Owen H. Johnson's News items

Verizon Wireline Employees Continue Round-the-Clock Progress in Restoring Voice, Data, Internet and TV Services in Northeast; Keeping Watchful Eye on Impending Nor’easter

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon wireline employees continue to reconnect consumers, businesses and government clients in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, while challenges remain in New Jersey and New York due to extended commercial power outages and heavy damage to company facilities. In addition, the company is preparing for a nor’easter that may begin affecting the Northeast on Wednesday (Nov. 7). 

November 7, 2012
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MAJOR STATE BANKS AND MORTGAGE SERVICERS OFFERING RELIEF FOR HOME MORTGAGE BORROWERS IN AFTERMATH OF SANDY

For Immediate Release: November 7, 2012

Relief includes no foreclosures or late fees for 90 daysGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that several major state-chartered banks and mortgage servicers have agreed to offer relief for home mortgage borrowers in the areas affected by Storm Sandy, including, in many cases, no foreclosures and no late fees for 90 days.

November 7, 2012
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces Temporary Housing Rental Assistance Increase in New York and New Jersey

U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityFederal Emergency Management AgencyIntergovernmental Affairs Division Intergovernmental Affairs AdvisoryNovember 7, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of ongoing efforts to ensure families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy get the support they need, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the agency is increasing the amount of rental assistance that it may provide eligible disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.  The rental amount, based on existing HUD Fair Market Rates (FMR) for fiscal 2013, is being increased by an additional 25 percent.   

November 7, 2012
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Absentee Ballot Application Deadline Extended For Tuesday General Election

Absentee Ballot Receipt Deadline also ExtendedALBANY, NY (11/01/2012)(readMedia)-- The State Board of Elections met in an emergency meeting late yesterday and approved an extension of the deadline for absentee ballot applications as New Yorkers continue to deal with the fallout of Hurricane Sandy. The original deadline for applications transmitted by mail, fax or letter was October 30th, it is now Friday, November 2nd. This extension applies statewide.Voters may still go to their local board of elections and cast an absentee ballot in person up to Monday, November 5th.

November 1, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HOMEOWNERS WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLES

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HOMEOWNERS WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLESDepartment of Financial Services Working Closely with Insurers to Speed Response to Homeowners Who Experienced LossesNew Yorkers Can Call DFS Disaster Hotline for HelpGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York homeowners will not have to pay potentially large hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Monday’s storm.The New York State Department of Financial Services has informed the insurance industry that hurricane deductibles should not be triggered for this storm. This will prevent coastal homeowners from having to pay deductibles in their insurance policies.

November 1, 2012
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Apply For U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans For Homeowners, Renters, Businesses And Private, Nonprofit Organizations

Whether you rent or own your own home, own your own business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, and are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

October 31, 2012
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HUD and Long Island Housing Services Join Forces to Warn Homeowners about Foreclosure Rescue Scam Artists

HUD and Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) Join Forces to Warn Homeowners about Foreclosure Rescue Scam Artists. 

HUD encourages homeowners to call LIHS at 631-567-5111, ext. 330 or 1-888-995-HOPE(4673) or the New York State Attorney General’s Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau, or visitwww.hud.gov/preventloanscams to get the facts about mortgage fraud, and report suspected scammers.

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October 12, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL ALLOWING DMV TO MARK VETERAN STATUS ON DRIVER'S LICENSES AND NON-DRIVER IDS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation allowing the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran. Under this law, a veteran of the United States Armed Forces may request to have this veteran status mark from the DMV. Many local businesses across the state currently provide discounts to veterans. This law will make it more simple and convenient for veterans to show and verify to a business their status as veterans on a driver’s license or non-driver ID without having to carry multiple forms of identification. In order to obtain this status from the DMV, applicants will have to submit proof that they were honorably discharged from the armed forces.

October 4, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON'S BILL PROHIBITING THE SALE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES TO CHILDREN IS SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Owen H. Johnson sponsored a bill that was recently signed into law protecting New York’s children and teenagers from the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes.  The new law (S.2926-B) prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes (often known as “e-cigarettes”) to anyone under the age of 18 years.

September 27, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES REGULATIONS TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DANGEROUS DRIVERS

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES REGULATIONS TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DANGEROUS DRIVERSAction Targets Drivers With Repeat Dangerous Driving Convictions New DMV Rules Among Toughest Licensing Policies in the NationGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today a multi-pronged initiative to keep drivers with a history of repeat alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions off the road. At the Governor's direction, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue new regulations that will give New York among the toughest protections in the nation against drivers who persistently drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

September 25, 2012
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NEW LEGISLATION STRENGTHENS LAWS AGAINST INTERNET ACCESS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation that strengthens the laws against internet access of child pornography.

