Greg Ball's Press releases

WITH GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE, SENATOR BALL CLOSES FINAL LOOPHOLE FOR CHILDREN OF 9/11 FDNY HEROES

(Front row from left to right: James Sullivan, Jennifer McNamara, Christopher Horgan, Norman R. Cerullo, Senator Greg Ball, Larry Sullivan Jr., Rich Palmer and John Feal)

Albany, N.Y. – 01/20/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is happy to announce that Governor Cuomo has signed a chapter amendment to remove the last bureaucratic obstacle allowing children of 9/11 heroes to receive legacy points to serve in their parents’ footsteps.

January 20, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: CALLS FOR STRICTER DOG LAWS PICKING UP STEAM IN WESTCHESTER

by Sam Barron

ARMONK, N.Y. — Anyone who leaves a dog outside in the cold should be charged with a felony, says State Senator Greg Ball.

Ball is calling on tougher new legislation to protect dogs and cats from being left outside in the cold all day. The legislation comes in the wake of an incident that occurred at an upstate puppy mill.

January 20, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

Brewster, N.Y. – 01/20/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) issued the following statement in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

January 20, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL: “VETERANS’ EMPLOYMENT ACT” TO BECOME LAW

Albany, N.Y. – 01/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that Governor Cuomo has signed the “Veterans’ Employment Act” (S5504A) and the bill will now become state law.

January 17, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: VOICES RISE LOUD AND CLEAR AGAINST COMMON CORE IN CARMEL

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CARMEL, N.Y.–Dozens of residents and elected officials attended a forum on the controversial Common Core Curriculum in Carmel Thursday night.

In addition to Putnam, the event, which was organized by State Senator Greg Ball (R,C, I-Patterson), drew parents, students and educators from several communities in Westchester including Briarcliff Manor as well as the Lakeland School District.

January 17, 2014
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LOHUD: COMMON CORE ASSAILED IN CARMEL FORUM

Written by: Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy

CARMEL — Denise Kness, a mother of two from the Lakeland school district, recounted how a friend’s 12-year-old son had to be monitored for 24 hours after he complained that his heart was racing.

Doctors told the boy’s mother that he’d just had a panic attack.

January 16, 2014
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OVER TWO HUNDRED PARENTS, STUDENTS & EDUCATORS ATTEND SENATOR BALL’S COMMON CORE FORUM

Mahopac, N.Y. – 01/16/2014 – Over two hundred parents, students and educators crowded into the Carmel Town Hall on Thursday evening to voice their concerns of the new Common Core Standards at a forum hosted by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson).

Senator Greg Ball hosted the community forum to review the impact of Common Core in New York State and to seek input on draft legislation addressing issues with the new standards. Senator Greg Ball also has a bill that calls for an immediate 3-year moratorium on the controversial new standards until the issues can be resolved.

January 16, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL WELCOMES NEW YORK CIVIL AIR PATROL TO STATE CAPITOL

Albany, N.Y. – 01/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) welcomed Cadets of the of New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard as they presented the colors at the opening of Senate Session at the State Capitol on January 13, 2014.

January 16, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: SEN. BALL TO HOST COMMON CORE FORUM, SEEKS 3-YEAR MORATORIUM

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BREWSTER,N.Y.–State Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) plans to host a Common Core Forum at Carmel Town Hall Thursday Jan. 16 where he’s expected to allow parents, teachers and concerned residents to weigh in on the controversial curriculum and discuss details about a bill he plans to introduce calling for an immediate 3-year moratorium on the new standards until issues can be resolved.

January 16, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: SOUTHEAST AWARDED $2 MILLION FOR MORNINGTHORPE AVENUE BRIDGE

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SOUTHEAST, N.Y. – The town of Southeast has been awarded $2 million in funding to convert the Morningthorpe Avenue bridge into a pedestrian walkway.

The funds are made available through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and are administered by NYSDOT. The state announced a total of $67 million for 63 projects that were selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that included environmental enhancement to and for the transportation system; connectivity to an existing transportation system; encouragement of smart growth; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds; and level of community support.

January 16, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION FOR MORNINGTHORP BRIDGE IN SOUTHEAST

Southeast, N.Y. – 01/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that the Morningthorpe Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Connection in the town of Southeast has been awarded $2,000,000 in funding to convert the bridge into a pedestrian walkway.

January 16, 2014
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SENATOR BALL AND SHERIFF SMITH HONOR CARMEL STUDENT FOR ACHIEVING EAGLE SCOUT RANK

Carmel, N.Y. – 01/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, presented Joseph Malinowski of Carmel Troop 1 with a New York State Senate Proclamation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at United Methodist Church in Carmel, NY.

January 16, 2014
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SENATOR BALL AND SHERIFF SMITH HONOR CARMEL STUDENT FOR ACHIEVING EAGLE SCOUT RANK

Carmel, N.Y. – 01/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, presented Joseph Malinowski of Carmel Troop 1 with a New York State Senate Proclamation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at United Methodist Church in Carmel, NY.

January 16, 2014
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LOHUD: SEN. BALL TO HOST CARMEL COMMON CORE FORUM

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State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson will host a Common Core forum in Carmel Thursday night. Read below for more details from his office:

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is inviting parents, teachers and concerned residents to attend a Common Core Forum at the Carmel Town Hall on January 16th at 6:00 PM.

January 15, 2014
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: BILL WOULD GIVE PREFERENCE FOR STATE CONTRACTS TO VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES

By MATTHEW DONDIEGO

In an effort to bring relief to many veterans who have returned home from service to find it is increasingly difficult for physically and emotionally disabled-veterans to find work, Sen. Greg Ball is calling for the passage of legislation that would help put many out of work vets back into the state workforce.

January 15, 2014
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LOHUD: SEN. BALL, LEGISLATORS SEEK N.Y. CONTRACT PREFERENCE FOR DISABLED VETERANS

Written by: ASHLEY HUPFL

ALBANY — State lawmakers Tuesday pushed the Legislature to pass a bill that would give state contract preference to service-disabled veterans who own businesses.

The bill, N.Y. Jobs for Heroes Program, would help disabled veterans receive state contracts to open small businesses. The bill would aim to award at least 5 percent of state contracts and subcontracts to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, said Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson.

January 15, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: SEN. BALL URGES PASSAGE OF ‘JOBS FOR HEROES’ PROGRAM

by Joe Jenkins

CORTLANDT, N.Y. — State Sen. Greg Ball called on his fellow lawmakers to pass the “Jobs for Heroes” program that would create a state- contract preference for small businesses in New York owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

January 15, 2014
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TROY RECORD: RELIEF FROM COLD: SHELTER FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS AVAILABLE IN CAPITAL REGION

By Andrew Beam

While many people may seek shelter from the cold after their power goes out, what does a family do if they have a pet living with them?

Luckily, there are options in the Capital District for where pets can go when a family must seek shelter elsewhere so they don’t need to freeze out in the cold.

January 14, 2014
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FOX 23: LOCAL LEADERS WANT TOUGHER LAWS TO PROTECT DOGS LEFT IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES

ALBANY, N.Y. – Two local leaders are calling for tougher legislation to protect companion animals in cold weather.

Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) called for the new legislation in order to protect companion animals from being left outside in the freezing cold.

January 14, 2014
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THE PATCH: LOCALS MAY TOUGHEN PUPPY-MILL LAWS

Posted by Lanning Taliaferro

Communities that want to regulate pet dealers more strictly than the state does may now do so under a law signed Jan. 10 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The change in state law, allowing local governments to be more stringent (but not less) came after an Internet firestorm erupted over an upstate breeder’s outdoor facilities for border collies.

January 14, 2014
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