Mohegan Lake, N.Y. – 9/24/2012 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C) is now happy to announce, that as a result of a three-way agreement between the Governor, Senate and Assembly, funds are now available for a $50,000 grant for the Putnam/ Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center.
The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center provides advocacy, education and services to the community in order to create a safe, supportive environment that eliminates violence against women and children and promotes gender equality.
Senator Greg Ball joined Ann Ellsworth and members of the Women’s Resource Center for a ceremonial check presentation on Monday night during their “Shine a Light on Domestic Violence” Kickoff Campaign.
The “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign is spearheaded by the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV). The campaign encourages public, private and non-profit entities to raise awareness of the issue by embracing the color purple – the symbolic hue for domestic violence awareness – by shining purple lights on buildings or other structures in their community, wearing purple or sponsoring awareness events. All New Yorkers are being asked to wear purple on October 17, 2012 to help generate discussion and awareness of domestic violence and dating abuse.
“Last year it was a great honor for me to be able to nominate Ann Ellsworth as a Woman of Distinction for the statewide award,” Senator Ball said. “The work that Ann and the center do every day provides a safety net for the community during an increasingly tough time. Domestic violence is an epidemic that must be confronted head on and I couldn’t be happier to deliver this grant for their herculean efforts. I am proud to fight to bring as much of our tax money back from Albany, to home, where it belongs. As long as I am in office I will continue to fight for this phenomenal organization and all of the tremendous volunteers and employees working so hard to do so much, with so little.”
“This $50,000 grant is vital to enhance our family court system for those involved in domestic violence to aid them as they go through the court process,” said the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center, Ann Ellsworth. “We are very grateful for the support of Senator Ball and his understanding of the importance of the service we offer and how vital they are.”
Senator Ball’s Women’s Advisory Council which is chaired by Ann Ellsworth’s made fighting domestic violence their top priority. Senator Ball sponsored and passed (S6308) – legislation that extends the length of stay for residents of domestic violence shelters up to 180 days, an increase of 45 days over the current regulation. With this additional time, victims of domestic violence and their families will be more likely to remain safe, look for employment and find permanent housing.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.