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Hometown Heroes:  West Islip’s Pat Cantwell and Lindenhurst’s Michael RoehrigWe New Yorkers have taken part in our share of sports Cinderella stories. In 1969, the Jets and Mets overcame improbable odds to capture a professional championship.  The NFL’s New York Giants  won championships in 2007 and 2011 after winning multiple games on the road as double-digit underdogs.  In 1980 when New York hosted the Winter Olympics, our great state laid ground to the US Hockey Team’s “Miracle on Ice” when we beat a Soviet team who many thought was the best in the world.

June 13, 2012
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June 13, 2012
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CAREER FAIR, JULY 18, 2012 AT SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BRENTWOOD CAMPUS

On July 18th, I'm partnering with my colleagues in the State Senate to bring a Career Fair to Suffolk County Community College.  With many Long Islanders currently unemployed, my top priority is to help get my constituents back to work.

I hope you can make it to the Career Fair on Wednesday, July 18th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Suffolk County Community College Michael J. Grant Campus, Health and Sports Education Center Field House, in Brentwood. 

If you are an employer or a job seeker and plan to attend, an RSVP is required.  Please click here to RSVP for the July 18th Career Fair.

July 18, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL REQUIRING MINORS TO OBTAIN PARENTAL PERMISSION FOR BODY PIERCING

SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL REQUIRING MINORS TO OBTAIN PARENTAL PERMISSION FOR  BODY PIERCINGAnyone Under 18 Would Need A Parent’s Approval Before Receiving Non Ear-Piercing     The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7446) that would require minors to obtain consent from a parent or guardian for unemancipated persons who wish to receive body piercings, other than piercing one’s ears.

June 13, 2012
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It's Hurricane Season...Are You Prepared?

As we enter another hurricane season on Long Island, it is important to make sure that you and your family are prepared in case a storm strikes our area. Planning ahead can protect more than your property - it can help save lives.

June 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REDUCE MERCURY IN LIGHT BULBS

SENATE PASSES BILL TO REDUCE MERCURY IN LIGHT BULBSMeasure Cuts Down the Hazardous Chemical’s Potential Environmental Effects    The New York State Senate today passed legislation that prohibits the sale of light bulbs that contain high levels of mercury – a known hazardous chemical. The bill (S7004), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would protect the environment and public health by reducing the amount of mercury that ends up in homes and the waste stream. “This is a positive step towards reducing the potentially harmful exposure to mercury in our communities,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “I commend Senator Grisanti for leading the charge to protect the health of our families and environment.”

June 12, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HONOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS

Legislation Also Passed that Allows Volunteer Firefighters to be Absent from Work During States of Emergency    The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7458), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 

June 12, 2012
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LIPA Urges Customers with Special Medical Needs to Enroll in Critical Care Program

Uniondale, NY - With June 1st marking the official beginning of the hurricane season, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) wants to remind all customers who rely on electricity to power life-supporting equipment in their homes to register with LIPA’s Critical Care Program.

June 12, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS MAKING IT EASIER TO OBTAIN STAR EXEMPTIONS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to simplify the process for senior citizens and other qualifying homeowners to apply for and receive their STAR property tax exemption.  Legislation (S1924), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), would eliminate the requirement that senior citizens reapply for the STAR property tax exemption every year.

June 11, 2012
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LEGISLATURE PASSES “I-STOP” TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

    In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Legislature passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.     The legislation includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 11, 2012
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Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church Honored With New York State Legislative Resolution Commemorating 50th Anniversary.

Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) joined Assemblymen Phil Boyle (8th Assembly District) and Joseph Saladino (12th Assembly District) in presenting a Legislative Resolution to the Rev. Msgr. Vincent Rush to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in West Babylon.  The presentation took place at the church’s anniversary festivities on April 28, 2012.Established on June 21, 1962, Our Lady of Grace Parish was one of five parishes created by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Center from what had been the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

June 8, 2012
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June 8, 2012
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Members Of The NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing, Inc. Visit Albany

Photo Caption:  Members of the NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing, Inc. (NYCRF) traveled to Albany recently to recognize Senator Owen H. Johnson for his efforts on behalf of recreational fishing.  From left to right: Tom Farrell, Vice President, NYCRF; William Young, President, NYCRF; Owen H. Johnson, NY State Senator; and Ed Simeone, NYCRF.

June 8, 2012
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St. Joseph Church in Babylon Celebrates Centennial

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Assemblyman Phil Boyle in presenting a Legislative Resolution to Monsignor Christopher Heller on June 3, 2012 celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the construction of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church at 39 North Carll Avenue in Babylon Village.The groundbreaking for St. Joseph Church was on June 25, 1911. The Romanesque design is based on the Church of San Stefano in Bologna, Italy.  At the time, St. Joseph Church was the only church of its kind in the United Stated because of its unique all-brick structure.  The architects were Reiley and Steinback of New York, and the builder was John Cockerill of North Babylon who also built the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

June 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS$202 Million in Property Tax Relief For Seniors;$1.2 Billion for Middle Class Families in ’13-14    The New York State Senate passed legislation that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 6, 2012
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SENATE PASSES UNIT PRICING BILL TO MAKE SHOPPING FOR VALUE EASIER FOR CONSUMERS

     The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7277A), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti, that would require certain retail chain stores to disclose their unit pricing in an effort to make shopping less confusing for customers looking for the best values. The changes would only affect stores with more than $2.5 million in annual sales.     Consumers are faced with an array of packages for items such as soap, coffee, cosmetics, detergents, and paper products, as well as some foods, including pet foods. Unit pricing is the only true means a customer has to find the best value between brands and packaging sizes.

June 6, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION PREVENTION ACT”

Legislation cracks down on Internet crimes against children     The New York State Senate yesterday passed the “Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act” (S5226A), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee.  The bill creates new, tougher crimes for predators who prey on children over the Internet.     The sexual exploitation of children is a growing issue. It is estimated that there are between 100,000 and 300,000 children sexually exploited annually through prostitution and pornography in the United States. 

June 6, 2012
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SENATE PASSES COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLAN MAKING COLLEGE AFFORDABLE FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

SENATE PASSES COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLANMaking College Affordable for Middle Class Families Through:Increased Tuition Tax Breaks; Lower Student Loan Interest Rates; Tuition Pre-Payment; Truth-in-Lending for Student Loans    The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education.  The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan (S7449A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low-interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.   

June 4, 2012
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MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROGRAM AT WYANDANCH SENIOR NUTRITION CENTER JUNE 8TH

On Friday, June 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center (28 Wyandanch Ave.), Senator Johnson is co-sponsoring a program with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to help families facing foreclosure.               As part of the program, homeowners will be able to speak individually with DFS specialists, who will assess where they are in the pre-foreclosure or foreclosure process, and provide them with:            * Information about specific loan modification programs which may be available to them.

June 8, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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