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

Johnson Applauds Grannis Confirmation By Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

ALBANY – Senator Craig M. Johnson applauded today's vote by the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee to confirm Alexander “Pete” Grannis' nomination for Commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Johnson, (D-Port Washington),  the Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, called Grannis “the right choice to lead this critically important agency at this critically important time.”

March 27, 2007

Senator Johnson Announces Bill To Protect First Responder Tax Relief

GREAT NECK, N.Y. – State Senator Craig M. Johnson today announced important legislation that would protect volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers from being penalized for taking part in property tax relief programs.The measure would amend state tax law to prevent local property tax breaks granted to first responders from being counted as adjusted gross income and subjected to state and local income tax. Under the current law, the property tax benefits could be considered income, “creating a tax shift instead of a tax break,” Johnson said.

March 22, 2007

Senator Johnson Casts Votes On Key Legislation

ALBANY-- State Senator Craig M. Johnson put his message of change into motion with votes to protect families from dangerous sexual predators, revamp the state's broken Workers' Compensation system and dampen the influence of special interests on New York's political process. Johnson said the three bills, which he campaigned on during the run-up to his Feb.

March 9, 2007