BREWSTER NY, (May 13, 2011)- Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), released a statement today following the sentencing of former Senator Vincent Liebell, a Patterson Republican who pleaded guilty earlier this year to obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Senator Liebell formally occupied the 40th district Senate seat, now held by Ball.
"Even with the history of political and personal battles between myself and Leibell, I have remained quiet since last fall, paying respect to both the process and the need for civility. Simply put, I was not raised to kick a man when he is down and I took no personal delight in witnessing his public demise. With today's sentencing, I want to state publicly that, like many, I took Leibell's recent requests for leniency, actually seeking 'overseas nation building' duty in lieu of jail time, as a final indictment on his complete disconnect from reality and justice. I know I join many in the community in expressing our continued sadness of his use of Putnam County and the taxpayers of New York for his personal gain and I welcome this final chapter in a tragic book. With absolute sincerity, I continue to pray for the Senator and his family and truly look forward to working with this great community to solidly move forward, ever confident in a bright future.”