State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, stopped by the Southeast Town Board meeting Thursday night to provide a legislative update from Albany.
“For the first time in a long time, Albany’s moving in the right direction,” he told the board and about 40 people in the audience.
He gave a quick rundown of issues from this year’s legislative session. Those included passing an on-time budget with a 2 percent spending cut and the property tax cap. In addition, he said he plans to continue trying to repeal the MTA payroll tax, reduce unfunded mandates and improve homeland security.
Ball then took one question from the audience, which ended up being a debate with Neil Di Carlo, a former Congressional candidate, as to whether Ball’s vote to renew Putnam County’s sales-tax extension was a vote for a tax increase. One other audience member, Lynne Eckardt — Southeast resident, a councilwoman candidate and former Putnam County Democratic chairwoman — tried to ask a question during the forum. But neither Supervisor Michael Rights or Ball called on her. Ball did offer to speak with her outside the meeting. (READ MORE)