ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Republican state senator from Long Island who first took office in 1972 says he won't seek re-election this fall.
Sen. Owen Johnson from Suffolk County says after a 40-year career it's time to put his family and health first.
The 83-year-old says his proudest achievements include legislation providing "solar easements" homeowners could purchase to guarantee their access to the sun and tax incentives for residential solar equipment, creation of an adoption information registry and establishment of the state's Environmental Protection Fund.
He also notes legislation awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature intended to help protect sea grass.
Johnson is part of the Republican Conference that has a 33-29 Senate majority.
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