Senator Owen H. Johnson and members of the Senate Republican Conference today launched a statewide, grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks important to middle-class families that were eliminated by Governor Paterson’s Budget supported by the Democrats. Senator Johnson voted against the Budget.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) is encouraging Long Island residents who are in mortgage arrears and may be at risk of foreclosing on their homes to contact the Long Island Housing Partnership for help. According to Johnson, the Long Island Housing Partnership offers default and foreclosure prevention counseling to homeowners, and also offers a loan program called the Home Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) that offers gap mortgage assistance to qualified homeowners. The program is funded in part by a grant secured by the Senator.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently voted in favor of legislation that passed the State Senate that will make COBRA health insurance coverage more affordable for New Yorkers who were involuntarily terminated from their jobs as a result of the recent economic downturn. The legislation allows for a 65 percent discount on continuing health insurance coverage for recently unemployed New Yorkers. The benefit will be financed wholly through federal stimulus funding.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently paid a visit to the Santapogue Elementary School in West Babylon where he participated in the school’s Annual Reading Marathon. During the school’s reading marathon, members of the community come to the school and volunteer as guest readers. In addition to reading to the students, guest readers often take some time to explain their vocations to the students, thereby exposing them to the myriad diverse career opportunities they will have to choose from when they grow older.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently honored Reinhardt “Rick” Van Dyke, LMSW, upon the occasion of his retirement from the Family Service League. Senator Johnson presented Van Dyke with a New York State Legislative Resolution commending him for his distinguished service to the Family Service League at a retirement party that was held at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale. The legislative resolution was cosponsored by the entire Long Island Senate delegation.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently paid a visit to the Babylon Memorial Grade School where he presented the school with a New York State Legislative Resolution commending the school on being named a 2008 National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Babylon Memorial Grade School was one of only five elementary schools chosen nationwide for this prestigious honor.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) joined members of the West Islip Beautification Society at the new West Islip Memorial Park on Beach Street near the West Islip Marina. The Memorial Park, which was partly funded by a state grant that Senator Johnson obtained for the West Islip Beautification Society, is dedicated to the men and women who lost their lives in Iraq. The bench that the group is pictured standing behind is adorned with a plaque inscribed : “In honor of the service men and women lost in Iraq.”
State Senator Owen Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) today joined New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash, State Senator Caesar Trunzo (3rd Senate District) and hundreds of energized members of the Brentwood community to break ground on a multi-million dollar plan that will dramatically expand and improve athletic facilities at Brentwood State Park.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented New York State Senate citations to members of North Babylon Girl Scout Troop #3766’s for achieving the Gold Award.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn. In order to achieve this distinction, a Girl Scout must show leadership skills, organizational skills, and display a sense of community and commitment while organizing a project that fulfills a need in the community.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Gold Star Mother Dorine Kenney of Bay Shore as a 2008 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Dorine Kenney founded the Jacob’s Light Foundation in memory of her beloved son, Spc. Jacob Fletcher. Jacob served the 173rd Airborne Brigade and was one of the thousand paratroopers to parachute into Iraq on March 26, 2003. He was killed in Iraq on November 14, 2003 while valiantly serving our nation.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, along with the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce, posthumously honored Kenneth Turrisi as the 2008 Distinguished Bay Shore-Brightwaters Citizen at Captain Bill’s restaurant in Bay Shore. The award recognizes individuals of outstanding character who made notable contributions to their society and inspired others through their model citizenship.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently presented a New York State Senate Proclamation to Ronald R. Radford of North Babylon at a Special Celebration held at the Amityville Club in recognition of his contribution to safe boating on Long Island and his many years of dedicated service to the Captree Power Squadron where he is Outgoing Commander.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson recently attended the grand opening of Breast Cancer HELP Inc.’s newly renovated offices located at the Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center at 1555 Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore. Senator Johnson was among those honored by Breast Cancer HELP at the event for his longstanding support of Breast Cancer HELP and his steadfast support in the fight against breast cancer. At the grand opening, Breast Cancer HELP dedicated their program room in Senator Johnson’s honor.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently greeted local members of the National Association For the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) who were in Albany for the New York State NAACP’s 65th Annual Mobilization.The representatives, who are members of the NAACP’s Central Long Island Branch, were in Albany to discuss their Civil Rights Agenda, which focuses on myriad issues related to education, transportation, economic development, job development, housing, voter reform, the justice system and health care.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently honored retired Chief Woodrow Cromarty II for his 32 years of distinguished service to the Amityville Police Department.Chief Cromarty joined the Amityville Police Department as a police officer in 1975 and rose through the ranks of Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant before being named Chief in 1996.
State Capitol, Albany, New York, April 1, 2008 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was on hand for the Federation of Organizations 27th Annual Community Mental Health Awards Luncheon which was held earlier this month at the Huntington Hilton.
The Federation of OrganizationS is a multi-service, community-based social welfare agency operating programs that utilize peer support within a self-help model.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was recognized for his support in the fight to cure Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, at the 2008 ALS Ride For Life from Montauk to Manhattan. Senator Johnson caught up with this year’s riders when they stopped in Tanner Park in Copiague. The Senator is pictured accepting a certificate from Events Coordinator Mike Dinowitz.