Owen H. Johnson's News items

SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SCHOOL BUS BILLS

SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SCHOOL BUS BILLSBills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical    The New York State Senate today passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication. A bill was passed, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A).  The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.   

February 6, 2012
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SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON CO-SPONSOR OF LIPA OVERSIGHT BILL

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the LIPA Oversight Bill that will ensure better service and electricity rates for power customers on Long Island. The new law requires the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to adhere to best-industry practices to maximize efficiency, undergo periodic audits, and increase transparency.

February 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES DNA DATABANK EXPANSION BILL

Bill Would Enact Governor’s Proposal To Include Misdemeanors    The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994.  The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples. 

January 31, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LOW COST FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOMEOWNERS TO MAKE ENERGY EFFICIENT UPGRADES

On-Bill Recovery Financing Program Will Allow Consumers to Pay for Energy Efficiency Upgrades on Monthly Utility BillGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York consumers seeking to make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes can now obtain low cost financing and repay the loan on their monthly utility bill. The program, known as On-Bill Recovery Financing, allows costs incurred by homeowners to be offset through energy savings while reducing consumption and air pollution, making it a win-win for New Yorkers.

January 31, 2012
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Four Key Votes To Get Dangerous Drivers Off the Road

The State Senate this week sent a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.    In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, we overwhelmingly approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets. ·    The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

January 25, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.            “Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop.  Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C).  Senator Owen H. Johnson supported the new law.

Abbagail’s Law closes a big loophole by making it clear that ‘supervising drivers’ that are drunk will be held accountable for their irresponsible actions.  It’s simple to understand that if you are supervising a younger driver, you must be sober. Otherwise, the consequences can be tragic, like in the case of young Abbagail Buzard.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SALVIA DIVINORUM

    In an effort to keep drugs out of the hands of New York State’s youth, the New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), to ban the sale of the legal hallucinogen salvia divinorum. 

January 24, 2012
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NEWSDAY: Babylon Girl, 13, Honored for Irene Help

Originally published: January 8, 2012 9:17 PMUpdated: January 8, 2012 9:43 PMBy PATRICK WHITTLE  patrick.whittle@newsday.com

At age 13, with pink earrings dangling near her shoulders and a glistening smile, Jennifer Melfi stood out from the overwhelmingly older male crowd at an amateur radio convention Sunday inBethpage.

But Jennifer's age isn't the only thing that separates her from most "hams," as amateur radio enthusiasts are sometimes called, said State Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon).

January 9, 2012
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Senators Call On Governor Cuomo To Protect School Taxpayers

    In a recent letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) formally called for the restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts to be included as part of the Governor’s upcoming budget proposal.    The State Education Department originally denied this funding to the districts because they inadvertently failed to file paperwork on time for certain capital construction projects.

December 22, 2011
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We Mourn The Loss of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski

“My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the family of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski,” Senator Owen H. Johnson said.  “Police officers put their lives on the line for us every day with acts of bravery and heroism, and we pause at this time to truly appreciate Officer Figoski's sacrifices.”

December 16, 2011
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LIPA Becomes First Utility in State to Launch Mobile Texting Initiative-Power Out? Text It In

New texting initiative will allow LIPA customers to report and receive information about power outages from their mobile deviceLIPA also adds new Facebook and Twitter storm pages to its existing social media channels

December 16, 2011
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LI Wins $101.6 Million in State Jobs Aid

LI wins $101.6 million in state jobs aid

By JAMES T. MADORE james.madore@newsday.com

Long Island is one of four New York regions that will receive more than $100 million each in state aid to begin implementing job-growth plans, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday.

The Island won $101.6 million.

December 9, 2011
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December 2, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES "JOBS EXPRESS" WEBSITE NOW LISTS 52,000 JOB OPENINGS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE

Jobs Express Has Been Visited Over 200,000 Times In First Four Weeks Job Fairs Announced to Fill 100 Positions at General ElectricGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that "Jobs Express," the state's new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment, now lists 52,000 job openings and has introduced improved search tools. In the past four weeks since the launch of Jobs Express, the website has been visited over 200,000 times and has listed an additional 10,000 job openings.

November 28, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR STORM VICTIMS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE

Additional Housing, Business and Infrastructure funds available following tour by Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by his Cabinet, announced additional resources for storm victims following a tour by the Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force of the areas affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee."This summer, our state suffered from two natural disasters that devastated communities across New York," Governor Cuomo said. "I recently deployed the Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force to assess the most pressing concerns on the ground and report back so we can coordinate on providing additional resources where they are most needed." $3 Million for Rebuilding Main Street Businesses

November 16, 2011
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FEMA Extends New York Deadlines to Register for Disaster Assistance

ALBANY, N.Y. – At the request of New York state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the registration deadline for anyone who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee this summer.Those affected by either storm now have until Dec. 15 to register for federal disaster assistance.“We've extended the registration deadline for people who – for whatever reason – have not had the opportunity to register for assistance,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. “The goal is to ensure all eligible Irene and Lee survivors have the chance to seek assistance.”

November 4, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LAW TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR TREATMENT OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

New Law Requires Coverage of Autism Disorder by Health Insurance ProvidersGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a law that will require health insurance providers to offer coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. The legislation will help families afford the expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders. Under the new law, health insurance companies will be required to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders, though coverage may be subject to deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance consistent with those imposed on other benefits.

November 1, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF "JOBS EXPRESS" WEBSITE TO HELP UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERS FIND JOB OPENINGS

More Than 42,000 Job Openings Currently Listed in Job Bank By RegionGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of "Jobs Express," a new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment.The site takes thousands of jobs listed on the New York State Jobs Bank and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors. To visit Jobs Express, go to http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm.

October 31, 2011
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Statewide Public Notification System Will Help Locate Missing Vulnerable Adults

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF STATEWIDE ALERT SYSTEM FOR MISSING VULNERABLE ADULTS

October 24, 2011
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