Greg Ball's Press releases

Senator Greg Ball and Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive: Fighting for the Repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax and Supporting a Full Forensic Audit of the MTA

 

YORKTOWN NY (April 27th 2011) Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess) was joined by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Westchester County Legislator John Testa and Yorktown Town Councilman Councilman Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) at a press conference today to support Senator Ball’s legislation fully repealing the MTA payroll tax, and providing for an immediate full forensic accounting of the MTA.

 Senator Ball’s legislation S4716, exempts self-employed persons, localities, school districts and not for profit corporations from the MTA mobility tax. The Senator is also proposing legislation which will repeal the MTA taxes on school districts by the end of 2016. As well as a measure that will require the MTA to attend the majority of public hearings on fare hikes in order to cast a vote.

May 24, 2011
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Ball and Tedisco Call for Immediate Relief from Pain at Gas Pump: Legislators seek Summer Gas Tax Holiday to save motorists 33 cents a gallon during Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day weekends; call for stricter regulations against zone pricing

With the average price of a gallon of gasoline already over $4.00 and predicted to skyrocket to $6.00 this summer, Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today called for short term and long term solutions to provide motorists with relief at the pump and help kick our nation’s addiction to fossil fuels.

May 24, 2011
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Chairman Ball Places Radio Interoperability on Presidents Desk

 

New York, NY (April 12, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee has sent a letter to the President of the United States, as well as all members of the U.S. Congress and officials from New York’s state security agencies  informing them of the Radio interoperability and communications system problems faced by New York’s first responders, nearly ten years after 9/11 exposed the weaknesses  of New York City’s emergency communication systems.

May 24, 2011
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Ball & Castelli pass resolution honoring Jason Distant for his achievements as Northern Westchester Youth of the Year

 

Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge)  today helped pass joint resolution K266, honoring the achievements of Jason Distant, the Northern Westchester Boys & Girls Club’s 2011 Youth of the Year. The award is the highest honor a club member can receive and recognizes the outstanding contributions a young person has made to his family, school, and community as well as the Boys & Girls Club.

May 24, 2011
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Chairman Ball Announces Historic Bill Banning Protests at Military Funerals

 

ALBANY, NY- Senator Greg Ball announced his support today for a Bill which would ban the ability of individuals and groups to protest at the funeral services of military personnel. The bill which is being Co-sponsored by Ball, along with Senator Zeldin, is an attempt to protect members of the military and their families from groups who in recent years have used military funerals as a platform to gain attention for themselves and their agendas. Senator Ball stated "I believe this bill will have unanimous support from our Majority Conference and will be an important and fitting tribute to all those serving in uniform, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In coordination with my efforts to restore funding to our veterans homes this is one of many veterans bills that we will pass on this historic day and I ask New Yorkers to call upon the Assembly to do the same, immediately."

May 24, 2011
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Senator Ball Announces Homeland Security Hearing, Cites Weapons of Mass Destruction Arrest in Texas

 

ALBANY, NY (2/25/2011)- State Senator Gregory Ball (R,C-Carmel) Chairmen of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, would like to applaud the efforts of the FBI in their investigation and arrest of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, in connection with his alleged researching of potential U.S. targets and his purchase of the chemicals and the equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Ball Calls for Independent Redistricting, Constitutional Change, It's Time to Keep Our Promise

 

ALBANY, NY – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is embarking upon an effort to enlist all members in both houses to support what he calls, “real, lasting, and substantive changes to the current redistricting process” by supporting a bill amending the New York State Constitution to once and for all enact truly independent redistricting.

“Demographics and geography should decide district lines, not politics. The only real way to establish constitutional standards is by amending the constitution, the way our founders suggested, and make these changes permanent and constitutionally sound.”

May 24, 2011
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Chairman Ball and Mayor Bloomberg Stand Together on National Security

“Cuts will gut core programs, burden local agencies and create Swiss cheese approach”

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May 17, 2011
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Chairman Ball: “Our Soft Underbelly is Not Secure.” - First Critical Homeland Security Hearing

New York, NY (April 9, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee was joined by U.S. Congressman Peter King (R-New York), and New York State Senators including Senator Martin Golden (R-22nd), Senator Jack Martins (R-7th District), Senator Joseph Griffo (R-47th District), Senator Lee Zeldin (R-3rd District), Senator Thomas O’Mara (R-53rd District), Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-15th District) and Senator Eric Adams (D-20th District).

April 10, 2011
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SENATOR GREG BALL SECURES $11.4 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR VETERANS

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) has secured a staggering $11.5 Million for New York State Veterans during a tough budget battle in the Senate chamber, where all operating budgets were cut by 10% across the board. In the budget, Ball successfully restored $10.9 Million to Veterans’ Homes located in Montrose, New York City, Oxford, Stony Brook and Batavia, all of which had been previously cut. 

April 5, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball to tour Indian Point Power Plant and Public Hearing to follow

Albany, NY (April 5, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) will tour the Indian Point Power Facility on April 14th at 9:00am.  Following the tour, Senator Ball will share his findings at a public hearing held at Stony Point Community Center.

