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.
New York’s hardworking families will see substantial property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program - $3.4 billion - and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco took the ring on Saturday night to help in the fight against youth violence. The match titled 'Fight for a Future" benefited the Ray Rinaldi Foundation, which provides healthy alternatives to at-risk youth living in the Greater Syracuse area. Ray Rinaldi is a Syracuse Hall of Fame Boxing Coach who operates the West and North Area Athletic and Education Centers.
The match was declared a draw by Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, who served as the referee. Senator DeFrancisco's corner man was Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson, and Ray Rinaldi's corner man was Assemblyman William Magnarelli.
On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses campaign finance disclosures and ways to improve transparency. He also takes a final punch at promoting the "Fight for a Future" - a local event taking place to help raise money for programs that benefit at-risk youth in the City of Syracuse.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the dedication ceremony for Onondaga Community College's new baseball and softball fields complex on April 24, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco, a supporter of the project, spoke during the dedication ceremony and then joined in on a ceremonial pitch.
Both fields are constructed with artifical turf, and the complex has a seating capacity of 475 belacher-style seats.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held at town hall meeting on the 2014-2015 State Budget, and answered questions on a range of other legislative issues, on April 23, 2014, at the Cayuga County Office Building in Auburn.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco and Syracuse Hall of Fame Boxing Coach Ray Rinaldi held a final weigh-in for their upcoming boxing match, “Fight for a Future” on April 24th at the West Area Athletic and Education Center in Syracuse.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will host a State Budget Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Cayuga County Office Building in Auburn. The public will be able to ask questions about the 2014-2015 State Budget and other legislative issues.
The 2014-2015 Staet Budget increases state education aid by more than $1.1 billion, but it also significantly reduces the Gap Elimination Adjustment, commonly referred to as the GEA.On this week’s Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to abolish the GEA and restore state aid for our students statewide.
The 2014-2015 New York State Budget will help provide property tax relief to local homeowners and cut taxes for small businesses and manufacturers statewide. State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to report that the public helped shape several of these tax relief measures by sharing recommendations for broad-based tax cuts during a series of hearings that he co-chaired across the state last year.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured participating in a mock radio interview during the Big Read event at the WCNY Education Center on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs to encourage reading by diverse audiences. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure a state grant for the program.
The local Big Read event was sponsored by the Onondaga County Public Library and CNY READS ONE BOOK.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with students from Fayetteville-Manlius High School inside Senate Chamber on March 27, 2014. The students observed session and toured the Capitol Building.