State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced he will not join the race for mayor in this year's Syracuse election.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank my supporters, especially those who have volunteered on my campaigns and those who have invested in them. While it is essential to have a qualified individual who can lead the City of Syracuse over the next four years, it is important that I continue working on behalf of all Central New Yorkers in the New York State Senate."
DeFrancisco has served in the state senate since 1993, and is the ranking member of the senate finance committee.
"Over the past 16 plus years I have enjoyed serving my fellow Central New Yorkers and working to protect their interests," Sen. DeFrancisco said. "However, due to the leadership change in Albany, I am becoming increasingly concerned about what the 'three New York City Democrats in the room' have in store for Central New York in the future."
"In particular, I was recently disappointed by the passage of the so-called deficit reduction bill -- a piece of legislation that was crafted and pushed through by the new senate majority DeFrancisco said. "Their legislation created an additional tax on health insurance policies; swept $500 million from the New York Power Authority, thereby jeopardizing the lower energy price Power for Jobs program relied upon by Upstate and Central New York; and increased tuitions for SUNY students only, most of which are from Upstate New York."
"There are many more examples of how Upstate and Central New York are faring poorly under this new New York City-centric state government, which emphasizes the urgent need for a strong voice representing Central New York."
"I have been flattered by the support from so many people, but on balance, I have decided that I can do more, for more people, serving in the New York State Senate," DeFrancisco said.