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    Albany, N.Y. – 7/08/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has again been ranked as New York’s most “Independent Senator” by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). According to NYPIRG, a student-directed research organization, Senator Ball displayed the most independent voting record of his colleagues in the 2013 legislative session.

    “I think most people in Albany know my tendency to break ranks and shake things up. I’ve chilled a little since my days in the Assembly, and am proud to be part of a great Majority with stellar members, but I still break ranks when I feel it’s important,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As for toeing the party line, frankly both major parties are full of crap at the national level and we’d be better off if we did away with party labels altogether.”

    The 2013 NYPIRG study shows that the Republican Conference voted with Majority Leader Dean Skelos 98.39% of the time, while Ball was most likely to break ranks with his own party. The Republican Conference voted with Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein 98.29% of the time, while Ball voted with Klein 84.42% of the time.

    Senator Ball was also ranked two years in a row as New York’s “Most Conservative” Senator by the New York State Conservative Party.

    For more information contact Joe Bachmeier at or (845) 531-9796.