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    Peekskill, N.Y. – (6/16/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) in cooperation with Legislator John Testa hosted a free Fish Fry at the Peekskill 2nd Annual Juneteenth Parade.

    Juneteenth commemorates the day, June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas found out that they had been freed. It is the oldest continuously celebrated African American Holiday commemorating the Emancipation from slavery.

    “Cookouts like these give me the perfect opportunity to speak to the people of Peekskill and get a real understanding of what’s on their mind,” Senator Ball said. “I got to meet so many wonderful people today and I was so happy to participate in the 2nd annual parade.”

    Following the parade N.Y. Senator Greg Ball and his staff along with Legislator John Testa served fried battered fish, fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, soda and water to over 200 parade goers.

    “I thought it was a great parade. It is very important to our new tradition building here in Peekskill,” said Legislator Testa. “Kudos to Senator Ball and all the people out here helping today!”

    “Joy and happiness are two of the medicines that will heal,” said Leesteher Brown of Peekskill. “This is a great community event. It is so important that everyone comes together to do their part in the community.”

    “I think this is outstanding. It is really something great for the community,” said Peekskill resident and Veteran Gregory Moore. “I just met with Senator Ball and he is my kind of guy.”


    For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 531-9796.