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Honoring the legacy of his late mother Barbara Johnson, Legislator Craig Johnson joined with his Democratic colleagues at a June 24 meeting of the Nassau County Legislature in voting to change the name of Baxter Pond in the Village of Baxter Estates to the Barbara Johnson Park and Preserve at Baxter Pond. The resolution was unanimously approved by the legislature.

The late Barbara Johnson with a sign thanking her for her efforts after approval was granted for the restoration of Baxter's Pond.

Barbara Johnson was serving as Nassau County Legislator in the 11th district when she died in 2000, following a lengthy battle with breast cancer. During her two terms in office, she was known as a fiery and energetic advocate for her community and the environment. With strong public support, she spearheaded the restoration of Baxter Pond Park and the adjacent watershed valley, which had become serverely polluted. The project eventually won approval and was recently completed.

Legislator Craig Johnson, who was elected to finish out his mother's term and re-elected this past November, said, "My family and I are deeply touched and honored that the Baxter Estates community has requested to rename the park in my mother's honor. The residents of Baxter Estates and all the residents of the 11th district meant a great deal to her and she would have been very humbled to be remembered in this way."

Presiding Officer Jacobs, who worked side-by-side with Barbara Johnson for years, said on behalf of the Democratic majority that renaming the park in memory of the late legislator is recognition she deserves for all her years of hard work and dedication to the community.

The unveiling of the park's new sign will take place at a special ceremony held at the park on Saturday, Oct. 12.

In other business, the legislature approved:

* A bond ordinance in the amount of $13,782,733 with $7,339,956 for New York Telephone Co., $5,107,476 for Long Island Lighting Co. and $1,335,300 for the New York Water Service Corp. The action was to correct a technical error.

* An ordinance appropriating monies to a program entitled, "Nassau Community College Continuing Education."

* A resolution confirming the appointment of Peter Gerbasi to the Nassau County Bridge Authority with the term expiring on December 31, 2007.

* A resolution to accept a gift offered by Arthur Rollin (Baldwin) to the police department of a historic reproduction of a 1927 police booth. Arthur is an Eagle Scout and this project enabled Arthur to achieve his Eagle Scout rank.

* A resolution authorizing a transfer of appropriations in the amount of $57,836 for payments owed Lido-Pt. Lookout Fire District.


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