Petitions were due to be filed by major party candidates for State Senate and Assembly last Friday. We will soon know where there will be competitive primary and general election races around the state.

We are now working on our scorecards from the 2011-12 legislation session. We will use this tool to evaluate the performance of our elected officials, and then to help inform our endorsement process as we work to elect state policymakers who will stand up for taxpayers.

Long Island Senator Will Not Run for Re-Election

State Senator Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon), who has served in the State Senate since 1973, has decided to retire rather than to run for re-election this fall. While no official announcement has been made as of this writing, he has reportedly told local party leaders of his intentions.
Local party leaders are meeting over the weekend to choose a new candidate.

Among the possible replacement candidates are Assemblyman Phil Boyle (R-Brightwaters) and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore). Democratic County Legislator Ricardo Montano has already announced his intention to run for the seat.

Johnson’s retirement would mean that this could be a competitive campaign, where Johnson was expected to be easily re-elected. Republicans currently have a two-seat edge in the state Senate (33-29). A 63rd Senate seat is being added in January 2013.