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New Legislation to Allow July Elections in Fair Harbor Fire Department.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Owen H. Johnson to allow the Fair Harbor Fire District to hold elections on the second Tuesday of July, rather than in December, was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on August 3, 2011.“This is exciting news for the Fire Island community because it will increase participation in the Fair Harbor Fire District elections,” Senator Johnson said.  “It is in the interest of democracy and the rights of the registered voters that elections take place in July.  This will bring Fair Harbor in line with most other Fire Island Communities where many property owners do not reside year-round and cannot easily gain access in the winter.”

August 17, 2011
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August 5, 2011
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Fresnel Lens Building Grand Opening Ceremony at Fire Island

Senator Owen H. Johnson assisted in the ribbon cutting at the Fresnel Lens Building Grand Opening Ceremony on July 22, 2011.  Members of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and the National Park Service were among those who joined in the celebration.  The Fresnel Lens Building is now the home of  the First Order Fresnel Lens; a beacon that guided mariners into New York Harbor.  For many European immigrants, the Fire Island Light was their first sight of land upon arrival to America.

August 4, 2011
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Night Time Travel Lane Closures of Montauk Highway/NY Route 27A in the Town of Babylon in Suffolk County Begin Tuesday, July 26, 2011

For the protection of motorists, night time travel lane closures of Montauk Highway/NY Route 27A, between NY Route 231 and NY Route 109 in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County, will begin Tuesday night, July 26, 2011 and continue weekdays for approximately five weeks.  The closures will take place between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each night, Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting.  No street parking is permitted during this construction work.  This operation also includes a small section of NY Route 231 just north of Montauk Highway.  Utilizing lane shifts, a single travel lane in each direction will remain open, but motorists are strongly urged to use alternate routes or they will experience delays.   

August 4, 2011
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Members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 84 From Amityville Tour the State Capitol

Members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 84, Chartered by Amityville Lions Club, stopped by for a tour of the State Capitol in Albany on their way to a campout at Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort, New York on May 13, 2011.  The following day the Boy Scouts set off to hike the Saratoga National Historic Trail for which they received a patch or medal.Photograph:  Pictured on the Million Dollar Staircase in the State Capitol are members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 84, from Amityville.  Left to right are Frank Smisek, Scoutmaster; Grant Meyer; George Vosper; David Spellman; Terence Gilmore; and William McLaughlin, Assistant Scoutmaster.

July 29, 2011
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Members of the Newly Formed Long Island Regional Economic Development Council

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined local leaders at SUNY in Old Westbury for the Governor’s introduction of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.  The Regional Council has been assigned the task of coordinating the economic development of Nassau and Suffolk counties and confronting specific economic challenges facing Long Island.  

July 29, 2011
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Night Time Travel Lane Closures of Montauk Highway/NY Route 27A in the Town of Babylon in Suffolk County Begin Tuesday, July 26, 2011

     For the protection of motorists, night time travel lane closures of Montauk Highway/NY Route 27A, between NY Route 231 and NY Route 109 in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County, will begin Tuesday night, July 26, 2011 and continue weekdays for approximately five weeks.  The closures will take place between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each night, Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting.  No street parking is permitted during this construction work.  This operation also includes a small section of NY Route 231 just north of Montauk Highway.  Utilizing lane shifts, a single travel lane in each direction will remain open, but motorists are strongly urged to use alternate routes or they will experience delays.   

July 25, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LAW TO CREATE MISSING VULNERABLE ADULT ALERT SYSTEM Law Establishes Public Notification System to Help Locate and Protect Missing Vulnerable Adults

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a law to create a statewide alert system for missing vulnerable adults, similar to the nationwide Amber Alert program, which will help authorities locate cognitively impaired persons who go missing. The new law is in response to a number of instances where cognitively impaired individuals have wandered away from home and gone missing for an extended period of time, often placing themselves and others at risk.

July 25, 2011
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Monsignor James M. Kissane Memorial Unveiled at Hibernian Hall in Babylon

Family, friends and colleagues joined with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Patrick’s Division 2 at Hibernian Hall in Babylon to remember Monsignor James M. Kissane.  His family assisted with the unveiling of a memorial inscribed with the words “In Loving Memory of our Chaplain Msgr. James M. Kissane; Born June 29, 1965; Ordained May 30, 1992; Died Dec. 16, 2009; His life was a heritage of love; May his spirit live forever.”  The unveiling took place on June 29, 2011 and was followed by a blessing and celebration of Holy Mass.

July 25, 2011
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NO AIR CONDITIONING? HERE ARE SOME PLACES IN THE TOWNS OF BABYLON AND ISLIP WHERE YOU ARE WELCOME TO GO COOL OFF!

Town of Babylon:North Amityville Senior Center48 C Cedar Road Amityville NY 11701631-789-3524Spangle Drive Senior Center438 Spangle DriveNorth Babylon NY 11703631-422-7610Tanner Park Senior CenterBaylawn Avenue, Copaigue, NY 11726631-842-7773Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center28 Wyandanch Ave.Wyandanch NY 11798631-491-4889Rainbow Senior Center293 Buffalo Avenue Lindenhurst, NY 631-957-7526West Babylon Public Library211 Route 109 West Babylon, NY 11704631-669-5445Copiague Memorial Public Library50 Deauville Blvd.Copiague NY 11726631-691-1111Amityville Public Library

July 22, 2011
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SENATE INTRODUCES “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT” New Bill Protects Kids & Punishes Predators

    In the wake of Caylee Anthony’s tragic murder case and the murder of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, legislation has been introduced in the New York State Senate that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.         The bill, called the “Protect Our Children Act” (S.5862), is sponsored by Senators Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), Greg Ball (R-C, Pawling) and Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick).

July 21, 2011
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Taylor Korsiak of May Moore Elementary School Winner of 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest

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.

July 19, 2011
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Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory

Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY on July 13, 2011.  The senators received an update from directors and researchers on the Lab’s energy and health research portfolios, New York State partnerships, and the economic impact to the state and local economies.  Brookhaven National Laboratory currently employs 3,000 people, creates over 5,400 jobs and provides $700 million in economic output on Long Island and throughout New York State. Photograph:  Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton on July 13, 2011 at the site of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, still under construction. 

July 19, 2011
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Grand Opening of Atlantic Volkswagen in West Islip

State and local officials joined in the celebratory Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that took place at Atlantic Volkswagen’s Grand Opening on June 3, 2011 at 555 Sunrise Highway in West Islip.

July 15, 2011
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TOWN OF ISLIP COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HOLDS LOTTERY FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING!

The housing lottery is part a commitment to help families obtain affordable, energy efficient housing in the Town of Islip.  Housing Lotteries are held periodically throughout the year.  Applications through the town's Community Development Agency are now being accepted. 

The town evaluates each applicant's finances, credit and ability to get a bank loan.  Each applicant must also meet federal criteria set by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the HOME program, which provides federal funds to purchase, renovate and sell the properties.

July 11, 2011
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July 11, 2011
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2011 Fishing Facts

Dear Friend,

             I am pleased to provide you with a printable version of “2011 Fishing Facts for New York Marine Recreational Fishermen.”  This publication reflects the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC’s) recently adopted marine recreation fishing regulations. 

             Please note that the seasons and recreational size limits referred to in this publication are sometimes changed by state regulation.  Be sure to check DEC’s Marine Fishing Regulations for the very latest information.

July 7, 2011
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