Craig M. Johnson's Press releases

Senator Johnson’s Temporary Retail Permit Legislation Signed into Law

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), scored a victory for small businesses on Long Island and across New York State when his legislation to enact a system to counteract the infamous liquor license backlog at the State Liquor Authority was signed into law.

The measure, (S.6231C), establishes a one-year pilot program to create a temporary retail permit system that will help businesses get up and running without being affected by the notoriously long wait.

While crafting this legislation, Senator Johnson heard horror stories from owners of gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses who have been hurt by the inability to serve and sell alcohol while the SLA spent months processing their permit applications.

August 26, 2010
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Statement by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau):

"I am among those who have a strong emotional reaction to the mosque controversy and am opposed to its construction in the shadow of Ground Zero. There is no dispute that the mosque's developers have a constitutional right to build there, but that doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. That's why I support efforts by the Governor, Arch Bishop Dolan and others to find a alternative site that is not in close proximity to where more than 3,000 Long Islanders, New Yorkers, and Americans of all faiths were killed."

August 20, 2010
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Senator Johnson’s Protections for the Disabled Signed into Law

Strong legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that will protect disabled New York state residents from discrimination was signed into law last week.

“This state has a rich history of defending the civil rights of its residents,” Senator Johnson said. “I am proud to have helped enact a law that follows this tradition and ensures that we protect those who may not be able to protect themselves.”

July 26, 2010
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Senator Johnson's Bill to Disqualify Terror Companies From Obtaining State Contracts Passes Senate

Important legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M.Johnson, (D-Nassau),that will prevent the state from contracting with companies that conductbusiness with state sponsors of terror, was unanimously passed by the StateSenate yesterday.“These countries support terrorist organizations that seek to killAmericans, wipe Israel off the map and undermine our democratic values,”

July 1, 2010
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SENATOR JOHNSON ANNOUNCES BLUEPRINT FOR SMARTER, SAFER NY INFRASTRUCTURE

Legislative Package to Improve Quality of Life for Communities Statewide, Enact Cost-Savings Passes Senate

June 27, 2010
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Senator Johnson's Prenatal Vitamin Insurance Legislation Passes Senate

Important legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that would help families by requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of prenatal vitamins passed the Senate.

June 27, 2010
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June 27, 2010
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Senator Johnson to Gov. Paterson: 'Put tax cap in next budget extender.'

“For years, special interests have blocked the passage of a cap on school property taxes. While such legislation has twice passed the Senate and is supported by the Governor, it has never seen the light of day in the Assembly. As we have witnessed this week, Governor Paterson has the power to change that. 

June 10, 2010
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Statement from Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau):

“Reform does not mean changing the rules in the name of political expediency.  That's the old way of doing things in Albany, and frankly, we should be better than that. If recently introduced legislation to alter how political parties achieve ballot status comes to a vote on the Senate floor, I will vote against it.”

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June 3, 2010
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Senator Johnson-Sponsored Bill To Increase Government Transparency Passes State Senate

 

Legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), to increase transparency and public scrutiny of state government recently passed the State Senate. 

The bill (S.7369/ A.10052) would require the Secretary of State to compile and maintain its first-ever full list of state commissions, boards, councils, task forces, or similar bodies.  The list, which will also include each entity's membership and meeting times, is required to be updated yearly and be available to the public.  

May 10, 2010
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Senator Johnson Spearheads Groundbreaking Independent Redistricting Legislation

 

Most Significant Albany Reform in a Generation Passes Senator Johnson's Committee

The Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations May 4 approved independent redistricting reform legislation that would eliminate the practice of partisan gerrymandering of New York State Congressional, State Senate, and State Assembly districts and give residents a clear voice in their representation, the committee's chairman, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced. 

May 10, 2010
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Senator Johnson: Arizona Iced Tea is Long Island Business; Boycott Misguided

“The proposed boycott of Arizona Iced Tea is a misdirected response to the new law that has been imposed in the state of Arizona. The Arizona Beverage Co. is based in Woodbury, Nassau County, where it employs more than 200 Long Islanders. The company was founded in New York and is a bonafide Empire State success story. I personally believe the Arizona law is wrongheaded, politically motivated and will likely not survive a court challenge. It also does nothing to advance us toward a national solution to the problem of illegal immigration.

April 28, 2010
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Senator Johnson: Calls for Conference Committees To Resolve Budget Differences; Stop Political Games

I, and many of my colleagues, have become frustrated by the lack of action on finalizing a budget. That is why we called upon Senate and Assembly leaders to immediately convene conference committees in order to hammer out our remaining differences and get a responsible plan approved.

Unfortunately, late budgets are nothing new in Albany. For decades, Republicans controlling the Senate and Democrats in charge of theAssembly failed to approve on time budgets.

April 16, 2010
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Statement from Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau):

“At this time of economic crisis, teachers in the Port Washington and Roslyn school districts, which I represent, made a responsible and laudable decision to forgo raises this coming year. Members of public employee unions should do the same.

April 1, 2010
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Senator Johnson's Legislation to Protect NY State Residents From Phone 'Spoofing' Passes Senate

The State Senate today unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that would protect residents from deception, harassment and possible fraud over the phone lines. 

The legislation (S.2753A) would outlaw “spoofing,” a practice where telemarketers and others seek to mask their true identity by altering the number that appears on a person's Caller ID. 

March 11, 2010
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