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Richard Amper, vocal leader of the LI Pine Barrens Society, has been prodding State Senators Brian Foley and Craig Johnson, members of the house's Democratic majority from Long Island, through targeted advertisements in local publications that question the lawmakers' environmental commitment. The sense of the group's posittion is available from the Web site here.

Amper's approach has clearly irritated those in the Johnson camp, leading the senator's campaign spokesman Michael Tobman to issue this statement:

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"Dick Amper's tactics are as clumsy as they are ill-advised. If Mr. Amper thinks he's doing his issues and his organization- which Senator Johnson cares about despite their Executive Director - any service, he has redefined political obtuseness. Craig Johnson is a champion for environmental conservation and protection, and his accomplishments in this regard are significant."