John DeFrancisco

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Republican Marc Molinaro continues his tour across New York calling out Governor Cuomo for ongoing corruption and its impact on state business and eroding public trust.   Molinaro’s visit to Syracuse Thursday came on the same day Cuomo Administration official Joe Percoco was sentenced to six years for accepting bribes from leaders of state contractors. 


Green Party's Howie Hawkins Announces Run for NY Governor

Apr 13, 2018
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Yet another candidate has announced a run for New York governor.  Syracuse’s own Howie Hawkins is seeking the Green Party nomination for the state’s top job. Four years ago, Hawkins earned more than 184,000 votes, which he says pushed the state in new directions.  

 “We got five percent and Governor Cuomo, I think, was compelled to compete for those progressive votes by adopting some of our demands like the ban on fracking, the millionaire’s tax, the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave. Well, we moved policy, and we intend to do the same thing this time.”

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Another candidate has announced they will challenge Andrew Cuomo for Governor. This time it’s Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who offered a political indictment of Cuomo’s practices and temperament in office.

Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are in what they say are the final stages of finalizing the next fiscal year's budget. They've set a self-imposed deadline of Thursday night — or early Friday morning — to complete the $170 billion package in time for the holiday weekend and the April 1 deadline.  Syracuse-area Senator John DeFrancisco says he's confident a deal can be made, because most of the controversial non-fiscal provisions are being jettisoned from the budget for later debate.

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Republicans are seeking political advantage in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide.  One of the governor’s opponents is pressuring Cuomo to answer some of the revelations in the trial about how state business was conducted, and whether a pay to play “atmosphere” was created.

Senate Deputy Majority Leader and Republican candidate for Governor John DeFrancisco stood outside the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan on a windy winter day.

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A Republican candidate for governor is calling for hearings on controversial tourism signs on the New York State Thruway and other highways set up by the Cuomo Administration. The federal government says the signs are illegal and will withhold federal funds if they are not removed.

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After months of consideration, Syracuse-area state senator John DeFrancisco made it official Tuesday evening in a crowded room of more than 100 supporters at a hotel in Salina.

"There's just too much at stake to sit on the sidelines.  New Yorkers need a leader that they can trust.  That's why, with your support, I humbly announce my candidacy for governor of The State of New York," DeFrancisco said to cheers and applause.

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State Senator John DeFrancisco and disability rights leaders are expressing frustration with Governor Cuomo after he declined to sign a bill that would have made it easier for residents with disabilities to make their homes more accessible. It’s the third time Cuomo vetoed Universal Visitability legislation.

DeFrancisco calls the reasons for Cuomo’s veto “ridiculous,” and apologized to those who’ve advocated for the measure over the past three years. 

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A State Senator from Central New York wants homeowners to get tax credits of $2,750 to allow those with mobility issues to retrofit or build a new home.  The Universal Visitability tax credit legislation was most recently passed by the State Legislature during the 2017 session.  John DeFrancisco says the $5 million program would be spread across five years.

  

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