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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: ‘Oriental’ elimination bill approved by Legislature

 

By DAMORE RAMWA

Legislative Gazette Staff Writer

Mon, Jul 27, 2009

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and Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, would rid the word from state documents, citing it as “insensitive, outdated and derogatory,” according to a statement from the senator’s office.

July 27, 2009
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Legislative Gazette: Calls for state ethics overhaul increasing

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.

May 29, 2009
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NEWSDAY: State weighs tax relief for Ponzi scheme losses

BY KEIKO MORRIS

keiko.morris@newsday.com

10:06 PM EDT, May 19, 2009 

The state will soon offer some relief for investors who lost money in Ponzi schemes by adopting tax policies similar to those issued by the Internal Revenue Service in March.

The state's Department of Taxation and Finance is still developing the new guidelines, but the agency is expecting to publish them in a few weeks, a spokesman said.

May 19, 2009
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Legislative Gazette: Real housewife lobbies for greener food packaging

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.

May 11, 2009
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New York Post: GOVS IS. BOAT FERRY SILLY BUY

 By RICH CALDER

May 10, 2009 --

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.

May 10, 2009
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New York Post: FEW DWI DRIVERS GET JAIL

By REUVEN BLAU and JAMES FANELLI

May 3, 2009 --

The numbers are enough to drive someone to drink.

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.

May 8, 2009
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Senator Johnson Appointed Chairman Of Senate Investigations And Government Operations Committee

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), has been appointed Chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith. 

January 16, 2009
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Sen. Johnson To Host Blood Drive Jan. 29

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.  

January 15, 2009
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Third Track Suspended

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.

July 11, 2008
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Operation Protect Your Home Comes To Long Island

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.  

May 22, 2008
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Senator Craig Johnson: Third Track Costs Keep Rising

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.

May 19, 2008
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Senator Craig M. Johnson's Response To The Final Report Of The Commission On Local Government Efficiency And Competitiveness

April 30, 2008 Hon. Stan LundineChairmanNYS Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness30 South Pearl StreetAlbany, NY 12245 Dear Mr. Lundine: 

May 13, 2008
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Senator Johnson Votes For Gas Tax Holiday; Pushes For Further Relief At The Pumps

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.

May 12, 2008
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Israel At 60

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a county-sponsored ceremony commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the state of Israel.

It was a great event that lent itself to a reflection on the importance of this young nation, as both a democracy and a homeland for a people that have traditionally had no place to call their own.

With a large number of people of the Jewish faith (myself included) that live in Nassau, the continued prosperity of Israel is a significant local issue.

May 11, 2008
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A Mother's Day Message From Senator Craig M. Johnson

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.

May 5, 2008
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Senator Craig Johnson Holds New Hyde Park-garden City Park Day

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."

April 29, 2008
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Senator Craig M. Johnson Hosts Special Needs Forum With Manhasset Septa

Senator Johnson recently held a forum on issues concerning special needs children with the Manhasset Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA.)

Members of the Great Neck and Port Washington SEPTAs were also in attendance at the event, which was held at North Hempstead Town Hall.

April 28, 2008
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Senator Johnson Pushes For More School Aid

Senator Craig M. Johnson has been meeting with Paterson administration officials to advocate for more school aid in the 08-09 budget for the 7th Senate District.

April 27, 2008
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