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Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft is the number one consumer fraud complaint, affecting over 9 million Americans every year. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands:

STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ID THEFT (from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Federal Trade Commission):

February 3, 2012
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Brentwood Robotics Team Participated at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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Deer Park Robotics Team Participated at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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Bay Shore Robotics Team Finalist at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON CO-SPONSOR OF LIPA OVERSIGHT BILL

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the LIPA Oversight Bill that will ensure better service and electricity rates for power customers on Long Island. The new law requires the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to adhere to best-industry practices to maximize efficiency, undergo periodic audits, and increase transparency.

February 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES DNA DATABANK EXPANSION BILL

Bill Would Enact Governor’s Proposal To Include Misdemeanors    The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994.  The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples. 

January 31, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LOW COST FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOMEOWNERS TO MAKE ENERGY EFFICIENT UPGRADES

On-Bill Recovery Financing Program Will Allow Consumers to Pay for Energy Efficiency Upgrades on Monthly Utility BillGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York consumers seeking to make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes can now obtain low cost financing and repay the loan on their monthly utility bill. The program, known as On-Bill Recovery Financing, allows costs incurred by homeowners to be offset through energy savings while reducing consumption and air pollution, making it a win-win for New Yorkers.

January 31, 2012
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GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL PARTNERS WITH SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON FOR LIFESAVING BLOOD DRIVE

West Islip, NY – Walter Baraclough donates blood at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center several times a year.  More than 10 years ago, his wife was told she could no longer be a blood donor due to a medical issue.  This motivated Baraclough even more to be a regular donor.  Someone in this country needs a lifesaving transfusion every three seconds.  New York Blood Center requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 regional hospitals.  Each donation of blood can h

February 27, 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL PARTNERS WITH SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON FOR LIFESAVING BLOOD DRIVE FEBRUARY 27, 2012

West Islip, NY – Walter Baraclough donates blood at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center several times a year.  More than 10 years ago, his wife was told she could no longer be a blood donor due to a medical issue.  This motivated Baraclough even more to be a regular donor.  Someone in this country needs a lifesaving transfusion every three seconds.  New York Blood Center requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 regional hospitals.  Each donation of blood can h

January 27, 2012
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SENATORS JOHNSON, FUSCHILLO AND ZELDIN CALL ON MTA TO ACCELERATE LIRR DOUBLE TRACK PROJECT

Senator Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon) along with Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), called on the MTA to accelerate the proposed double track project, which would help create jobs, promote economic development, and improve LIRR service for thousands of commuters.

January 27, 2012
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Four Key Votes To Get Dangerous Drivers Off the Road

The State Senate this week sent a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.    In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, we overwhelmingly approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets. ·    The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

January 25, 2012
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Jennifer Melfi, 13 Year Old Amateur Radio Operator, Received Senate Citation

Senator Owen H. Johnson honored 13 year old amateur radio operator Jennifer Melfi with a Senate Citation for assisting Babylon Town’s emergency operations efforts during Tropical Storm Irene.  Jennifer Melfi received the citation in front of 150 ham radio operators at the Amateur Radio Convention at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage on January 8, 2012.  “Jennifer Melfi has performed a valuable service to our community and demonstrates that her young age did not prevent her from lending tremendous help during a disaster,” Senator Johnson said.  “I am honored to congratulate this outstanding young lady for her exemplary community service with the Town of Babylon Emergency Operations Center.”

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.            “Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop.  Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C).  Senator Owen H. Johnson supported the new law.

Abbagail’s Law closes a big loophole by making it clear that ‘supervising drivers’ that are drunk will be held accountable for their irresponsible actions.  It’s simple to understand that if you are supervising a younger driver, you must be sober. Otherwise, the consequences can be tragic, like in the case of young Abbagail Buzard.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SALVIA DIVINORUM

    In an effort to keep drugs out of the hands of New York State’s youth, the New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), to ban the sale of the legal hallucinogen salvia divinorum. 

January 24, 2012
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Senator Owen H. Johnson's Holiday Toy Drive Delivered Over A Thousand Toys to Children of Soldiers of the Fighting 69th!

Senator Owen H. Johnson's Holiday Toy Drive delivered over a thousand toys to children of soldiers of the Fighting 69th  Infantry Regiment.  The toys were collected for the children of the many soldiers who have returned home to Long Island and are suffering the hardships of this difficult economy.  Senator Johnson presented the gifts at the Fighting 69th  Infantry Regiment’s annual Christmas party at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale on December 17, 2011.  

January 19, 2012
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School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2012

Senator Owen H. Johnson wants to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2012.   STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

January 13, 2012
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Civil Air Patrol Cadets Visit State Capitol

Senator Owen H. Johnson met with members of the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the Long Island Group of the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard.  The Color Guard presented the colors at the opening of Senate Session at the State Capitol on January 9, 2012.

January 13, 2012
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Senators Renew Efforts To Protect School Taxpayers

    Continuing their effort to protect property taxpayers, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) are pushing forward to get restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts.  Today, they took the first step in that process by gaining Senate Education Committee approval of legislation that would restore funding that was vetoed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Central Islip, Smithtown, Rocky Point and Babylon.

January 11, 2012
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