Owen H. Johnson's Press releases

Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory

Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY on July 13, 2011.  The senators received an update from directors and researchers on the Lab’s energy and health research portfolios, New York State partnerships, and the economic impact to the state and local economies.  Brookhaven National Laboratory currently employs 3,000 people, creates over 5,400 jobs and provides $700 million in economic output on Long Island and throughout New York State. Photograph:  Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton on July 13, 2011 at the site of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, still under construction. 

July 19, 2011
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Grand Opening of Atlantic Volkswagen in West Islip

State and local officials joined in the celebratory Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that took place at Atlantic Volkswagen’s Grand Opening on June 3, 2011 at 555 Sunrise Highway in West Islip.

July 15, 2011
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July 11, 2011
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2011 Fishing Facts

Dear Friend,

             I am pleased to provide you with a printable version of “2011 Fishing Facts for New York Marine Recreational Fishermen.”  This publication reflects the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC’s) recently adopted marine recreation fishing regulations. 

             Please note that the seasons and recreational size limits referred to in this publication are sometimes changed by state regulation.  Be sure to check DEC’s Marine Fishing Regulations for the very latest information.

July 7, 2011
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July 7, 2011
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2011 Summer Reading Challenge - Let your book take you away on a summer journey!

Now that school is out for the summer, Senator Owen H. Johnson is inviting all elementary school students in his district to participate in his Summer Reading Program.  Senator Johnson is sponsoring this free program to encourage students throughout our community to continue reading this summer vacation.The program is open to any young child who enjoys reading.  To complete Senator Johnson’s reading challenge, students will be asked to read at least three books over the summer and record their thoughts about their chosen works in a Summer Reading Journal.  The children who return a completed log to Senator Johnson’s office by August 31, 2011 will receive a Summertime Reading Certificate to recognize their efforts.

June 28, 2011
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Henry Dam Recipient of the Owen H. Johnson Award

Henry Dam, of Cold Spring Harbor, was the recipient of the Owen H. Johnson Award for his lifetime achievements as a sportsman.  Senator Owen H. Johnson presented the award at the First Annual Suffolk County Sportsmen’s Women’s Dinner Auction at the Stony Brook Yacht Club on May 21, 2011.  Henry Dam was honored for his dedication as an environmentalist and as a conservationist.  Having nearly 70 years of experience as a sportsman, Mr. Dam has become an invaluable resource of historical knowledge to his fellow sportsmen and sportswomen.    

June 24, 2011
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Memorial Day Unveiling of New Babylon Village Fountain

Little Ava Smith enjoys a cool splash as state and local officials join for the Memorial Day unveiling of the new Babylon Village Fountain in front of the Babylon Historical Preservation Society Museum on Main Street.  The new statue, a replica of one that originally stood in Babylon almost 100 years ago, honors the work of women within the community.Photograph left to right:  Corine DiSomma, Receiver of Taxes, Town of Babylon; Steve Bellone, Supervisor, Town of Babylon; Lindsay P. Henry, Town Councilman, Town of Babylon;  Ava Smith; Wayne Horsley, Suffolk County Legislator; Owen H. Johnson, NY Senator; Angie Carpenter, Suffolk County Treasurer; and Ralph Scordino, Mayor, Babylon Village

June 22, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Sponsored Legislation That Helps Over 98,000 Charities and Non-Profits in New York

Senator Owen H. Johnson sponsored legislation that helps over 98,000 charities and non-profits in New York continue to provide desperately needed social work services to those in need.  The bill (S.5713), passed by the NY Senate on June 17, 2011, grants a nine month extension for charitable organizations to apply for a New York State Education Department waiver that will allow them to continue to lawfully employ licensed social workers and other mental health professionals.  

June 21, 2011
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Thank You Ray Joseph!

