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    UntitledBy: ERIC GROSS

    Like him or hate him, State Senator Greg Ball did it his way!

    Ball, who will be leaving office at the end of the year after serving for a decade in Albany, hosted a farewell dinner last week in Mahopac that benefited a disabled Vietnam veteran’s home renovations.

    More than 200 people were on hand at the Mahopac FD headquarters for the event, which was tabbed “Thanks for ‘Getting it Done!’”

    Ball received applause after telling the dinner guests: “It has been a great honor to serve the people of our community for these years. The journey has been fruitful and I am thrilled to have my final project something as meaningful as assisting a disabled veteran.”

    The evening raised more than $20,000 to renovate the home of Private Dan Flanigan of Pawling. Flanigan, a 100 percent service-connected disabled veteran, was selected after a thorough vetting process by the Purple Heart Homes Association, a non-profit based in North Carolina that provides housing solutions for disabled vets.

    Flanigan lives on a fixed income and is struggling to make ends meet. His home, located near the Patterson- Pawling line, is over 100 years old and in dire need of repairs.

    Thanks to the efforts of the senator, the national organization and generous business people including contractors, the Flanigan home is undergoing a major renovation. (ARTICLE)