Owen H. Johnson's Press releases

Long Island Railroad Holds Ribbon Cutting for New High Tech Train Wash in Babylon

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined LIRR representatives and elected officials on October 16, 2012 for the official ribbon cutting for the new high tech train wash in Babylon that cleans the LIRR electric train fleet.

Senator Owen H. Johnson said:  "I am pleased that our new high tech railroad car wash in Babylon Village provides our residents with clean and properly maintained railroad cars. I applaud the use of green technology such as solar panels producing electricity to operate the facility and water treatment systems allowing for recycling and safe disposal into our sewer system. This is a fine example of government embracing new technologies that help both the commuter and the environment."

November 9, 2012
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Hurricane Disaster Relief: FAQs and Important Contact Information

Please refer to the following information for answers to frequently asked questions and important contact telephone numbers and links.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. A resident is running out of food and water; what can he/she do?A. Call 311 or 211 for food and water, or seek a member of the Police or Fire Department, a member of the National Guard, or go to a shelter for supplies.

Q. When will power be restored?A. LIPA is reviewing damage, there is no definitive way to know how long. Check the following link for outages: http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/outagemap.html

Q. When will the LIRR be up and running?A. LIRR service has been partially restored and is free for users through Friday 11/1/12. For more information http://www.mta.info/lirr/

November 2, 2012
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Suffolk County Shelters Open For Hurricane Sandy's Arrival

Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer has issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency for the entire Town of Babylon ahead of Hurricane Sandy's arrival.

A mandatory evacuation of the beach communities and all areas south of Montauk Highway in the Town of Babylon, Village of Amityville, Village of Babylon and Village of Lindenhurst, has been ordered.

Residents of these areas are advised to leave the area and seek higher ground.The Town has designated the Babylon Town Hall Annex (281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon, NY 11703) as a place of safe haven.

Babylon Town Hall Annex, 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon.

 

October 29, 2012
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Friends of Edgewood Preserve Thank Senator Johnson

Members of the Friends of Edgewood Preserve, Sid Cherry and Patricia Burkhart, recently presented a clock to Senator Owen H. Johnson to thank him for years of support and for helping to protect the Oak Brush Plains.  Senator Johnson created the Oak Brush Plain State Preserve in 1987 from a portion of the former Pilgrim State Hospital property.

October 16, 2012
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Senator Johnson's Granddaughter Eliza Throws 1st Pitch; Owen Johnson Fan Appreciation Night at Ducks Stadium

Senator Owen H. Johnson applauded granddaughter Eliza as she threw out the first pitch at a Long Island Ducks game on September 15, 2012.  Senator Johnson’s family joined him at Owen Johnson Fan Appreciation Night at Bethpage Ballpark.  Senator Johnson was honored for helping to secure $14.4 million in state funding for the construction of Ducks Stadium, and for the resulting cultural, recreational and economic boon to Suffolk County.  Photograph from left to right:  Frank Boulton, Owner, Long Island Ducks; Owen H. Johnson, NY State Senator with daughter Chirsten, her husband Danny Tymann and their daughter, Eliza; and Bud Harrelson, former Mets champion, Co-Owner, Senior VP of Baseball Operations and First Base Coach of the Long Island Ducks.

October 5, 2012
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The Bohlsen Family Emergency Department Dedication at Southside Hospital

Senator Owen H. Johnson attended the official dedication of The Bohlsen Family Emergency Department at North Shore-LIJ Southside Hospital in Bay Shore on September 14, 2012.  State & local officials, North Shore-LIJ Health System officials and Southside Hospital officials joined to recognize the Bohlsen Family and their exceptional philanthropy and commitment to the progress and growth of Southside Hospital. 

October 5, 2012
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SBPLI Receives Motorola Solutions Grant For Long Island FIRST Robotics Program

Senator Owen H. Johnson was honored at the 3rd Annual Fred Breithut Memorial Golf Tournament at the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge on September 20, 2012.  School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc (SBPLI) extended heartfelt gratitude for   Senator Johnson’s many years of support of the Long Island For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Program.At the tournament, Senator Johnson was pleased to join with SBPLI Executive Director Joani Madarash and Chairman Hans Zobel as SBPLI received a $25,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. 

October 2, 2012
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Thank You Dennis Gartland For 38 Years Of Dedication And Service to New York State Parks!

Dennis Gartland, Retired Robert Moses State Park Manager, Honored For 38 Years of ServiceSenator Owen H. Johnson joined Chuck Hollins, Past President of the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) in recognizing Dennis Gartland, retired Robert Moses State Park Manager, for 38 years of dedication and service to New York State Parks.Chuck Hollins presented the award on behalf of LIBBA and the Montauk Surfcasters Association.  The presentation took place at Senator Johnson’s Beach Cleanup 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 on September 15, 2012.Photograph, left to right:  Chuck Hollins, Past President, LIBBA; Dennis Gartland, Retired Robert Moses State Park Manager; and Senator Owen H. Johnson.

September 20, 2012
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THANK YOU BEACH CLEANUP 2012 VOLUNTEERS! ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS!

This year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 from 10:00 AM until Noon. Hundreds of volunteers combed the beaches and collected over 1200 pounds of debris!  For the 26th year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was another big success!“Thank you to everyone who came out for Beach Cleanup 2012,” Senator Johnson said.  “We had a wonderful response again this year.  Our volunteers gathered over 1200 pounds of  garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”

September 19, 2012
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THANK YOU BEACH CLEANUP 2012 VOLUNTEERS! ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS!