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Mailman Ray Joseph of Babylon Village on his retirement after 38 years with the U.S. Postal Service.“Ray Joseph has been delivering mail to my District Office for 28 years, through rain, sleet, and snow,” Senator Johnson said.  “My staff and I have looked forward to Ray’s arrival, as his presence has certainly brightened each day.  We wish him well in his new endeavors and want him to know he has touched our lives and he will truly be missed.”

June 15, 2011
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Breast Cancer Help, Inc. held its 16th Annual Gala and Casino Night

Breast Cancer Help, Inc. held its 16th Annual Gala and Casino Night at the Sheraton Long Island in Hauppauge.  The evening included dinner, musical entertainment, raffles, and casino games including blackjack, roulette, craps and a money wheel.  All proceeds benefited Breast Cancer Help, Inc., its Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center, and research for the causes and cure of breast cancer.“I was pleased to be selected as this year’s honoree for the 16th Annual Gala and Casino Night,” Senator Johnson said.  “ I applaud the tireless mission of Breast Cancer Help, Inc. in providing programs and services for early detection and treatment of breast cancer.”

June 14, 2011
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Poppy Girl Adrianna Ciancuielli

Senator Owen H. Johnson posed with Poppy Girl Adrianna Ciancuielli of Holbrook for a photo opportunity at the conclusion of the Memorial Day Parade in Babylon on May 30, 2011.  Adrianna, age 7, is a member of the Junior Ladies’ Auxiliary VFW Post #94.  She was chosen to receive the “Poppy Girl” 2011 title to represent VFW Post #94 and to help distribute the handmade poppy lapel pins in exchange for donations to benefit veterans’ programs.After the Memorial Day events, Adrianna gave a presentation to her first grade class about her responsibilities as “Poppy Girl” and about the meaning of Memorial Day and freedom.

June 10, 2011
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The Early Childhood Center of West Babylon

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined with local officials on May 13, 2011 to congratulate Cynthia Salinas-Roberts, Owner and Director of The Early Childhood Center of West Babylon, at the First Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  The Early Childhood Center of West Babylon offers full and part time programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in addition to vacation, holiday and summer programs for school age children.  For more information, call (631) 661-1117 or visit their website:  www.ECCofWB.com

June 3, 2011
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Dr. Evelyn Blose Holman Receives the 2011 Distinguished Bay Shore-Brightwaters Citizen Award

Dr. Evelyn Blose Holman, retiring Superintendent of the Bay Shore Union Free School District, was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Bay Shore-Brightwaters Citizen Award.  Senator Owen H. Johnson, together with Assemblyman Phil Boyle and Assemblyman Philip Ramos, presented Dr. Holman with a Legislative Resolution to honor the occasion.The Eleventh Annual Bay Shore-Brightwaters Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore and the Bay Shore Business Improvement District, took place at Captain Bill’s Restaurant in Bay Shore on April 29, 2011.

June 1, 2011
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AHRC Suffolk Arbor Day Celebration

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined in the Arbor Day Celebration at AHRC Suffolk’s Bohemia location on April 29, 2011.  A ceremonial tree planting took place with many participants and community members attending.AHRC Suffolk is a not-for-profit organization which has provided therapeutic programs and services to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for over 60 years.  Currently more than 2,500 people receive educational, vocational, residential and respite services through AHRC’s thirty-five facilities.Photograph:  Back row (left to right):

May 27, 2011
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Mary Anderson, Richard DiStefano and Robert DiStefano Honored At the 2011 Sixth Annual PAWS Gala

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Partners Advancing West Islip Students (PAWS) in applauding three honorees at the 2011 Sixth Annual PAWS Gala. The event took place at The Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon on April 29, 2011.Mary Anderson was the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award.  She is the Principal of the Manetuck Elementary School and this fall will celebrate her 40th anniversary with the West Islip School District.Brothers Richard DiStefano and Robert DiStefano were presented with the 2011 Outstanding Community Members of the Year Award. The owners of West Islip Wines & Liquors were honored for their exceptional participation and  contribution to the betterment of the community. 

May 26, 2011
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