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Letter: Johnson fought to save lighthouse

Former state Sen. Owen Johnson, of West Babylon,

Former state Sen. Owen Johnson, of West Babylon, is shown in his office in Albany in an undated photo. Johnson, the longest-tenured state senator in Long Island history, died of natural causes on Dec. 24, 2014. He was 85. Newsday's obituary for Owen Johnson
Photo Credit: Dave Oxford

Newsday rightfully gave the late Sen. Owen Johnson glowing accolades for a sterling career and for always thinking of his beloved Long Island and ways to improve it.

He worked across the aisle, leaving an incredible legacy. However, I want to add one important achievement. As the wife of the late Thomas F. Roberts III, the founding president of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, I witnessed constant attention as the senator fought for our organization in Albany.

If he hadn't procured the seed money, the Lens Building would not have been built. It houses a first-order Fresnel lighthouse lens and attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. This is a definite jewel in the crown of a prince of a man.

Marilyn Miller Roberts, Bay Shore


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