Greg Ball's Press releases

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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SATURDAY: FORMER CEO OF HBO TO JOIN SEN. BALL & REP. MALONEY AT VETERANS ROUNDTABLE

Brewster, N.Y. – 02/25/2014 – Former Chief Executive Officer of HBO Bill Nelson will join State Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D – Cold Spring) on Saturday February 8th to host a Veterans Roundtable at the Carmel Town Hall.

February 25, 2014
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BALL HOSTS THIRD COMMON CORE FORUM, NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EDUCATION EXPERT SPEAKS TO PARENTS, STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – 02/25/2014 – On Monday evening Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) hosted a Common Core Forum in conjunction with Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Over one hundred parents, students and educators attended the forum to voice their concerns over the new standards and to hear from Dr. Peg Luksik, a nationally recognized education expert.

February 25, 2014
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SENATOR BALL INSTALLS VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL CARMEL AMBULANCE CORPS DINNER

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 02/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, installed volunteers at the Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps (Carmel VAC) Installation Dinner on Friday evening at Sinapi’s Ceola Manor in Yorktown Heights.

February 25, 2014
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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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