Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Majority today to applaud Governor Cuomo's signature on the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan. The legislation reduces the MTA payroll tax on small businesses while maintaining the necessary funding for the MTA from other sources. The tax will be eliminated for 289,000 small businesses, defined as those having an annual payroll between $10,000 and $1.25 million, in the MTA region. Additionally, more than 6,000 businesses with payrolls between $1.25 and $1.75 million will see their payroll tax cut by either one third or two-thirds. The MTA payroll tax cut will also benefit approximately 414,000 self-employed taxpayers.
Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Mr. Ernest J. Pizirusso, of West Babylon, who received the 2011 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award by LeadingAge New York. Mr. Pizirusso, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center, was honored at the 2011 Employee of Distinction Award Ceremony held at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center on November 2, 2011.
Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Sheldon (Shelly) R. Sackstein, recipient of this year’s Business Leader’s Award given by the United Jewish Appeal Federation (UJA-Federation). Mr. Sackstein accepted the award at the UJA-Federation of New York’s 2012 Suffolk County Inaugural Dinner which took place on October 26, 2011 at the Dix Hills Jewish Center.The following individuals also received awards given by the UJA-Federation to thank them for their dedication and the example they set in the community: Dr. Richard Hamburg received the Social Justice Award; Sheila & Gil Henoch received the Community Service Award; and Ronnit & Michael Kessler received the Community Leadership Award.
The Babylon Village Historical and Preservation Society Building had its 100th Anniversary celebration on October 23, 2011. The building, at 153 West Main Street in Babylon, is home to the Village Museum where an exhibit of posters depicting historical images of the Village was on display for this year’s centennial celebration. After the event the exhibit was put in a time capsule intended to be opened at the 200th Anniversary Celebration in 2111.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented a New York Senate Proclamation to Fair Harbor Fire Chief Scott Cherveney to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Fair Harbor Fire District and to honor the past and present firefighting members for 80 years of fire protection to the citizens of Fair Harbor and its surrounding communities. The presentation took place at the Officers’ Installation Dinner Dance at The Snapper Inn in Oakdale on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Fair Harbor Fire District was established in 1931 and is responsible for providing fire and EMS protection in Fair Harbor. Dunewood and Lonelyville have their own Fire Districts which contribute to the Fair Harbor Fire District in return for fire and EMS protection service.
The Fair Harbor Fire District covers a three square mile response area, serving a summer population of 2,500 and includes 600 private homes, three businesses, three docks and one mile of shoreline. The district firehouse is located in the center of the Fair Harbor commercial district and houses its 14 emergency response vehicles.
Isabella Streffacio, a 1st grader at Harding Avenue Elementary School in Lindenhurst, was presented with a Summer Reading Certificate by Senator Owen H. Johnson upon her completion of the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Senator Johnson met with Isabella and other Summer Reading Program participants at Sorto’s Top Bun in Lindenhurst on Thursday, October 13, 2011 for a special luncheon to celebrate their achievements.
The Business Council of New York State, Inc. released its 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators' “commitment to improving the state's economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.”Senator Owen H. Johnson, R-Babylon, received the Business Council’s highest score.“I am pleased to learn that The Business Council of New York State approves of our strategy in the Republican Senate Majority to improve the business climate in New York State,” Senator Johnson said. “We will continue to work toward our goals of meaningful mandate relief and job creation during the 2012 Legislative Session.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented Winifred B. Mack with a New York State Senate Resolution marking her designation as 2011 Ambassador of the Arts by the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts.Winifred B. Mack, as Executive Director of Southside Hospital, has overcome financial challenges, strengthened physician and community relationships as well as built and expanded clinical programs to fortify Southside’s position as the healthcare heart of its community. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, she served as Southside Hospital’s Deputy Executive and Vice President of Patient Services.
Program allows parents to quickly search surroundings for threats to childrenSenator Owen H. Johnson wants to notify his constituents that the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has launched a Sex Offender Locator application which is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page. The app makes it easier for parents who want to quickly look up information regarding Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offenders within their immediate area.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman briefed Suffolk County elected officials on his investigations into the banking system and the mortgage crisis at the Hauppauge Legislative Auditorium on September 19, 2011. Photograph left to right: Jay H. Schneiderman, Suffolk County Legislator; Steve Englebright, Assemblyman; Vivian Viloria-Fisher, Suffolk County Legislator; Robert Sweeney, Assemblyman; Eric Schneiderman, NY State Attorney General; Owen H. Johnson, Senator; Wayne Horsley, Suffolk County Legislator; DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County Legislator; and Ricardo Montano, Suffolk County Legislator.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented Richard W. Walser, Esq. with a New York State Senate Citation for his 53 years of service as Legal Counsel to the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library. Friends and colleagues joined with Senator Johnson to honor Mr. Walser with a celebration at the Bay Shore Gallery in Brightwaters on September 30, 2011.“Richard Walser has been a constant source of knowledge and support for the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library for 53 years and will be sorely missed,” Senator Johnson said. “I want to thank him for his service to the library and the community and wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated second and fifth grade students from E. W. Bower and Harding Avenue Elementary Schools in Lindenhurst upon their completion of the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Senator Johnson met with the Summer Reading Program participants at Sorto’s Top Bun in Lindenhurst on Thursday, October 13, 2011 for a special luncheon to celebrate their achievements.
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented pro golfer Joseph Malloy, of West Islip, with a NY Senate Proclamation in recognition of his 50th Anniversary as a member of the Professional Golfers of America and his dedication to the game of golf. The presentation was made at Sumpwams Creek Golf Course in Babylon Village on September 26, 2011.
Senator Owen H. Johnson was recently on hand for the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s (BBCC) Golf Skill Challenge Classic at the Sumpwams Creek Golf Course in Babylon Village. The September 26, 2011 outing raised funds to benefit Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s many patient and community services. Photograph left to right: BBCC President Tess Helfman; BBCC Board members: Karen Kunkel, Kim Mascolo, and Deborah Kolovich; Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Keely Harris.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined board members and staff at the Deer Park Public Library for a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 23, 2011 to celebrate renovations recently completed at the library. They include outside seating, new landscaping, as well as improvements to the Children’s Services Department. Also present were Contractor Carlos Marques and Architect Peter Jesperson, both critical to the completion of the upgrades.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined the Farmingdale State College community to recognize Theresa Patnode Santmann at the September 21, 2011 announcement of her $1 million gift to the School of Health Sciences. Santmann, a Babylon resident who earned her nursing degree at Farmingdale in 1969, is a prominent healthcare advocate and entrepreneur. “Theresa Patnode Santmann’s gift will advance education at Farmingdale State College for many years to come, and we recognize and truly appreciate her benevolence as she gives back to our community in such a meaningful way,” Senator Johnson said.