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Craig Johnson leaves Jaspan Schlesinger

Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) is endorsed for re-election

Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) is endorsed for re-election to the State Senate by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Credit: Handout

When we reached Craig Johnson on Tuesday to ask about something else, he was chaperoning a school field trip with his 9-year-old son to the Hicksville Gregory Museum.

The ex-state senator has the extra time to spend with his family since he left the law firm of Jaspan Schlesinger Llp, he said, as of Jan. 1. (Johnson’s bio still appears on the firm’s website and the phone still rings to a message with his voice on it. Johnson was surprised when we told him this.)

Johnson, 39, of Port Washington, is now a stay-at-home dad consulting for New York City-based charter-school groups Education Reform Now and Democrats for Education Reform. We’d heard Johnson was trying to get hired at Bloomberg Lp, but all Johnson would say on that front was: “I’m having conversations with them.”

“I want to try some new stuff,” Johnson said. “I’m enjoying the freedom that I have. I’m speaking to a lot of people. A lot of people are coming to me, asking for my advice.”

Johnson, of course, last year lost the last undeclared State Senate race after taking now-Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) all the way to the state Court of Appeals before conceding.

We asked if he planned to use the extra time on his hands to plot a 2012 rematch with Martins. Johnson said: “Who knows? It’s February 2011. I’ve got plenty of time to decide. I’m just sitting back enjoying the landscape.”

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