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Chairman Ball: “Our Soft Underbelly is Not Secure.” - First Critical Homeland Security Hearing

New York, NY (April 9, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee was joined by U.S. Congressman Peter King (R-New York), and New York State Senators including Senator Martin Golden (R-22nd), Senator Jack Martins (R-7th District), Senator Joseph Griffo (R-47th District), Senator Lee Zeldin (R-3rd District), Senator Thomas O’Mara (R-53rd District), Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-15th District) and Senator Eric Adams (D-20th District).


Chairman Ball: “No to Proposed Licenses for Illegal Aliens and Terrorists:” Calls Proposal “Terrorist Empowerment Act”

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District-Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, issued a statement today on the security risks that are associated with a new Senate bill, S4179, which Ball has deemed “a national security nightmare that should formally be renamed the ‘Terrorist Empowerment Act’.”


Chairman Ball and Mayor Bloomberg Stand Together on National Security

“Cuts will gut core programs, burden local agencies and create Swiss cheese approach”

Watch video of press conference


Senator Ball Announces Homeland Security Hearing, Cites Weapons of Mass Destruction Arrest in Texas


ALBANY, NY (2/25/2011)- State Senator Gregory Ball (R,C-Carmel) Chairmen of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, would like to applaud the efforts of the FBI in their investigation and arrest of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, in connection with his alleged researching of potential U.S. targets and his purchase of the chemicals and the equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device.


Chairman Ball Places Radio Interoperability on Presidents Desk


New York, NY (April 12, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee has sent a letter to the President of the United States, as well as all members of the U.S. Congress and officials from New York’s state security agencies  informing them of the Radio interoperability and communications system problems faced by New York’s first responders, nearly ten years after 9/11 exposed the weaknesses  of New York City’s emergency communication systems.


BALL, "'SCUMBAG IN CHIEF' DEAD, TERROR STILL ALIVE" New York City stands as terror target number one

Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee issued a statement today on the state of security in New York State, the Senator’s full message can be found here:


Chairman Ball Releases Preliminary Report from Homeland Security Hearing:Passes Comprehensive Homeland Security Legislation Out of Committee with Bipartisan Support


ALBANY, NY (May 10, 2011)-Senator Greg Ball (R, C Westchester/Dutchess/Putnam), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, today released the preliminary report from the first in his series of public hearings “To Determine the State of Security in New York, Ten Years after 9/11.”

In response to the expert testimony heard at the April 8th hearing, Senator Ball has introduced several key pieces of legislation meant to fix issues and vulnerabilities brought to the attention of the committee, which will improve the state’s overall security, as well as enhance the ability of state agencies and first responders to react if an emergency does arise.