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St. John the Baptist D.H.S. Alumni, Students and Parents Clean Up the Beach

Senator Owen H. Johnson welcomed St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School alumni, students and parents who joined together at Beach Cleanup 2012.  The group participated in Senator Johnson’s Beach Cleanup on September 15, 2012 at Robert Moses State Park,  helping to clean up debris from the beach as part of the Annual Intercoastal Clean Up Day.

September 27, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES REGULATIONS TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DANGEROUS DRIVERS

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES REGULATIONS TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DANGEROUS DRIVERSAction Targets Drivers With Repeat Dangerous Driving Convictions New DMV Rules Among Toughest Licensing Policies in the NationGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today a multi-pronged initiative to keep drivers with a history of repeat alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions off the road. At the Governor's direction, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue new regulations that will give New York among the toughest protections in the nation against drivers who persistently drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

September 25, 2012
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Thank You Dennis Gartland For 38 Years Of Dedication And Service to New York State Parks!

Dennis Gartland, Retired Robert Moses State Park Manager, Honored For 38 Years of ServiceSenator Owen H. Johnson joined Chuck Hollins, Past President of the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) in recognizing Dennis Gartland, retired Robert Moses State Park Manager, for 38 years of dedication and service to New York State Parks.Chuck Hollins presented the award on behalf of LIBBA and the Montauk Surfcasters Association.  The presentation took place at Senator Johnson’s Beach Cleanup 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 on September 15, 2012.Photograph, left to right:  Chuck Hollins, Past President, LIBBA; Dennis Gartland, Retired Robert Moses State Park Manager; and Senator Owen H. Johnson.

September 20, 2012
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THANK YOU BEACH CLEANUP 2012 VOLUNTEERS! ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS!

This year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 from 10:00 AM until Noon. Hundreds of volunteers combed the beaches and collected over 1200 pounds of debris!  For the 26th year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was another big success!“Thank you to everyone who came out for Beach Cleanup 2012,” Senator Johnson said.  “We had a wonderful response again this year.  Our volunteers gathered over 1200 pounds of  garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”

September 19, 2012
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THANK YOU BEACH CLEANUP 2012 VOLUNTEERS! ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS!

This year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 from 10:00 AM until Noon. Hundreds of volunteers combed the beaches and collected over 2000 pounds of debris!  For the 26th year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was another big success!“Thank you to everyone who came out for Beach Cleanup 2012,” Senator Johnson said.  “We had a wonderful response again this year.  Over 345 volunteers gathered a ton of  garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”

September 19, 2012
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NEW LEGISLATION STRENGTHENS LAWS AGAINST INTERNET ACCESS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation that strengthens the laws against internet access of child pornography.

The new law amends New York's Penal Law to prohibit individuals from knowingly accessing with the intent of viewing child pornography on the internet. Currently, under New York law, an individual who views child pornography on a website where the images become automatically embedded in a computer does not "possess" child pornography. This legislation closes that loophole. Under the new law if an individual purposefully accesses a website, intending to view child pornography, he or she will be committing a class E felony.

September 18, 2012
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The Blessing of Angel Home in West Babylon

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined elected officials and Catholic Health Services of Long Island at The Blessing of Angel Guardian Home at 720 Albin Avenue in West Babylon on July 17, 2012.  Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, officiated.Angel Guardian Home is a 14 bed home offering 24 hour nursing and enhanced program support, enabling Maryhaven Center of Hope to enrich the lives of the medically fragile developmentally disabled.  Maryhaven is a nonprofit agency founded by The Daughters of Wisdom in 1930 and is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

September 12, 2012
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NY STATE MUSEUM UNVEILS 9/11 EXHIBITION IN STATE CAPITOL

The New York State Museum today unveiled an exhibition in recognition of the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The exhibition will be on display in the War Room in the State Capitol from September 11th to mid-October and will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.The exhibition features artifacts from the New York State Museum, and honors the victims of September 11th and the countless heroes who helped in the clean-up and recovery efforts. New York State's permanent exhibit to commemorate September 11th – "The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response" – remains on display in the State Museum.

September 11, 2012
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Remembering September 11th

Dear Fellow New Yorker:

Like so many New Yorkers, I clearly remember where I was on the morning of September 11th, 2001.

And while more than a decade has now passed, the memory of that tragic day is still fresh in our minds. The sorrow and the pain that we felt are still with us.

More than 3,000 people died on September 11th, many of whom lived within my Senate district and in the districts of my neighboring Senate colleagues. I will never forget the strength and courage of the families of those who perished. Their loss is felt every day, but never more so than on this day.

September 11, 2012
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THIRD ANNUAL FRED BREITHUT MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING TO SUPPORT ROBOTICS PROGRAMS FOR GRADES K-12

Senator Owen H. Johnson joins School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) in announcing The 3rd Annual Fred Breithut Memorial Golf Outing to be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club, 1715 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Hauppauge.  Registration and brunch will take place between noon and 1:15 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Following golf will be a reception starting at 6:30 p.m., with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m.Tickets are $250 per golfer and $900 per foursome which includes a round of golf, golf carts, brunch and dinner. Tickets are $100 each for dinner only (no golf).  If you are interested in being a sponsor, email: SBPLIgolf@scc-cm.com.

