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3rd Annual Kids Safety Day July 20!!

Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau), Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town of North Hempstead will be holding their 3rd Annual Kids Safety Day on Tuesday, July 20, at the Mary Jane Davies Green, in Manhasset. The event, which is for children of all ages, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

July 14, 2010
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NY POST: Sen. Johnson calls on education commissioner to explain spending

 

ALBANY – The state's spendthrift education bigs could soon get an overdue lesson in government efficiency.

Sen. Craig Johnson (D-L.I.) has called Education Commissioner David Steiner before the Senate Government Efficiency Task Force to explain the agency's extravagant purchasing practices as exposed this week in a series of Post reports.

April 4, 2010
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NEWSDAY: 'The biggest political roadblock to the third track is state Sen. Craig Johnson ...'

NEWSDAY HEADLINE: Experts: Dim future for big LI transportation projects

By REID J. EPSTEIN  reid.epstein@newsday.com

With Long Island's dour economy, shrinking state revenues and strong "not-in-my-backyard" tendency, the prospect of new large-scale, government-funded transportation projects being launched anytime soon in the region appears bleak, experts said Sunday.

April 1, 2010
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Op-Ed: State needs to confront autism epidemic

Autism is now recognized as a medical condition requiring treatment and health insurance coverage, but there is no such coverage.

February 14, 2010
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AmNew York: State grills MTA on plan for technology, system improvements

 

The honeymoon is over for the MTA’s new chief.

State senators grilled MTA CEO Jay Walder Thursday about his plans to modernize the transit system, indicating that the state might not shell out for nifty gizmos like countdown clocks in bus shelters.

“We’ve lived for years without the clocks,” said state Sen. Craig Johnson, (D-Port Washington), during the hearing in Manhattan. “I just don’t see how we can justify that right now.”

December 4, 2009
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NY Daily News Coverage of MTA Capital Plan Manhattan Hearing

State senator throws cold water on MTA's 'extremely ambitious' plan to improve bus stops

BY PETE DONOHUE

DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Friday, December 4th 2009, 4:00 AM

A key state senator threw cold water on the MTA's "extremely ambitious" capital plan, including a project to place arrival countdown clocks at bus stops.

Sen. Craig Johnson told a Senate hearing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority shouldn't expect the Legislature to fill the $10 billion gap in its five-year plan.

December 4, 2009
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Newsday Coverage of Senator Johnson's MTA Capital Plan Hearing

 

Budget may derail LIRR plan for second track

October 29, 2009 

 

By ALFONSO A. CASTILLO  

alfonso.castillo@newsday.com

 

A plan to add a second track between the Long Island Rail Road's Farmingdale andRonkonkoma stations may be on the chopping block if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is forced to scale back its proposed $28-billion capital plan, the LIRR's president said Thursday.

October 30, 2009
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October 7, 2009
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Westbury Times: Controversial Billboard on Cherry Lane Trellis Removed

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis

 

The controversial Celleno & Barnes billboard located on the Cherry Lane trellis was removed Aug. 20.

Last month, Senator Craig Johnson joined with Carle Place residents to oppose the advertisement on the grounds that it was a “disruptive eyesore” that distracted drivers, slowed traffic and was out of sync with the character of a residential community.

August 27, 2009
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(Times Union of Albany) Johnson: Ferry Report Signals Need for Authority Reform

 

Johnson: ferry report signals need for authority reform

by James M. Odato

Sen. Craig Johnson said his Committee on Investigations and Government Operations’ report on the expensive mistake made by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., which bought a ferry it never used, shows the need for reform of the public authorities.

He also blasted GIPEC for making a “disingenuous apology for the purchase of a rusted and unusable ferry in a debacle that wasted nearly $900,000 in taxpayer funds.”

August 19, 2009
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'It wasn't just the purchase of a lemon, it was the purchase of a jumbo lemon', Sen. Johnson tells Daily News

Senate committee report slams agency that runs Governors Island for buying worn-out ferry

 

BY GLENN BLAIN

DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

Tuesday, August 18th 2009, 4:00 AM

 

Agency that runs Governors Island drew ire for sinking more than $900,000 on this ferry, then selling the useless boat on eBay for $23,600.

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ALBANY - All in all, it was a ferry stupid idea.

 

August 19, 2009
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NY POST: Gov. Is. deal hulluva ferry fia$co

 

By: Brendan Scott

ALBANY – A state Senate panel yesterday called for an overhaul of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp. after the state agency sank nearly $1 million into a dilapidated ferry that it later sold on eBay – for just $23,600.

August 17, 2009
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(NY Daily News Editorial) Ferry poor judgment: Knucklehead Governors Island boss shipwrecks boat buy

Ferry poor judgment: Knucklehead Governors Island boss shipwrecks boat buy

 

Everyone who has been around New York for more than a few minutes knows that purchasing on faith is never a good idea - everyone, it seems, except Leslie Koch.

Possessed of a rare combination of gullibility and cavalier indifference to money, Koch exhibits a steadfast belief in buying virtually sight unseen, no matter how loopy her acquisition patently is.

August 17, 2009
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August 17, 2009
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MANHASSET PRESS: Second Annual Kids Safety Day Draws Healthy Crowd

New York Jets Safety, Kerry Rhodes, Apropos Celebrity Guest

Written by Pat Grace

August 9, 2009
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