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From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - November 6, 2009

Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Johnson Urges Passage of Bill to Require Coverage for Autism-Related Expenses

New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), and representatives from Austim Speaks addressed the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance during an Oct. 23 hearing in Albany on the insurance industry’s role in the treatment of Autism. A video of his statement can be found at www.craigjohnson.nysenate.gov. Johnson’s prepared remarks are below:

“Hello and thank you for this opportunity to discuss this very important subject. In particular, I really want to thank the representatives from Autism Speaks for allowing me to join them this morning.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - November 6, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Now that the election is nearly over, it seemed the only thing that the candidates of both parties agree on is that everyone should vote. This is the usual reflex in a democratic society and to say otherwise, I suppose, would be considered by both polite and impolite society narrow-minded and indecent. But is this, really, a wise attitude?

Panhandling for votes has become quite a sport and one wonders if making voting too easy for the general populace (Motor Voter Law) has not weakened the democratic franchise? Voters and non-voters who are uninterested in voting should be left in peace and not made to feel they are committing a mortal sin by not going to the polls.

 

Village Board Notes: October 30, 2009

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

The following are trustee reports from the Floral Park board meeting.

Department of Public Works Notes

Trustee Tom Tweedy reported that the leaves are falling and Public Works crews are out in full force removing them from roads and park areas. It usually takes until the first week in December to collect all the leaves.

“Residents can do their part by bagging the leaves on their property and not raking them into the street,” Trustee Tweedy said. “Making large piles of leaves in the street causes problems with flooding during rain storms and possible fires when cars park on top of them. It is against village code to blow or rake leaves into the street and landscapers and property owners risk receiving a summons. Landscapers that are responsible for removing leaves from your property are not permitted to put them out for village collection. Your cooperation this fall is greatly appreciated.”

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: October 30, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Ghosts and goblins, cobwebs and coffins, jack-o-lanterns and skeletons, tombstones and haunted houses: Like the descending night, Halloween is upon us.

The explosion of Halloween paraphernalia that decorates our houses and litters our lawns is a sure sign that we approach this festival of horror with seriousness and gusto.

We are attracted to this Phantom world because it is, frankly, fun to be frightened - at least when accompanied by others or when our surroundings are familiar and customary. A good fright, when we are expecting to be frightened, can elicit nervous laughter, an edgy thrill and even spine-tingling delight as if you were screaming straight downward on one of those heart-stopping roller coasters.

 

Village Board Notes - October 23, 2009

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

The following are trustee reports from the Oct. 6 Floral Park village board meeting.

 

Department of Public Works

Trustee Tom Tweedy reported that the sidewalks on Beech Street have been repaired, concluding the sidewalk repair program for this year. If a resident has questions about the sidewalk program or has unresolved issues about repairs made this year, contact the Department of Public works at 326-6320.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - October 23, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Mark Twain famously said that at age 60 he was surprised to find out he was right about something as he was at age 20 when he found out he was wrong about something.

This must especially be true of economists who on Oct. 24, 2009 will mark the 80th anniversary of the stock market crash that led to America’s greatest and most prolonged depression. Despite the passage of time, millions of words dissecting the crisis, comprehending the Great Depression is, in the words of its foremost scholar, Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, a significant and daunting challenge.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - October 16, 2009

Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

AHRC Receives Check at Membership Luncheon

New York State Senator Craig Johnson recently presented a check for $8,500, on behalf of the New York State Senate, to the Brookville Center for Children’s Services (BCCS), an affiliate of AHRC Nassau at the Membership Luncheon. The New York State Senate grant will be used to purchase SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Systems, an interactive, touch sensitive device for the Brookville Center’s New Hyde Park and Manhasset sites. Pictured, Johnson presents a check for $8,500 to AHRC Executive Director Michael Mascari (left) and AHRC Board Member and Membership Chair Tom Moore during the AHRC Annual Membership Luncheon.

 

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - October 16, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a cinematic masterpiece of mythic power and lyricism, there is a dramatic scene depicting a life and death struggle between the supercomputer, Hal, and the astronaut, Dave Bowman. During the space mission to Jupiter, the computer had been the astronaut’s greatest tool, but something had gone wrong; and Hal, the machine, was now bent on the destruction of both his human collaborators and creators.

Man versus machine: It’s a theme that has both absorbed and haunted science fiction writers from the dawn of the 20th century. The chess match that pitted world champion, Garry Kasparov, against the world’s greatest super-computer, Big Blue, captivated the imagination on who would have bragging rights, the human Kasparov, or the machine made by humans. The encounter, fraught with combustible tension, was more like an explosive prizefight than a cerebral clash of wits.

 

Johnson: Public Can Now Comment on MTA Proposal

Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

October 29 Hearing Set, Website Established

New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, the Senate Majority’s representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board (CPRB), announces two ways that will give the public unprecedented opportunities to comment on the MTA’s proposed 2010-2014 Capital Plan.

A public hearing on the MTA Capital Plan will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the chambers of the Nassau County Legislature, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - October 9, 2009

Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

Powering New York’s Future

Nearly 45,000 Long Island jobs depend on electricity from the New York Power Authority’s (LIPA) low cost power economic development programs.  

However, with nine separate overlapping and conflicting programs that offer low-cost power for economic investment, it is widely acknowledged that these initiatives are not working as effectively as they should. It is imperative that we reform the way these programs work so New Yorkers receive the maximum benefit — more jobs and new careers in our communities – and stronger businesses that stay in New York.

 

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