Craig M. Johnson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long Point Advisors and has been a long-respected figure in New York politics. He is regarded as an insightful leader and trusted counselor to individuals and businesses as they navigate the New York State government ecosystem. With over two decades of experience in elected office, government affairs, law, politics, and business, Craig has earned a reputation for being a skilled negotiator, accomplished lobbyist, seasoned political strategist, and savvy business evaluator who possesses a track record of accomplishments and success for his clients at various levels of government. He is the author of several articles, op-eds, and client alerts on a variety of topics. Craig has represented numerous clients on a wide range of issues before the State Legislature, the Governor's office and executive branch agencies, including the Empire State Development Corporation, Department of Agriculture and Markets, Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Department of Financial Services, Insurance Department, Department of Environmental Conservation and Office of General Services. Craig has also represented clients before several local governments including New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. Previously, Craig served as a member of the New York State Senate for two terms, representing the 7th Senate District (Northwest Nassau County). When he was elected to the State Senate in a February 2007 special election, Craig became the first Democrat to represent the 7th Senate District in over one century. During his first term, Senator Johnson served as the ranking Democrat on the State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. When the Democrats took majority control of the New York State Senate in 2009, Senator Johnson was appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Investigations, Government Operations and Taxation. Senator Johnson also served on the Education, Health, Local Government, Insurance, and Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committees. He also served as the Senate member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Review Board as well as a member of the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness. During his tenure as Chairman of the Senate Investigations Committee, Senator Johnson undertook several investigations and conducted hearings into several issues, including the investigatory practices of New York State’s Office of Medicaid Inspector General, the collection of Native American cigarette taxes, the modernization of New York State’s Alcohol Beverage law, the secondary ticket market in New York State, the financial condition of New York State’s racing industry, and the water quality in Southwestern Nassau County. Immediately prior to his tenure as a member of the New York State Senate, Craig served as a member of the Nassau County Legislature for three terms. During his tenure on the Nassau County Legislature, Craig served as chairman of the Finance Committee, and played a significant role in helping to bring Nassau County back from the brink of municipal bankruptcy. Subsequent to his tenure in the State Senate, and prior to founding Long Point Advisors, Craig spent five years at Dentons, a global law firm. As a Principal in the firm’s Public Policy and Regulatory practice, Craig successfully represented individuals, for-profit businesses and not-forprofit corporations in a variety of legislative and legal matters before state and municipal legislatures and regulatory agencies. Craig also counseled clients on political law matters. Craig also worked at Bloomberg LP, where he was responsible for the development of Bloomberg Law’s integrated market strategies for key segments of the legal marketplace. Most recently, Craig served as Vice-President of Government Affairs for Altice USA, Inc., the fourth largest cable company in the United States. At Altice USA, Craig oversaw the lobbying and advocacy efforts throughout the company’s 21-state footprint. For his public policy work, Long Island Business News named Craig as a member of its “40 under 40” club, City & State recognized him as a “40 under 40 Rising Star”, and the Long Island Press named him to its Power List for two consecutive years. He has also been honored by several associations and civic groups for his legislative and community work. Craig graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1993 with a degree in History. He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law in 1996 and was an editor on the Law Review. He and his wife, Elizabeth Kase, live in Long Island, New York with their three children, Benjamin, Samuel and Lucy, and one goldendoodle, Reagan.