State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) honored Susan Boudreau of Bay Shore as a 2011 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” at the State Capitol on May 24, 2011. The Senate honored distinguished women from throughout the state at an Albany reception, where each honoree's photograph and biography became part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of exemplary New York women.
Senator Johnson explained that the Senate’s Women of Distinction program was created as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The program, which started in 1998, honors exceptional achievement, personal excellence and outstanding, courageous and heroic actions on the part of individual women from all across the State.
Senator Owen H. Johnson announces that construction grants have been awarded to six Public Libraries serving the 4th Senate District. The funds will enable the libraries to complete many interior and exterior renovations and improvements. The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget. The following libraries serving the 4th Senate District and receiving grant awards include:• Connetquot Public Library, $55,000• Copiague Memorial Public Library, $90,000• Deer Park Public Library, $55,000• Islip Public Library, $120,000
An effort to honor military heroes that began in the New York State Senate 11 years ago has now resulted in the U.S. Postal Service announcing that the Purple Heart postage stamp has been classified as a “Forever” stamp, ensuring that it will continue in circulation.
The new classification as a “Forever” stamp means that Purple Heart postage stamps will continue in circulation and supporters will no longer need to advocate to maintain it each time the price of stamps increase.
The U.S. Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart “Forever” stamp in San Diego on May 5, 2011.
Senator Owen H. Johnson supported a bill (S.998B) that passed the Senate today making it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver could only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.“Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions today,” Senator Johnson said. “The legislation we passed in the Senate sends the message that there will be consequences for those who continue to risk our lives with their careless conduct.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson recently joined elected officials, dignitaries and Bay Shore and Brightwaters residents at the 17th Annual Bay Shore Summit to celebrate the triumph of the school and business communities, the transformation of downtown Bay Shore, and to honor the Summit’s founder, retiring School Superintendent Dr. Evelyn Blose Holman.Senator Johnson also spoke about additional school aid funding restored to Long Island Schools in the State Budget and legislation he has introduced in the Senate (S.2635) to allow for the transfer of the Bay Shore Armory to the Bay Shore Union Free School District for a nominal fee. Bay Shore intends to use the property for educational purposes to meet the needs of the school district.
Senator Owen H. Johnson celebrated Earth Day at a volunteer community project at Gardiner Park in Bay Shore. National Grid sponsored the Earth Day cleanup event on April 21, 2011 partnering with other community groups including Bay Shore Schools, Bay Shore Beautification Society, Keep Islip Clean, Boy Scouts and Suffolk County Parks. Volunteers cleaned trails, planted flowers and trees, stained benches, pruned branches, and restored the historical fence as part of the day’s activities.
Senator Owen H. Johnson threw out the first pitch to kick off the Babylon Little League season on April 9, 2011. Catching was 6th grader Julian Romero, a member of the Blue Jays Major League Team sponsored by Plessers Applicances and Electronics of Babylon. Senator Johnson was named the 2011 Babylon Little League Honoree in appreciation of his generosity and assistance over the past several years, allowing the league to expand their facilities for the betterment of the children of Babylon Village. The day’s events included a parade from the Babylon Village Hall, through the village to the Locust Avenue Ball Fields, where Opening Day Ceremonies followed.
Over 125 volunteers donated their time and effort at an Arbor Day Recognition Project to care for the trees on the grounds of the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Members of the Long Island Aboricultural Association (LIAA) spent the day removing dead and diseased trees and branches, and pruning healthy trees at the Planting Fields Arboretum as part of their ongoing effort to care for and preserve Long Island’s trees and shrubs. A ceremonial tree planting was part of the day's events.
Senator Owen H. Johnson was a guest of honor at a reception marking the 12th Anniversary of the SBPLI, Inc. – LI FIRST Regional Robotics Competition (School Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) on March 25, 2011 at Hofstra University. The Owen H. Johnson Leadership Award was established for the first time this year by the organization for the Senator’s leadership and commitment to the program since its inception in 1999.
Senator Owen H. Johnson supported several anti-crime bills that passed the State Senate on April 5, 2011, strengthening penalties and creating new charges for offenses relating to sexual abuse, bank robberies, home invasions and driving irresponsibly. The measures will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.“These bills address important issues and concerns that affect the lives of everyone in our communities. I encourage the Assembly to act so that we can help make our communities safer,” Senator Johnson said.
Senator Owen H. Johnson recently joined with state and local officials and community members at the North Babylon Council of PTA’s annual Legislative Breakfast at the North Babylon High School. The Board of Education, the North Babylon Teachers’ Organization, and the North Babylon Administrators’ Association joined in the event. Community members were invited to share their needs and concerns regarding the school district as well as the community.
The completion of the state budget closed a $10 billion budget gap without raising taxes. The $132.5 billion budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year reduces year to year spending by 2%, and trims State operations expenditures by 10 percent.
Senator Owen H. Johnson and Assemblyman Phil Boyle welcomed Director Eileen Egbert and talented vocalists from the Connetquot Elementary School Chorus to the State Capitol on March 30, 2011. The group performed as part of “Music In Our Schools Month” at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. During the month of March, The New York State School Music Association along with the Music Educators’ National Conference celebrated their 39th annual “Music In Our Schools Month,” with performances by school bands, orchestras, choruses and jazz ensembles from across the state.
The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.
To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below.
Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulates long time staffer Brian T. Culhane of Sayville as he takes his new post as Suffolk County’s Commissioner of Energy and Environment. “Brian has been a an integral member of my staff for 16 years, working diligently on issues regarding Long Island’s Marine District. He is well-prepared to serve in Suffolk County’s top environmental post and I wish him great success in his new position as Commissioner of Energy and Environment,” Senator Johnson said.
Senator Owen H. Johnson cosponsored a Legislative Resolution commending Yonkers Firefighter Michael Giroux from Deer Park for his recent heroic action in saving the lives of two citizens. Michael was at the Capitol for the reading of the Resolution during the March 23, 2011 Senate Session. “I would like to add my congratulations and express my pride in the accomplishments of Michael Giroux and the team of Yonkers Firefighters,” Senator Johnson said as he spoke on the resolution in the Senate Chamber. “The initiative Michael took showed not only intelligence but bravery and courage. It’s a wonderfully inspiring story of heroism and rescue.”
Senators Owen H. Johnson and Lee Zeldin met with Family Service League President and Corporate Executive Officer Karen Boorshtein at the Iovino South Shore Family Center in Bay Shore to discuss services provided to the community. The tour included a visit to the Joseph D. Posillico Jr. Pre-School Learning Center which offers a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program for 4-year-old children residing in the Brentwood and Bay Shore School Districts.
Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulates three high schools in the 4th Senate District that were recognized nationally by the College Board for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and maintaining or improving the rate at which students score well on demanding AP tests. “I’d like to congratulate three schools in my district: Copiague High School; Sayville High School; and West Islip High School for being recognized by the College Board and for being placed on their National Advanced Placement Achievement List,” Senator Johnson said.
Senator Owen H. Johnson met with Copiague Firemen on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Copiague School District Legislative Breakfast. Hundreds of concerned community members attended the breakfast at the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.Photograph from left to right are: Daniel Campion Assistant Chief; Angelo Licata, Commissioner; Arthur Steigert, Commissioner; Owen H. Johnson, NY Senator; Julian Wellington, Chief; and Peter Sayevich, Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners.