Owen H. Johnson's Press releases

Senator Owen H. Johnson Presented With a Certificate of Appreciation Marking the 25th Anniversary of Beach Cleanup

Senator Owen H. Johnson was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation marking the 25th Anniversary of Beach Cleanup on September 17, 2011 at Robert Moses State Park.  George Gorman, Deputy Regional Director of the Long Island State Parks, made the presentation on behalf of the American Littoral Society, in recognition of Senator Johnson’s 25 years of dedicated work in organizing annual coastal cleanups on Long Island for International Coastal Cleanup Day. 

September 23, 2011
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25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup Weighs in at 3300 Pounds!

Over 1 ½ tons of debris was removed from the Robert Moses State Park shoreline by 450 volunteers at Senator Owen H. Johnson’s 25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2011.  Volunteers from across Long Island including numerous conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops participated.“Thank you to everyone who came out for our 25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup,” Senator Johnson said.  “We had a wonderful response this year.  Our volunteers gathered over 3300 pounds of  garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”

September 23, 2011
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International Police Association's Friendship Week

Senator Owen H. Johnson presented a New York State Flag to retired Nassau County Police Detective George Duguid and his wife, Diane of Deer Park.  The flag was taken to the International Police Association’s Friendship Week in Edinburgh, Scotland by the Duguids on August 5, 2011 where it was proudly displayed alongside the American flag to represent all New Yorkers on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Over 120 police officers from nine countries attended.

September 16, 2011
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South Bay Elementary Reopened For The New School Year

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined the West Babylon community in celebrating the South Bay Elementary School reopening on September 6, 2011 at 160 Great East Neck Road, just one day before students began their new school year.  “I applaud the cooperation and around the clock work that took place at South Bay Elementary over the past year,” Senator Johnson said.  “The outcome is impressive and I join in welcoming our students as they begin the school year in their new classrooms.”  On February 18, 2010, two of the three wings that make up South Bay Elementary School were completely destroyed by flames so intense that they collapsed hallways and forced the fire chief to pull firefighters out of the facilities. 

September 14, 2011
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Public Hearing on Long Island Power Authority's Response to Hurricane Irene

Dear Friends,    I join members of our Long Island community in thanking the employees of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for  their tireless efforts assisting in the restoration of power after Hurricane Irene.   I personally want to thank the LIPA repair crews for their dedication and long hours of hard work in the aftermath.  

September 13, 2011
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Disaster Recovery Center Opened in Hauppauge for Suffolk County Residents & Businesses

Suffolk County, in conjunction with New York State and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), have joined forces to establish a Disaster Recovery Center to assist residents and businesses that have losses or damages caused by Hurricane Irene.  The centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm related disaster assistance and available low interest loans from the Small Business Administration. Individuals seeking assistance should register with FEMA first by calling the toll-free FEMA Hotline at 800-621-3362.  Applicants can also register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

September 8, 2011
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Hurricane Irene: Here's How We Can Help

Dear Neighbor,We are all well aware that Hurricane Irene has left a terrible path of destruction in its wake – not only up and down the East Coast, but in our own back yards. Many of our friends and neighbors have felt the brunt of the storm’s devastating winds and flooding, which have both taken a painful toll on lives, homes, and property.  As we keep them in our thoughts and prayers, many New Yorkers are also looking for ways to lend a helping hand.Once again, the American Red Cross is leading  a major effort to help individuals, families and entire communities recover in this time of need.  I encourage you to

September 8, 2011
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Federal Disaster Aid Now Available for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses in Suffolk County.

Suffolk’s residents and businesses are now eligible for the Individuals and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, USDA food commodities, Disaster Legal Services, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

“I am pleased that Washington extended this assistance to Suffolk County’s residents and businesses. I applaud Governor Cuomo for securing this aid and urge residents and businesses to take advantage of these programs,” said Senator Johnson.

September 7, 2011
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Senator Owen Johnson Calls on President to Expand Disaster Assistance for Suffolk County

Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) today called on President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to Suffolk County so home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.

While localities in Suffolk County will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for road, bridge and infrastructure repairs related to the storm, home and business owners were not included on the list for disaster assistance.

September 1, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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New Legislation to Allow July Elections in Fair Harbor Fire Department.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Owen H. Johnson to allow the Fair Harbor Fire District to hold elections on the second Tuesday of July, rather than in December, was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on August 3, 2011.“This is exciting news for the Fire Island community because it will increase participation in the Fair Harbor Fire District elections,” Senator Johnson said.  “It is in the interest of democracy and the rights of the registered voters that elections take place in July.  This will bring Fair Harbor in line with most other Fire Island Communities where many property owners do not reside year-round and cannot easily gain access in the winter.”

