Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to raise penalties for individuals who seek to evade security and scrutiny at transportation facilities and other public places. The legislation creates stronger penalties for individuals trying to illegally access secure areas at airports, train stations, and bus terminals, as well for those who steal law enforcement or fire department identification.
News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 25, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | firstname.lastname@example.org | (518) 455-3531
This Memorial Day, Veterans First: Senator Huntley Supports New Programs to Benefit New York’s Servicemen and Women
Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the New York State Senate passed a package of nine bills today which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom.
May 11, 2011 - Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, is sounding the alarms in the wake of recently released documents showing Al Qaeda was plotting an attack on the U.S. rail system, possibly for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Chairman Ball said documents found in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound should serve as a wake-up call about the continued threat to our nation’s homeland security, specifically our rail system.
“This is by no means an ‘I told you so’ moment,” said Chairman Ball who has repeatedly raised red flags about the weaknesses to nation’s rail system. “These documents are a call to action about the importance of not only remaining vigilant, but stepping-up security.”
ALBANY, NY (May 10, 2011)-Senator Greg Ball (R, C Westchester/Dutchess/Putnam), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, today released the preliminary report from the first in his series of public hearings “To Determine the State of Security in New York, Ten Years after 9/11.”
In response to the expert testimony heard at the April 8th hearing, Senator Ball has introduced several key pieces of legislation meant to fix issues and vulnerabilities brought to the attention of the committee, which will improve the state’s overall security, as well as enhance the ability of state agencies and first responders to react if an emergency does arise.
Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee issued a statement today on the state of security in New York State, the Senator’s full message can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qpT-a4ztmY
New York, NY (April 12, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee has sent a letter to the President of the United States, as well as all members of the U.S. Congress and officials from New York’s state security agencies informing them of the Radio interoperability and communications system problems faced by New York’s first responders, nearly ten years after 9/11 exposed the weaknesses of New York City’s emergency communication systems.
ALBANY, NY (2/25/2011)- State Senator Gregory Ball (R,C-Carmel) Chairmen of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, would like to applaud the efforts of the FBI in their investigation and arrest of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, in connection with his alleged researching of potential U.S. targets and his purchase of the chemicals and the equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device.
On Sunday, May 14, 2011, New York State Senator Eric Adams (D- Brooklyn) held a press conference with representatives of Taser International to announce his legislation, Bill S.5371, that will permit Amtrak train crew personnel to carry taser guns while on duty in New York State.
Senator Larkin joins New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Greg Ball, Senator David Carlucci and Senator Martin Golden at a press conference calling on the federal government to restore New York's homeland security funding which is currently slated for a 50% reduction.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, in denouncing Washington's attempts to reduce New York's homeland security funding in the federal budget proposal. New York is slated to see a reduction of $186 million in homeland security funding should the cuts go through.
This important victory in the War on Terror is a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of our military heroes who have put their lives on the line to defend our Nation in the years since 9/11. In the days following September 11th, the worst terrorist attack on American soil, I vividly remember meeting and consoling the families of those who lost husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters and friends and coworkers, as they mourned the loss of their loved ones.
“The death of Osama Bin Laden is bittersweet. It brings a certain level of closure for the many lives lost and the families that continue to hold onto their memory. The efforts, bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers were not in vain. However, it is important that we remain vigilant toward future threats. Homeland security strategies are a crucial part of our safety and should be our number one priority. Terrorism is still very much alive and we should do all that we can to protect ourselves. The father of hate is dead, but the children that his hate bred are still alive.”