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Joseph Malloy of West Islip Recipient of NY Senate Proclamation For 50th Anniversary of PGA Membership

Senator Owen H. Johnson presented pro golfer Joseph Malloy, of West Islip, with a NY Senate Proclamation in recognition of his 50th Anniversary as a member of the Professional Golfers of America and his dedication to the game of golf.  The presentation was made at Sumpwams Creek Golf Course in Babylon Village on September 26, 2011. 

October 12, 2011
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Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s Golf Skill Challenge Classic

Senator Owen H. Johnson was recently on hand for the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s (BBCC) Golf Skill Challenge Classic at the Sumpwams Creek Golf Course in Babylon Village.  The September 26, 2011 outing raised funds to benefit Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s many patient and community services. Photograph left to right: BBCC President Tess Helfman; BBCC Board members: Karen Kunkel, Kim Mascolo, and Deborah Kolovich; Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Keely Harris.

October 7, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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Deer Park Library Renovations Completed

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined board members and staff at the Deer Park Public Library for a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 23, 2011 to celebrate renovations recently completed at the library.  They include outside seating, new landscaping, as well as improvements to the Children’s Services Department.  Also present were Contractor Carlos Marques and Architect Peter Jesperson, both critical to the completion of the upgrades.

September 28, 2011
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Theresa Patnode Santmann's Gift To Farmingdale State College

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.  

September 27, 2011
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Teens Charged With Sexting Have New Option

By TED PHILLIPS ted.phillips@newsday.com

A new law gives courts an alternative to criminal prosecution of teenagers who exchange explicit cellphone photos of themselves or peers.

The measure, signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, gives courts and prosecutors pursuing "sexting" cases against teenagers the option to have them complete an eight-hour education course, and to have criminal charges dropped.

September 27, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Presented With a Certificate of Appreciation Marking the 25th Anniversary of Beach Cleanup

Senator Owen H. Johnson was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation marking the 25th Anniversary of Beach Cleanup on September 17, 2011 at Robert Moses State Park.  George Gorman, Deputy Regional Director of the Long Island State Parks, made the presentation on behalf of the American Littoral Society, in recognition of Senator Johnson’s 25 years of dedicated work in organizing annual coastal cleanups on Long Island for International Coastal Cleanup Day. 

September 23, 2011
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25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup Weighs in at 3300 Pounds!

Over 1 ½ tons of debris was removed from the Robert Moses State Park shoreline by 450 volunteers at Senator Owen H. Johnson’s 25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2011.  Volunteers from across Long Island including numerous conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops participated.“Thank you to everyone who came out for our 25th Anniversary Beach Cleanup,” Senator Johnson said.  “We had a wonderful response this year.  Our volunteers gathered over 3300 pounds of  garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”

September 23, 2011
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International Police Association's Friendship Week

Senator Owen H. Johnson presented a New York State Flag to retired Nassau County Police Detective George Duguid and his wife, Diane of Deer Park.  The flag was taken to the International Police Association’s Friendship Week in Edinburgh, Scotland by the Duguids on August 5, 2011 where it was proudly displayed alongside the American flag to represent all New Yorkers on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Over 120 police officers from nine countries attended.

September 16, 2011
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South Bay Elementary Reopened For The New School Year

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined the West Babylon community in celebrating the South Bay Elementary School reopening on September 6, 2011 at 160 Great East Neck Road, just one day before students began their new school year.  “I applaud the cooperation and around the clock work that took place at South Bay Elementary over the past year,” Senator Johnson said.  “The outcome is impressive and I join in welcoming our students as they begin the school year in their new classrooms.”  On February 18, 2010, two of the three wings that make up South Bay Elementary School were completely destroyed by flames so intense that they collapsed hallways and forced the fire chief to pull firefighters out of the facilities. 

September 14, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE GRANT PROGRAM FOR STORM RECOVERY

$8 Million Program Targeted to Assist Victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm LeeGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched an $8 million appliance grant program for those who sustained property damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The program will help New Yorkers cover the costs of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers washing machines and furnaces, damaged by the recent flooding. Grants will be a fixed amount for different appliances and could cover up to 100 percent of the costs of a purchase. If the cost of the appliance exceeds the cap, the program will pay a portion of the total costs up to the cap.

September 14, 2011
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Public Hearing on Long Island Power Authority's Response to Hurricane Irene

Dear Friends,    I join members of our Long Island community in thanking the employees of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for  their tireless efforts assisting in the restoration of power after Hurricane Irene.   I personally want to thank the LIPA repair crews for their dedication and long hours of hard work in the aftermath.  

September 13, 2011
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Disaster Recovery Center Opened in Hauppauge for Suffolk County Residents & Businesses

Suffolk County, in conjunction with New York State and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), have joined forces to establish a Disaster Recovery Center to assist residents and businesses that have losses or damages caused by Hurricane Irene.  The centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm related disaster assistance and available low interest loans from the Small Business Administration. Individuals seeking assistance should register with FEMA first by calling the toll-free FEMA Hotline at 800-621-3362.  Applicants can also register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

September 8, 2011
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Hurricane Irene: Here's How We Can Help

Dear Neighbor,We are all well aware that Hurricane Irene has left a terrible path of destruction in its wake – not only up and down the East Coast, but in our own back yards. Many of our friends and neighbors have felt the brunt of the storm’s devastating winds and flooding, which have both taken a painful toll on lives, homes, and property.  As we keep them in our thoughts and prayers, many New Yorkers are also looking for ways to lend a helping hand.Once again, the American Red Cross is leading  a major effort to help individuals, families and entire communities recover in this time of need.  I encourage you to

September 8, 2011
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Federal Disaster Aid Now Available for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses in Suffolk County.

Suffolk’s residents and businesses are now eligible for the Individuals and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, USDA food commodities, Disaster Legal Services, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

“I am pleased that Washington extended this assistance to Suffolk County’s residents and businesses. I applaud Governor Cuomo for securing this aid and urge residents and businesses to take advantage of these programs,” said Senator Johnson.

September 7, 2011
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Senator Owen Johnson Calls on President to Expand Disaster Assistance for Suffolk County

Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) today called on President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to Suffolk County so home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.

While localities in Suffolk County will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for road, bridge and infrastructure repairs related to the storm, home and business owners were not included on the list for disaster assistance.

September 1, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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Share Your Ideas For A Stronger Economy

New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years.  That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities.  Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades.  That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS

The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following:

August 23, 2011
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