PUTNAM COUNTY COURIER: BALL HAILED AS INDEPENDENT BY ALBANY GROUP
By: Douglas Cunningham
State Senator Greg Ball, R-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.
According to the group, a studentdirected research organization, 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,” Ball said in a release. “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. 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 Public Interest 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. Ball was also ranked two years in a row as New York’s “Most Conservative” senator by the New York State Conservative Party, his office said.
The popular Ball has an almost visceral connection to many voters on conservative issues, such as gun rights, but he also can be pragmatic, even populist, on some others. His district also is somewhat more Democratic leaning today than when he first ran, which some think has affected at least a few of his positions. (ARTICLE)