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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: GROUP SEEKS OUTRIGHT REJECTION OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS

Written by: John Ferro

Less than two weeks after the state revamped its rollout of the Common Core education standards, most in an audience of 100 residents at Our Lady of Lourdes High School on Monday night expressed support for a more drastic change — a complete rejection of them.

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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Sign The Petition To End The Torture

Sign Senator Greg Ball’s Petition to ban the possession and harboring of killer whales in New York State aquariums and sea parks.

The legislation (S6613) was introduced after the documentary “Blackfish” highlighted the captivity and confinement of Tilikum, an orca whale that has been in confinement for the past 30 years. Large marine animals, such as orca whales, can develop health issues and become agitated from living in the confined spaces that aquariums and sea parks offer.

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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‘Hell No To Attica University’ : No Free College Education For Convicts

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a plan that would provide college-level education at 10 state prisons, at a cost to taxpayers of about $5,000 per inmate per year. There are an estimated 54,500 inmates currently confined in state prisons.

The last thing New York State should be funding is college tuition for convicts when we have hardworking families in New York State that are struggling to send their children to college.

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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DE BLASIO PLANS FOR ILLEGAL VOTING

Breaking Video: Author of de Blasio’s NYC Municipal ID Card Legislation Admits ID’s May Be Used To Allow Non-Citizens To Vote, No Security or Anti-Terror Protections

New York, N.Y. – 02/17/2014 – On Sunday morning, New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), author of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City’s municipal identification card legislation, appeared on the ABC show Up Close with Diana Williams to debate Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) on a proposal, mentioned in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City, that would provide ID cards to illegal aliens.

February 17, 2014
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