April 5, 2011
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SENATOR BALL: “COMMUNICATION IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS IS ESSENTIAL TO SAVING LIVES”

ALBANY, NY (March 30, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) knows the need for communication in emergency situations is essential. As Chairman of the New York State Senate Homeland Security, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Ball is concerned about the preparedness of the state to handle any possible security threat. The Senator will be holding a hearing in NYC on April 8th to discuss with experts a range of issues regarding the condition of homeland security in New York. One of the most pressing issues to be discussed is the outdated radio systems being used by police.

March 30, 2011
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Chairman Ball: “No to Proposed Licenses for Illegal Aliens and Terrorists:” Calls Proposal “Terrorist Empowerment Act”

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District-Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, issued a statement today on the security risks that are associated with a new Senate bill, S4179, which Ball has deemed “a national security nightmare that should formally be renamed the ‘Terrorist Empowerment Act’.”

March 24, 2011
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SENATOR BALL ANNOUNCES, “PEPSI STAYS…and EXPANDS!”Jobs are staying and being created in the Hudson Valley

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District-Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) announced today that more than 1,200 high paying jobs with stay in the 40th District. There has been discussion over the past year that Pepsi could leave the area, even leave New York. Today the Empire State Development, a state agency, announced an agreement that will provide PepsiCo with a $4 million grant to invest in the Westchester facility. PepsiCo will also invest up to $9 million in the project to retain and create new jobs. The bottler will expand its 1,200-employee operations from the 360,000-square-foot space it now leases in Somers to the entire 540,000-square-foot building.

March 24, 2011
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Skelos, Ball meet with Business Leaders: MTA, Property Taxes and Hostile Business Climate Top Concerns

ALBANY, NY (March 23, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R, C—Nassau) met with over 30 members of The Business Council of Westchester yesterday, as part of the group’s annual summit in Albany.The Senators spoke with the council on a variety of pressing issues facing the business community including, MTA Tax, property taxes, state spending, Medicaid, business development, deregulation, and ways to create a more friendly business environment.“It is imperative that we work with the business community to include provisions for job creation in this year’s budget. We need to make New York State more competitive in attracting and retaining business” stated Ball after the meeting.

March 23, 2011
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SENATOR BALL CO-SPONSORS THE CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT AWARENESS ACT DURING BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

March is brain injury awareness month. Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) on Brain Injury Awareness Day, March 16th, joined Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator George Maziarz, co-sponsor, and members of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, a group that advocates nationwide for victims of brain injuries, to push for legislative action on the Concussion Management Awareness Act.“We realize now what we may not have known a few decades back. Concussions create long-term, detrimental health effects, and those hits taken on the playing fields can have substantial and lasting impacts. It’s time to get serious and protect our young athletes so they can enjoy long and healthy lives,” said Senator Ball.

March 23, 2011
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Ball Continues Assault on MTA Payroll Tax

Calls for Full Forensic Audit, and Full Repeal of MTA Payroll Tax

Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Patterson) continued his assault on the MTA pay roll tax today, calling for a full repeal of the tax and an immediate forensic audit of the entire MTA.

Senator  Ball has been working with the Senate Majority Conference to ensure the inclusion of a full forensic audit of the MTA in the state’s 2011 transportation budget, as well as a stipulation that the audit be conducted within six months of the budgets passage.

March 22, 2011
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Senator Ball Invites Entergy Officials to Testify at April 8th Homeland Security Hearing

Senator Greg Ball announced today, he will be inviting representatives from the Indian Point Nuclear Power facility to testify on the readiness of the facility and its staff at the Homeland Security Hearing he is chairing on April 8th in New York City. Representatives from Entergy will join Senator Ball, as well as other Homeland security experts including Congressman Peter King Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and Douglas Ziegler head of security at the MTA. “As the Senate Chair of Homeland Security I take public safety extremely seriously. Nearly 10 years after 9-11, in my view, we still are not safe.

March 22, 2011
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF TINA ADOVASIO, A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE NEED TO HELP THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Senator Ball launches a Women’s Advisory Council

Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District-Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) issued a statement on the death of a nurse and mother, Tina Adovasio, found murdered in the woods off the Taconic State Parkway after missing four days from her Bronx home.

“This is a terrible tragedy and a horrific act of violence,” Senator Greg Ball said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to Tina’s family. This tragic loss of life has robbed our community of a young, vibrant personality and a dedicated nurse.”

March 19, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball Calling for Pension Forfeiture For Criminal Public Employees

BREWSTER, NY- Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Carmel) is calling for a loop hole in New York State social security law to be closed, which allows public employees who are convicted of crimes related  to their offices, to still receive a state pension and retirement benefits. Senator Ball has proposed an amendment which would close this loophole requiring that pension rights be forfeited, when a public employee is convicted of certain crimes related to public employment.    Senator Ball noted the long list of New York public officials who have been indicted in recent years. Most recently Senator Kruger and Assemblyman Boyland of Brooklyn, as well as 6 other associates, are accused of taking bribes.  

March 14, 2011
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