Greg Ball's Constituent stories

William Nazario

William Nazario was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in August 1947. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 18 months during theVietnam War, volunteering to be point man for Fox Company 2, 7th Battalion, and receiving promotion to squad leader. He reached therank of Lance Corporal.During his service, William Nazario earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm and frame, the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star.

May 19, 2013
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Theresa Pirraglia

Theresa Pirraglia is a leader in the developmental disability community in New York State. As the parent of a 25-year-old son with autism, she has both developed and pioneered cutting edge programs for people with autism through New York State’s Special Education and OPWDD systems.

In 1966, along with her husband Joe and seven other families, she founded the Devereux Millwood Learning Center in Westchester County. The Center was the first school for children with autism in the lower Hudson Valley based on the principles of applied behavioral analysis.

May 13, 2013
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Eugene Parrotta

A recipient of the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam and a retired member of Laborers Local 79 in New York City, Specialist Fourth Class Parrotta was born on January 1, 1947 in New York City, and served in the United States Army. 

Specialist Fourth Class Parrotta volunteers his time as the Chairman of the Veterans Advocacy Council (VAC) at the Montrose FDR VA Campus and the Castle Point VA Campus. He recently secured 23 affordable veterans-only housing units at the new Round Top housing complex in Montrose. 

Specialist Fourth Class Parrotta is the second among three consecutive family generations to see combat as a member of the United State military. 

May 18, 2012
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Erin Bentivegna

Erin Bentivegna is a seventh grade student at Mahopac Middle School and a three-time cancer survivor. She has been recognized for her indomitable spirit and serves as an inspiration and role model for those facing difficult challenges.

May 14, 2012
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Karl R. Rohde

Karl R. Rohde is a highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran of the United States Army, a dedicated servant of his community, and a resident of Carmel, NY. He and his wife of 37 years, Irene, have two children, Dori and Karl W., twin grandsons, Andrew and Robert Rohde, and a granddaughter, Olivia Venezia. Karl holds two Masters degrees in American History and Secondary Education, is a Town Councilman for Kent, and is the Putnam County Historian. After 28 years, he retired from Local 1103 Communications Workers of America, where he worked as Union Job Steward.

June 9, 2011
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Ann E. Ellsworth

Ann E. Ellsworth is the Executive Director of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center and is a licensed clinical social worker. Ms. Ellsworth completed her Master’s Degree at Hunter College School of Social Work in 1994. From 1989 through 2001, Ms. Ellsworth worked to provide homeless and mentally ill individuals with the opportunity to obtain and maintain housing while supporting them throughout the process. By the end of those 13 years, Ms. Ellsworth’s experience had driven her toward social work administration and toward the position of Director of Ivan Shapiro House, a community residence housing 55 formerly homeless, mentally ill men and women on the west side of Manhattan.

May 23, 2011
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Fulmar Road Elementary School Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank Fulmar Road Elementary School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 28, 2011
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Austin Road Elementary School Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank Austin Road Elementary School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 28, 2011
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Thomas Jefferson Elementary Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 28, 2011
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 27, 2011
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