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Debbie Basile Honored For Distinguished Service to the Babylon Community

Pictured Senator Owen H. Johnson presenting Legislative Resolution to Debbie Basile.

Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon, NY)  presented Debbie Basile with a Legislative Resolution honoring her 17 years of distinguished service as President of the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition at a celebration held in her honor on April 11, 2010 at Lily Flanagan’s Pub in Babylon.

May 28, 2010
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Senator Owen Johnson Honors Carol Quirk, 2010 Woman of Distinction

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Carol Quirk of Deer Park as a 2010 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”  Carol Quirk currently serves as Town Clerk in the Town of Babylon, where she is responsible for maintaining and archiving all town records as well as issuing state and town permits. Before serving as Town Clerk, she served as a Babylon Town Councilwoman for over seven years. She has been a resident and active community member of Deer Park for over 40 years.

May 27, 2010
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5-27-10 Senator Owen H. Johnson Comments on the State Budget and State Park Closures

Given the nature of the economy, Long Islanders want an affordable vacation and will want to use our State Park facilities for swimming, camping, golfing, picnics, and hiking beginning on the Memorial Day Weekend.  I am outraged that our State Budget is 56 days late and that State Parks are being targeted for closure or service reductions. 

Last night, my Senate Republican colleagues and I introduced a proposal to restore funding to State Parks by using excess funds relating to the New York Power Authority without the necessity of dipping into the Environmental Protection Fund. 

Senate Democrats have talked about the need to reopen our parks, but every single one of them voted against our plan that would have ensured that all New Yorkers have access to fully operational parks as the holiday weekend approaches.

The Democratic leadership in the State Senate has continuously dragged their feet on passing a State Budget that stops irresponsible spending, targets fraud and waste in government, and reduces a bloated bureaucracy. 

Simply put, if the Democratic Senate leadership established Budget Conference Committees, as required by law, a Budget would be in place and all of our State Parks would be open and fully operational. 

Let’s stop the games and start negotiations immediately!  Our families and all New Yorkers are starting to face serious consequences due to this late Budget.  In my own district, the contractors performing work for the state are not being paid, school aid payments are late, the grass on our parkways is not being cut, and even the state DOT is rationing gas! This is outrageous!  We need to pass a responsible state budget today!

Never in the history of our state, even during the Great Depression, have New York State Parks closed.  Let’s stop the games and begin negotiating a responsible Budget that includes more than three Democrats from New York City.

May 27, 2010
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Accepts Paul Poulos, Jr.'s Facebook Invitation To 8th Grade Concert

Photo left to right:  Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Paul Poulos, Jr. of West Babylon Jr. High School.

Senator Owen H. Johnson was delighted to accept a Facebook invitation from Paul Poulos Jr., a student at West Babylon Jr. High School, to attend his 8th grade Chorus, Band and Orchestra Concert on May 12th.  Paul, a member of the Chorus, introduced Senator Johnson to the crowd before the 7:30 p.m. performance.

May 21, 2010
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Federation of Organizations 29th Annual Community Mental Health Celebration

Photo Caption:  Federation of Organizations 29th Annual Community Mental Health Celebration at the Huntington Hilton Hotel in Melville on March 5, 2010.  Left to right:  Ruth DelCol, Director of Development, Federation of Organizations; Barbara Faron, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Organizations; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Dr. Stanley Klein; and Assemblyman James Conte.

May 7, 2010
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Sayville HS Student Anna Mizzi Chosen To 'Shadow' Senator Owen Johnson at State Capitol

In Senate Chamber from left to right:  John DiVito, Senator Owen H. Johnson staff; Anna Mizzi, Sayville High School; Senator Owen H. Johnson.

May 6, 2010
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Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Students Visit Senator Owen Johnson

Photo left to right:  YES Mentor Maryanne McGrath; Jeremie Rosario; Blas Merino; Duncan Camacho; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Ashlee Ryan; Ashley Anderson; Claudine Mompremier; and YES Staff Member Kijafa Woods.

Senator Owen Johnson welcomed students from the YES After School Program in Bay Shore recently.  They visited his Babylon Office to  learn more about his job as an elected official. 

April 30, 2010
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Parents Advancing West Islip Students (PAWS): 2010 Award Recipients

Photo left to right:  Annmarie LaRosa, Vice President, Board of Education; PAWS 2010 Honoree Gary Koffsky (Outstanding Community Member); Senator Owen H. Johnson; PAWS 2010 Honoree Dr. Beth Virginia Blau, Superintendent of Schools (Outstanding Educator); and Steve Gellar, President, Board of Education.

Senator Owen H. Johnson was proud to be among those honoring PAWS 2010 award recipients at the Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon Village on Friday, March 12, 2010.

