The New York State Insurance Department has activated its Disaster Hotline to assist consumers with insurance questions following the wind storm that caused extensive property damage over the weekend in the New York City metropolitan area. Here's the link:
Photo left to right: Cameron Schmid, trumpet player, Owen H. Johnson, and Teresa Pino, Director of the Jazz Band.
Robert Moses Middle School Select Chorus and Jazz Band perfomed on March 8, 2010 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association's "Music in Our Schools" month.
Photo left to right: Joseph Downey, Owen H. Johnson, Thomas Donnelly, William Reddan, and Richard Andersen
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented New York State Liberty Medals to four members of New York Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue Team for their outstanding efforts conducted in Port au Prince, Haiti between January 15th and January 25, 2010. The four were among a team of 80 deployed to Haiti following the devastating earthquake which struck January 12th.
The Award Ceremony took place at the Deer Park Fire Department on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Those honored were Richard Andersen of Bohemia, Detective, NYPD Emergency Services Unit and Rescue Specialist, New York Task Force 1; Thomas Donnelly of Deer Park, Lieutenant, FDNY Rescue Company 1 and Search Team Manager, New York Task Force 1; Joseph Downey of West Islip, Battalion Chief, FDNY Rescue Battalion and Task Force Leader, New York Task Force 1; and William Reddan of Sayville, Lieutenant, FDNY Squad 252 and Technical Information Specialist, New York Task Force 1.
“I am very proud to honor Richard Andersen, Tom Donnelly, Joe Downey, and Bill Reddan with the Liberty Award. They, undoubtedly, are heroes in my eyes and deserve our praise,” Senator Johnson said. “Each left their families and the comfort of home to risk their lives to help others. Through their selfless and courageous efforts, 6 earthquake victims were brought to safety.” Among them, a 7 year old boy named Kiki and his 10 year old sister, portrayed worldwide in news images of the rescue. (Image attached.)
“When I read newspaper accounts and watched television coverage of New York Task Force 1’s deployment to Haiti and their subsequent rescue operations, I knew that these men truly deserved the recognition we give them tonight,” Senator Johnson added.
Senator Johnson also spoke of Joseph Downey’s father, the late Deputy Chief Ray Downey, longtime resident of the Hamlet of Deer Park and former Chief of Rescue Operations for the New York City Fire Department. He tragically perished with ninety of his men on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked. “I know that he would be extremely proud to know that his son, Joe, is successfully carrying on the family tradition of selfless sacrifice to help others in need.”
The New York State Liberty Award was created in 2000 and is one of the highest civilian honors that a New York resident can receive. It is awarded by the New York State Senate to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of fellow New Yorkers.
By all measures, the tax burden on New Yorkers is among the highest in the nation. Unchecked government spending year after year serves only to increase the tax burden on New Yorkers. Did you know that presently in New York there are no limitations on how much state spending may increase from year to year?&nb
Senator Owen H. Johnson co-sponsored a Resolution honoring the 35th anniversary of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Speaking on the Resolution, Senator Johnson referred to the TAP program as his “baby,” having been one of the original architects, he worked for many years to improve the program so that it was available to students in need.
Senator Owen H. Johnson was pleased to join Nancy Donohue and her family at an annual meeting of the Sagtikos Manor Historical Society to honor her and acknowledge her many accomplishments as President of the organization. The event took place at Captain Bill's Restaurant in Bay Shore on January 23, 2010.
Senator Owen H. Johnson has been advised that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Program. This program provides assistance in the purchase of vehicles used to meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.
New York State Senator Owen Johnson and members of the Senate Republican Conference today announced a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York's business climate, reduce taxes, and create thousands of new jobs for workers across the State.The plan's centerpiece would reward businesses with a three-year tax credit, averaging between $2,500 and $5,000 for every new job created. It would also eliminate ta
Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senatorial District) wants to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1st. STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences. There are two levels of STAR benefits; Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.
As you may know, on January 12 a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti and its capital, Port-au-Prince. The death and devastation are unimaginable, and the people of Haiti will need the assistance of people all over the world, including Americans, to recover from this tragedy.
A number of aid efforts are now underway for those who wish to provide help and support. In order to ensure the prompt delivery of needed relief, I encourage local residents to consider contacting the American Red Cross, which is helping to lead the efrort to meet immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter and medical services. To make a donation on-line, please visit their website at american.redcross.org.
For those who wish to donate by text message, simply text: "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts. The donation will appear on your cell phone bill.
New Yorkers have a long and proud tradition of providing aid and relief to those in need, and communities across our state are now pulling together to lend a helping hand during this time of great need. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti in the wake of this devastating tragedy.
Babylon High School students took a pledge to X the Text while driving as part of Allstate Insurance Company's national public awareness campaign. Students received thumb bands which read "Txting Kills" to remind them that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions facing teens today.
Sen. Owen H. Johnson, flanked by fellow Republican Long Island Senators, business owners and non-profit organization leaders, calls for the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax.
The new tax, passed by the Democratically controlled Legislature and signed by governor David Paterson in May, is part of a $1.5 billion MTA bailout plan and is retroactive to March 1, 2009.
Every Republican in the Senate voted against the bailout to protect taxpayers from facing additional tax increases and further job losses that would jeopardize businesses at the worst possible economic time.
From the very first moment Governor Paterson announced that a new State mandate would require every New Yorker to purchase new license plates at a cost of $25 per vehicle, I have heard from many of the motorists who would be hurt by this New York City-driven tax hike. Because Long Islanders cannot afford more taxes, I started an online petition calling upon Governor Paterson to eliminate the costly fees associated with the new plates, which were imposed on drivers in the 2009-10 State budget.
The Senate passed bipartisan landmark legislation drastically increasing the penalty for any person who drives intoxicated with a child passenger. Two recent fatal incidents involving intoxicated drivers with child passengers have highlighted the need for stronger measures to prevent or punish persons who drive intoxicated with children as passengers.
This measure provides for the harshest penalties and most significant expansion of preventative measures to date for any offender convicted of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.
Senator Owen H. Johnson is alarmed at Governor Paterson’s proposed mid-year $114 million cut to all SUNY and CUNY schools. “These cuts are on top of a $146 million 2008-09 State Budget reduction and a shameless raid of $68 million in SUNY tuition revenues which were also raised,” said Senator Johnson. “Considering the growing enrollment and economic benefits the SUNY and CUNY systems provide, they should not be subjected to the type of disproportionate budget cuts being proposed by Governor Paterson.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson recently attended the graduation of pre-schoolers at the Wyandanch Day Care Center's Thirty-Sixth Commencement Exercise. Another outstanding class is going on to kindergarten!!!
New Law Needed to Protect our Children and Elderly
Senator Owen Johnson today called for the immediate passage of a bill to correct a potentially life threatening problem created by a hidden provision in 2009-10 state budget.
Under this ill-conceived budget measure, which takes effect on June 8th, courts may seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete a drug court program, resulting in there being no record of their conviction when they apply for employment.
Senator Owen H. Johnson voted in support of legislation (S.1624-C) that would ensure fire trucks are able to participate in Memorial Day celebrations throughout the State.
“Our state is the official birthplace of Memorial Day and New Yorkers throughout the state will attend parades and services to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom,” said Senator Johnson. “Local fire companies are an important part of Memorial Day festivities in so many communities, and this bill ensures they can continue to participate in an important tradition.”