August 17, 2011
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August 5, 2011
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Fresnel Lens Building Grand Opening Ceremony at Fire Island

Senator Owen H. Johnson assisted in the ribbon cutting at the Fresnel Lens Building Grand Opening Ceremony on July 22, 2011.  Members of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and the National Park Service were among those who joined in the celebration.  The Fresnel Lens Building is now the home of  the First Order Fresnel Lens; a beacon that guided mariners into New York Harbor.  For many European immigrants, the Fire Island Light was their first sight of land upon arrival to America.

August 4, 2011
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Night Time Travel Lane Closures of Montauk Highway/NY Route 27A in the Town of Babylon in Suffolk County Begin Tuesday, July 26, 2011

For the protection of motorists, night time travel lane closures of Montauk Highway/NY Route 27A, between NY Route 231 and NY Route 109 in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County, will begin Tuesday night, July 26, 2011 and continue weekdays for approximately five weeks.  The closures will take place between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each night, Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting.  No street parking is permitted during this construction work.  This operation also includes a small section of NY Route 231 just north of Montauk Highway.  Utilizing lane shifts, a single travel lane in each direction will remain open, but motorists are strongly urged to use alternate routes or they will experience delays.   

August 4, 2011
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Members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 84 From Amityville Tour the State Capitol

Members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 84, Chartered by Amityville Lions Club, stopped by for a tour of the State Capitol in Albany on their way to a campout at Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort, New York on May 13, 2011.  The following day the Boy Scouts set off to hike the Saratoga National Historic Trail for which they received a patch or medal.Photograph:  Pictured on the Million Dollar Staircase in the State Capitol are members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 84, from Amityville.  Left to right are Frank Smisek, Scoutmaster; Grant Meyer; George Vosper; David Spellman; Terence Gilmore; and William McLaughlin, Assistant Scoutmaster.

July 29, 2011
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Members of the Newly Formed Long Island Regional Economic Development Council

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined local leaders at SUNY in Old Westbury for the Governor’s introduction of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.  The Regional Council has been assigned the task of coordinating the economic development of Nassau and Suffolk counties and confronting specific economic challenges facing Long Island.  

July 29, 2011
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Monsignor James M. Kissane Memorial Unveiled at Hibernian Hall in Babylon

Family, friends and colleagues joined with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Patrick’s Division 2 at Hibernian Hall in Babylon to remember Monsignor James M. Kissane.  His family assisted with the unveiling of a memorial inscribed with the words “In Loving Memory of our Chaplain Msgr. James M. Kissane; Born June 29, 1965; Ordained May 30, 1992; Died Dec. 16, 2009; His life was a heritage of love; May his spirit live forever.”  The unveiling took place on June 29, 2011 and was followed by a blessing and celebration of Holy Mass.

July 25, 2011
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NO AIR CONDITIONING? HERE ARE SOME PLACES IN THE TOWNS OF BABYLON AND ISLIP WHERE YOU ARE WELCOME TO GO COOL OFF!

Town of Babylon:North Amityville Senior Center48 C Cedar Road Amityville NY 11701631-789-3524Spangle Drive Senior Center438 Spangle DriveNorth Babylon NY 11703631-422-7610Tanner Park Senior CenterBaylawn Avenue, Copaigue, NY 11726631-842-7773Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center28 Wyandanch Ave.Wyandanch NY 11798631-491-4889Rainbow Senior Center293 Buffalo Avenue Lindenhurst, NY 631-957-7526West Babylon Public Library211 Route 109 West Babylon, NY 11704631-669-5445Copiague Memorial Public Library50 Deauville Blvd.Copiague NY 11726631-691-1111Amityville Public Library

July 22, 2011
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Taylor Korsiak of May Moore Elementary School Winner of 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest

Senator Owen H. Johnson was pleased to award Taylor Korsiak of May Moore Elementary School in Deer Park first place winner of this year’s NY Senate Earth Day Poster Contest.  The theme of the contest was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”  Students in Grades K-6 participating in the contest were encouraged to create a poster that conveyed a real commitment to making the environment a better place.  Senator Johnson visited May Moore Elementary School on June 8, 2011 to congratulate Taylor and present her with a first place ribbon and a certificate for her participation in the 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest.

July 19, 2011
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