Owen H. Johnson's Press releases

West Islip Chamber of Commerce 2012 Installation Breakfast

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined members and guests of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce (WICC) for their 2012 Installation Breakfast on January 25, 2012 at the American Legion Post #1738 in West Islip.  Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci was the Honorary Guest Speaker to over 50 attendees.  WICC Officers were sworn in by Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter.  Dan Toomey of Atlantic Auto Malls was awarded "Merchant of the Year." 

February 7, 2012
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Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft is the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting over 9 million Americans every year. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands:

STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ID THEFT (from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission):

February 3, 2012
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Brentwood Robotics Team Participated at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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Deer Park Robotics Team Participated at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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Bay Shore Robotics Team Finalist at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL PARTNERS WITH SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON FOR LIFESAVING BLOOD DRIVE FEBRUARY 27, 2012

West Islip, NY – Walter Baraclough donates blood at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center several times a year.  More than 10 years ago, his wife was told she could no longer be a blood donor due to a medical issue.  This motivated Baraclough even more to be a regular donor.  Someone in this country needs a lifesaving transfusion every three seconds.  New York Blood Center requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 regional hospitals.  Each donation of blood can h

January 27, 2012
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SENATORS JOHNSON, FUSCHILLO AND ZELDIN CALL ON MTA TO ACCELERATE LIRR DOUBLE TRACK PROJECT

Senator Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon) along with Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), called on the MTA to accelerate the proposed double track project, which would help create jobs, promote economic development, and improve LIRR service for thousands of commuters.

January 27, 2012
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Jennifer Melfi, 13 Year Old Amateur Radio Operator, Received Senate Citation

Senator Owen H. Johnson honored 13 year old amateur radio operator Jennifer Melfi with a Senate Citation for assisting Babylon Town’s emergency operations efforts during Tropical Storm Irene.  Jennifer Melfi received the citation in front of 150 ham radio operators at the Amateur Radio Convention at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage on January 8, 2012.  “Jennifer Melfi has performed a valuable service to our community and demonstrates that her young age did not prevent her from lending tremendous help during a disaster,” Senator Johnson said.  “I am honored to congratulate this outstanding young lady for her exemplary community service with the Town of Babylon Emergency Operations Center.”

January 24, 2012
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Senator Owen H. Johnson's Holiday Toy Drive Delivered Over A Thousand Toys to Children of Soldiers of the Fighting 69th!

Senator Owen H. Johnson's Holiday Toy Drive delivered over a thousand toys to children of soldiers of the Fighting 69th  Infantry Regiment.  The toys were collected for the children of the many soldiers who have returned home to Long Island and are suffering the hardships of this difficult economy.  Senator Johnson presented the gifts at the Fighting 69th  Infantry Regiment’s annual Christmas party at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale on December 17, 2011.  

January 19, 2012
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School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2012

Senator Owen H. Johnson wants to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2012.   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.

January 13, 2012
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Civil Air Patrol Cadets Visit State Capitol

Senator Owen H. Johnson met with members of the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the Long Island Group of the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard.  The Color Guard presented the colors at the opening of Senate Session at the State Capitol on January 9, 2012.

January 13, 2012
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Senators Renew Efforts To Protect School Taxpayers

    Continuing their effort to protect property taxpayers, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) are pushing forward to get restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts.  Today, they took the first step in that process by gaining Senate Education Committee approval of legislation that would restore funding that was vetoed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Central Islip, Smithtown, Rocky Point and Babylon.

January 11, 2012
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Thomas F. Roberts III Honored For His Contributions to the Preservation of Fire Island Lighthouse

Thomas F. Roberts III, founding President of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, was honored with a New York Senate Proclamation by Senator Owen H. Johnson at the Fire Island Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters on Saturday, December 3, 2011.  Senator Johnson joined with the Board of Directors of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. in recognizing Tom Roberts and other individuals who volunteered their time or contributed to the organization and the Fire Island Lighthouse.

January 6, 2012
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Happy 102nd Birthday to Mary Fazio!

Senator Owen H. Johnson, Village of Lindenhurst Mayor Tom Brennan, and neice Kay Behrens wished Mary Fazio a Happy 102nd Birthday at the Village of Lindenhurst Rainbow Senior Center Christmas party on November 30, 2011.  Senator Johnson also performed the official lighting of the Rainbow Center Christmas tree and joined in the holiday festivities.Photo left to right:  Mary Fazio; NY State Senator Owen H. Johnson; Kay Behrens; and Village of Lindenhurst Mayor Tom Brennan.

January 5, 2012
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Congratulated Nan Doherty on Her Appointment as Principal of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Nan Doherty on her appointment as the new Principal of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.  Nan Doherty replaced former Principal Walter Lace who recently retired.“I am most happy to congratulate Nan Doherty in her new role as Principal of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School,” Senator Johnson said.  “I am confident that St. John’s future is  in good hands under her direction and leadership, and wish her all the best in her new role as Principal.”

January 5, 2012
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Happy Holidays!

During this busy holiday season, I hope you are finding the time to gather with family, friends and those you care about to celebrate and share.I also want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your representative in the State Senate.Over the past year, we've made real progress in our effort to turn New York around. We’ve cut taxes on businesses and middle class families, taken steps to help create jobs, and worked together to help make life in our community just a little better.In the New Year, please know that I will be here and ready to assist you. Please contact my office if you ever need my help.Happy holidays!Sincerely,

Owen H. Johnson

December 23, 2011
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Walter D. Lace Receives Legislative Resolution Honoring His Retirement and Dedication to St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

Senator Owen H. Johnson presented Walter D. Lace with a Legislative Resolution honoring his retirement as Principal of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School after 44 years of dedication to the institution.  The presentation took place at the 45th Anniversary Gala of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School on November 10, 2011 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.“Walter Lace has clearly had an enduring impact on the youth of the St. John the Baptist High School,” Senator Owen H. Johnson said.   “We honor and commend him for 44 years of impressive dedication to the students and community-at-large.”

December 20, 2011
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New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2012

TAX CUTS AND PROPERTY TAX CAP HIGHLIGHT NEW JANUARY 1ST LAWSMiddle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of  $690 million in personal income tax relief.

December 19, 2011
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Thanksgiving Food Drive A Huge Success!

Dear Friends:

Over three tons of food was donated to my Thanksgiving Food Drive!  At five collection sites throughout the 4th Senate District, generous donations totaling 6,274 pounds of food was collected and delivered to Long Islanders in need. Thanks to your overwhelming response, generous donations helped stock the many food pantries and soup kitchens in our community that have difficulty keeping up with the demand.  We were able to supplement over 4,902 meals for Long Islanders who desperately needed our help. 

December 16, 2011
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