State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, today announced that the Town of Babylon has been awarded two New York State grants totaling more than $82,000 through Restore New York’s Communities Initiative (Restore-NY) -- a program designed to aid municipalities in rehabilitating or removing obsolete or rundown commercial and residential properties. The goal of the program is to make these sites attractive to residents and businesses searching for investment property.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented Emmanuel Salazar of West Islip with the 2006 New York State Senate Hispanic Heritage Award during National Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year. Hispanic Heritage Month gives us time to take pause and recognize the many contributions of Hispanic Americans to our county and our communities.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented Nilda Alvarez of Brentwood with the 2006 New York State Senate Hispanic Heritage Award at a ceremony held in the Senator’s office during National Hispanic Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year, and is an excellent time to take pause and recognize the contributions that Hispanic Americans make to our country and communities each day.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, today announced that he has secured a state grant in the amount of $55,000 to heighten security and promote a safe and secure environment at the Cleary School for the Deaf. The school educates deaf children from throughout Long Island on their campus in Nesconset.

State Capitol, Albany, New York, October 3, 2006 -- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented Peter Scully, Regional Director of the New York State DEC-Region 1, with a state grant in the amount of $350,000 to support the Edgewood Preserve Project. The Senator presented the grant at the First Edgewood Preserve Task Force meeting, which was held at the Deer Park Fire Station.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee was recently on hand for the opening of Suffolk County’s newest courthouse, the Second District Court in Lindenhurst Village, located on East Hoffman Avenue. While there, Senator Johnson had the opportunity to tour the new courthouse with Supervising Judge Madeleine A. Fitzgibbon. Senator Johnson and Judge Fitzgibbon are pictured examining the courthouse’s state-of-the-art security equipment which scans the belongings of all visitors to the courthouse.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, was recently on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly improved Copiague LIRR Train Station. Senator Johnson, together with Assemblyman Sweeney, secured funding to replace some of the staircases at the train station and renovate the exteriors of the station building and platform waiting room. The exterior renovations included the installation of architectural accents over the existing facades of both the station building and platform waiting room exteriors.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee recently presented a New York State Senate Resolution honoring West Babylon Junior High School on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. Displaying teamwork and unity with its school motto and song "Be All You Can Be," West Babylon Junior High School has been a premier school since opening its doors in September, 1956.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently attended the Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol’s "Return to the Armory Ceremony," which was held at the Patchogue Armory. While there, the Senator presented the squadron with a check for $50,000, which represents a state grant that he secured for the group to help defray their operational expenses.

State Capitol, Albany, New York, August 21, 2006-- State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), Chairman of the Finance Committee, recently presented a check for $400,000 to the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc., which represents state funding he secured on their behalf as part of this year’s state budget. The funding will help the society in their effort to reconstruct the 1890 Electric Generator Building, which was located adjacent to the Fire Island Lighthouse.

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