“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.
“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.”
Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing: Paperless Ticket TransferabilityPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,New YorkTime: 12:30 to 3:00 P.M.Contact: Kent Sopris (518) 455-2622Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
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.
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.
Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), chairman of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, discusses the need for a non-political apportionment commission on the Capitol Pressroom on May 4, 2010. Two hours after this interview, Senator Johnson's Committee became the first in New York history to pass an independent redistricting bill
With Mother's Day approaching, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), released a Public Service Announcement Promoting Breast Cancer awareness.
In the PSA, which was filmed in Senator Johnson's childhood home in Port Washington, he talks about his mother, late County Legislator Barbara Johnson, and how her 15-year battle with breast cancer affected his family.
He also directs viewers to the The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, which has provided professional counseling, education and outreach services to thousands of breast cancer patients and their families for the last 30 years.
Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing: Water Quality in Nassau CountyPlace: Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact: Kent Sopris (518) 455-2622Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586
Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Room 124 CAP
Ed Koch, former Mayor of New York City, Henry Stern, Director of New York Civic and Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, will be addressing the Committee. Please note time and location change.
“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.