Greg Ball's Press releases

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 One of the most pressing issues to be discussed is the outdated radio systems being used by police.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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Chairman Ball Spearheads Historic Veteran’s “Hill Day”

Calls Cuts to Veterans “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”ALBANY, NY (March 14, 2011)— A Bus of veterans, deemed the "Patriot Express," left from Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C—Patterson) district office at 7:00 am this morning transporting over one hundred veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley to today’s historic committee meeting, hearing and Senate session. The veterans are part of a large group of veterans which descended upon the Capitol today to lobby for important legislation and vital services.

March 14, 2011
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SENATOR BALL CALLS FOR VETERANS OPEN HOUSE

BREWSTER, NY-State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will be hosting an open house for Veterans at his Senate District Office in Brewster. Senator Ball  has invited Veterans to meet with him to share their feedback on issues ranging from PTSD, joblessness, homelessness, workforce transition, family support services and many other critical issues.

March 1, 2011
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SENATOR BALL ANNOUNCES HOMELAND SECURITY HEARING

Cites Weapons of Mass Destruction Arrest in TexasALBANY, 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.

February 28, 2011
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Ball Decries Assault on Veterans’ Homes

Ball pledges to work to restore funding

February 18, 2011
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Senator Ball Passes Three Bills Through Veterans' Committee

New York Veterans Urge Assembly to Also Pass Major Legislation that Guarantees Veterans Property Tax for Surviving Spouses, and Establishes Atomic War Veterans and War on Terror Expeditionary Medals

February 16, 2011
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Senator Ball Urges Governor To Schedule SAGE Hearing

ALBANY, NY (02/08/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, requesting that the Governor schedule a Public Hearing of the Savings and Government Efficiencies Commission before February 18. The letter reads: Governor Cuomo: I respectfully request that a Public Hearing of the Savings and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission be scheduled before February 18 so that we may immediately begin the work of finding opportunities to cut government operations by at least twenty percent. As you are aware, appointments to the SAGE Commission began the first week of January. Now, six weeks after the first appointments, the SAGE Commission has not yet scheduled its first meeting.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Ball Meets with Mayor Bloomberg on Homeland Security

NEW YORK, NY (02/03/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday to discuss the city and the state’s security. Senator Ball is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs.

“Now, a decade after 9/11, in my opinion we’re still not where we need to be to secure New York. We simply cannot allow the passage of time since 9/11 to lull us into complacency.”

February 4, 2011
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Senator Ball Brings Together Local Elected Officials

Ball: We have to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to come up with solutions.

CARMEL, NY (02/03/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a bi-partisan summit today to develop common solutions for local problems, such as MS4, mandate relief, government consolidation, and resource sharing. The summit included presentations from Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge, Vincent Tamangna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt.

“We all have the same issues, and the solutions are in your heads,” Ball told the audience of Supervisors, Councilmen, Legislators, and other local officials. “The men and women in this room have so much knowledge at the local level to work from, and today is an opportunity to get something done in Albany. Let’s use this opportunity, as stewards of your local municipalities, to make changes that need to be made.”

February 3, 2011
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Ball Urges Voters to Demand Bi-Partisan and Immediate Passage of Property Tax Cap and Mandate Relief

Ball: It is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable

BREWSTER, NY (1/30/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), the Senate Majority representative on Governor Cuomo’s Savings and Government Efficiency Commission, today urged voters throughout New York State to call their Senators and Assemblymen on Monday to urge bi-partisan support and immediate passage of a 2% Property Tax Cap for local governments and school districts, as well as mandate relief that requires the state to fund the additional net costs of any state mandated programs. Ball co-sponsors the two bills, which will come to a vote on the floor of the Senate on Monday and has the support of the Senate Majority Conference.

"We have a Senate Majority who gets it, and a Governor who seems to get it. Now it is time for the voters to hold their elected officials accountable for the promises made during their campaigns and demand widespread, bi-partisan support for the passage of this 2% Property Tax Cap, as well as Mandate Reform. That bi-partisan support needs to be immediate because these reforms are needed immediately," Ball said. “Working families, small businesses, and seniors are struggling and the American Dream of homeownership has become a nightmare for many. None of us milked the cows before coming to Albany today, and we’re not going home tonight to slop the hogs. Yet, we still have a property tax model based on generating income from a family farm.”

January 30, 2011
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Senator Ball Opens District Office

Ball: Together as a team, we can accomplish great things. BREWSTER, NY (1/22/2011) – At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, joined by dozens of constituents and local officials throughout Senate District 40, Senator Greg Ball officially opened the State Senate District 40 Office. “This is a great community that we live in. It could be better if New York State Government would get out of the way,” Ball said.

January 24, 2011
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