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'It wasn't just the purchase of a lemon, it was the purchase of a jumbo lemon', Sen. Johnson tells Daily News

Senate committee report slams agency that runs Governors Island for buying worn-out ferry

 

BY GLENN BLAIN

DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

Tuesday, August 18th 2009, 4:00 AM

 

Agency that runs Governors Island drew ire for sinking more than $900,000 on this ferry, then selling the useless boat on eBay for $23,600.

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ALBANY - All in all, it was a ferry stupid idea.

 

August 19, 2009
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NY POST: Gov. Is. deal hulluva ferry fia$co

 

By: Brendan Scott

ALBANY – A state Senate panel yesterday called for an overhaul of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp. after the state agency sank nearly $1 million into a dilapidated ferry that it later sold on eBay – for just $23,600.

August 17, 2009
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(NY Daily News Editorial) Ferry poor judgment: Knucklehead Governors Island boss shipwrecks boat buy

Ferry poor judgment: Knucklehead Governors Island boss shipwrecks boat buy

 

Everyone who has been around New York for more than a few minutes knows that purchasing on faith is never a good idea - everyone, it seems, except Leslie Koch.

Possessed of a rare combination of gullibility and cavalier indifference to money, Koch exhibits a steadfast belief in buying virtually sight unseen, no matter how loopy her acquisition patently is.

August 17, 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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August 17, 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. 

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Full Hearing Transcript May, 7 2009

August 16, 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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MANHASSET PRESS: Second Annual Kids Safety Day Draws Healthy Crowd

New York Jets Safety, Kerry Rhodes, Apropos Celebrity Guest

Written by Pat Grace

August 9, 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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Kids Safety Day at Mary Jane Davies Park -- July 28

Senator Craig Johnson, North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, and the Town of North Hempstead held the 2nd Annual Kids Safety Day at Mary Jane Davies Park in Manhasset. 

August 3, 2009
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Star Safety for the NY Jets Kerry Rhodes (left) Joins Senator Craig Johnson at the 2nd Annual Kids Safety Day

Senator Craig Johnson, North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, and the Town of North Hempstead held the 2nd Annual Kids Safety Day Juy 28 at Mary Jane Davies Park in Manhasset. 

August 1, 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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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: ‘Oriental’ elimination bill approved by Legislature

 

By DAMORE RAMWA

Legislative Gazette Staff Writer

Mon, Jul 27, 2009

A bill that would eliminate the term “Oriental” from official state documents passed the Senate on July 20 and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Craig Johnson, D-Port Washington, and Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, would rid the word from state documents, citing it as “insensitive, outdated and derogatory,” according to a statement from the senator’s office.

July 26, 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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