Michael J. Rizzo, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources was honored by New York Senate Proclamation at a recent West Babylon School District Board Meeting. Senator Owen H. Johnson, a long time friend, presented the Proclamation in recognition of Michael's 36 years of service to the West Babylon School District. Members of the School Board and District Administrators were present to acknowledge his outstanding career and wish him well on his December 18th retirement.
Sen. Owen H. Johnson, flanked by fellow Republican Long Island Senators, business owners and non-profit organization leaders, calls for the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax.
The new tax, passed by the Democratically controlled Legislature and signed by governor David Paterson in May, is part of a $1.5 billion MTA bailout plan and is retroactive to March 1, 2009.
Every Republican in the Senate voted against the bailout to protect taxpayers from facing additional tax increases and further job losses that would jeopardize businesses at the worst possible economic time.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined many friends at a National Kidney Registry fundraiser at Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst on 7-29-09. Angie Carpenter, Suffolk County Treasurer, presented Jacquelyn Brucia with a certificate acknowledging her efforts in organizing the event which raised thousands of dollars. For more information about the National Kidney Registry, visit their website at www.kidneyregistry.org.
The recall of millions of hazardous toys from major manufacturers has worried many parents and made it difficult and confusing for them to find information to protect their kids. Most of the recalled toys were made in China and contain dangerous levels of lead and/or have small pieces that can pose choking hazards for young children.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located at the site of General Washington’s Revolutionary War encampment in New York’s historic Hudson Valley -- the very same site that General Washington created the Purple Heart Award to honor those who sacrificed for the cause of freedom.
I am pleased to join with the Hall of Honor in encouraging New York’s Purple Heart recipients share their stories of gallantry and sacrifice so that they may be included in the Hall’s records, displays and exhibits.
More than 90,000 people in the United States are currently in need of organ transplants --7,000 in the Greater New York Metro area alone. Each day, they wait and they pray along with their loved ones that they’ll be able to have a second chance at life.
The Order Sons of Italy in America, Constantino Brumidi Lodge No. 2211 in Deer Park celebrated their 40th Anniversary with a dinner/dance at Chateau Le Mer on October 29, 2009. Senator Owen H. Johnson, Town of Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone and Town Clerk Carol Quirk were honored for their long-time support of the lodge.
Left to right: Diana Grauer, President of the Ladies Auxiliary; Senator Owen H. Johnson; John Vigiano, Lodge President; Steve Bellone, Town of Babylon Supervisor; and Carol Quirk, Town of Babylon Town Clerk.
Senator Owen H. Johnson's Annual Beach Cleanup Day at Robert Moses State Park on September 20, 2009 was a huge success! Over 480 volunteers removed 1700 pounds of debris from the shoreline.
The data collected at the Beach Cleanup was compiled by the American Littoral Society and sent to the Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C. where it was analyzed and compared with data from around the world. The information is ultimately used to develop national and international programs to control debris.
From the very first moment Governor Paterson announced that a new State mandate would require every New Yorker to purchase new license plates at a cost of $25 per vehicle, I have heard from many of the motorists who would be hurt by this New York City-driven tax hike. Because Long Islanders cannot afford more taxes, I started an online petition calling upon Governor Paterson to eliminate the costly fees associated with the new plates, which were imposed on drivers in the 2009-10 State budget.
The Senate passed bipartisan landmark legislation drastically increasing the penalty for any person who drives intoxicated with a child passenger. Two recent fatal incidents involving intoxicated drivers with child passengers have highlighted the need for stronger measures to prevent or punish persons who drive intoxicated with children as passengers.
This measure provides for the harshest penalties and most significant expansion of preventative measures to date for any offender convicted of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.