Craig M. Johnson's Press releases

Senators Johnson, Valesky: Pull State Pension Funds From U.K. Companies with Libyan Ties

Call to Action Amid Outrageous Release of Pan Am Flight 103 Terrorist

State Senators Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) and David J. Valesky (D-Oneida,) incensed over the release and subsequent “hero’s welcome” received by the terrorist convicted of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombings, today sent a letter to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to divest state pension funds from any United Kingdom-based companies that conduct business with Libya. 

August 26, 2009
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Senator Johnson's Sun Safety Program Ends with More Than 60,000 Sunscreen Samples Distributed

 

Senator Craig Johnson, (D-Nassau) announced the successful conclusion of Summer Sun Safety Program.

During the months of June, July and August, the Senator and members of his staff  visited beaches, parks and pools across the 7th Senate District to hand out free samples of sun block and other UV protection, as well as literature on the dangers of prolonged sun exposure, and detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer.  More than 60,000 free samples of sun block and sun-blocking cosmetics were handed out to residents during the program’s duration.

August 22, 2009
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Senator Johnson Sponsors Back to School Supply Drive

This month,  through the beginning of September, Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau), will be hosting a “Back to School” school supply drive,  in cooperation with Gateway Youth Outreach, an after-school homework assistance program for at-risk youth. The purpose of the supply drive is to get those less fortunate ready for school by providing them with new, much-needed school supplies.

August 21, 2009
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MTA REMOVES BILLBOARD; SENATOR JOHNSON DECLARES VICTORY FOR CARLE PLACE RESIDENTS

 

CARLE PLACE, N.Y. -- A giant commercial billboard that was hung off an MTA-owned train trellis in the middle of a residential neighborhood has been removed following an outcry from residents and the intervention of Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau.)  

“This is a victory for the residents of Carle Place, and in particular the residents of the Cherry Lane neighborhood,” Senator Johnson said. “We banded together and spoke with one voice against this encroachment on the suburban character of this community. We were heard loud and clear.” 

August 21, 2009
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Senate Investigations Committee: 'Flawed Judgment' Found in Purchase of Governor's Island Ferry

$900K in Taxpayer Funds Wasted

The Governor's Island Preservation and Education Corporation showed “flawed judgment” and ignored available information when it purchased an unusable ferry-- resulting “in a significant waste of taxpayer dollars,” according to a report released today by the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. 

August 17, 2009
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Senator Johnson Urges Governor to Sign Unprecedented Public Authority Reform Bill

 

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), urged Governor Paterson to sign landmark legislation that will bring unprecedented scrutiny and accountability to New York's authority system. 

“These shadow governments that have access to literally billions of taxpayer dollars and currently have the ability to take on new debt with minimal oversight,” Senator Johnson said. “Every year we see new examples of fiscal mismanagement, abuse, and outright scandal that directly stem from the free reign and lack of public accountability that these entities operate under.”

August 16, 2009
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State Senate Extends COBRA Healthcare Benefits

Extends Health Insurance Coverage From 18 to 36 Months

 

The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S5471) that will protect unemployed workers by extending their health insurance benefits from 18 months to 36 months, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced. 

August 3, 2009
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Senator Johnson, Carle Place Residents, Rail Against Giant MTA Billboard in Residential Neighborhood

Senator Introduces Bill to Make the MTA Take Communities into Account

August 3, 2009
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Senator Craig Johnson Appointed to MTA Capital Program Review Board

Governor Ratifies Nomination by Senate President Smith

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), has been officially appointed to serve as the Senate Majority’s appointment to the MTA Capital Program Review Board.

The nomination, which was made by Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, was ratified by Governor David A. Paterson.

July 31, 2009
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT VOTES OF SOLDIERS AND OTHER OVERSEAS AMERICANS

Important legislation that will make it significantly easier for military and overseas voters to cast a ballot, better ensuring that their vote will count, recently passed the State Senate and was quickly signed into law, Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) said.

This measure, (S.5595), extends the time in which an absentee ballot can be received after an election. Now, all ballots will be counted that are received by the Board of Elections for seven days following a primary election, or 13 days following a general or special election. 

July 26, 2009
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Senator Craig Johnson Nominated to MTA Capital Program Review Board

 

(Albany, NY)- Today, Senate President Malcolm A. Smith announced the nomination of Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) to serve on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Program Review Board. The nomination was  made this past weekend, notice was given to the MTA and the appointment is pending the filing of the appropriate paperwork with the Governor’s office.

 

July 19, 2009
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Senator Johnson's Discriminatory Language Bill Passes Senate

A measure sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) that would eliminate the  insensitive, outdated and derogatory use of “oriental” in state documents passed the State Senate last week.  

July 19, 2009
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Senator Johnson's Anti-Domestic Violence Workplace Discrimination Bill Signed into Law

 

Important legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that would  protect victims of domestic violence and stalking from workplace discrimination was recently signed into law by the governor. 

The bill (S.958B) will prohibit employers from terminating the employment, or refusing to hire an individual based on their status as a domestic violence or stalking victim. It is the first bill of its kind in New York State.

July 18, 2009
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR CRAIG M. JOHNSON ON HIS VOTE AGAINST THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION BILL S.5661

"Today, I broke from my conference and voted against S.5661, the so-called consolidation legislation, because I believe it was not in the best interests of the residents of the 7th Senate District.

While I am in favor of empowering residents to determine their own future, I believe that many parts of this measure are fundamentally flawed and contain too many pitfalls. Taken as a sum of its parts, it is my belief that this legislation will inflict harm on our communities.

June 2, 2009
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SENATOR JOHNSON VOTES TO PROTECT UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERS DURING ECONOMIC CRISIS

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to nearly 120,000 currently unemployed New Yorkers, Senator Craig M. Johnson announced.

May 20, 2009
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SENATOR JOHNSON ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF CRUCIAL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT FIREFIGHTERS

Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) announces the passage of important legislation that protects firefighters from legal liability when operating fire trucks. This commonsense measure, (S.1624-C/A.6024-A), which he co-sponsored, closes a dubious loophole in state law that puts firefighters in legal jeopardy on a consistent basis.

May 19, 2009
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Senator Johnson Urges Passage of Sex Offender E-Notification Legislation

 

Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau), called for the passage of important legislation that will enable concerned parents and residents to receive instant email alerts every time a sex offender moves into their zip code.

May 17, 2009
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Sen. Johnson, Suburban Senate Dems, Unveil Tax Relief Plan

For Release- April 20, 2009

Sen. Johnson, Suburban Senate Dems, Unveil Tax Relief Plan

Proposal Includes STAR Rebate Restoration, Circuit Breaker for Middle Class Homeowners

Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) was joined by fellow Long Island Senator Brian X. Foley (D-Suffolk), Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx), Long Island homeowners and school officials to unveil their proposal to provide real relief to middle class homeowners who are struggling under the crippling burden of property taxes.

April 19, 2009
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