Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-Babylon) and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Grace Varley, a five-year-old girl from Amityville, for heroically helping to save her younger brother’s life. “I am honored to present Grace Varley with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for her bravery. Grace reminds us that there is no age requirement for an individual to perform an act of heroism. At age five, her fortitude and quick action make her a fine example to all of us and deserving of the highest civilian honor that a New Yorker can receive,” said Senator Johnson.
Senator Owen H. Johnson would like to inform you that the West Babylon Little League is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Senator Owen Johnson Community Center located at 71 Sawyer Avenue in West Babylon. All donors will receive a pair of Mets tickets.See the attached flyer provided by the West Babylon Little League for information regarding eligibility and appointments.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.490), sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, that waives the 24-hour waiting period for military members to get married after receiving a marriage license. This would apply to military members who are scheduled for deployment in less than 30 days. “Given the sacrifice, coupled with the unique circumstances of active veterans, we feel this bill will better accommodate the requests of some of our brave men and women in the military with their personal and family lives,” said Senator Robach. “This is one small favor we can do to accommodate their time frame.”
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to legislation (S6972), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would make it easier for New Yorkers to register online to become an organ donor. "I continually stress the importance of becoming a donor because donating an organ is saving a life," Senator Hannon said. "This bill would make the process of registering for organ donation online more convenient by allowing donors to receive electronic confirmation of their registration and amend or revoke their registration online.”
The New York State Senate passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.
Measure Prevents Criminals From Profiting From Their Crimes The New York State Senate today passed legislation that closes a loophole in the “Son of Sam” law to further restrict a criminal’s ability to profit from their crimes. The bill (S.4393A), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), corrects a longstanding flaw in the state’s existing “Son of Sam” law by preventing all criminals, regardless of their final plea or conviction, from commercially exploiting their crime.
CREATING JOBS THIS SUMMER WHILE IMPROVING THE CONDITION OF ROADS AND BRIDGES ON LONG ISLANDFirst Contracts Awarded to Begin Vital Highway and Bridge RepairsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that contracts for 22 additional New York Works projects have been opened to bidding, representing more than $39 million in repair work to highways, bridges, and parks across New York State.The State Department of Transportation (DOT) opened bids on three separate NY Works contracts, which represent $34.8 million in highway and bridge construction at 19 sites. The State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) opened bids on three separate NY Works contracts which represent $4.2 million in repair and upgrade projects at three state parks.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement to pass legislation that will better protect New Yorkers from intrusive telemarketing tactics.The legislation would prohibit all telemarketers doing business in New York from delivering prerecorded messages by telephone call to customers without express consent from the recipient.
Senator Owen H. Johnson recently honored a local distinguished service member from the 69th Infantry to represent the 4th Senate district in the New York Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Senator Johnson inducted Sergeant First Class John E. Walsh, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry at a ceremony in Albany on May 22, 2012. The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was established by the Senate in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding service members, like Robert E. Walsh, whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed forces is complemented by their service to the community.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The legislation would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today continued their strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Beth Delli-Pizzi of West Islip as a 2012 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Ms. Delli-Pizzi was among women from throughout New York State who were honored at the Women of Distinction Award Ceremony held at the State Capitol on May 15, 2012.
Sergeant First Class Walsh has over 20 years of Army Service and is the Senior Active Duty Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Fighting 69th on Long Island. He was one of the first Military Responders to the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) on September 11, 2011. At the WTC, SFC Walsh was responsible for assisting with the Military coordination of the rescue and recovery effort.
SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONYBill closes loophole after Court of Appeals ruling that it is not a crime The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7407) that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view. The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.
SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP DISABLED VETERANSBill Would Provide a Preference in State Contracts for Disabled Veterans The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2423), sponsored by Senator Gregory R. Ball (R-C, Pawling), that would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service. This bill would codify for New York an identical and highly successful program adopted for federal contracting. Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.
LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SEAGRASSJohnson-Sweeney Bill Helps To Address Threats to EcosystemThe New York State Legislature has passed legislation to guard marine habitat and protect the continued viability of commercial and recreational fishing. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Owen Johnson (R-C, Babylon) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-I-WF, Lindenhurst), establishes the Seagrass Protection Act to address threats to these ecologically important species.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to prevent the tragic injuries and deaths that can occur due to hazing at colleges and universities. The bill (S.1937), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would help cut down on hazing by strengthening a college or university’s enforcement authority and increasing awareness of the consequences of hazing, underage drinking, and illegal drug use.“Hazing can create physical as well as emotional scars that may last a lifetime,” Senator LaValle said. “There is nothing ‘good-natured’ about hazing and it cannot be tolerated on our college and university campuses.”
The New York State Senate yesterday passed the Protection of People With Special Needs Act, which reforms and strengthens protections for more than one million state residents with special needs. The bill (S.7400) will enhance the safeguards for children and adults who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect and receive care from New York’s human service agencies and programs.