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Johnson Praises Local Fire Departments Who Aided In Edgewood Fire

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, is pictured with Chris Schiavo, Chief of the Deer Park Fire Department, aboard one of the department’s stump jumpers that was used to fight the massive brush fire that engulfed roughly 80-acres of the Edgewood State Preserve. More than 40 fire departments, including Deer Park, helped fight the fire before anyone was hurt or property was lost. The departments were recognized for their tremendous efforts at a recent ceremony that was held at the Preserve.

June 8, 2006
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Senator Johnson Honors An All-american

State Capitol, Albany, New York, June 8, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented Danielle Wilson of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip with a legislative resolution recognizing her achievement of becoming the first Long Island student-athlete to be named to the McDonald’s 2006 All-American Team. Danielle is a senior at St. John’s, averaging about 30 points and 20 rebounds per game.

June 8, 2006
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Senator Johnson Sends Cookies To Our Troops

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, is pictured with members of Girl Scout Troop 1254 of Copiague when he sponsored an Operation Cookie event in conjunction with Suffolk County Girl Scouts at the Naval Reserve Center in Amityville on Armed Forces Day. Senator Johnson was one of several people who stopped by the Girl Scouts booth to purchase cookies to send to our troops serving abroad.

May 24, 2006
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Johnson Bill Would End Plea Bargaining For Repeat DWI Offenders

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, announced that the State Senate today passed legislation he is sponsoring that would limit options or plea bargaining for repeat driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill would prohibit plea bargaining from DWI down to DWAI or from DWAI down to a non-alcohol-related offense if the person charged had been convicted of either crime within the previous 10 years.

May 23, 2006
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Johnson/Senate Pass Tougher Penalties For Dangerous Drivers

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, said that legislation he supported in the Senate known as the "Craig J. Todeschini Bill" passed the Senate this week. The bill would make it a felony for a driver to flee police.

May 18, 2006
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Senator Johnson In The Classroom

State Capitol, Albany, New York, May 11, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently paid a visit to the 4th grade class at Park Ave. Elementary School in Amityville. During his visit, Senator Johnson handed out brochures and spoke to the students on several issues including how a bill becomes a law and his role as a New York State Senator.

May 11, 2006
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Senator Johnson Honors Student Stars Of SCCC

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented New York State Legislative resolutions to three Suffolk Community College students from the 4th Senate District who were in Albany to receive the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence. The students attended a special awards ceremony at the Convention Center where they were presented with the awards.

May 11, 2006
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Senator Johnson Announces Local I*ma*green*nation Winners

State Capitol, Albany, New York, May 5, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, announced today that three local students have won recognition in the Senate’s 15th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION competition.

May 5, 2006
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Senator Johnson Recognizes A Dedicated Pastor

State Capitol, Albany, New York, May 3, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented Bishop Michael Talbert, Pastor of the First Church of Wyandanch Ministries, with a special Citation in recognition of his 50th birthday and his ongoing dedication to the community. A celebration ceremony was thereafter held by members of his congregation at the Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst.

May 4, 2006
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Child Safety Advocates Honor Senator Johnson

State Capitol, Albany, New York, May 2, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, received special recognition at a thank you ceremony held by Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS), for securing a $20,000 state grant to help support their "Steer Clear of Bullies Program." The Bully Prevention program is one of many offered by CAPS, that is designed to prevent bullying in schools by teaching children different strategies to avoid harmful situations.

May 2, 2006
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Johnson: Budget Vetoes Will Hurt Long Island Families

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, said that the Governor’s budget vetoes will hurt hardworking Long Island families who desperately need the tax relief that the legislative budget would have provided them.

April 18, 2006
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Johnson Joins Rally To Save $ For Brentwood Athletic Complex

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, joined members of the Brentwood Soccer League on Saturday -- the opening day of their season -- to call on the Governor to restore $6.5 million he and Senator Trunzo had secured in the state budget to build the Brentwood Athletic Complex at Brentwood State Park.

April 18, 2006
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Senator Johnson Congratulates Lindenhurst State Bowling Champs

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, is shown speaking with one of Lindenhurst High School’s Champion Bowlers following a special ceremony at the high school where the Senator presented the team with a New York State Senate Resolution honoring them for capturing the state title. Lindenhurst’s Varsity team competed in Syracuse in March where they beat Niagara Falls High School and won the state championship. This is the first time in history that the bowling team has won the state title.

April 11, 2006
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Senator Johnson Announces $100,000 Grant For Suffolk County Energy Efficiency Project

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, today announced that Suffolk County has received a $100,000 grant to help finance a $1.4 million energy-efficiency project at the Bergen Point Wastewater Treatment Facility located in West Babylon.

"The Bergen Point project is a good example of government practicing what it preaches when it encourages energy conservation. The energy-saving measures, once implemented, will cut the facility’s energy bills and save Suffolk county taxpayers $145,000 annually," said Senator Johnson.

April 11, 2006
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Johnson/Senate Pass "Suzanne's Law" To Make Schools Safer

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, announced that legislation he is cosponsoring in the Senate to increase criminal penalties for crimes committed on school grounds passed the Senate this week.

The bill, S. 3226, also known as "Suzanne’s Law, was passed on the eighth anniversary of the disappearance of University at Albany student Suzanne Lyall of Saratoga County who the bill is named after.

April 7, 2006
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Senator Johnson Hosts LI Seafood Reception

State Capitol, Albany, New York, April 6, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, is pictured with members of the New York Seafood Council at his 2006 Long Island Seafood Reception that he hosted in Albany. The popular annual event showcases Long Island Seafood and Long Island Wines and draws nearly 1,000 guests.

April 6, 2006
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Senator Johnson Delivers More For Local Libraries

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, spoke at the Grand Opening Celebration and Re-Dedication at the Babylon Public Library held on April 2nd. Johnson announced to the crowd that the new State Budget includes $20 million in additional aid for local libraries across the state. The Babylon Public Library’s extensive expansion will enable the library to accommodate a larger number of patrons.

April 6, 2006
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Senator Johnson Encourages Deer Park's Future Leaders

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently took the time to greet the talented Deer Park High School students who were selected to participate in the statewide Lifesmarts Competition that was held earlier this month in Albany. Lifesmarts is a program that was developed by the National Consumer League to build consumer literacy among teenagers by combining uniquely broad content with an innovative national championship competition.

March 29, 2006
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Senator Johnson Hails Copiague Marching Band

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, presents a New York State Legislative Resolution to John Wevers --Director of the Copiague High School Band -- commending the Band on the occasion of their capturing the 2005 New York State LS 2 Championship. During the 2005 competition season, the Copiague High School Band went undefeated against all Long Island bands, won the New York State Field Band Conference in Syracuse, and earned the highest USSBA Championship score of all bands from New York State.

March 29, 2006
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Senator Johnson Greets Robert Moses Middle School Musicians

State Capitol, Albany, New York, March 28, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently greeted students from the Robert Moses Middle School Select Chorus and Jazz Band, who traveled to Albany to perform during the 34th annual "Music In Our Schools Month," which is held in March. Performances by a variety of school bands, orchestras, student choruses and jazz ensembles are held throughout the month.

March 28, 2006
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