 50 years ago.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Skaneateles Fire Department's annual celebration on May 3, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco presented James Buff and Schuyler Graham for 50 years of dedicated volunteer service with the Skaneateles Fire Department.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a great time participating in the Crouse Hospital Employee Recognition Picnic on May 8, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco and other local politicians and celebrities participate in this event every year to show their appreciation to the hundereds of employees who work at Crouse Hospital. Every year, Senator DeFrancisco serves the buns for sandwiches and (or) salads.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with the current owner of Hinerwadel's Grove, Vicky Hinerwadel, for the 100th anniversary of the family-owned and operated business. Senator DeFrancisco presented the family with a Senate Citation during a community celebration on May 3, 2014.
On Saturday May, 3, 2014, Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the opening ceremonies for the Lyncourt-LeMoyne Little League. He wished all of the teams a safe and successful season and participated in a parade.
Teachers are the tools that enable our students to succeed in life. They unlock a child's potential by going above and beyond every day to mentor and inspire their students.
That is why I am participating in the New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence awards program to recognize and honor those teachers who are making a difference in our community. You can help me by nominating a teacher, who you think has excelled in his or her job, educating their students to the fullest.
On this program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses some of the bills that he has sponsored, including legislation that would increase fines for littering on state highways and legislation that would increase penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident.
On the featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about getting in the ring with Hall of Fame Boxing Coach Ray Rinaldi for a charity boxing match. Proceeds benefited the Ray Rinaldi Foundation, which helps keep inner city kids off the streets in Syracuse. The cable show features fun highlights from the boxing event, "Fight for a Future," which was held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.
The New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state. The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.
The New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 education budget that will increase school aid by $1.1 billion, bringing total support for public schools to $22.1 billion. The 2014-15 State Budget distributes school aid fairly and equitably across the state, will help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers, provides additional support for charter schools and for early education programs, and makes important changes to address serious concerns raised about the Common Core program.