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From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - September 25, 2009

Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00

Announces $200 Senior

LIPA Credit

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has created a program that will help seniors save on their electric bills, announced New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau). The $10 million initiative would fund a one-time $200 credit for eligible seniors.

“With the cold weather just around the corner, this program could not have come at a better time,” said Johnson. “I applaud LIPA Chairman Kevin Law for spearheading this important effort that will help many seniors living on a fixed income.”

Eligible applicants must be age 62 or older, a LIPA account holder and meet the income requirements outlined below:  

Household Size    Monthly Income    Annual Income

    1                               $1,963                $23,556         

    2                               $2,567                $30,804         

    3                              $3,172                $38,064         

    4                              $3,776                $45,312         

    5                              $4,380                $52,560         

    6                              $4,984                $59,808         

    7                             $5,097                 $61,164         

    8                            $5,210                  $62,520         

The credits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Additional information on this program is available at Johnson’s district office, 151 Herricks Roads, Suite 202, Garden City Park; 746-5923.

Qualifying seniors may apply in person at any LIPA Customer Service Center or by mail. Applications can be obtained by visiting or by calling 1-800-490-0025.

Fall Food Drive

New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), is once again partnering with Island Harvest to help the less fortunate this fall.

From now until Oct. 1, non-perishable food items will be collected at the senator’s district office, 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pick-ups can also be arranged.

“I am proud to partner with this extraordinary organization as we work to ensure that all families are afforded food — especially in these difficult economic times,” Johnson said. “I am asking anyone who can help to assist us in this very important cause.   

Island Harvest sponsors more than 570 Long Island-based member programs including soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, low-income daycare centers, and senior, youth, outreach and rehabilitation centers within Nassau and Suffolk counties.

For more information, contact Johnson’s office at 746-5923. 


Phil-osophically Speaking - September 25, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00

This month the Hubble Telescope, named after the 20th century’s greatest astronomer, Edwin Hubble, has resumed, for the final time, its routine operation as a searchlight into eternity. Sometime after 2014, the space telescope will de-orbit and eventually burn up in the earth’s atmosphere.

In 1984, I belonged to an astronomy club where we budding astronomers would gather at Jones Beach, away from the city lights, to peer deep into the heavens. That summer, Mars was making its closest approach to the earth and we were hoping to get a good glimpse of it.


Comptroller’s Report - September 18, 2009

Written by County Comptroller Howard S. Weitzman Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00

Calling Attention to Civic Education Is a Good Thing

I was reading recently how Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is now devoting himself to promoting the education of “civics” in our schools in order to give our children real-world knowledge and, hopefully, wisdom about how to run our government. I never realized that Mr. Dreyfuss and I had so much in common and I enthusiastically join his call to bring back civic education.


From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - September 18, 2009

Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00
Johnson Announces Passage of Green Jobs/Green New York Initiative

In a major step toward rebuilding New York’s crippled economy and rescuing the state’s energy consumers, the state Senate recently passed the landmark Green Jobs/Green NY Act of 2009, Senator Craig Johnson announced.

This legislation (S.5888) will create 14,000 family-sustaining jobs with the goal of retrofitting 1 million homes, businesses and not-for-profits on Long Island and across New York State during the next five years. It will also reduce carbon emissions caused by outmoded construction and save New York State residents upward of $1 billion annually in energy savings.


From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy - September 11, 2009

Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00

Making September 11, 2001 a National Day of Service

The events of September 11, 2001 were an attack on the fundamental freedoms of our country. Countless lives were affected by the cowardly actions of terrorists and it is an event that we, as a nation, will never forget. Time and time again, our country has grown stronger from the trials and adversity it has faced. The will of the American people never ceases to inspire me and it is with that in mind that I was proud to introduce and have President Obama sign into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.


From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - September 11, 2009

Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00

Ranked Among Most Effective in Passing Legislation

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), has been ranked as one of the senators with the highest number of bills that passed the chamber during this last legislative session, according to an analysis released by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

According to NYPIRG’s report, 24 bills sponsored by Johnson passed the Senate during the 2009 legislative session; that is the third highest ranking for the 62-member chamber.


From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - September 4, 2009

Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

Don’t Drink and Drive This Labor Day Weekend

As we approach Labor Day weekend, I want to remind residents to not drink and drive.

I recently attended the kick-off to District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” program that will run through this holiday weekend. This is part of the national STOP-DWI mobilization effort that is held with the cooperation of 11,000 law enforcement agencies across the country.


Town Topics - September 4, 2009

Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

Fun Events for the Entire Family

Like most municipalities across the country, we have had to tighten our belts in the face of the lingering economic decline. Nonetheless, we remain committed to providing fun activities, events and amusement such as our fireworks extravaganza and summer-long presentation of free concerts.


From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - August 28, 2009

Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
Committee Report Shows Real Need for Authority Reform

New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, recently released a report detailing a pattern of flawed judgment and a lack of accountability that led to the taxpayer-funded purchase of an unusable ferry boat by a state subsidiary.

Taxpayers took a nearly $900,000 loss on the 59-year-old vessel, which the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) purchased despite a report from a contractor that “raised serious concerns” about the boat’s condition. Less than 18 months after the July 2007 purchase, GIPEC sold the ferry, the M/V Islander, on eBay for $23,600.


Phil-osophically Speaking - August 28, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

It was the mother of all traffic jams. Cars were packed together, bumper to bumper, transfiguring the New York State Thruway into the biggest parking lot in the world. Literally nothing was moving. This crushing deadlock did not unnerve the thousands of baby boomers, bristling with excitement, who jauntily abandoned their cars and made their pilgrimage on foot to a mud splattered dairy farm in upstate New York to embrace a nirvana of peace, love and music.

Forty summers later the romance of the Woodstock Festival remains, for its memoirists, the crowning moment of the counter-cultural 1960s. The Dionysian energy of the new psychedelic rock music was the match that lit the so-called Aquarian rebellion and the subsequent explosion unleashed several social revolutions whose reverberations can still be felt today.


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