The new law amends New York's Penal Law to prohibit individuals from knowingly accessing with the intent of viewing child pornography on the internet. Currently, under New York law, an individual who views child pornography on a website where the images become automatically embedded in a computer does not "possess" child pornography. This legislation closes that loophole. Under the new law if an individual purposefully accesses a website, intending to view child pornography, he or she will be committing a class E felony.

September 18, 2012
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NY STATE MUSEUM UNVEILS 9/11 EXHIBITION IN STATE CAPITOL

The New York State Museum today unveiled an exhibition in recognition of the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The exhibition will be on display in the War Room in the State Capitol from September 11th to mid-October and will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.The exhibition features artifacts from the New York State Museum, and honors the victims of September 11th and the countless heroes who helped in the clean-up and recovery efforts. New York State's permanent exhibit to commemorate September 11th – "The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response" – remains on display in the State Museum.

September 11, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON'S BILL TO PROTECT NEW YORK'S YOUTH FROM HARMFUL EFFECTS OF E-CIGARETTES SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed two bills to protect New York's children and teenagers from the harmful effects of cigarettes. The new laws include measures to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private schools (A.10141-B / S.6854-B), as well as prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18 (A.9044-B /S.2926-B).

September 5, 2012
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SECURELY DISPOSE OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT NY STATE POLICE TROOP HEADQUARTERS IN FARMINGDALE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the placement of drop boxes at nine New York State Police Troop Headquarters that will give New Yorkers across the state a secure place to anonymously dispose of unused prescription medications and controlled substances."With the state cracking down harder than ever before on prescription drug abuse, these secure drop boxes will give New Yorkers a place to dispose of unneeded medications, helping keep harmful substances out of the hands of those who would abuse them," Governor Cuomo said.

August 27, 2012
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NEW LAW HELPS NEW YORK STATE FIGHT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will help the state crack down harder on prescription drug abuse.

August 27, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILLS TO BETTER PROTECT NEW YORKERS' PRIVACY AND COMBAT CONSUMER SCAMS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a series of bills to better protect New Yorkers' privacy and personal information, and help combat consumer scams. The new laws include measures to prohibit the hiring of inmates for any job that would give them access to the Social Security numbers of other people (A.8375-A / S.7594.A), to limit instances where entities are allowed to request New Yorkers' Social Security numbers (A.8992-A / S.6608-A), and to improve consumer regulations to prohibit prize award schemes that require a customer to make a pay-per-call service phone call (A.4365-A / S.7595).

August 17, 2012
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DNA DATABANK EXPANSION LAW EFFECTIVE TODAY New Law Also Expands Access to DNA Testing and Discovery for Defendants

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the groundbreaking law expanding New York State’s DNA Databank by requiring anyone convicted of any felony or Penal Law misdemeanor to provide a DNA sample is now effective.The new law also includes expanded access to DNA Databank comparisons for certain criminal defendants, allowing them to obtain DNA testing before trial or after a guilty plea to demonstrate their innocence. In addition, the law provides for greater access to discovery of evidence after conviction where innocence is claimed.

August 1, 2012
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NEW LAW TO PROTECT TEENS FROM HEALTH RISKS OF BODY PIERCING

Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill to better protect teens from infections and blood-borne disease by requiring that a minor have written parental consent before obtaining a body piercing. This bill, overwhelmingly passed by both the Senate and the Assembly, is an important measure that will help to keep young New Yorkers healthy and safe.

"Body piercing can result in severe health risks and it is our obligation as New Yorkers and parents to make sure that our teens are taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank Senator Robach and Assembly Member Simanowitz for their hard work on this legislation."

August 1, 2012
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NEW LAW TO HELP IMPROVE BREAST CANCER DETECTION

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that is designed to help improve breast cancer detection and prevention by requiring mammography services to inform patients if dense breast tissue is found during an exam. "Early detection can save lives and this new law will give women who may be at a higher risk for breast cancer the information they need to consult with their physician about follow-up screening and other preventive measures," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend the bill sponsors for their work on this important legislation."

July 23, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO URGES NEW YORKERS TO ACT NOW TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE ADEQUATELY INSURED AGAINST STORM LOSSES

Homeowners Should Review Their Insurance Coverage, Make Needed Adjustments and Understand How Deductibles WorkGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged homeowners to take steps now to protect their homes in the event New York is hit by any of the nine to 15 storms the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. As many as three of those storms are predicted by NOAA to strengthen to hurricane force with top winds of 111 miles per hour or higher. Hurricane season extends through November 30.

July 19, 2012
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