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.
The New York State Senate today passed the “School Bus Mandate Relief Act” (S.4434A) to provide schools with budget savings by allowing boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ban certain criminal offenders from working on school buses (S.6157A). The bill, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, prohibits people who are convicted of offenses, such as sex and drug crimes, from being school bus monitors. The bill also bans anyone convicted under Leandra’s Law from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction. Leandra’s Law makes it a felony to drive drunk with others in the car who are under 16 years old.