A bill that would eliminate the term “Oriental” from official state documents passed the Senate on July 20 and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.
The measure, sponsored by Sen. Craig Johnson, D-Port Washington, and Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, would rid the word from state documents, citing it as “insensitive, outdated and derogatory,” according to a statement from the senator’s office.
By GREGORY JONESLegislative Gazette Staff WriterTue, May 26, 2009
After releasing a 174-page report on an investigation into leaks of confidential information by former Public Integrity Commission Executive Director Herbert Teitelbaum, Inspector General Joseph Fisch said the appointment of more ethical people to the board would be necessary to fix ongoing problems.
By ANNA HELHOSKILegislative Gazette Staff WriterMon, May 11, 2009
A reality television celebrity accompanied three teenage girls to Albany last Tuesday to meet with legislators and advocate for a bill that would prohibit the use of plastic foam in food service.
Jill Zarin of the Bravo network's "The Real Housewives of New York City," along with her daughter Allyson Shapiro and two other New York high school girls, is advocating for a bill (S.747-a/A.706-a) that would enact the Food Service Waste Reduction Act.
State pols have launched an investigation into a Governors Island redevelopment team's $500,000 purchase of an aging ferry with taxpayer dollars that was recently sold off on eBay for just $23,600 because it was so dilapidated it was not worth fixing.
Nearly 10,000 drunken-driving arrests were made in the city last year, yet of the more than 6,000 cases that have gone through courts, only 187 offenders landed behind bars, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) will partner with the Garden City Park Fire Department, the Garden City Park Civic Association and Long Island Blood Services to host a blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 29.
Senator Craig M. Johnson commended the MTA/ LIRR for its financially prudent decision to suspend plans for the controversial Third Track Expansion Project amid a multi-million dollar budget shortfall for the agency.
Senator Johnson, County Executive Suozzi, Host Foreclosure Relief Forum
Long Island homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure will be able to have their loans reviewed by bank and mortgage servicing company representatives on Saturday, June 7, during a forum hosted by Senator Craig M. Johnson and Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi.
Senator Craig M. Johnson blasted the MTA/ LIRR for once again ignoring the wishes of Main Line communities by continuing to go forward with its controversial Third Track Expansion project, even as its projected costs continue to increase.
MTA officials now estimate that it would cost $1.5 billion to complete the project. As recently as March, Third Track was projected to cost $1.3 billion. Last year, it was pegged at $1 billion.
Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), broke with members of his conference last week to vote for a measure to roll back the state gasoline tax this summer.
The bill (S7594-B), which would eliminate the 32-cent per gallon state tax on gasoline purchases between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, was a "step in the right direction," though more needs to done, Senator Johnson said.
As Mother's Day approaches, I want to take the opportunity to thank all the mothers that play a vital role in helping to shape and strengthen our families, our neighborhoods and Nassau County as a whole.
We are fortunate to have such deeply passionate and involved women, many of whom juggle parental duties with a career, and yet still find time to work to improve the lives of their neighbors.
Senator Craig M. Johnson last week went on a day-long listening tour of the greater New Hyde Park/ Garden City Park area that culminated in a packed Town Hall-style meeting.
"This was a great day and a great opportunity to discuss the issues facing New Hyde Park and Garden City Park, as well as the concerns of its residents," Senator Johnson said. "I am humbled by the strong turnout and I thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to join me."