Greg Ball's Press releases

Woman of Distinction From The City of Peekskill, Ruth Wells

Ruth Wells and her husband Jim Knight, have lived in Peekskill since 1988. Ms. Wells received her BA from Oberlin College and MFA from Temple University.  From 1969 to 2012 she worked as a designer and assistant designer of sets and costumes for theater, opera, ballet and finally, television, spending 23 years as an Art Director on ABC’s One Life to Live, winning two Emmy Awards. Ms. Wells has volunteered on the Middle School Bond Campaign and on the PCSD’s Strategic Plan Evaluation Committee. Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town and Village of Pawling, Rose Clarkson

Ms. Clarkson, who grew up in the Town of Pawling served as Town Clerk for 25 years, retiring at the age of 77. While serving as the Pawling School Tax Collector, she was known throughout the community as the only person people would actually be happy to see when they paid their taxes. A Past Girl Scout Leader and Treasurer for the Pawling Free Library, Ms. Clarkson has always shown dedication to the field of education and learning. Along with her father, Ms. Clarkson was an original member of the founding “4 M’s Group” of the Pawling Methodist Church. Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of Patterson, Hazel Martinez (posthumously)

Hazel Martinez was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Putnam Lake for 66 years. Ms. Martinez worked for 8 years at Green Chimneys as a social worker. Among her achievements, she was the proud mother of three sons. Unfortunately one son, PFC Robert Gracia, was killed during the Vietnam War. Since her son lost his life in the service of his country, with a heavy heart, she became a member of the American Gold Star Mothers organization. Ms. Martizen was a member of the Golden Agers of Patterson and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 9257 of Putnam Lake for 35 years. Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of North Salem, Maria Hlushko

Ms. Hlushko grew up in North Salem and received her B.A. in Public Accounting from Mercy College. Ms. Hlushko has been the Captain of the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps for over five years. In just 2012, alone we logged over 250 emergency calls personally. Ms. Hlushko has served as a Troop Leader and Community Cookie Chair for the Girl Scouts, an Instrumentalist for the St. Joseph’s Choir, a Treasurer for the North Salem Soccer Club, and volunteers for the North Salem Booster Club and North Salem Lions Club. Ms. Hlushko is a mother of two girls, Kate and Anna.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of North Salem, Maria Hlushkoi

Ms. Hlushkoi grew up in North Salem and received her B.A. in Public Accounting from Mercy College. Ms. Hlushkoi has been the Captain of the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps for over five years. In just 2012, alone we logged over 250 emergency calls personally. Ms. Hlushkoi has served as a Troop Leader and Community Cookie Chair for the Girl Scouts, an Instrumentalist for the St. Joseph’s Choir, a Treasurer for the North Salem Soccer Club, and volunteers for the North Salem Booster Club and North Salem Lions Club. Ms. Hlushkoi is a mother of two girls, Kate and Anna.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of North Salem, Maria Hlushkoi

Ms. Hlushkoi grew up in North Salem and received her B.A. in Public Accounting from Mercy College. Ms. Hlushkoi has been the Captain of the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps for over five years. In just 2012, alone we logged over 250 emergency calls personally. Ms. Hlushkoi has served as a Troop Leader and Community Cookie Chair for the Girl Scouts, an Instrumentalist for the St. Joseph’s Choir, a Treasurer for the North Salem Soccer Club, and volunteers for the North Salem Booster Club and North Salem Lions Club. Ms. Hlushkoi is a mother of two girls, Kate and Anna.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of New Castle and Chappaqua, Maya Manley

Maya Manley is one of the co-founders of the Making Headway Foundation, which is dedicated to the care, comfort, and cure of children with brain and spinal cord tumors. Twenty-five years ago, her daughter Cynthia was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Through this experience, Ms. Manley discovered that although Cynthia received excellent medical care, there was hardly any support system, or information available to assist her family with learning to cope with Cynthia’s illness. In 1996 the Making Headway Foundation was founded, and since then Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Village of Mt. Kisco, Linda Cindrich

Linda Cindrich is a life-long resident of Mount Kisco. A graduate of the State University of New York, Empire College, Ms. Cindrich has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross since the age of 17, volunteering as a Water Safety Instructor, First Aid Instructor and CPR Instructor. Ms. Cindrich later joined the Mt. Kisco Lions Ambulance Corps and became an Emergency Medical Technician. After going back to school for education, Ms. Cindrich  founded the Mt.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of Lewisboro, Crystal Texeria Kennedy

