Senator Owen H. Johnson recently joined with Assemblyman Phil Boyle in presenting a New York State Legislative Resolution to Master, The Worshipful Edward T. Bartels commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Babylon Lodge No. 793, Free and Accepted Masons. An official celebration took place with a Black Tie Dinner Dance on April 29, 2012 at the Babylon Lodge in Babylon.The Free and Accepted Masons are the oldest fraternal organization in the world dating back some 3,000 years. The Babylon Lodge has continuously been a great influence in the community by providing leadership, a principled way of life deeply rooted in a system of values, social benevolence, emphasis on individual excellence and serving as a stabilizing force in the community.
Breast Cancer Help, Inc. celebrated 20 years of the Long Island Breast Cancer Mapping Project at its 17th Annual Gala at the Island Hills Country Club in Sayville on June 29, 2012. President Lorraine Pace awarded Senator Owen H. Johnson a Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts and support of the Breast Cancer Mapping Project. The project began in West Islip in 1992 and created a scientific evaluation of a survey created to map the incidence of breast cancer. This mapping project aids in determining the causes of breast cancer and has since spread across the nation and also to other countries such as England, Australia and Japan .
Dear Friends and Neighbors:After careful reflection and deep discussion with my wife Christel and my family, I have decided to not seek re-election to the New York State Senate. Propelled by the support of so many good people, I have enjoyed a fruitful forty year career, but now is the time for me to put my family and health first.
The West Babylon Little League along with Senator Owen H. Johnson hosted a Blood Drive on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Senator Owen Johnson Community Center located at 71 Sawyer Avenue in Lindenhurst.A total of 81 pints of blood were collected by Long Island Blood Services at the event. All 87 donors received a pair of Mets tickets for their generosity. Since each blood donation can help to save up to three lives, this blood drive alone could potentially save up to 243 lives.
Senator Owen H. Johnson was a proud co-sponsor of the New York State Senate Resolution honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in the United States Military history.The 65th Infantry Regiment was created in 1899 and became better known as the Borinqueneers from the word Borinquen, the name by which the native Taino Indians called Puerto Rico.“In co-sponsoring this Legislative Resolution, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation and eternal gratitude to the Borinqueneers. More than 20,000 Puerto Ricans have served courageously as Borinqueneers since World War I. Today we honor and thank them for their sacrifices, courageous acts and service to our country.”
As we enter another hurricane season on Long Island, it is important to make sure that you and your family are prepared in case a storm strikes our area. Planning ahead can protect more than your property - it can help save lives.
Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) joined Assemblymen Phil Boyle (8th Assembly District) and Joseph Saladino (12th Assembly District) in presenting a Legislative Resolution to the Rev. Msgr. Vincent Rush to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in West Babylon. The presentation took place at the church’s anniversary festivities on April 28, 2012.Established on June 21, 1962, Our Lady of Grace Parish was one of five parishes created by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Center from what had been the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Assemblyman Phil Boyle in presenting a Legislative Resolution to Monsignor Christopher Heller on June 3, 2012 celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the construction of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church at 39 North Carll Avenue in Babylon Village.The groundbreaking for St. Joseph Church was on June 25, 1911. The Romanesque design is based on the Church of San Stefano in Bologna, Italy. At the time, St. Joseph Church was the only church of its kind in the United Stated because of its unique all-brick structure. The architects were Reiley and Steinback of New York, and the builder was John Cockerill of North Babylon who also built the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.
Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-Babylon) and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Grace Varley, a five-year-old girl from Amityville, for heroically helping to save her younger brother’s life. “I am honored to present Grace Varley with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for her bravery. Grace reminds us that there is no age requirement for an individual to perform an act of heroism. At age five, her fortitude and quick action make her a fine example to all of us and deserving of the highest civilian honor that a New Yorker can receive,” said Senator Johnson.
Senator Owen H. Johnson recently honored a local distinguished service member from the 69th Infantry to represent the 4th Senate district in the New York Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Senator Johnson inducted Sergeant First Class John E. Walsh, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry at a ceremony in Albany on May 22, 2012. The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was established by the Senate in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding service members, like Robert E. Walsh, whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed forces is complemented by their service to the community.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Beth Delli-Pizzi of West Islip as a 2012 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Ms. Delli-Pizzi was among women from throughout New York State who were honored at the Women of Distinction Award Ceremony held at the State Capitol on May 15, 2012.
LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SEAGRASSJohnson-Sweeney Bill Helps To Address Threats to EcosystemThe New York State Legislature has passed legislation to guard marine habitat and protect the continued viability of commercial and recreational fishing. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Owen Johnson (R-C, Babylon) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-I-WF, Lindenhurst), establishes the Seagrass Protection Act to address threats to these ecologically important species.
Seagrass Protection Act, Invasive Species Awareness Helps Address Threats to Important EcosystemsThe New York State Senate passed legislation to protect marine habitat and the continued viability of commercial and recreational fishing. The bill (S.4287B), sponsored by Senator Owen Johnson (R-C, Babylon), establishes the Seagrass Protection Act to address threats to these ecologically important species.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined AMVETS, Suffolk County Independent Living Organization (SILO) members, local officials and advocates for the disabled on March 23, 2012 to celebrate the installation of an audible crosswalk at the intersection of Route 109 and Great East Neck Road in West Babylon. The audible crosswalk, giving an audible cue when it's safe to cross the intersection, is invaluable to the visually impaired in the West Babylon community. It also makes a safer crossing for the physically challenged as well as senior citizens and moms with children in tow.
State Senators Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District), John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District), and Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) joined with East Islip School District officials, PTA representatives, and board members at a Legislative Breakfast hosted by the East Islip School District PTA Council. Discussions focused on the educational programs available to the children of the East Islip School District. The event took place at the East Islip Central Administration Building in Islip Terrace on March 23, 2012.