This year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 from 10:00 AM until Noon. Hundreds of volunteers combed the beaches and collected over 2000 pounds of debris!  For the 26th year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was another big success!“Thank you to everyone who came out for Beach Cleanup 2012,” Senator Johnson said.  “We had a wonderful response again this year.  Over 345 volunteers gathered a ton of  garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”

September 19, 2012
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The Blessing of Angel Home in West Babylon

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined elected officials and Catholic Health Services of Long Island at The Blessing of Angel Guardian Home at 720 Albin Avenue in West Babylon on July 17, 2012.  Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, officiated.Angel Guardian Home is a 14 bed home offering 24 hour nursing and enhanced program support, enabling Maryhaven Center of Hope to enrich the lives of the medically fragile developmentally disabled.  Maryhaven is a nonprofit agency founded by The Daughters of Wisdom in 1930 and is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

September 12, 2012
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Third Annual Fred Breithut Memorial Golf Outing September 20th To Support Robotics Programs For Grades K-12

Senator Owen H. Johnson joins School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) in announcing The 3rd Annual Fred Breithut Memorial Golf Outing to be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club, 1715 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Hauppauge.  Registration and brunch will take place between noon and 1:15 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Following golf will be a reception starting at 6:30 p.m., with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m.Tickets are $250 per golfer and $900 per foursome which includes a round of golf, golf carts, brunch and dinner. Tickets are $100 each for dinner only (no golf).  If you are interested in being a sponsor, email: SBPLIgolf@scc-cm.com.

September 7, 2012
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United States Coast Guard Station at Fire Island

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently toured the United States Coast Guard Station at Fire Island.  Pictured with Senator Johnson are Coast Guard Auxiliary Member Harvey Miller, Suffolk County Legislator Wayne Horsley, and the crew aboard a 47 foot Motor Lifeboat, Coast Guard 47316. Photograph from left to right:

August 28, 2012
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New Executive Director of NSLIJ Southside Hospital Donna Moravick

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently met with new Executive Director of NSLIJ Southside Hospital Donna Moravick to congratulate her on her new position and to discuss upcoming projects at the hospital that will benefit the community.As the new Executive Director of Southside, Ms. Moravick is responsible for daily operations at the hospital and works with its management team to enhance clinical and patient services. Previously, she was the vice president of cardiovascular services for North Shore-LIJ, responsible for managing cardiovascular and thoracic surgery across the health system. 

August 24, 2012
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SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON'S LEGISLATION TO SAFEGUARD NEW YORK’S SEAGRASS AND WILDLIFE WAS SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Cuomo signed a bill to protect New York’s seagrass beds, an essential part of our underwater environment, and its surrounding wildlife.

“Seagrass beds in New York State are a vital habitat for many species of fish, and by endangering the seagrass, we risk losing some of our vibrant marine life,” Governor Cuomo said. “This bill will stop many of the practices that have been causing our seagrass to die. We can no longer turn a blind eye to procedures that threaten our environment, and I thank Senator Johnson and Assemblyman Sweeney for their hard work to protect this fragile ecosystem.”

August 1, 2012
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Shed The Meds Program at the Islip Fire Department

Elaine Incandela of Deer Park was among the many community members who met with Senator Owen H. Johnson at his “Shed The Meds” event at the Islip Fire Department on June 30th.  Senator Johnson said, “I’d like to thank all who dropped off unused or expired prescription drugs for helping to keep them out of the wrong hands and also out of our water supply.  A special thanks to the Suffolk County Police Department who helped collect and safely dispose of the unwanted prescription drugs.”

July 26, 2012
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Babylon Village's New Farmer's Market Opens

Senator Owen H. Johnson met with Farmer’s Market Organizers on Sunday, July 1st marking the first day of Babylon Village’s own weekly Farmer’s Market located in the parking lot directly north of the Long Island Railroad Station.  The market will run every Sunday from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm through October.  A wide variety of items will be available for purchase, including fresh produce, milk, cheeses, pickles, baked goods, homemade soups, spices, granola, and jams and jellies.  Local craft beer vendors will also be on hand.

July 25, 2012
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Members of the Urban League of Long Island Joined with Senator Owen H. Johnson at his July 18, 2012 Career Fair

Senator Owen H. Johnson partnered with Suffolk County NY State Senators Lee Zeldin, Kenneth P. LaValle and John J. Flanagan in sponsoring a Career Fair on July 18, 2012.  The event took place at the Suffolk County Community College Brentwood Campus.In addition to over 60 employers from varying sectors of the Long Island economy, the July 18th Career Fair featured a one-hour seminar for job seekers on how to use LinkedIn for their job search.  Over 11,000 job seekers attended.

July 25, 2012
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New Law to Help Increase Early Detection of Breast Cancer

New York State Senator Owen H. Johnson today announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue may make it more difficult to detect tumors.

July 24, 2012
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Urging FAA to Choose Long Island MacArthur Airport For New NextGen Air Traffic Control Facility

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined with other elected officials in urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to choose Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA) as the new home for its NextGen air traffic control facility.  Senator Owen H. Johnson said:  “It is vitally important to the Long Island economy that we fight to bring the new consolidated Air Traffic Control site to MacArthur Airport in Suffolk County where 950 highly technical and well paid aviation personnel can remain employed.  Additionally, the development of the NextGen air traffic facility will bring an additional 1,000 construction jobs to Long Islanders who desperately need them.”

July 20, 2012
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