Dear Friends and Neighbors:After careful reflection and deep discussion with my wife Christel and my family, I have decided to not seek re-election to the New York State Senate. Propelled by the support of so many good people, I have enjoyed a fruitful forty year career, but now is the time for me to put my family and health first.
STORM RECOVERY UPDATEPosted: November 26, 2012 IMPORTANT ELECTRICAL SAFETY NOTICE - PLEASE TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLYJust because power has been restored and you have not experienced immediate electrical problems, your system may still be damaged creating an extremely serious fire hazard. If your home has been affected by flooding, or if you’re uncertain whether your home has been affected by flooding, you should take immediate steps to have your electrical system checked by a licensed electrical contractor as soon as possible. Make any necessary repairs suggested by the contractor.
Funds Will Help Localities Hire Young People and the Unemployed to Work on Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up EffortsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has secured a $27 million federal grant that will help put more than 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work helping clean-up communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HOMEOWNERS WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLESDepartment of Financial Services Working Closely with Insurers to Speed Response to Homeowners Who Experienced LossesNew Yorkers Can Call DFS Disaster Hotline for HelpGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York homeowners will not have to pay potentially large hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Monday’s storm.The New York State Department of Financial Services has informed the insurance industry that hurricane deductibles should not be triggered for this storm. This will prevent coastal homeowners from having to pay deductibles in their insurance policies.
Whether you rent or own your own home, own your own business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, and are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Lorraine Pace, Founding President of Breast Cancer Help, Inc. at the 5th Annual Bill Evans Celebrity Golf Outing on September 27, 2012. Meteorologist Bill Evans Sponsored the fundraising event at Island Hills Golf Club in Sayville. All proceeds went to benefit Breast Cancer Help, Inc. and their Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center.
Dennis Gartland, Retired Robert Moses State Park Manager, Honored For 38 Years of ServiceSenator Owen H. Johnson joined Chuck Hollins, Past President of the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) in recognizing Dennis Gartland, retired Robert Moses State Park Manager, for 38 years of dedication and service to New York State Parks.Chuck Hollins presented the award on behalf of LIBBA and the Montauk Surfcasters Association. The presentation took place at Senator Johnson’s Beach Cleanup 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 on September 15, 2012.Photograph, left to right: Chuck Hollins, Past President, LIBBA; Dennis Gartland, Retired Robert Moses State Park Manager; and Senator Owen H. Johnson.
This year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Robert Moses State Park, Field #2 from 10:00 AM until Noon. Hundreds of volunteers combed the beaches and collected over 2000 pounds of debris! For the 26th year, Beach Cleanup 2012 was another big success!“Thank you to everyone who came out for Beach Cleanup 2012,” Senator Johnson said. “We had a wonderful response again this year. Over 345 volunteers gathered a ton of garbage from the beach and helped raise awareness about the harmful effects of littering and dumping on our shores.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed two bills to protect New York's children and teenagers from the harmful effects of cigarettes. The new laws include measures to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private schools (A.10141-B / S.6854-B), as well as prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18 (A.9044-B /S.2926-B).
Senator Owen H. Johnson and Assemblyman Phil Boyle joined with other elected officials and members of the community to cheer on the brave men and women who participated in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride through Babylon on July 20th. The event raised money and awareness for members of our military who have been wounded in combat. The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride is a rehabilitative cycling program for injured servicemen and women, giving them the opportunity to reinvigorate their bodies and showing them how much life still has to offer.
Governor Cuomo signed a bill to protect New York’s seagrass beds, an essential part of our underwater environment, and its surrounding wildlife.
“Seagrass beds in New York State are a vital habitat for many species of fish, and by endangering the seagrass, we risk losing some of our vibrant marine life,” Governor Cuomo said. “This bill will stop many of the practices that have been causing our seagrass to die. We can no longer turn a blind eye to procedures that threaten our environment, and I thank Senator Johnson and Assemblyman Sweeney for their hard work to protect this fragile ecosystem.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-Babylon) announced today that the New York State Senate passed a bill he sponsored to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under 18 years of age.Electronic cigarettes, also known as “e-cigarettes,” are battery-operated devices that vaporize cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals that the user inhales. Currently, there is no prohibition on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.“This legislation is needed to protect children and young adults from the dangers of smoking electronic cigarettes,” Senator Johnson said. “To date, electronic cigarettes are unregulated and have not been proven to be safe for use at any age.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Would Require Offenders to Take a Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4740C), sponsored by Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-C, Babylon), that would require certain drivers convicted of drunk driving to take a motor vehicle accident prevention course. The bill requires drivers convicted of a drunk driving offense to take the motor vehicle accident prevention course if they are convicted of drunk driving, or refuse to take a chemical test, or have accumulated more than six points on their license.