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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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Senator Johnson Announces Legislation To Crack Down on Pension System Members Who Abuse Taxpayer Trust

 

Taxpayer Abuse Assessment Targets Figures in Roslyn Scandal, Similar Crimes

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), today announced legislation, (S.6823A/A9960A), that would end the double victimization caused by public pension system members who use their positions to steal taxpayer money, yet are still able to collect their taxpayer-funded pensions. 

April 14, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Room 814 LOB

April 13, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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NY POST: Sen. Johnson calls on education commissioner to explain spending

 

ALBANY – The state's spendthrift education bigs could soon get an overdue lesson in government efficiency.

Sen. Craig Johnson (D-L.I.) has called Education Commissioner David Steiner before the Senate Government Efficiency Task Force to explain the agency's extravagant purchasing practices as exposed this week in a series of Post reports.

April 4, 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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NEWSDAY: 'The biggest political roadblock to the third track is state Sen. Craig Johnson ...'

NEWSDAY HEADLINE: Experts: Dim future for big LI transportation projects

By REID J. EPSTEIN  reid.epstein@newsday.com

With Long Island's dour economy, shrinking state revenues and strong "not-in-my-backyard" tendency, the prospect of new large-scale, government-funded transportation projects being launched anytime soon in the region appears bleak, experts said Sunday.

April 1, 2010
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Senator Johnson-Backed Tax Relief Plan Passes State Senate

Circuit Breaker; Property Tax Cap, Senior STAR Rebate Check to Provide Comprehensive Tax Relief To Nassau Residents

Comprehensive legislation aimed at providing real property tax relief to residents on Long Island and across New York State overwhelmingly passed the State Senate yesterday, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced. 

March 19, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Room 814 LOB

March 16, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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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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Public Hearing: New York State’s noon-collection of taxes on cigarettes sold to non-Native Americans on Indian Reservations

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing: New York State’s noon-collection of taxes on cigarettes sold to non-Native Americans on Indian ReservationsPlace: Meeting Room 2, Convention Center, Albany, New YorkTime: 12:00 – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Kent Sopris (518) 455-2622Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 26, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Modernizing New York State’s Alcohol Beverage Control Law

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing: Modernizing New York State’s Alcohol Beverage Control LawPlace: Room 711-A Legislative Office Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.Contact: Michael Cassidy (518) 455-2617Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586

March 24, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Reforming Medicaid – Investigating Current Strategies Targeting Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing: Reforming Medicaid – Investigating Current Strategies Targeting Waste, Fraud and AbusePlace: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Kent Sopris (518) 455-2622Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 17, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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