Greg Ball's Press releases

LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: JOBS FOR HEROES BILL GETS BIG-NAME SUPPORT

By Matthew McKibben

On the same day Sen. Greg Ball organized the Jobs for Heroes lobby day to promote legislation that would help disabled veterans find work, the governor issued a statement of support for the program.

The NY Jobs for Heroes program (S.2803-b), if passed, would create a 5 percent state contract preference for small businesses owned by service–connected disabled veterans.

February 25, 2014
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PUTNAM COUNTY YOUTH BUREAU VISITS SENATOR GREG BALL IN ALBANY

Albany, N.Y. – 02/24/2014 – The Putnam County Youth Bureau recently visited New York State Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, on the New York State Senate Floor in Albany, NY.

February 24, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON SURPRISE CON-ED ENERGY BILLS

Brewster, N.Y. – 02/24/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after residents received unexpectedly high Con Edison energy bills.

February 24, 2014
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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: BALL TO HOST COMMON CORE FORUM

Written by: Nina Schutzman

A hot topic of conversation — the controversial Common Core learning standards — will be the subject of a forum tonight.

The open forum will be hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie and state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson.

February 24, 2014
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MONDAY: NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EDUCATION EXPERT TO SPEAK AT SENATOR BALL’S COMMON CORE FORUM

Brewster, N.Y. – 02/21/2014 – Our Lady of Lourdes High School will host a Common Core Forum in conjunction with Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Parents, students, educators and concerned residents are all invited to attend. Dr. Peg Luksik, a nationally recognized education expert, will give a special Common Core presentation.

February 21, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: STATE SEN. BALL BLASTS NYC MAYOR OVER ID CARD PROPOSAL

by Joe Jenkins

CORTLANDT, N.Y. — State Sen. Greg Ball was openly critical on Sunday, Feb. 16 of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to provide identification cards to undocumented aliens.

Ball’s  comments came during an appearance on WABC-TV’s “Up Close with Diana Williams” on .

February 20, 2014
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Statement From Senator Greg Ball's Office

"As stated previously, the moment this office was notified, we took immediate action to investigate, address this sloppiness and address the staffer responsible. Since being notified, we have been reviewing all previous work done by the individual. Measures taken include terminating the employment of the employee responsible. We have taken every appropriate action. Maybe Casey would prefer a public stoning, instead?" said Colin Schmitt, Senator Ball's Director of Operations.

 

February 20, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: PEEKSKILL CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVES STATE FUNDING FOR PRE-K PROGRAM

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. –  The Peekskill City School District has received received $171,154 in state funding to start a Peekskill Priority Pre-K Program (4P Program).

The 4Ps Program will create one new full-day inclusion class and will convert two half-day classes to full-day classes, creating a total of three new full-day placements, which will serve a total of 60 children. The class schedules will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development, which will receive 10 percent of grant funds as a purchased service, will provide aid in staffing the inclusion class.

February 20, 2014
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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: VALLEY VIEWS: 3-YEAR REVIEW PERIOD NEEDED TO LOOK AT COMMON CORE

My office has been inundated with phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned with the implementation of Common Core Standards.

February 20, 2014
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Statement From Senator Greg Ball's Office - Blackfish

"We thank Casey for bringing this oversight to our attention concerning this inter office document used to briefly summarize a bill. This simple yet sloppy action taken flies in the face of the high standards of our office. We have taken immediate and appropriate steps internally to address this oversight and address the staffer responsible. All memo language is being reviewed and will be corrected if necessary. We also thank Casey for his interest in preventing the abuse of animals, and bringing much needed attention to Animal Advocacy Day," said Colin Schmitt, Senator Ball's Director of Operations.

February 20, 2014
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LOHUD: CUOMO’S PLAN TO EDUCATE PRISONERS FACES OPPOSITION FROM LAWMAKERS

Written by: Joseph Spector

ALBANY — Some state lawmakers Tuesday criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to use public money to fund college for prisoners.

Cuomo has faced opposition to his proposal announced Sunday to spend up to $5,000 an inmate to help them achieve a college degree. Cuomo said the program would cut down on recidivism and ultimately lower the roughly $60,000 a year it costs to house a prisoner.

February 19, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES OVER $170K FOR PEEKSKILL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

Brewster, N.Y. – 02/18/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that Peekskill City School District received $171,154 in state funding for a Peekskill Priority Pre-K Program (4P’s Program).

February 18, 2014
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SENATOR BALL TO HOST CARMEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ROUNDTABLE WITH NYS HOMELAND SECURITY COMMISSIONER HAUER

Brewster, N.Y. – 02/18/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, will host a Homeland Security and Emergency Response Roundtable with Jerome Hauer, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM, at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility, located at 39 Seminary Hill Rd, Carmel, NY.

February 18, 2014
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SENATOR BALL: ‘HELL NO’ TO ATTICA UNIVERSITY, OPPOSES COLLEGE FOR CONVICTS, UNVEILS EDUCATION PLAN FOR THE REST OF NEW YORK

Brewster, N.Y. – 02/18/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, committee issued the following statement and launched a petition on his New York State Senate website opposing Governor Cuomo’s plan to use tax payer dollars to fund college classes in prisons across New York.

February 18, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: BALL SLATES THIRD COMMON CORE FORUM AT POUGHKEEPSIE’S OUR LADY OF LOURDES HIGH SCHOOL

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Our Lady of Lourdes High School will host a Common Core Forum in conjunction with Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. Parents, students, educators and concerned residents are invited to attend.

February 17, 2014
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OUR LADY OF LOURDES HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST COMMON CORE FORUM WITH SENATOR GREG BALL

Brewster, N.Y. – 02/17/2014 – Our Lady of Lourdes High School will host a Common Core Forum in conjunction with Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Parents, students, educators and concerned residents are all invited to attend.

February 17, 2014
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LOHUD: STUDENTS SPEAK OUT ON COMMON CORE IMPACT AT FORUM

Written by: Randi Weiner

Speed kills.

Educators and kids are in agreement that the speed at which the Common Core Standards have been implemented in New York have killed a lot of things. Interest. Patience. Time to ask questions. Field trips. The arts, in some cases. Confidence.

February 17, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL HONORS MAHOPAC 2ND GRADER YOUTH AMBASSADOR CONNOR LOOBY

To Be Recognized on Senate & Assembly Floor March 6th

Brewster, N.Y. – 02/13/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) presented Connor Looby, of Mahopac, with a New York State Senate Proclamation to honor his outstanding advocacy, support, and fundraising efforts for lymphedema awareness.

February 13, 2014
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STATE LEGISLATORS ADVANCE LEGISLATION TO HALT COMMON CORE

Albany, N.Y. – 02/12/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I –Holbrook) and Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) introduced comprehensive legislation today to halt Common Core and its associated testing for three years.

February 12, 2014
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NEWS 10: RALLY HELD IN ALBANY FOR ‘NY JOBS FOR HEROES’ PROGRAM

Albany, N.Y.—Senator Greg Ball hosted an Albany “Jobs for Heroes” Lobby Day the Capitol, to lobby for the passage of the “NY Jobs for Heroes” program.

February 12, 2014
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