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    Carmel, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, joined the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce and other elected officials at the annual Putnam County Elected Officials Forum on Sunday afternoon at Cornerstone Park in Carmel, NY.

    “It is so important that we work together as a community to move Putnam County forward. We must put politics aside, break down the silos, and focus on very specific projects and issues,” said Senator Greg Ball. “At the state level we are currently finalizing the 2014-2015 budget, which will include $1.5 billion in direct property tax relief over the next three years, elimination of the corporate tax on manufacturers this year, $1 billion in additional aid to schools, an additional $40 million for pothole repairs and so much more. Just this past year we were also able to secure state dollars to fund the Route 22 expansion in Southeast to ease the flow of traffic, $2 million in federal and state funding to convert the Morningthorpe Bridge near the village of Brewster into a pedestrian walkway and also an additional $500,000 in funding for Castagna Commerce Park project on the northern Putnam boarder in Pawling.”

    According to their mission statement, The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce is dedicated to service as the primary advocate, voice and resources for our business community. Our utmost propriety is to promote out members, provide educational opportunities and to enhance individually viable commerce districts throughout our county and beyond.

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