John B. Johnson, Jr. was appointed as a voting member of the Development Authority on August 20, 2009 by the Watertown City Council.
Mr. Johnson is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Johnson Newspaper Corporation, which publishes the Watertown Daily Times, Batavia Daily News, Malone Evening Telegram, Catskill Daily Mail, Hudson Register Star, Ogdensburg Journal, Massena-Potsdam Courier Observer, seven weekly newspapers and four shopping newspapers.
Mr. Johnson is Vice Chairman and Member of the Dormitory Authority of New York State, Trustee of Clarkson University, a member of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Executive Committee, and a member of the Metropolitan Development Association and President of the Bugbee Housing Development Corporation. He has been a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors since 1978, and was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 1978, 1979, 2001, and 2002.
Mr. Johnson was an original founding member of the Authority appointed as a non-voting member by Governor Mario Cuomo in November 1, 1985, and subsequently reappointed by Governor Pataki in September 28, 2006.
Current term start date is June 10, 2013 with an expiration date of June 5, 2021.