Greg Ball's Press releases

SENATOR GREG BALL’S BLACKFISH BILL GAINS SUPPORT LEADING UP TO ANIMAL ADVOCACY DAY

Former SeaWorld Trainer & “Blackfish” Star to Join Lobby Day

Albany, N.Y. – 03/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is pushing to pass a piece of legislation (S6613) that would ban the possession and harboring of killer whales in New York State aquariums and sea parks. Since it was introduced, the bill has gained support of John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld killer whale trainer and star of the documentary “Blackfish” as well as the support from Donald Rapier, a high school student at Chicago’s Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy.

March 10, 2014
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OP-ED FROM SENATOR GREG BALL ON MAHOPAC – MOUNT VERNON INCIDENT

Let’s end the policy through press release and begin the hard work of uniting both communities by properly addressing the issue, without needlessly creating greater divisions. Let it be clear, Mount Vernon is equally responsible for the toxic environment that was unfortunately created. Yet unlike Mahopac, Mount Vernon has yet to take action to hold their fan base and students accountable.

March 10, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL: COMPTROLLER’S AUDIT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT MISMANAGEMENT OF FINANCES IN PUTNAM COUNTY

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/08/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) issued the following statement regarding the New York State Comptroller’s audit of the Putnam County Industrial Development Agency (PCIDA) from January 1, 2012 — May 3, 2013.

March 8, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE RECENT MAHOPAC – MOUNT VERNON GAME

Mahopac, N.Y. – 03/07/2014 –Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) issued the following statement on the recent Mahopac – Mount Vernon basketball game.

March 7, 2014
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SENATOR BALL CELEBRATES DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY AT “READERS ARE LEADERS DAY” IN YORKTOWN

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 03/07/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined students from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Yorktown Heights at their yearly “Readers are Leaders Day” to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

March 7, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: MAHOPAC SECOND GRADE LYMPHATIC DISEASE SURVIVOR HONORED ON STATE SENATE FLOOR

ALBANY, N.Y. – In recognition of National Lymphedema Awareness Day, Mahopac second grader Connor Looby was honored this week with a New York State Senate resolution recognizing his outstanding support and fundraising efforts for lymphedema awareness.

March 7, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: WESTCHESTER OFFICIALS JOIN ‘STOP ALBANY’ LOBBY FOR MANDATE RELIEF

by Nathan Bruttell

CORTLANDT, N.Y. – North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas and other Westchester officials joined State Sen. Greg Ball’s “Stop Albany” Unfunded Mandate Relief Lobby Day.

Local government and school officials traveled to Albany to meet with legislators to lobby for unfunded mandate relief.

March 7, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL HONORS MAHOPAC 2ND GRADER ON NYS SENATE FLOOR

Fundraiser Tomorrow at Putnam Golf Course

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4JmLfGvqww.

Albany, N.Y. – 03/06/2014 – In recognition of National Lymphedema Awareness Day, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) honored Connor Looby, of Mahopac, with a New York State Senate Resolution recognizing his outstanding advocacy, support, and fundraising efforts for lymphedema awareness.

March 6, 2014
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SENATOR BALL PASSES BILL TO ALLOW VETERANS TO KEEP PROPERTY TAX CREDIT IF THEY MOVE WITHIN THE SAME COUNTY

Albany, N.Y. – 03/06/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, has passed a piece of legislation (S2652) in the New York State Senate that would ensure that veterans that are already receiving property tax exemptions will continue to receive exemptions if they move within the same county.

March 6, 2014
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SENATOR BALL PASSES BILL TO ALLOW VETERANS TO KEEP PROPERTY TAX CREDIT IF THEY MOVE WITHIN THE SAME COUNTY

Albany, N.Y. – 03/06/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, has passed a piece of legislation (S2652) in the New York State Senate that would ensure that veterans that are already receiving property tax exemptions will continue to receive exemptions if they move within the same county.

