ALBANY, NY (6/15/2011) – The State Senate acted today to forensically audit the MTA (S4637-A7856) and also passed a proposal that will save payroll taxpayers in New York’s Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MTCD) $841 million a year, including an immediate savings of $111.8 million for small businesses and $73 million for schools. The MTA Payroll Tax Repeal (S5596-A8193), announced by Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) at a press conference last week, will eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for schools and small businesses on January 1, 2012.
Scores of pet owners, animal advocates, rescues, shelters, veterinarians, law enforcement, legislators and other supporters gathered today in Albany to strengthen Buster’s animal cruelty law.
The first-ever New York State Animal Advocacy Day, which was held at the Well of the Legislative Office Building, sponser of the event Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) was joined by many other legislators from both sides of the aisle, at the event which enable d animal supporters to network and share information and then lobby their legislators to enact the toughest animal cruelty laws in the nation.
Senator Greg Ball (R, C -- Patterson) announced that the Gas Tax Holiday Bill, S4880B, passed the State Senate by a 48-14 vote. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Ball and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R, C, I -- Schenectady-Saratoga) suspends 33 cents in gas taxes during Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day weekend, and Labor Day weekend.
Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and multiple Senate Commitee members called upon House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to stop the proposed gutting of federal homeland security grant funding from $2.2 billion this year to $1 billion next year.
ALBANY, NY (February 28, 2011)—New York State Senator Greg Ball (R,C—Patterson) sponsored a Resolution today on the floor of the New York State Senate honoring fallen City of Poughkeepsie Police Officer, now Detective, John Falcone. Detective Falcone was tragically shot and killed February 18th after responding to a call at the City of Poughkeepsie train station. “You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful family than this family.
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.
ALBANY, NY (1/11/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) was appointed today by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to Chair the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs.