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DAILY LEWISBORO: BALL TO HOST HEARING ON HYDOFRACKING IN KATONAH

by Bob Dumas

KATONAH, N.Y. – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will host a hearing later this month at the Katonah Village Library’s Garden Room that will examine the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Ball represents the 40th Senate District, which includes Lewisboro and Pound Ridge.

August 5, 2011
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THE PATCH: BALL SECURES $100,000 STATE GRANT

By Kerry Barger

State Sen. Greg Ball (R-NY) presented a $100,000 check to the Town of Patterson Recreation Center this morning to assist with the building’s renovations.

August 4, 2011
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CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL: LAWMAKERS CHEER ANTI DOG, COCK FIGHTING BILLS

by Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau

From the Humane Society on a bill signed recently, strengthening laws against dog fighting and cock fighting:

August 4, 2011
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THE PATCH: BALL TOUR COMES TO TOWN

By Tom Bartley

Sen. Greg Ball stopped by the Bedford town board meeting, which was preceded by a budget work session and followed by a meeting with the Bedford Community Theatre.

August 4, 2011
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THE PATCH: BALL’S LEGISLATIVE TOUR COMES TO SOUTHEAST

By Tom Bartley

In a scheduled town hall talk, some unscripted moments intrude

For Republican State Sen. Greg Ball of Patterson, the Southeast stop of his legislative road show began and ended off-script,

For starters, when the senator arrived shortly before 7:30—the Southeast Town Board’s appointed hour to  convene Thursday evening—he was forced to join staff and a rapidly growing number of constituents confined to the town hall lobby. Closed doors denied everyone access to the John Dunford Civic Center auditorium, where the town board sat sequestered in an unscheduled, apparently unannounced executive session.

July 31, 2011
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LOHUD: STATE SEN. BALL COMES TO SOUTHEAST

Posted by: Mike Risinit

State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, stopped by the Southeast Town Board meeting Thursday night to provide a legislative update from Albany.

“For the first time in a long time, Albany’s moving in the right direction,” he told the board and about 40 people in the audience.

He gave a quick rundown of issues from this year’s legislative session. Those included passing an on-time budget with a 2 percent spending cut and the property tax cap. In addition, he said he plans to continue trying to repeal the MTA payroll tax, reduce unfunded mandates and improve homeland security.

July 31, 2011
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LOHUD: STATE SEN. BALL COMES TO SOUTHEAST

Posted by: Mike Risinit

State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, stopped by the Southeast Town Board meeting Thursday night to provide a legislative update from Albany.

“For the first time in a long time, Albany’s moving in the right direction,” he told the board and about 40 people in the audience.

He gave a quick rundown of issues from this year’s legislative session. Those included passing an on-time budget with a 2 percent spending cut and the property tax cap. In addition, he said he plans to continue trying to repeal the MTA payroll tax, reduce unfunded mandates and improve homeland security.

July 31, 2011
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THE DAILY HARRISON: HARRISON REACTS TO U.S. DEBT CEILING DEBATES

by Bob Dumas and Phil Corso

HARRISON, N.Y. – Harrison’s Bob Cipolla is a microcosm of what many Americans might think about the debt ceiling debates in Washington, D.C.

“I’m concerned that the politicians in Washington appear to be the Keystone Cops,” Cipolla said on The Daily Harrison Facebook page. “It’s sad and disgusting that the ‘two-party system’ has evolved into a forum for acrimony, finger-pointing and incompetence.”

As Democrats and Republicans continue to engage in a stand-off as the Tuesday deadline approaches to raise the debt ceiling, local officials say if an agreement isn’t reached by then, it could mean some dire consequences for local governments and their constituents.

July 31, 2011
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LEWISBORO LEDGER: BALL TALKS TAXES, BENEFIT COSTS

Written by Matt Spillane

High property taxes and pension costs were two main points of discussion at the Lewisboro Library on Monday night, when New York State Senator Greg Ball discussed his political goals and concerns with the Town Board.

Financial issues were among several topics talked about at the board’s meeting as part of Senator Ball’s “Town Hall Tour,” which began with Lewisboro and will include all 22 towns in his 40th District.

July 28, 2011
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LEWISBORO: BALL SAYS ALBANY HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS

by Bob Dumas

LEWISBORO – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) kicked off his 22-stop Town Hall Tour at the Lewisboro Library Monday night telling the Town Board and audience members that this past year’s legislative session was highly productive.

“No one is a bigger critic of Albany than me,” said Ball, who represents the 40th Senate District, which includes both Lewisboro and Pound Ridge. “But think of what we accomplished this legislative session and with bi-partisan support. The progress we made in Albany this year was significant.”

July 27, 2011
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PATCH: SEN. GREG BALL KICKS OFF TOWN HALL TOUR

By Christine Burroni

Sen. Greg Ball (R,C – Patterson) commenced his “town hall” tour at the Lewisboro Library Monday night, reviewing his last eight months in office while looking to the year ahead.

New York’s senator representing the 40th district promised “no gimmicks” and offered to help with local town problems from road conditions to education to taxes.

July 27, 2011
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LOHUD: SEN. BALL ON TOUR

Posted by: Mike Risinit

State Sen. Greg Ball plans to be in all 22 towns in his 40th Senate District this summer for a listening tour. His office is billing it as “It’s everything you ever wanted to know about the NYS Legislature, but were afraid to ask!”

July 26, 2011
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PATCH: SEN. GREG BALL KICKS OFF TOWN HALL TOUR IN LEWISBORO MONDAY NIGHT

Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) kicks off his Town Hall Tour tonight in Lewisboro.

Residents are encouraged to stop by for a legislative update from the senator, and ask any questions about issues facing New York or affecting their communities.

July 26, 2011
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LOHUD: MTA CHIEF JAY WALDER CUT COSTS, PUSHED INNOVATION

Written by

Ken Valenti

Jay Walder took over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the harshest economic times most people alive now have ever known.

It has been a tough time for the nation’s largest transit agency. The MTA relies in part on real estate tax, and one hit to the agency had come from the crash of the housing market.

July 25, 2011
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LEWISBORO LEDGER: BALL TO KICK OFF TOWN HALL TOUR IN LEWISBORO

Written by Ken Mastro

State Senator Greg Ball is kicking off his Town Hall Tour on Monday at the Lewisboro Library in South Salem.

Residents may stop by for a legislative update from the senator, and ask questions about issues facing New York or affecting their communities.

July 24, 2011
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DAILY POUND RIDGE: BALL TO BEGIN TOWN HALL TOUR IN LEWISBORO

by Bob Dumas

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -  Area residents will have an opportunity to meet State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) when he launches his 2011 Town Hall Tour at the Lewisboro Library in South Salem on Monday. The tour will encompass a total of 22 towns.

July 24, 2011
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LOHUD: NEW LAWS AIMS TO PRESERVE PUBLIC JOBS OF THOSE WHO SERVE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday signed a law that enhances job security for public employees serving in the military, according to Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli, who authored the measure.

July 22, 2011
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LOHUD: NEW LAWS AIMS TO PRESERVE PUBLIC JOBS OF THOSE WHO SERVE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday signed a law that enhances job security for public employees serving in the military, according to Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli, who authored the measure.

July 22, 2011
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WALL STREET JOURNAL: NY LAWS HELP WINERIES, SOLDIERS, OVERDOSE VICTIMS

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's newest laws will give the growing wine industry a boost, provide public workers on active military service more protection and give victims of drug overdoses a better chance to survive.

The state's wine industry will get several of the measures it sought, but not the biggest: the sale of wine in grocery stores. Wineries will, however, be able to more easily open branch stores and mail bottles directly to customers nationwide. Farm wineries also will be allowed to provide what's called "custom crush capability," which will encourage smaller vineyards to enter the retail business.

July 22, 2011
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LOHUD: SENATE GOP INTRODUCES “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

Posted by: Jon Campbell

Following the brutal murder of a 8-year-old Brooklyn boy and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial, Senate Republicans introduced a bill today that would create a new crime punishing people who kill a child with life behind bars.

July 22, 2011
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