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Robert Moses Middle School Chorus and Jazz Band perform in Albany!

Photo left to right:  Cameron Schmid, trumpet player, Owen H. Johnson, and Teresa Pino, Director of the Jazz Band.

Robert Moses Middle School Select Chorus and Jazz Band perfomed on March 8, 2010 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association's "Music in Our Schools" month.

March 10, 2010
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Honors Members of New York Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue Team that served in Haiti

Photo left to right:  Joseph Downey, Owen H. Johnson, Thomas Donnelly, William Reddan, and Richard Andersen

Senator Owen H. Johnson presented New York State Liberty Medals to four members of  New York Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue Team for their outstanding efforts conducted in Port au Prince, Haiti between January 15th and January 25, 2010.  The four were among a team of 80 deployed to Haiti following the devastating earthquake which struck January 12th. 

The Award Ceremony took place at the Deer Park Fire Department on Thursday, March 4, 2010.  Those honored were Richard Andersen of Bohemia, Detective, NYPD Emergency Services Unit and Rescue Specialist, New York Task Force 1; Thomas Donnelly of Deer Park, Lieutenant, FDNY Rescue Company 1 and Search Team Manager, New York Task Force 1; Joseph Downey of West Islip, Battalion Chief, FDNY Rescue Battalion and Task Force Leader, New York Task Force 1; and William Reddan of Sayville, Lieutenant, FDNY Squad 252 and Technical Information Specialist, New York Task Force 1. 

“I am very proud to honor Richard Andersen, Tom Donnelly, Joe Downey, and Bill Reddan with the Liberty Award.  They, undoubtedly, are heroes in my eyes and deserve our praise,” Senator Johnson said.  “Each left their families and the comfort of home to risk their lives to help others.  Through their selfless and courageous efforts, 6 earthquake victims were brought to safety.”   Among them, a 7 year old boy named Kiki and his 10 year old sister, portrayed worldwide in news images of the rescue. (Image attached.)

“When I read newspaper accounts and watched television coverage of New York Task Force 1’s deployment to Haiti and their subsequent rescue operations, I knew that these men truly deserved the recognition we give them tonight,” Senator Johnson added.

Senator Johnson also spoke of  Joseph Downey’s father, the late Deputy Chief Ray Downey, longtime resident of the Hamlet of Deer Park and former Chief of Rescue Operations for the New York City Fire Department.  He tragically perished with ninety of his men on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked.  “I know that he would be extremely proud to know that his son, Joe, is successfully carrying on the family tradition of selfless sacrifice to help others in need.”

The New York State Liberty Award was created in 2000 and is one of the highest civilian honors that a New York resident can receive.  It is awarded by the New York State Senate to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of fellow New Yorkers. 

March 9, 2010
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SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON INTRODUCES BILL TO CAP STATE SPENDING

By all measures, the tax burden on New Yorkers is among the highest in the nation.  Unchecked government spending year after year serves only to increase the tax burden on New Yorkers.  Did you know that presently in New York there are no limitations on how much state spending may increase from year to year?&nb

March 5, 2010
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Owen H. Johnson Honors Heroes of New York Task Force 1 Search & Recue For Efforts in Haiti

Remember this video clip?  It went worldwide as a sign of hope for the rescue mission in Haiti after the January 12, 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake.  Owen H. Johnson presented Liberty Medals to four members of the New York Task Force 1 elite rescue team for their selfless and courageous acts of heroism during their mission in Haiti. The video clip portrays them pulling "Kiki" from the rubble.

March 5, 2010
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Join the Fight!

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February 14, 2010
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Financial Aid Available for College Students in Need

Senator Owen H. Johnson co-sponsored a Resolution honoring the 35th anniversary of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Speaking on the Resolution, Senator Johnson referred to the TAP program as his “baby,” having been one of the original architects, he worked for many years to improve the program so that it was available to students in need.

February 11, 2010
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02.09.2010 Sen Johnson on TAP Anniversary

NYS Senator Owen H. Johnson speaking on the Senate Floor about the 35th anniversary of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) 2-09-10.  

February 11, 2010
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Thank You Nancy Donohue for Your Exemplary Volunteer Work as President of Sagtikos Manor Historical Society!

Senator Owen H. Johnson was pleased to join Nancy Donohue and her family at an annual meeting of the Sagtikos Manor Historical Society to honor her and acknowledge her many accomplishments as President of the organization.  The event took place at Captain Bill's Restaurant in Bay Shore on January 23, 2010. 

February 2, 2010
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Program To Assist with Purchase of Vehicles to Transport the Elderly and Disabled

 Senator Owen H. Johnson has been advised that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Program.  This program provides assistance in the purchase of vehicles used to meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.

January 29, 2010
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SENATOR JOHNSON CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF MAJOR NEW JOBS INITIATIVE

New York State Senator Owen Johnson and members of the Senate Republican Conference today announced a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York's business climate, reduce taxes, and create thousands of new jobs for workers across the State.The plan's centerpiece would reward businesses with a three-year tax credit, averaging between $2,500 and $5,000 for every new job created.  It would also eliminate ta

January 27, 2010
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March 1st Deadline to Apply for New York State's School Tax Relief (STAR)

Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senatorial District) wants to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1st.   STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits; Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

January 26, 2010
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Adelante Groundbreaking For New Addition to Brentwood Senior Center

Owen H. Johnson attended the December 10, 2009 groundbreaking ceremony for Adelante of Suffolk County, Inc.'s new addition to their 10 Third Avenue, Brentwood facility.  The addition will allow Adelante to expand their Senior Center services. 

January 21, 2010
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Adelante Groundbreaking For New Addition to Brentwood Senior Center

Owen H. Johnson attended the December 10, 2009 groundbreaking ceremony for Adelante of Suffolk County, Inc.'s new addition to their 10 Third Avenue, Brentwood facility.  The addition will allow Adelante to expand their Senior Center services. 

January 21, 2010
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Support the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts

As you may know, on January 12 a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti and its capital, Port-au-Prince.  The death and devastation are unimaginable, and the people of Haiti will need the assistance of people all over the world, including Americans, to recover from this tragedy. 

A number of aid efforts are now underway for those who wish to provide help and support.  In order to ensure the prompt delivery of needed relief, I encourage local residents to consider contacting the American Red Cross, which is helping to lead the efrort to meet immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter and medical services.  To make a donation on-line, please visit their website at american.redcross.org. 

For those who wish to donate by text message, simply text: "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts.  The donation will appear on your cell phone bill.

New Yorkers have a long and proud tradition of providing aid and relief to those in need, and communities across our state are now pulling together to lend a helping hand during this time of great need.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti in the wake of this devastating tragedy.

Sincerely,

Owen H. Johnson

January 15, 2010
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Thumbs Up to Babylon High School Students Pledging NOT to Text and Drive

Babylon High School students took a pledge to X the Text while driving as part of Allstate Insurance Company's national public awareness campaign.  Students received thumb bands which read "Txting Kills" to remind them that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions facing teens today.

January 12, 2010
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Thumbs Up to Babylon High School Students Pledging NOT to Text and Drive

Babylon High School students took a pledge to X the Text while driving as part of Allstate Insurance Company's national public awareness campaign.  Students received thumb bands which read "Txting Kills" to remind them that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions facing teens today. 

January 12, 2010
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Thumbs Up to Babylon High School Students Pledging NOT to text and Drive

Babylon High School students took a pledge to X the Text while driving as part of Allstate Insurance Company's national public awareness campaign.  Students received thumb bands which read "Txting Kills" to remind them that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions facing teens today. 

January 12, 2010
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Thumbs Up to Babylon High School Students Pledging NOT to Text and Drive

Babylon High School students took a pledge to X the Text while driving as part of Allstate Insurance Company's national public awareness campaign.  Students received thumb bands which read "Txting Kills" to remind them that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions facing teens today. 

January 12, 2010
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Eileen Kavanaugh, 2009 Woman Of Distinction

Senator Owen H. Johnson honors Eileen Kavanaugh, Director of the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library as his 2009 Woman of Distinction. 

January 12, 2010
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Barbara Poldino, 2009 Woman of Distinction

Over 100 friends joined at the Rainbow Senior Citizen Center for the 2009 Woman of Distinction Award presentation to Barbara Poldino.  The New York State Senate's 'Woman of Distinction' program provides a special opportunity to honor women for their achievements and to thank them for the special pride they bring to our communities. 

January 12, 2010
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