April 30, 2010
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North Babylon PTA Legislative Breakfast, March 13, 2010

Left to right:  Steven Stern, Suffolk Co. Legislator, 16th L.D.; Louis D’Amaro, Suffolk Co. Legislator, 17th L.D.; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Audrey Jacullo, Member, Board of Education; Joanie Zangerle, President, PTA Council; Janet Meyerson, President, Board of Education; Assemblyman Robert Sweeney; Dwayne Gregory, Suffolk Co. Legislator, 15th L.D.; James Shinnick, Member, Board of Education; Tony Martinez, Councilman, Town of Babylon; Barbara Leun, Vice President, Board of Education; Dr. Robert Aloise, Superintendent; and Selina Durio, President, North Babylon Teachers Association.

April 30, 2010
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YouthBuild Long Island Students Visit State Capitol

Photo left to right:  Michael Russell; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Salaaman Keitt; Andrew Martinez; and Elizabeth Morgan, Director.

Senator Owen Johnson was pleased to meet with YouthBuild Long Island students who recently visited Albany to discuss their program’s successes in the Long Island community.

April 29, 2010
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The Cuban Giants: The First Professional Black Baseball Team In The Country, From Babylon Village

On April 28, 2010, NY Senator Owen Johnson commemorates by Legislative Resolution the first professional black baseball team in the country, the "Cuban Giants," which called Babylon Village its home.

April 28, 2010
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Fred Breithut, An Innovator and an Inspirational Leader Has Touched Many Lives

From Senator Owen Johnson:I am very sad to hear of the loss of my good friend Fred Breithut, an innovator and an inspirational leader who has undoubtedly touched the lives of many.  Fred envisioned and created a tremendous learning environment for students involved in science and technology through the incredibly successful Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics competition.

April 27, 2010
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Senator Owen Johnson Honors Urban League of Long Island and President Theresa Sanders

Left to right:  Assemblyman Robert Sweeney; Paulette Battle; George Davis; Theresa Sanders, President & CEO since 1997; Senator Owen Johnson; Keisha Walker, Vice President of Development & Operations; George A. Jones, Member of the Board of Directors.

Senator Owen Johnson recently presented the Urban League of Long Island, and Theresa E. Sanders, President & CEO of the Urban League of Long Island with Legislative Resolutions honoring the occasion of receiving the Empowerment Award from the Department of Human Services in the Town of Babylon.

April 23, 2010
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Earth Day Grand Opening of the Suffolk County Environmental Center in Islip

Left to right:  Victoria DiRago; JoAnna Bertolino; Caroline Gonzalez; Sarah Collins; Maddie Feddersen; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Olivia Bouler; Mikey Green; Colin O'Connell; and Reid Hicks.

April 22, 2010
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NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing Presents Award to Owen Johnson

Left to right:  Ed Hemi Simeone; Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Bill Young

Members of NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing presented an award to Senator Owen H. Johnson in recognition of his efforts on behalf of receational fisherman.

April 20, 2010
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NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing Presents Award

Left to right:  Ed Hemi Simeone, Senator Owen Johnson, and Bill Young

Bill Young and Ed Hemi Simeone of the NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing presented Owen Johnson with an award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of recreational fisherman.

April 20, 2010
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Senator Owen Johnson Congratulates SUNY’s Best of the Best!

Senator Owen Johnson congratulates eight SUNY students from the 4th Senate District who received the prestigious New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.  The following eight students, from a total of 220 students statewide, received an overall GPA of 3.8 and have records of significant contributions to their campus communities.

April 20, 2010
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Senator Owen Johnson welcomes Half Hollow Hills Students to the State Capitol

Photo left to right:  Maria Russo-Schwartz, John Quiwa, Gabriella DiFatta, Senator Owen Johnson, Nicole Lombardo, and Michael Petruzzelli.

Half Hollow Hills High School students John Quiwa, Gabriella DiFatta, and Nicole Lombardo recently met with Senator Owen Johnson in his Albany office.  The students are members of the high school’s legislative committee and traveled to the State Capitol to discuss issues including education and finance.

April 16, 2010
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Honoring Former East Islip Fire Chief Francis Parkan for Sixty-Five Years of Dedicated Service

Photo left to right:  James Garraway, Chief of the East Islip Fire Department; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Francis Parkan; his wife Rose; and his grandchildren Kyle and Jamie Parkan.

Francis Parkan, Past Chief of the East Islip Fire Department was presented with a Citation by Senator Owen H. Johnson in grateful recognition and deep appreciation of his sixty-five years of courageous and dedicated service as a member of the East Islip Fire Department.  He was also honored for his unselfish and untiring efforts to make the community of East Islip a safer place to live.

April 16, 2010
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Suffolk County Community College Students Share Scientific Studies at Capitol

Left to right:  Senator Owen Johnson, Nabil Wahabi, Teofilo Vasquez, Raul Romero, Dr. John Jerome, Candice Foley Ph.D., and Nina Leonhardt.

April 15, 2010
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