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Statement by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), the Senate Majority's Representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board:

“In light of Acting Commissioner Gee's veto of the proposed 2010-2014 Capital Plan, I strongly recommend the MTA reassess its capital needs and present a better, balanced, and more responsible plan to the CPRB.  
A capital plan is important to our region -- not only to strengthen our mass transit infrastructure, but also because it would create construction jobs in a sector that is currently experiencing massive unemployment.

December 31, 2009
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Senator Johnson Announces Emergency Preparedness Classes

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management announce free basic training classes for volunteers who want to join to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  

More than 1,000 Nassau County residents are already members of the CERT program, which educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response and recovery skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

December 28, 2009
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Senator Johnson Introduces Legislation to Roll Back Per Diem Increases; Institute 2-Year Freeze

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced today that he is introducing legislation to roll back per diem increases for members of the State Legislature. 

The measure would re-establish per diem levels at the last legislative session's rate, and freeze them for the next two years.  

October 14, 2009
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Senator Johnson Teams with Coats for Kids

 

Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) is teaming with Coats for Kids Inc. to help make sure that no child goes cold this winter. 

Between now and Jan. 1, Senator Johnson will be collecting new and gently used winter coats at his District Office, 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park, between 9 a.m .and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pick-ups can also be arranged. 

September 29, 2009
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Senators Johnson, Valesky: Pull State Pension Funds From U.K. Companies with Libyan Ties

Call to Action Amid Outrageous Release of Pan Am Flight 103 Terrorist

State Senators Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) and David J. Valesky (D-Oneida,) incensed over the release and subsequent “hero’s welcome” received by the terrorist convicted of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombings, today sent a letter to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to divest state pension funds from any United Kingdom-based companies that conduct business with Libya. 

August 26, 2009
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Senator Johnson's Sun Safety Program Ends with More Than 60,000 Sunscreen Samples Distributed

 

Senator Craig Johnson, (D-Nassau) announced the successful conclusion of Summer Sun Safety Program.

During the months of June, July and August, the Senator and members of his staff  visited beaches, parks and pools across the 7th Senate District to hand out free samples of sun block and other UV protection, as well as literature on the dangers of prolonged sun exposure, and detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer.  More than 60,000 free samples of sun block and sun-blocking cosmetics were handed out to residents during the program’s duration.

August 22, 2009
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(Times Union of Albany) Johnson: Ferry Report Signals Need for Authority Reform

 

Johnson: ferry report signals need for authority reform

by James M. Odato

Sen. Craig Johnson said his Committee on Investigations and Government Operations’ report on the expensive mistake made by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., which bought a ferry it never used, shows the need for reform of the public authorities.

He also blasted GIPEC for making a “disingenuous apology for the purchase of a rusted and unusable ferry in a debacle that wasted nearly $900,000 in taxpayer funds.”

August 19, 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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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 20, 2009
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR CRAIG M. JOHNSON ON HIS VOTE AGAINST THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION BILL S.5661

"Today, I broke from my conference and voted against S.5661, the so-called consolidation legislation, because I believe it was not in the best interests of the residents of the 7th Senate District.

While I am in favor of empowering residents to determine their own future, I believe that many parts of this measure are fundamentally flawed and contain too many pitfalls. Taken as a sum of its parts, it is my belief that this legislation will inflict harm on our communities.

June 3, 2009
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Legislative Gazette: Calls for state ethics overhaul increasing

By GREGORY JONESLegislative Gazette Staff WriterTue, May 26, 2009

After releasing a 174-page report on an investigation into leaks of confidential information by former Public Integrity Commission Executive Director Herbert Teitelbaum, Inspector General Joseph Fisch said the appointment of more ethical people to the board would be necessary to fix ongoing problems.

May 29, 2009
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SENATOR JOHNSON ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF CRUCIAL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT FIREFIGHTERS

Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) announces the passage of important legislation that protects firefighters from legal liability when operating fire trucks. This commonsense measure, (S.1624-C/A.6024-A), which he co-sponsored, closes a dubious loophole in state law that puts firefighters in legal jeopardy on a consistent basis.

May 20, 2009
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NEWSDAY: State weighs tax relief for Ponzi scheme losses

BY KEIKO MORRIS

keiko.morris@newsday.com

10:06 PM EDT, May 19, 2009 

The state will soon offer some relief for investors who lost money in Ponzi schemes by adopting tax policies similar to those issued by the Internal Revenue Service in March.

The state's Department of Taxation and Finance is still developing the new guidelines, but the agency is expecting to publish them in a few weeks, a spokesman said.

May 19, 2009
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Legislative Gazette: Real housewife lobbies for greener food packaging

By ANNA HELHOSKILegislative Gazette Staff WriterMon, May 11, 2009

A reality television celebrity accompanied three teenage girls to Albany last Tuesday to meet with legislators and advocate for a bill that would prohibit the use of plastic foam in food service.

Jill Zarin of the Bravo network's "The Real Housewives of New York City," along with her daughter Allyson Shapiro and two other New York high school girls, is advocating for a bill (S.747-a/A.706-a) that would enact the Food Service Waste Reduction Act.

May 11, 2009
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New York Post: GOVS IS. BOAT FERRY SILLY BUY

 By RICH CALDER

May 10, 2009 --

State pols have launched an investigation into a Governors Island redevelopment team's $500,000 purchase of an aging ferry with taxpayer dollars that was recently sold off on eBay for just $23,600 because it was so dilapidated it was not worth fixing.

May 10, 2009
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New York Post: FEW DWI DRIVERS GET JAIL

By REUVEN BLAU and JAMES FANELLI

May 3, 2009 --

The numbers are enough to drive someone to drink.

Nearly 10,000 drunken-driving arrests were made in the city last year, yet of the more than 6,000 cases that have gone through courts, only 187 offenders landed behind bars, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

May 8, 2009
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Senator Johnson-Sponsored Red Light Camera Bill Passes Senate

The New York State Senate last week passed legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) that will authorize the installation of red-light cameras in Nassau County.

The legislation (S.3749) will enable Nassau officials to install red-light cameras at up to 50 intersections throughout the county under a five-year pilot program. These devices turn on only when a vehicle runs a red light.

April 13, 2009
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