Senator Johnson Votes For Gas Tax Holiday; Pushes For Further Relief At The Pumps

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), broke with members of his conference last week to vote for a measure to roll back the state gasoline tax this summer.

The bill (S7594-B), which would eliminate the 32-cent per gallon state tax on gasoline purchases between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, was a "step in the right direction," though more needs to done, Senator Johnson said.

May 12, 2008

Israel At 60

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a county-sponsored ceremony commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the state of Israel.

It was a great event that lent itself to a reflection on the importance of this young nation, as both a democracy and a homeland for a people that have traditionally had no place to call their own.

With a large number of people of the Jewish faith (myself included) that live in Nassau, the continued prosperity of Israel is a significant local issue.

May 11, 2008

A Mother's Day Message From Senator Craig M. Johnson

As Mother's Day approaches, I want to take the opportunity to thank all the mothers that play a vital role in helping to shape and strengthen our families, our neighborhoods and Nassau County as a whole.

We are fortunate to have such deeply passionate and involved women, many of whom juggle parental duties with a career, and yet still find time to work to improve the lives of their neighbors.

May 5, 2008

Senator Craig Johnson Holds New Hyde Park-garden City Park Day

Senator Craig M. Johnson last week went on a day-long listening tour of the greater New Hyde Park/ Garden City Park area that culminated in a packed Town Hall-style meeting.

"This was a great day and a great opportunity to discuss the issues facing New Hyde Park and Garden City Park, as well as the concerns of its residents," Senator Johnson said. "I am humbled by the strong turnout and I thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to join me."

April 29, 2008

Senator Craig M. Johnson Hosts Special Needs Forum With Manhasset Septa

Senator Johnson recently held a forum on issues concerning special needs children with the Manhasset Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA.)

Members of the Great Neck and Port Washington SEPTAs were also in attendance at the event, which was held at North Hempstead Town Hall.

April 28, 2008

Senator Johnson Pushes For More School Aid

Senator Craig M. Johnson has been meeting with Paterson administration officials to advocate for more school aid in the 08-09 budget for the 7th Senate District.

April 27, 2008

Senator Craig Johnson argues his Third Track bill

Senator Craig Johnson argues his Third Track bill

April 18, 2008

Senator Johnson Honors Women Of Distinction


Thirteen women from across the 7th Senate District have been honored by Senator Craig Johnson for their commitment and contributions to their communities. These "Women of Distinction" are comprised of community activists, local officials, religious and cultural leaders, and children's advocates, among others, whose work has enriched their neighborhoods and improve the lives of their neighbors.

April 8, 2008

Senator Craig M. Johnson Calls On MTA To Drop Third Track From Its Five-year Capital Plan

Senator Craig M. Johnson sent the following letter was sent to MTA Executive Director and CEO Elliot G. Sander.

Elliot G. Sander – Executive Director and CEO The Metropolitan Transportation Authority 347 Madison AvenueNew York, NY 10017-3739


April 7, 2008

Senator Johnson, Gloria Steinam, Join Pay Equity Rally


ALBANY -- Senator Craig M. Johnson joined renowned author and activist Gloria Steinam, the New York State Pay Equity Coalition, and other supporters at a recent rally at the state legislative building in support of the NYS Fair Pay Act.

April 4, 2008

Statement By Senator Craig M. Johnson:

"This state is bigger than just one person. Eliot Spitzer's resignation was the only choice that would ensure that the needs of all residents are not lost as this scandal continues to unfold.

Gov. Spitzer's shocking and disturbing actions, for which he alone bears responsibility, has simply eliminated his ability to govern.

The budget is still due April 1 and this state simply could not afford to have the governing process continue to be hampered by Gov. Spitzer's legal and personal entanglements.

March 12, 2008

Senator Johnson Announces Main Line Community Empowerment Act

Bill Would Require Local Community Support/ Public Hearings on Third Track

March 7, 2008

State Senate Approves Neighborhood Preservation Act

Senator Johnson-supported bill protects home values, tackles aftershocks of the foreclosure crisis

The State Senate last week passed landmark legislation that would protect neighborhoods and property values from the ripple effects of the national foreclosure crisis.

March 2, 2008

Senator Craig Johnson Brings Dot To Mineola To Discuss Roslyn Road Grade Crossing Elimination Project.


Senator Craig Johnson last week hosted a meeting with the New York State Department of Transportation and concerned residents from Mineola to discuss the progress of the Roslyn Road Grade Crossing Elimination project. 

Senator Johnson was first joined by DOT officials, Russell Sutherland, President of the Board of Birchwood Court Owners, Inc. and Michael Nath, Property Manager for the Birchwood Apartments, for an on-site visit. They continued the discussion at the DOT Field office on Old Country Road.

March 2, 2008

Senator Johnson Joins Rally Of 1,500 Demanding State Give Long Island Its Fair Share


FARMINGDALE --Senator Craig M. Johnson joined parents, teachers, students and school officials from across the 7th Senate District at a rally demanding that Long Island receive its fair share of school aid in this year's budget.

Johnson was one of roughly 1,500 Long Islanders -- including the eight Republican senators from Nassau and Suffolk -- that attended the rally, which was held Saturday March 1, 2008 in Ellsworth W. Allen Park in Farmingdale.

March 2, 2008

Senator Johnson Introduces Belmont Community Advisory Board Legislation


Community and local government leaders, join in announcement

February 21, 2008

From The Desk Of Senator Craig M. Johnson: Don't Tread On Us

Thank you members of the Commission for hosting this meeting in Nassau CountyAs you know from previous testimony I have given, I am opposed to Mayor Bloomberg’s Congestion Pricing plan, as I believe it will place an undue burden on the residents of Long Island who commute into Manhattan. I have already stated my reasons for this, however I have a new set of concerns that greatly reinforce my opposition.

January 25, 2008

Statement By Senator Craig M. Johnson

"The governor's proposed education budget, if enacted, would have a detrimental and long-lasting impact on Long Island's schools and would put further financial strain on taxpayers that are already at the breaking point. While New York State is facing some large and very real financial difficulties, it is unconscionable to demand our children bear this burden. As this budget simply cannot be supported in this current form, I am eager to begin the negotiation process to raise education funding to levels that Long Island families need and our children deserve."

January 24, 2008

Statement By Senator Craig M. Johnson On (s.6727) Proposed Legislation To Notify Localities Of The Rail Transportation Of Hazardous Materials

"This is common sense legislation that should be passed as soon as possible. While communities and first responders need to be prepared for anything that comes along our rails, the fact that this type of dangerous material can be transported through our neighborhoods at any time of the day or night should give anyone within the range of the train lines some serious pause.

January 13, 2008