September 20, 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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SHED THE MEDS OCTOBER 20TH AT WEST ISLIP PUBLIC LIBRARY PARKING LOT 10:00AM UNTIL NOON

Bring your unwanted prescription drugs to a Shed The Meds program sponsored by Senator Owen H. Johnson on October 20, 2012, from 10:00 AM until Noon at the West Islip Public Library Parking Lot, 3 Higbie Lane in West Islip.  Drive up and drop off any expired or no longer used prescription medications.  They will be safely disposed of by the Suffolk County Police Department who will be on hand for the collection.“We’ve all heard too many stories about prescription drugs being used improperly and even illegally,” Senator Johnson said.  “By collecting and properly disposing of household drugs, we can help to keep them out of the wrong hands.  Doing so also keeps harmful materials from being disposed of improperly and potentially damaging our water supply.”

October 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Third Annual Fred Breithut Memorial Golf Outing September 20th To Support Robotics Programs For Grades K-12

Senator Owen H. Johnson joins School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) in announcing The 3rd Annual Fred Breithut Memorial Golf Outing to be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club, 1715 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Hauppauge.  Registration and brunch will take place between noon and 1:15 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Following golf will be a reception starting at 6:30 p.m., with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m.Tickets are $250 per golfer and $900 per foursome which includes a round of golf, golf carts, brunch and dinner. Tickets are $100 each for dinner only (no golf).  If you are interested in being a sponsor, email: SBPLIgolf@scc-cm.com.

September 7, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON'S BILL TO PROTECT NEW YORK'S YOUTH FROM HARMFUL EFFECTS OF E-CIGARETTES SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed two bills to protect New York's children and teenagers from the harmful effects of cigarettes. The new laws include measures to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private schools (A.10141-B / S.6854-B), as well as prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18 (A.9044-B /S.2926-B).

September 5, 2012
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United States Coast Guard Station at Fire Island

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently toured the United States Coast Guard Station at Fire Island.  Pictured with Senator Johnson are Coast Guard Auxiliary Member Harvey Miller, Suffolk County Legislator Wayne Horsley, and the crew aboard a 47 foot Motor Lifeboat, Coast Guard 47316. Photograph from left to right:

August 28, 2012
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SECURELY DISPOSE OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT NY STATE POLICE TROOP HEADQUARTERS IN FARMINGDALE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the placement of drop boxes at nine New York State Police Troop Headquarters that will give New Yorkers across the state a secure place to anonymously dispose of unused prescription medications and controlled substances."With the state cracking down harder than ever before on prescription drug abuse, these secure drop boxes will give New Yorkers a place to dispose of unneeded medications, helping keep harmful substances out of the hands of those who would abuse them," Governor Cuomo said.

August 27, 2012
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NEW LAW HELPS NEW YORK STATE FIGHT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will help the state crack down harder on prescription drug abuse.

August 27, 2012
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New Executive Director of NSLIJ Southside Hospital Donna Moravick

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently met with new Executive Director of NSLIJ Southside Hospital Donna Moravick to congratulate her on her new position and to discuss upcoming projects at the hospital that will benefit the community.As the new Executive Director of Southside, Ms. Moravick is responsible for daily operations at the hospital and works with its management team to enhance clinical and patient services. Previously, she was the vice president of cardiovascular services for North Shore-LIJ, responsible for managing cardiovascular and thoracic surgery across the health system. 

August 24, 2012
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Formal Dedication Of The Deer Park Public Library Community Room To Former Library Director Dina Reilly.

Photo Caption:  Senator Owen H. Johnson recently joined with elected officials and community members to formally dedicate the Deer Park Public Library Community Room to the former Library Director Dina Reilly for her many contributions to the library and the community.  Photograph from left to right:  Gail Pepa, Director, Deer Park Library; Dorothy Weissgerber, Board President, Deer Park Library; Kevin Verbesey, Director, Suffolk County Cooperative Library System; Marc Horowitz, Director, North Babylon Library; Robert Sweeney, NY State Assemblyman; and Owen H. Johnson, NY State Senator.

August 24, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILLS TO BETTER PROTECT NEW YORKERS' PRIVACY AND COMBAT CONSUMER SCAMS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a series of bills to better protect New Yorkers' privacy and personal information, and help combat consumer scams. The new laws include measures to prohibit the hiring of inmates for any job that would give them access to the Social Security numbers of other people (A.8375-A / S.7594.A), to limit instances where entities are allowed to request New Yorkers' Social Security numbers (A.8992-A / S.6608-A), and to improve consumer regulations to prohibit prize award schemes that require a customer to make a pay-per-call service phone call (A.4365-A / S.7595).

August 17, 2012
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Cheering on the Brave Men and Women Who Participated in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride

Senator Owen H. Johnson and Assemblyman Phil Boyle joined with other elected officials and members of the community to cheer on the brave men and women who participated in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride through Babylon on July 20th. The event raised money and awareness for members of our military who have been wounded in combat.  The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride is a rehabilitative cycling program for injured servicemen and women, giving them the opportunity to reinvigorate their bodies and showing them how much life still has to offer.

August 2, 2012
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