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PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUMS AND PUBLIC STATEMENT HEARINGS CONCERNING A MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS AUDIT OF LIPA

The New York State Department of Public Service will hold public information forums and public statement hearings concerning a management and operations audit of the Long Island Power Authority that will be performed within the next 18 months.  On February 1, 2012, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Long Island Power Authority Oversight and Accountability Act (The Act).  The Act requires a review and evaluation of the Authority's overall operations and management practices that includes, among other things, an examination of overall efficiency, construction and capital program planning, the Fuel and Purchased Power Cost Adjustment, the annual budgeting process, debt service obligations and the Authority's compliance with its debt covenants.

March 8, 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUMS AND PUBLIC STATEMENT HEARINGS CONCERNING MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS AUDIT OF LIPA

The New York State Department of Public Service will hold public information forums and public statement hearings concerning a management and operations audit of the Long Island Power Authority that will be performed within the next 18 months.  On February 1, 2012, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Long Island Power Authority Oversight and Accountability Act (The Act).  The Act requires a review and evaluation of the Authority's overall operations and management practices that includes, among other things, an examination of overall efficiency, construction and capital program planning, the Fuel and Purchased Power Cost Adjustment, the annual budgeting process, debt service obligations and the Authority's compliance with its debt covenants.

March 7, 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL MASSIVE MANDATE ON BUSINESS

SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL MASSIVE MANDATE ON BUSINESSWage Theft Prevention Act Is A Mountain of Costly, Useless Paper    The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.6063A), sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to repeal the notification provisions of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a massive, costly mandate on every employer in the state. 

March 1, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO ALLOW CONTINUED USE OF LEVER-STYLE VOTING MACHINES

SENATE PASSES BILL TO ALLOW CONTINUED USE OF LEVER-STYLE VOTING MACHINESSignificant cost savings to local school districts, villages and special districts    The New York State Senate today passed a mandate relief bill that would allow school districts, special districts and villages to permanently continue using lever voting machines in their respective local elections, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (S. 6296). This legislation would remove the 2012 sunset of provisions that would allow the ability to use the lever voting machines.    

March 1, 2012
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February 29, 2012
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Eileen M. Grubert and Alex “Buddy” Gillespie Honored at Deer Park Fire District Surprise Celebration

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined with members of the Deer Park Fire District at a surprise retirement celebration for both Eileen Grubert, District Secretary and Manager, and Alex “Buddy” Gillespie, District Treasurer.  Both have dedicated 35 years to the Deer Park Fire District and were presented with Citations by Senator Johnson for their profound dedication.

Eileen Grubert, as District Secretary and Manager, has been an integral part of managing the day to day operations of the Deer Park Fire District allowing the fire fighters to concentrate on their task of protecting the Deer Park residents from fire.

February 28, 2012
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February 28, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”: BILL WOULD, FOR THE FIRST TIME, LINK CONVICTIONS FOR OPERATING DIFFERENT VEHICLES WHILE INTOXICATED

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law” (S.2860A), sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse). The bill would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.    

February 15, 2012
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Department Of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald Coming to Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library, Owen H. Johnson Auditorium February 15, 2012

Please join DOT Commissioner Joan McDonaldas she presents the state’s2012-2013 Executive Budget and Reform PlanA pro-growth budget that represents the next step in a plan to transform New York StateWednesday, February 15th 12:00PM doors open

Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library

Owen H. Johnson Auditorium

1 South Country Road

February 15, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senate Transportation Committee Hearing in Albany on the National Transportation Safety Board's Report on Distracted Driving.

The Senate Transportation Committee held a hearing on February 13, 2012 to review the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) recent report on distracted driving and examine what steps New York State can take to make roads safer and protect people from distracted driving crashes.

February 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STATE’S COMMUTER TAX BENEFIT

SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STATE’S COMMUTER TAX BENEFITLegislation Would Ensure that Commuters Receive $240 a Month State Tax Benefit to Help Offset Mass-Transit Costs    The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to fully restore the State’s pre-tax commuter benefit to provide savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERSLegislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape    The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.    Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts. 

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR STALKING

SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR STALKING    The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino, that would increase the penalties for stalking (S. 924A). An estimated 3.4 million people are victims of stalking in the United States each year.    "The obsessive nature of stalkers is unimaginable until you have suffered as the target of their endless pursuit,” said Senator Marcellino. “Stalking is a serious and potentially life-threatening crime. It changes the lives of the people who are victimized forever. This heinous behavior often proves lethal and the punishment must fit the crime.”

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO CURB ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

SENATE PASSES BILLS TO CURB ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSESeries of bills aimed at controlling abuse of prescription painkillers    With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers.

February 13, 2012
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VETERANS RESOURCE DAY MARCH 30TH

The Veterans Resource Day
Friday, March 30, 2012 
8:30am - 2:00pm 
Roosevelt Hall - Farmingdale State College

March 30, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Fallen Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Honored By Town of Islip

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined with Islip Town officials on January 26, 2012 at the MacArthur Airport to honor fallen Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy.  Lt. Murphy lost his life at age 29 during a bitter firefight with the Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy’s parents, Dan and Maureen Murphy, and brother John Murphy of Patchogue, accepted the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award on Michael’s behalf.

The ceremony included remarks from Lt. Murphy’s family and Islip Town Supervisor Croci as well as a video that chronicled the mission and sacrifices of Lt. Murphy and his fellow Navy SEALS.

February 8, 2012
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West Islip Chamber of Commerce 2012 Installation Breakfast

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined members and guests of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce (WICC) for their 2012 Installation Breakfast on January 25, 2012 at the American Legion Post #1738 in West Islip.  Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci was the Honorary Guest Speaker to over 50 attendees.  WICC Officers were sworn in by Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter.  Dan Toomey of Atlantic Auto Malls was awarded "Merchant of the Year." 

February 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OFFENDERS FROM WORKING ON SCHOOL BUSES

    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.   

February 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SCHOOL BUS BILLS

SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SCHOOL BUS BILLSBills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical    The New York State Senate today passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication. A bill was passed, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A).  The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.   

February 6, 2012
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