The 9th Annual Deputy Chief Ray Downey, Forever Running Memorial 5K Run/Walk in Deer Park raised nearly $25,000 this year. Five thousand people came out to pay tribute to a local hero.
“I’m proud to pay tribute to Deputy Chief Raymond Downey and all of the heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001,” Senator Owen H. Johnson said. “Together we can honor them for their bravery and courage by coming out to raise money for our community.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined state and local officials and community members recently to unveil the newly renovated Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road Station, marking the completion of the five year project. New features to the station include a modern covered pedestrian overpass between the eastbound and westbound platforms, new platform lighting, new windows and new paint.
Residents and members of the community approached Senator Owen Johnson five years ago to express concerns over potential safety issues for the 1600 daily passengers. Senator Johnson was instrumental in securing $3.6 million for the project. Funding came from the Metropolitan Transit Authority's capital improvement budget.
I am pleased to provide you with an updated copy of “Fishing Facts” for the year 2010 (pdf file attached below). This publication reflects the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC’s) recently adopted marine recreation fishing regulations.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino and Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone, among many others, for the unveiling of the Town of Babylon History Museum at the newly restored Old Town Hall on June 11, 2010.
The brand new Town of Babylon History Museum includes exhibits celebrating the 100th anniversary of the electric trolleys and the 175th anniversary of the Long Island Rail Road. The Museum includes old jail cells from the old Town of Babylon Police Department, and an interactive media-table with hundreds of historic photos and oral history videos. All museum tours are free.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined in the Grand Opening Celebration of Shipwreck Cove, the $1.5 million water park that opened June 26th at the Bay Shore Marina. Opening festivities included treasure hunts, field day events, arts and crafts, music, fireworks and more!
“It was a pleasure to celebrate the grand opening of Shipwreck Cove! The Town of Islip has much to offer to families that want to enjoy summer activities closer to home at an affordable price,” Senator Johnson said.
Photograph left to right: Tom Barraga, Suffolk County Legislator; John Edwards, Islip Town Councilman; John Corrado, President of Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc.; Kevin Law, President of Long Island Power Authority; and Senator Owen H. Johnson.
Senator Owen H. Johnson applauds the recent partnership of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) with Suffolk Transportation Service to bring solar energy to their state-of-the-art headquarters in Bay Shore.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented a Legislative Resolution to the Lindenhurst Fire Department commemorating their 125th Anniversary at the Annual Installation Dinner Dance on May 1, 2010.
“I’m proud to honor these courageous and devoted firefighters who now protect over 30,000 residents in this community,” Senator Johnson said. “They have won our praise and respect for risking their lives to help others.”
LIRR President Helena Williams welcomed Senator Owen H. Johnson at a groundbreaking ceremony for LIRR’s new Babylon Train Wash Facility on May 21, 2010.
The Babylon Train Wash’s design boasts a “green” list of sustainable features, including architectural and structural, HVAC, plumbing, wash equipment and renewable energy. The project is funded by $25.5 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money through the Federal Transit Administration of the Department of Transportation.
Prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks on our country, many of the parades down our main streets were thin in terms of marchers and thinner yet in terms of spectators standing at the sidelines and cheering the marchers on. Since then, however, Americans have regained an appreciation for the men and women who have served and even died for their country, and for the right to freedom home and abroad.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Carol Quirk of Deer Park as a 2010 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Carol Quirk currently serves as Town Clerk in the Town of Babylon, where she is responsible for maintaining and archiving all town records as well as issuing state and town permits. Before serving as Town Clerk, she served as a Babylon Town Councilwoman for over seven years. She has been a resident and active community member of Deer Park for over 40 years.
Given the nature of the economy, Long Islanders want an affordable vacation and will want to use our State Park facilities for swimming, camping, golfing, picnics, and hiking beginning on the Memorial Day Weekend. I am outraged that our State Budget is 56 days late and that State Parks are being targeted for closure or service reductions.
Last night, my Senate Republican colleagues and I introduced a proposal to restore funding to State Parks by using excess funds relating to the New York Power Authority without the necessity of dipping into the Environmental Protection Fund.
Senate Democrats have talked about the need to reopen our parks, but every single one of them voted against our plan that would have ensured that all New Yorkers have access to fully operational parks as the holiday weekend approaches.
The Democratic leadership in the State Senate has continuously dragged their feet on passing a State Budget that stops irresponsible spending, targets fraud and waste in government, and reduces a bloated bureaucracy.
Simply put, if the Democratic Senate leadership established Budget Conference Committees, as required by law, a Budget would be in place and all of our State Parks would be open and fully operational.
Let’s stop the games and start negotiations immediately! Our families and all New Yorkers are starting to face serious consequences due to this late Budget. In my own district, the contractors performing work for the state are not being paid, school aid payments are late, the grass on our parkways is not being cut, and even the state DOT is rationing gas! This is outrageous! We need to pass a responsible state budget today!
Never in the history of our state, even during the Great Depression, have New York State Parks closed. Let’s stop the games and begin negotiating a responsible Budget that includes more than three Democrats from New York City.
Photo left to right: Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Paul Poulos, Jr. of West Babylon Jr. High School.
Senator Owen H. Johnson was delighted to accept a Facebook invitation from Paul Poulos Jr., a student at West Babylon Jr. High School, to attend his 8th grade Chorus, Band and Orchestra Concert on May 12th. Paul, a member of the Chorus, introduced Senator Johnson to the crowd before the 7:30 p.m. performance.
Left to right: Assemblyman Robert Sweeney; Paulette Battle; George Davis; Theresa Sanders, President & CEO since 1997; Senator Owen Johnson; Keisha Walker, Vice President of Development & Operations; George A. Jones, Member of the Board of Directors.
Senator Owen Johnson recently presented the Urban League of Long Island, and Theresa E. Sanders, President & CEO of the Urban League of Long Island with Legislative Resolutions honoring the occasion of receiving the Empowerment Award from the Department of Human Services in the Town of Babylon.
Senator Owen Johnson congratulates eight SUNY students from the 4th Senate District who received the prestigious New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The following eight students, from a total of 220 students statewide, received an overall GPA of 3.8 and have records of significant contributions to their campus communities.
Photo left to right: Assemblyman Robert Sweeney; Dariusz Sulima; Marta Sulima; Monika Sulima; Malgorzata Sulima; Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Superintendent Charles Leunig.
Marta and Monika Sulima, seniors at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have made District history by becoming the first twins ever to earn the recognition of valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. They were among the top 10 students introduced at the February 27th Copiague Public Schools Legislative Breakfast by High School Principal Albert J. Voorneveld, Jr.
Over 100 volunteers donated their time and efforts on an Arbor Day Recognition Project to care for the trees on the grounds of the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale. Members of the Long Island Aboricultural Association (LIAA) spent the day removing dead and diseased trees and branches, and pruning healthy trees at the National Cemetery as part of their ongoing effort to care for and preserve Long Island’s trees and shrubs. A ceremonial tree planting was part of the day's events.