Craig M. Johnson's News items

Senator Johnson Voices Continued Opposition To The Litrim Freight Project

“First off, I would like to thank the DOT for responding to my request to extend the comment period of the LITRIM project beyond the original July deadline.

September 21, 2007

Joint Statement From Senator Craig M. Johnson And Assemblyman Tom Alfano On The Future Of Belmont Park Race Track And Its Relationship With The Community


Recent events, however, have given us optimism that the communities' voices will not be ignored during this process that will determine who runs Belmont for the next 30 years.  

·        A major overhaul of the facility including new painted fencing, more attractive landscaping, sidewalk improvements, renovation of backstr

September 14, 2007

Senator Johnson: Nassau's Enhanced Star Rebates Sent To begin the online process, you will need the six-character code that is printed on the STAR application.The state Department of Taxation and Finance has set up a help line at 1-877-6-STAR-NY (1-877-678-2769) to answer any questions about the rebate process. Senator Johnson has offered his office's assistance in helping residents complete their applications.

September 12, 2007

Senator Johnson Announces Sept. 20 Public Hearing On Freight Rail Proposal

August 30, 2007

Weekend Train Service Disrupted August 25 -27

I have been informed by the Long Island Rail Road that weekend service on the LIRR's Main Line between Mineola and Hicksville will be disrupted from 1:05 AM, Saturday, August 25 through 12:45 AM, Monday, August 27, to accommodate work on the New York State Department of Transportation Roslyn Road Grade Crossing Elimination Project.

Service changes will affect customers using the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branches with connecting service revisions for Oyster Bay, Far Rockaway and West Hempstead Branc

August 23, 2007

Senator Johnson Opposes Third Track

There has been a lot of chatter lately regarding the MTA's proposed Third Track expansion.

August 22, 2007

Johnson Secures Public Comment Extension On Freight-rail Project

Comments can be mailed to:

The LITRIM Project TeamNYS Department of TransportationRegion 10 Long Island250 Veterans Memorial HighwayHauppauge, NY 11788Project Identifi

August 22, 2007

Senators Johnson, Klein, Hold Predatory Lending Forum

ELMONT, N.Y. – Concerned by skyrocketing foreclosure rates and the proliferation of predatory mortgages that have afflicted thousands of families in New York, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), today hosted a public hearing on the sub prime mortgage industry in Long Island. The forum, held at the Elmont Public Library, is the latest in a series of statewide public hearings headed by Senator Jeff Klein, (D-Bronx/Westchester), that examines the pitfalls of sub-prime mortgages.

August 8, 2007

Senators Johnson, Klein, To Hold Sub-prime Mortgage Forum In Elmont

ELMONT – Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), will host a forum on the epidemic of predatory mortgages on Tuesday, August 7, at the Elmont Memorial Library.The forum, which will last from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is the latest in a series of statewide public hearings headed by Senator Jeff Klein, (D-Bronx/Westchester), that examines the pitfalls of sub-prime mortgages.

August 1, 2007

Senator Johnson's Flower Hill Bill Passes Legislature

Flower Hill, but for taxpayers throughout the County.”The park is situated between Stonytown and Bonnie Hill Roads, and bordered by Port Washington Blvd. (Route 101.)“I would like to thank Senator Johnson for all of his hard work in helping the village obtain this beautiful suburban oasis,” Flower Hill Mayor Charles W. Weiss said. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

July 30, 2007

Johnson Announces Passage Of School Allergy Prevention Act

ALBANY – Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), proudly announces the passage of legislation to protect children by severely limiting their exposure to substances that could trigger severe – and possibly deadly – allergic reactions in schools.

June 22, 2007

Johnson Announces $700k For School-based Health Programs

North Shore/ Long Island Jewish Health Systems and $174,437 for Winthrop University Hospital, will go toward supporting their school-based health care clinics, which provide free on-site healthcare services to students at local schools.

June 19, 2007

Statement On The Passage Of Senate School Tax Reform Package

“This package is one way to end the cycle of skyrocketing property taxes that makes it more and more difficult for middle class families to get ahead and for seniors to continue to afford to remain in their homes,” said Johnson, (D-Port Washington.)

“The Suburban Caucus has been fighting for a substantial shift away from this unsustainable tax collection system that is driving people out of this state in record numbers.

June 14, 2007

Senator Johnson Announces Iranian Divestment Legislation

GREAT NECK, N.Y. -- Senator Craig M. Johnson today announced the introduction of important legislation that will enable New York state to speak with its wallet against the extremist regime that currently rules Iran. The bill, the Iranian Economic Divestment Act of 2007, (S5913), empowers the State Comptroller to refrain from investing state pension funds in companies that conduct business with Iran. This legislation would also give the comptroller the power to withdraw current state investments in these companies.

June 12, 2007

Senator Johnson To 9/11 Volunteers: Register Now With Workers’ Comp. Board

State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), is urging those involved in the rescue, recovery or cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to register with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board by Tuesday, August 14.

June 5, 2007

Senator Johnson Appointed To Head Suburban Caucus

The new caucus will be a vehicle for the Senate Minority to take the lead in finding new solutions for long-standing suburban-based problems.

Breaking New York's never-ending cycle of property tax increases will be the caucus' top priority, Johnson said.

“Now is the time to have some real leadership on this issue,” Johnson said. “For years the Senate Majority has pledged to fix our broken property tax system.

May 29, 2007

Senator Johnson To Support 5k Run For Autism Awareness

MINEOLA -- Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), is encouraging everyone to support the first-ever Jack's Run for Autism Awareness. All proceeds from the 5K (or 3.1 mile) trek will benefit Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA).The June 9 event is the brainchild of Michael Miranda and his wife Ondine Sloan Miranda and named after their 12-year-old nephew Jack, who attends NSSA's Martin C. Barell School. Autism is a neurological disorder affecting portions of the brain that control social interaction, communication, and cognitive development.

May 24, 2007

State Sen. Johnson, Comptroller Weitzman Tapped For Local Government Commission

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington) and Nassau County Comptroller Howard S. Weitzman were selected today to serve on the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, a panel charged with developing a plan to streamline local governments and end the cycle of continually skyrocketing property tax increases. The formation of the panel was announced by Gov.

April 25, 2007

Statement On The Proposed Reinstitution Of The NYC Commuter Tax

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), said that he “vehemently opposed”  today's proposal to reinstate the New York City commuter tax and vowed “to do everything I can to make sure that this does not become law.” 

The commuter tax bill was announced today by Senator Thomas Duane, (D, WFP -Manhattan) and Assemblywoman Linda B.

April 17, 2007

Senator Johnson Announces District Office Opening

GARDEN CITY PARK -- Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), proudly announced the opening of his district office.The office, situated at 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, previously served as district headquarters for Johnson's predecessor, Michael A.L. Balboni, who stepped down from the Senate last year to become Gov. Spitzer's homeland security adviser.

April 10, 2007
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