On his featured Your Voice program, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses highlights from the public budget hearings on local government and education. There are video clips of the Senator questioning Syracuse Mayor Miner, NYC Mayor de Blasio and NYC Chancellor Fariña. The topics include the proposal for full day Universal Pre-K, Common Core standards, pension costs and details of the Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program.
As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been conducting public budget hearings in Albany to seek straight answers to serious questions regarding the Central New York community. These issues include hydrofracking, the future of I-81, balanced funding for hospitals, and Early Intervention repayments.
On this edition of Your Voice, taped on January 23, 2014, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses tax reform, consolidation, and public budget hearings. He also announces the final numbers for his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive.
The Staff Analysis of the FY 2015 Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of proposed changes that affect receipts and provides for Senate Issues In Focus. Finally, it provides a summary of the Executive's Article VII language bills submitted as part of the Executive Budget. The report provides an analysis of the appropriations recommended this year and an analysis of the Governor's recommendations.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2013/2014 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive has resulted in nearly 1,600 mobile phones - a record amount!
Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for once again answering the call to help support this worthy cause and break a record for two consecutive years! Due to the community’s generosity, Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national nonprofit organization, will be able to recycle these gently-used donated phones to provide soldiers serving overseas with approximately 3,000 pre-paid calling cards. That’s about 3,000 hours, 180,000 minutes, of FREE phone time for deployed troops to call home.
The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.
On this featured Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how proposed tax cuts would affect individuals and businesses in New York State. Senator DeFrancisco also discuss the budget hearing process, as well as plans for a Homeland Security College in the state.
On this featured Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses some of the Central New York projects that will benefit from the Regional Economic Development Council Awards, the upcoming state budget process, and the potential for real tax reform in New York state.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will wrap up his 2013-2014 collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers on Monday, January 6, 2014. You can drop off your gently-used mobile phones at Senator DeFrancisco’s district office:
On December 17, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco received the largest single donation to benefit his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive -- more than 500 mobile phones from Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. This outstanding donation will provide more than 1,000 hours of free talk time to our soldiers serving overseas.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S.4762A) into law that will reduce the number of employer qualification hours for the New York Youth Works program.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (12/19/13) that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S.4170A) into law that will end double sales taxation on vehicles of military members who have returned home to New York State.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined in singing Christmas carols at the Silver Fox Senior Social Club December 16, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco was a special guest at the annual celebration, which brings local elementary students and seniors together for a holiday party.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with members of a young conservative club at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Senator DeFrancisco spoke to the group about various state issues on December 10, 2013.