Sen. Owen Johnson to retire
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Despite months of vowing to run for re-election, Owen Johnson of West Babylon, the State Senate's most senior member, said Friday he is packing in his four-decade career.
His decision created an immediate scrum among Republicans and their minor party allies over who should run for his seat -- a key race for the GOP to hold their narrow Senate 33-29 seat majority.
Johnson, who celebrated...