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Senator Johnson Meets Suffolk County School Music All-Stars

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, had the chance to meet Suffolk County School Music All Stars when they performed at the Empire State Plaza during the 34th Annual Music in Our Schools Month. The Suffolk County School Music Educators’ Association’s (SCMEA) All-County Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble gave a stellar performance on their annual trip to Albany.

March 27, 2006
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Johnson Outlines State Budget Priorities

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, points to a chart outlining the State Senate’s budget priorities at a news conference after the Senate unveiled its budget plan. As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Johnson is a member of the General Budget Joint Conference Committee, which oversees all of the subcommittees on individual areas of the State budget.

March 27, 2006
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Senator Johnson Helps Good Sam Make Hospital Stays Brighter

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, recently visited Good Samaritan Hospital's Emergency Room where he and Stephanie Joyce Kahn presented the hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department with a custom-made cart complete with audio tapes and cassette players to entertain children and their parents as part of the Listening Therapy Program.

March 27, 2006
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Senator Johnson Meets With Advocates For ALS Funding

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently met in his Albany office with Jacqueline Reinhard, Executive Director of the Greater New York Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALS), and James McGarrity of North Babylon, who lost his wife to ALS in 2004, to discuss the need for funding to help find a cure for ALS -- also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

March 27, 2006
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Senator Johnson Pays Tribute To Red Cross Volunteers

State Capitol, Albany, New York, March 17, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented resolutions to American Red Cross volunteers for their efforts in aiding Hurricane Katrina victimsin the American Red Cross Museum Room, which is located at the Nathaniel Conklin House in Babylon Village.

March 27, 2006
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Senator Johnson And Assemblyman Raia Honor Deer Park Woman

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Assemblyman Andy Raia recently presented a New York State Resolution to Dilsah Dilek of Deer Park who was named the "Outstanding Student of the Year" by the New York State Association for Continuing Community Education. Dilsah received her award at an awards dinner held in Albany.

March 27, 2006
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Senator Johnson Supports Efforts To Preserve Long Island's Trees

State Capitol, Albany, New York, March 15, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently attended the Long Island Arboricultural Association’s (LIAA) 34th Annual Long Island Tree Conference, which was held at Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State University. The event is the largest one-day conference dedicated to arboriculture in the Long Island Area.

March 15, 2006
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Senator Johnson Helps PRONTO Of Long Island Help Those In Need

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently visited PRONTO of Long Island where he was thanked for the $50,000 state grant he secured to support their programs. PRONTO is a Long Island-based nonprofit that provides outreach services to the poor, the unemployed, the immigrant, the uninsured, and anyone in need in Brentwood, Bay Shore, Central Islip and the surrounding communities.

March 3, 2006
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Senator Johnson Honored For Improving Health Care

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was recently honored by the Board of Directors of Southside Hospital for his longtime support of the hospital.

Southside Hospital, a member of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital Systems, is Long Island's oldest and largest community hospital. Today, more than 18,500 patients are admitted to Southside each year and 2,700 babies start life in its Maternity Center.

March 3, 2006
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Senator Johnson Helps Preserve Fire Island Lighthouse

State Capitol, Albany, New York, March 3, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee was on hand for the formal signing of the agreement with the US Coast Guard to privatize the rotating beacon atop the Fire Island Lighthouse. The beacon, which was previously operated and maintained by the US Coast Guard, will now be cared for by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society. Volunteers will now maintain and repair the light to ensure that it continues to be an active aid to navigation for Mariners.

March 3, 2006
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Senator Johnson Visits Adelante Of Suffolk County

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee recently visited Adelante of Suffolk County in Brentwood where he had the chance to meet with staff and the people who are served in Adelante’s many programs. Adelante of Suffolk County started out as a concerned group of local Hispanic citizens who realized a need for a stronger cultural presence.

February 23, 2006
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Senator Johnson Works To Improve Nursing Home Care

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee recently met with a representatives of the Nursing Home Ombudservice of the Family Service League and staff and residents of Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home in West Islip to discuss nursing home funding. The representatives stressed to the Senator the need to increase state funding for nursing home so that residents could be better served.

February 23, 2006
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Senator Johnson Secures Grant To Feed The Hungry

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee is pictured talking with volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church in Babylon Village. Senator Johnson secured a $50,000 state grant for the church to help upgrade their kitchen facilities. The church feeds about 80 to 100 people each week through its S.O.S. Feeding ministry program and its affiliated Babylon Christian School. The kitchen is sued to prepare means for families, students, seniors and the homeless -- anyone in the community in need of a warm nutritious meal.

February 17, 2006
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Senator Johnson Welcomes Home Citizen Warriors

State Capitol, Albany, New York, February 9, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, thanks a member of the 306th Engineer Battalion who recently returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, at a Welcome Home Citizen Warriors’ ceremony, which was held at the Babylon American Legion Post. Senator Johnson presented lapel pins to the Battalion members of the Army Reserves to commemorate their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

February 10, 2006
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Senator Johnson Thanked By North Babylon Students

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, attended a recent North Babylon School Board meeting where he was thanked by students who attended the Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) Science program. The goal of the BNL Science program is to encourage students to get excited about careers in the sciences.

February 10, 2006
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Senator Johnson Celebrates 50 Years Of The South Shore Detachment

State Capitol, Albany, New York, February 9, 2006-- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, presented a Legislative Resolution commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the South Shore Detachment Marine Corps League at the Marine Corps League’s Ball, which was held at the American Legion Post #94 in Babylon Village. The Marine Corps League has made outstanding contributions, while providing exceptional military service to the State of New York.

February 9, 2006
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Senator Johnson Secures Funds To Help Restore Boyd's Pond

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented a check for more than $500,000 to the Village of Babylon to contain and filter storm water and reduce sediment entering the Stowe Avenue Creek/Drainage System, dredge decades of mud and decayed organic sediments from Boyd’s Pond and restore its aquatic life and vegetation. Senator Johnson said that the funds were part of more than $9.1 million in funding Governor Pataki announced to improve Long Island water quality and habitats.

February 3, 2006
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Sayville Resident Earns Conspicuous Service Star, Medal For Merit

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented two New York State Military Awards -- the Conspicuous Service Star and Medal for Merit -- to Corporal Matthew Paul Bishop of Sayville. Corporal Bishop is a U.S. Marine who was discharged from the USMC in August after serving four years in Iraq. In addition to presenting Bishop with the medals, Senator Johnson also presented him with a New York State Senate Certificate of Appreciation.

February 3, 2006
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Senator Johnson Secures Funds For B.c. Help

State Capitol, Albany, New York, February 2, 2006-- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented a check for $45,000 to Breast Cancer Help, Inc., at their Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center, which is located at the Rainbow Senior Center in Lindenhurst. The money Senator Johnson secured will be used to support B.C. Help’s breast cancer education and awareness programs in the community.

February 2, 2006
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