Owen H. Johnson's Press releases

Johnson/Senate Pass Budget Reform Legislation

State Capitol, Albany, New York, January 24, 2007 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, joined with other members of the New York State Senate this week in passing budget reform legislation that increases accountability, openness and transparency in the State budget process and helps to ensure the passage of on-time budgets. The bill (S.1322) reflects an agreement among the Senate, Governor and Assembly.

January 24, 2007
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Senator Johnson On Hand For Dedication Of Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was recently on hand for the dedication ceremony of the newly-relocated Holy Family Ukrainian Church in Lindenhurst. The new church and parish center are located on North 4th Street in Lindenhurst. The church, which had previously been located in West Islip, needed more space for its growing parish community.

January 12, 2007
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Johnson /Senate Unveil $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, joined Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and his Senate colleagues this week in unveiling a small business and manufacturing assistance plan that would help New York’s small businesses grow and create jobs. The plan would provide $490 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses when fully implemented after three years.

January 12, 2007
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Senator Johnson Supports LI Youth Mentoring

State Capitol, Albany, New York, January 8, 2007-- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was recently honored by Long Island Youth Mentoring of Deer Park for his longtime support of their organization. Most recently, Senator Johnson was able to secure $49,000 in the 2006 state budget to help defray the organization’s operational expenses.

January 12, 2007
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Senator Johnson Recognizes Good Samaritan Hospital Nurses

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was on hand for a special celebration honoring Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center upon being named a recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Excellence in Nursing Services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The designation, which is held by only 215 hospitals in the U.S., is the result of a rigorous evaluation that included extensive interviews and reviews of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care.

November 29, 2006
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Senator Johnson Congratulates Babylon Lions Club On 70 Years Of Service

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4thSenate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was on hand when the Babylon Lions Club celebrated their 70th Anniversary at the Venetian Yacht Club. The Senator presented the Club with a proclamation honoring them for their 70 years of exemplary service to the community.

November 29, 2006
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Johnson Helps Bay Shore Lions Club Celebrate 75 Years Of Service

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently attended a celebration at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Bay Shore Lions Club where he presented the Club with a proclamation paying tribute to the organization and congratulating them on reaching this tremendous milestone.

November 29, 2006
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Senator Johnson Honors Two Local Veterans Into The NYS Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

Babylon, New York, November 15, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, announced on Veterans Day that he had selected two local veterans to be inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. The Senate’s Online Hall of Fame was established by the Senate last year to honor the men and women throughout New York who served our nation with distinction and fought to ensure that freedom and liberty would be preserved for current and future generations.

November 15, 2006
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Senator Johnson Announces Grant Money To Demolish Andrews Avenue Property

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, today announced that the Town of Babylon has been awarded two New York State grants totaling more than $82,000 through Restore New York’s Communities Initiative (Restore-NY) -- a program designed to aid municipalities in rehabilitating or removing obsolete or rundown commercial and residential properties. The goal of the program is to make these sites attractive to residents and businesses searching for investment property.

October 27, 2006
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Johnson State Grant Will Heighten Security At Cleary School For The Deaf

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, today announced that he has secured a state grant in the amount of $55,000 to heighten security and promote a safe and secure environment at the Cleary School for the Deaf. The school educates deaf children from throughout Long Island on their campus in Nesconset.

October 5, 2006
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Senator Johnson Honors Nilda Alvarez Of Brentwood

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented Nilda Alvarez of Brentwood with the 2006 New York State Senate Hispanic Heritage Award at a ceremony held in the Senator’s office during National Hispanic Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year, and is an excellent time to take pause and recognize the contributions that Hispanic Americans make to our country and communities each day.

October 5, 2006
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Senator Johnson Honors Emmanuel Salazar Of West Islip

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented Emmanuel Salazar of West Islip with the 2006 New York State Senate Hispanic Heritage Award during National Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year. Hispanic Heritage Month gives us time to take pause and recognize the many contributions of Hispanic Americans to our county and our communities.

October 5, 2006
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Senator Johnson Improves Edgewood Preserve

State Capitol, Albany, New York, October 3, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented Peter Scully, Regional Director of the New York State DEC-Region 1, with a state grant in the amount of $350,000 to support the Edgewood Preserve Project. The Senator presented the grant at the First Edgewood Preserve Task Force meeting, which was held at the Deer Park Fire Station.

October 3, 2006
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Senator Johnson Secures Funds For Long Island Civil Air Patrol

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently attended the Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol’s "Return to the Armory Ceremony," which was held at the Patchogue Armory. While there, the Senator presented the squadron with a check for $50,000, which represents a state grant that he secured for the group to help defray their operational expenses.

October 2, 2006
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Senator Johnson Helps West Babylon Jr. High School Celebrate 50 Years

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee recently presented a New York State Senate Resolution honoring West Babylon Junior High School on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. Displaying teamwork and unity with its school motto and song "Be All You Can Be," West Babylon Junior High School has been a premier school since opening its doors in September, 1956.

October 2, 2006
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Senator Johnson Visits Improved Copiague Train Station

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was recently on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly improved Copiague LIRR Train Station. Senator Johnson, together with Assemblyman Sweeney, secured funding to replace some of the staircases at the train station and renovate the exteriors of the station building and platform waiting room. The exterior renovations included the installation of architectural accents over the existing facades of both the station building and platform waiting room exteriors.

October 2, 2006
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Senator Johnson Visits New Courthouse In Lindenhurst

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee was recently on hand for the opening of Suffolk County’s newest courthouse, the Second District Court in Lindenhurst Village, located on East Hoffman Avenue. While there, Senator Johnson had the opportunity to tour the new courthouse with Supervising Judge Madeleine A. Fitzgibbon. Senator Johnson and Judge Fitzgibbon are pictured examining the courthouse’s state-of-the-art security equipment which scans the belongings of all visitors to the courthouse.

October 2, 2006
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Senator Johnson Secures Grant For Fire Island Lighthouse

State Capitol, Albany, New York, August 21, 2006-- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented a check for $400,000 to the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc., which represents state funding he secured on their behalf as part of this year’s state budget. The funding will help the society in their effort to reconstruct the 1890 Electric Generator Building, which was located adjacent to the Fire Island Lighthouse.

August 23, 2006
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Senator Johnson Announces 21st Annual Beach Cleanup

Babylon, New York, August 18, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Long Island Marine District, today announced that his annual beach cleanup in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day will be held this year on Saturday, September 16th, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Robert Moses State Park, Field #2. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, September 17th at the same time.

August 18, 2006
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Johnson Bill To Protect Oceans Signed Into Law

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Long Island Marine District, spoke about the importance of protecting our oceans and marine resources at Jones Beach State Park when the Governor came to Long Island to sign the Senator’s legislation creating the New York Oceans and Great Lakes Protection Act. The law creates a new council to coordinate the state’s efforts to protect our oceans and Great Lakes.

August 17, 2006
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