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NEWSDAY: Babylon Girl, 13, Honored for Irene Help

Originally published: January 8, 2012 9:17 PMUpdated: January 8, 2012 9:43 PMBy PATRICK WHITTLE  patrick.whittle@newsday.com

At age 13, with pink earrings dangling near her shoulders and a glistening smile, Jennifer Melfi stood out from the overwhelmingly older male crowd at an amateur radio convention Sunday inBethpage.

But Jennifer's age isn't the only thing that separates her from most "hams," as amateur radio enthusiasts are sometimes called, said State Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon).

January 9, 2012
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Thomas F. Roberts III Honored For His Contributions to the Preservation of Fire Island Lighthouse

Thomas F. Roberts III, founding President of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, was honored with a New York Senate Proclamation by Senator Owen H. Johnson at the Fire Island Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters on Saturday, December 3, 2011.  Senator Johnson joined with the Board of Directors of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. in recognizing Tom Roberts and other individuals who volunteered their time or contributed to the organization and the Fire Island Lighthouse.

January 6, 2012
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Happy 102nd Birthday to Mary Fazio!

Senator Owen H. Johnson, Village of Lindenhurst Mayor Tom Brennan, and neice Kay Behrens wished Mary Fazio a Happy 102nd Birthday at the Village of Lindenhurst Rainbow Senior Center Christmas party on November 30, 2011.  Senator Johnson also performed the official lighting of the Rainbow Center Christmas tree and joined in the holiday festivities.Photo left to right:  Mary Fazio; NY State Senator Owen H. Johnson; Kay Behrens; and Village of Lindenhurst Mayor Tom Brennan.

January 5, 2012
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Congratulated Nan Doherty on Her Appointment as Principal of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.

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.”

January 5, 2012
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Happy Holidays!

During this busy holiday season, I hope you are finding the time to gather with family, friends and those you care about to celebrate and share.I also want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your representative in the State Senate.Over the past year, we've made real progress in our effort to turn New York around. We’ve cut taxes on businesses and middle class families, taken steps to help create jobs, and worked together to help make life in our community just a little better.In the New Year, please know that I will be here and ready to assist you. Please contact my office if you ever need my help.Happy holidays!Sincerely,

Owen H. Johnson

December 23, 2011
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Senators Call On Governor Cuomo To Protect School Taxpayers

    In a recent letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) formally called for the restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts to be included as part of the Governor’s upcoming budget proposal.    The State Education Department originally denied this funding to the districts because they inadvertently failed to file paperwork on time for certain capital construction projects.

December 22, 2011
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Walter D. Lace Receives Legislative Resolution Honoring His Retirement and Dedication to St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

Senator Owen H. Johnson presented Walter D. Lace with a Legislative Resolution honoring his retirement as Principal of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School after 44 years of dedication to the institution.  The presentation took place at the 45th Anniversary Gala of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School on November 10, 2011 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.“Walter Lace has clearly had an enduring impact on the youth of the St. John the Baptist High School,” Senator Owen H. Johnson said.   “We honor and commend him for 44 years of impressive dedication to the students and community-at-large.”

December 20, 2011
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New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2012

TAX CUTS AND PROPERTY TAX CAP HIGHLIGHT NEW JANUARY 1ST LAWSMiddle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of  $690 million in personal income tax relief.

December 19, 2011
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We Mourn The Loss of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski

“My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the family of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski,” Senator Owen H. Johnson said.  “Police officers put their lives on the line for us every day with acts of bravery and heroism, and we pause at this time to truly appreciate Officer Figoski's sacrifices.”

December 16, 2011
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Thanksgiving Food Drive A Huge Success!

Dear Friends:

Over three tons of food was donated to my Thanksgiving Food Drive!  At five collection sites throughout the 4th Senate District, generous donations totaling 6,274 pounds of food was collected and delivered to Long Islanders in need. Thanks to your overwhelming response, generous donations helped stock the many food pantries and soup kitchens in our community that have difficulty keeping up with the demand.  We were able to supplement over 4,902 meals for Long Islanders who desperately needed our help. 

December 16, 2011
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LIPA Becomes First Utility in State to Launch Mobile Texting Initiative-Power Out? Text It In

New texting initiative will allow LIPA customers to report and receive information about power outages from their mobile deviceLIPA also adds new Facebook and Twitter storm pages to its existing social media channels

December 16, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Applauds Governor Cuomo's Signature on the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Majority today to applaud Governor Cuomo's signature on the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan.  The legislation reduces the MTA payroll tax on small businesses while maintaining the necessary funding for the MTA from other sources. The tax will be eliminated for 289,000 small businesses, defined as those having an annual payroll between $10,000 and $1.25 million, in the MTA region. Additionally, more than 6,000 businesses with payrolls between $1.25 and $1.75 million will see their payroll tax cut by either one third or two-thirds. The MTA payroll tax cut will also benefit approximately 414,000 self-employed taxpayers.

December 12, 2011
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LI Wins $101.6 Million in State Jobs Aid

LI wins $101.6 million in state jobs aid

By JAMES T. MADORE james.madore@newsday.com

Long Island is one of four New York regions that will receive more than $100 million each in state aid to begin implementing job-growth plans, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday.

The Island won $101.6 million.

December 9, 2011
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Ernest J. Pizirusso, of West Babylon Received The 2011 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award by LeadingAge New York

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Mr. Ernest J. Pizirusso, of West Babylon, who received the 2011 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award by LeadingAge New York.  Mr. Pizirusso, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center, was honored at the 2011 Employee of Distinction Award Ceremony held at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center on November 2, 2011.

December 8, 2011
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Senate Passes $3.3 Billion Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan

Posted by Majority Press on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011   

December 8, 2011
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December 2, 2011
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Stay Informed to Keep Your Family Safe

Dear Friends:

“Be Prepared.”

It’s an age-old motto used by the Boy Scouts and members of the US Coast Guard to remind them that emergencies can strike anytime—and often without much warning.

I want to make you aware of one way that you can help keep your home, family, business and community safe.

NY-Alert is a free, early-warning program that sends text messages, emails and even phone calls to advise you of serious hazards that can threaten safety and property.

December 1, 2011
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Sheldon R. Sackstein Accepts Business Leader’s Award From United Jewish Appeal Federation

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Sheldon (Shelly) R. Sackstein, recipient of this year’s Business Leader’s Award given by the United Jewish Appeal Federation (UJA-Federation).  Mr. Sackstein accepted the award at the UJA-Federation of New York’s 2012 Suffolk County Inaugural Dinner which took place on October 26, 2011 at the Dix Hills Jewish Center.The following individuals also received awards given by the UJA-Federation to thank them for their dedication and the example they set in the community:  Dr. Richard Hamburg received the Social Justice Award; Sheila & Gil Henoch received the Community Service Award; and Ronnit & Michael Kessler received the Community Leadership Award.

November 29, 2011
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The Babylon Village Historical and Preservation Society Building 100th Anniversary Celebration

The Babylon Village Historical and Preservation Society Building had its 100th Anniversary celebration on October 23, 2011.  The building, at 153 West Main Street in Babylon, is home to the Village Museum where an exhibit of posters depicting historical images of the Village was on display for this year’s centennial celebration.  After the event the exhibit was put in a time capsule intended to be opened at the 200th Anniversary Celebration in 2111.

November 28, 2011
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