March 6, 2014
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THE COURIER: FORUM STRESSES HOMELAND SECURITY

By: Eric Gross

Calling first responders the “backbone of our communities,” State Senator Greg Ball Tuesday hosted a forum in Carmel attended by some 75 representatives of emergency services agencies where training and funding issues were discussed at the Paladin Tactical Training Center.

March 5, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL & OPERATION PROM TO OFFER $1 PROM DRESSES ON APRIL 6TH

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/04/2014 – With prom season right around the corner, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is teaming up with Operation PROM to help students attend prom by offering designer prom dresses for only $1. The prom dress sale will take place on Sunday, April 6th from noon to 4 PM at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac, NY.

March 4, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: ROUNDTABLE IN CARMEL FOCUSES ON IMPROVING BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR NYS VETERANS

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CARMEL, N.Y. – Dozens of veterans attended a roundtable Saturday morning at the Carmel Town Hall with the goal of helping New York State vets find employment or start their own business..

The event, known as “Jobs for Heroes Roundtable” was hosted by State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D – Cold Spring).

March 3, 2014
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LOHUD: BILL THAT WOULD BOOST VETERANS’ BUSINESSES SUPPORTED AT MAHOPAC GATHERING

By: Theresa Juva-Brown

MAHOPAC – Veterans and elected officials gathered at a forum Saturday to rally support for state legislation that would give a boost to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

The proposed NY Jobs for Heroes program — expected to be passed as part of the state budget package — calls for 5 percent of state contracts to be set aside for businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. The legislation would also create a state division to certify those businesses and mange the program.

March 1, 2014
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FORMER CEO OF HBO & DOZENS OF VETERANS JOIN SEN. BALL & REP. MALONEY AT “JOBS FOR HEROES ROUNDTABLE”

Mahopac, N.Y. – 03/01/2014 – Dozens of veterans attended a “NY Jobs For Heroes Roundtable” on Saturday morning at the Carmel Town Hall. The veterans’ roundtable was hosted by State Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D – Cold Spring).

March 1, 2014
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THE PATCH: CON ED BILLS SPIKE, SHOCK CONSUMERS

Posted by Lanning Taliaferro

The colder-than-usual temperatures this winter have led to higher-than-expected bills from Con Ed, and customers are freaked out.

“We’ve lived in Sleepy Hollow for 2 years and our bill has been between 6-9 cents per kwh and then suddenly this last bill jumped up to 17.9 cents per kwh,” said one Facebook commenter. “We rent an apartment, I don’t even want to think what a bill for a whole house would be.”

February 27, 2014
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CAPITAL NY: SENATE PASSES BILL TO REMOVE DEPLOYMENT FROM CUSTODY CASES

By Jessica Bakeman

ALBANY—The State Senate passed a bill Thursday that would remove military deployment from consideration in child custody cases.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball, a Putnam County Republican who is a retired Air Force officer, would also require that the custody arrangement in place prior to deployment be reinstated when a military parent returns home.

February 27, 2014
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SENATOR BALL AGAIN PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SERVICE MEMBERS FROM LOSING CHILD CUSTODY

Albany, N.Y. – 02/26/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, has announce that S3507A, legislation to protect active duty military service members from losing permanent child custody due to deployment, has passed the New York State Senate.

February 26, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: STATE SEN. GREG BALL TO CO-HOST VETERANS ROUNDTABLE

by Nathan Bruttell

CORTLANDT, N.Y. — State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) is set to co-host a Veterans Roundtable on Saturday, March 1.

The “Hudson Valley Jobs For Heroes Roundtable” is set to start at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at Carmel Town Hall at 60 McAlpin Ave. in Mahopac. Ball and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) will co-host the roundtable. Former Chief Executive Officer of HBO and Yorktown resident Bill Nelson will join the roundtable.

February 26, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL HOSTS CARMEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ROUNDTABLE WITH NYS HOMELAND SECURITY COMMISSIONER HAUER

Carmel, N.Y. – 02/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, hosted a Homeland Security and Emergency Response Roundtable with Jerome Hauer, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, on Tuesday afternoon at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility in Carmel, NY.

February 25, 2014
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