New Law Needed to Protect our Children and Elderly
Senator Owen Johnson today called for the immediate passage of a bill to correct a potentially life threatening problem created by a hidden provision in 2009-10 state budget.
Under this ill-conceived budget measure, which takes effect on June 8th, courts may seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete a drug court program, resulting in there being no record of their conviction when they apply for employment.
Senator Johnson celebrates the 50th anniversary of Good Samaritan Hospital by presenting a Legislative Resolution commemorating Good Samaritan's fifty years of providing high quality medical services to the community.
Pictured from left to right are: William Allison, President and CEO of Good Smaritan Hospital; Assemblyman Philip M. Boyle (8th Assembly District); Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District); Charles Bove, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Good Samaritan Hospital.
Senator Johnson pays tribute to Emergency Medical Service fallen volunteer Edward P. Mueller of the West Islip Volumteer Fire Department who died in the line of duty on February 2, 2008.
Edward Mueller's name was added to the Emergency Medical Services Memorial, which is located at the Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York. The Memorial was dedicated in 2004 and contains the names of 34 other fallen Emergency Medical Service workers who have died in the line of duty.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently visited with the Babylon Village Junior Girl Scout Troop 683 and Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1043 during their trip to Albany for the New York State Girl Scout Legislative Networks Annual Legislators Breakfast. The Girl Scouts that received an invitation to this event had either received a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award for a project that they had recently completed. These projects demonstrated the importance of community service and character education.
Senator Owen H. Johnson voted in support of legislation (S.1624-C) that would ensure fire trucks are able to participate in Memorial Day celebrations throughout the State.
“Our state is the official birthplace of Memorial Day and New Yorkers throughout the state will attend parades and services to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom,” said Senator Johnson. “Local fire companies are an important part of Memorial Day festivities in so many communities, and this bill ensures they can continue to participate in an important tradition.”
Senator Owen Johnson recently attended the Babylon High School Safe Teen Drive Campaign sponsored by the Allstate Foundation. The Allstate Foundation is committing $100,000 to raise awareness on the importance of safe, smart driving among Long Island teens. Through its Safe Teen Drive Long Island program, 100 high schools will each benefit from a $1,000 grant award to be used to raise awareness and create activism opportunities for encouraging responsible driving. These Allstate Foundation grants will fund projects and events in the first 100 high schools on Long
Senator Owen H. Johnson and members of the Senate Republican Conference today launched a statewide, grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks important to middle-class families that were eliminated by Governor Paterson’s Budget supported by the Democrats. Senator Johnson voted against the Budget.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) is encouraging Long Island residents who are in mortgage arrears and may be at risk of foreclosing on their homes to contact the Long Island Housing Partnership for help. According to Johnson, the Long Island Housing Partnership offers default and foreclosure prevention counseling to homeowners, and also offers a loan program called the Home Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) that offers gap mortgage assistance to qualified homeowners. The program is funded in part by a grant secured by the Senator.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently voted in favor of legislation that passed the State Senate that will make COBRA health insurance coverage more affordable for New Yorkers who were involuntarily terminated from their jobs as a result of the recent economic downturn. The legislation allows for a 65 percent discount on continuing health insurance coverage for recently unemployed New Yorkers. The benefit will be financed wholly through federal stimulus funding.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently paid a visit to the Santapogue Elementary School in West Babylon where he participated in the school’s Annual Reading Marathon. During the school’s reading marathon, members of the community come to the school and volunteer as guest readers. In addition to reading to the students, guest readers often take some time to explain their vocations to the students, thereby exposing them to the myriad diverse career opportunities they will have to choose from when they grow older.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently honored Reinhardt “Rick” Van Dyke, LMSW, upon the occasion of his retirement from the Family Service League. Senator Johnson presented Van Dyke with a New York State Legislative Resolution commending him for his distinguished service to the Family Service League at a retirement party that was held at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale. The legislative resolution was cosponsored by the entire Long Island Senate delegation.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) recently paid a visit to the Babylon Memorial Grade School where he presented the school with a New York State Legislative Resolution commending the school on being named a 2008 National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Babylon Memorial Grade School was one of only five elementary schools chosen nationwide for this prestigious honor.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) joined members of the West Islip Beautification Society at the new West Islip Memorial Park on Beach Street near the West Islip Marina. The Memorial Park, which was partly funded by a state grant that Senator Johnson obtained for the West Islip Beautification Society, is dedicated to the men and women who lost their lives in Iraq. The bench that the group is pictured standing behind is adorned with a plaque inscribed : “In honor of the service men and women lost in Iraq.”
State Senator Owen Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) today joined New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash, State Senator Caesar Trunzo (3rd Senate District) and hundreds of energized members of the Brentwood community to break ground on a multi-million dollar plan that will dramatically expand and improve athletic facilities at Brentwood State Park.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented New York State Senate citations to members of North Babylon Girl Scout Troop #3766’s for achieving the Gold Award.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn. In order to achieve this distinction, a Girl Scout must show leadership skills, organizational skills, and display a sense of community and commitment while organizing a project that fulfills a need in the community.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Gold Star Mother Dorine Kenney of Bay Shore as a 2008 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Dorine Kenney founded the Jacob’s Light Foundation in memory of her beloved son, Spc. Jacob Fletcher. Jacob served the 173rd Airborne Brigade and was one of the thousand paratroopers to parachute into Iraq on March 26, 2003. He was killed in Iraq on November 14, 2003 while valiantly serving our nation.