Ms. Kennedy has been a dedicated and concerned leader in the community for many years. She has been fully committed to the success of the scouting in Lewisboro and exhorts the scouts to obtain their fullest potential as scouts and citizens. Ms. Kennedy has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America since 1997. Since 2003, Ms. Kennedy has volunteered her time with Troop 154, Goldens Bridge and currently serving as a Troop Committee Chair and Summer Camp Scoutmaster. Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of Croton-on-Hudson, Cynthia Lippolis

Cynthia Lippolis has been a resident of Croton on Hudson for 33 years, where she has dedicated her life to volunteerism and making the community around her a better place. In 1998 Ms. Lippolis established her own company and is the Broker Owner of Prudential River Towns Real Estate with offices serving Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. Ms. Lippolis is a former Director of Hudson Valley Chamber of Commerce and past recipient of their Volunteer of the Year Award. Ms. Lippolis is a 15 year member of the Rotary Club of Croton on Hudson where she has served as Club President, Secretary and Treasurer.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of Carmel, Marjorie L. Nichols Keith

Ms. Nichols Keith has led a notable 38 year career with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County, serving as Executive Director since 1987. Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of Cortlandt, Janet Mainiero

After working her way up from an executive secretary to a stockholder analyst, Ms. Mainiero left the Gillette Company after 20 years, to pursue Urban Planning. Ms. Mainiero received her Bachelors and Masters degree from the Urban Planning Department of Boston University and took a job at the Massachusetts Water and Resources Authority as a Field Assistant for the first major sewer interceptor project. Ms. Mainiero then moved to New York, where she oversaw the environmental impact statements for various railroad extensions for the Metro North Railroad.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Village of Buchanan, Guinevere B. Ferris

Guinevere Ferris is a lifelong volunteer and advocate for education. She started the first storybook hour at Hendrick Hudson Free Library, founded the WHO (We Help Others) Club, and was the first elected woman trustee in the Village of Buchanan. Ms. Ferris was a girl scout leader, den mother, Sunday school teacher, Lay Reader, member of the choir and secretary of the vestry at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Ms. Ferris is a lifetime member and past secretary of the Buchanan Ladies Auxiliary and has served as President and Secretary of the Buchanan’s Senior Citizens Group. In 2003, Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Village of Briarcliff Manor, Nikki Metzger

Ms. Metzger was nominated for the Women of Distinction award for her commitment to and strong passion for community service and leadership activities.  When Ms. Metzger was 12 years old, her best friend was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called Erythromelalgia (EM), and she knew that she had to find a way to help.  A competitive ice skater since age six, Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Village of Briarcliff Manor, Nikki Metzger

Ms. Metzger was nominated for the Women of Distinction award for her commitment to and strong passion for community service and leadership activities.  When Ms. Metzger was 12 years old, her best friend was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called Erythromelalgia (EM), and she knew that she had to find a way to help.  A competitive ice skater since age six, Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Village of Brewster, Verna Bergstrom

A resident of Brewster since 1976, Ms. Bergstrom joined  St. Andrew’s Church, where she served on the vestry and  was president of the Episcopal Church women’s group and is still a member of the Alter Guild. Ms.

August 20, 2013
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Woman of Distinction From The Town of Beekman, Ruth Hogan

Born on July 30, 1924 and raised in Dutchess County, Ruth Hogan (nee Alley) grew up on a farm in Fishkill Plains. She moved to the Town of Beekman in 1946, ran a Dairy Farm with her husband Bob from 1948-1964. She was a registered nurse, employed by Arlington School District. While employed as the school nurse teacher she returned to school and earned her Bachelor’s Degree. She served as Vice Principal at LaGrange Elementary School. Prior to the founding of the Beekman Rescue Squad residents frequently “went to Ruth Hogan” if they had an emergency. The Beekman Rescue Squad was founded by Ruth, Helen “Ruby” Woodin and Bob Jaeger. She volunteered her time to the Rescue Squad for many years and earned several awards.

August 20, 2013
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TAX ALERT: SENATOR BALL REMINDS STAR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS TO REAPPLY FOR 2014

Brewster, N.Y. – 8/19/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is urging anyone that is currently receiving the Basic School Tax Relief exemption (Basic STAR) to reapply by the end of the year to continue receiving the benefits.

August 19, 2013
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BALL SEEKS FIREFIGHTERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO JOIN FIRE AND PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Brewster, N.Y. – 8/19/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee is seeking members to join his newly developed Fire and Public Safety Advisory Council.

August 19, 2013
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NO FARMS, NO FOOD: SENATOR BALL FIGHTS TO SAVE LOCAL HUDSON VALLEY FARM

Pine Plains, N.Y. – 8/15/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is fighting to for a local Hudson Valley Farm, Coach Farm, to be included back into a NYC farmer’s market that formerly accounted for 10 percent of their annual sales.

August 15, 2013
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