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SENATOR BALL NAMED TO SENATE HEROIN TASK FORCE, ANNOUNCES NEARLY $8 MILLION TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Albany, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has been named a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to develop recommendations and to prevent and treat addition.

March 17, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: PUTNAM COUNTY INCIDENT INSPIRES BILL STOPPING SEX OFFENDERS FROM MOVING NEAR VICTIMS

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ALBANY, N.Y. – After a level three sex offender was released from prison and allowed to move back next door to one of his Putnam County victims in 2011, some state lawmakers were appalled.

March 17, 2014
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JEFFERSON VILLAGE THANKS SENATOR GREG BALL FOR HIS SERVICE TO LOCAL VETERANS

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Joe Devery, President of the Jefferson Village Owners Club, presented Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) with a signed photo from the members of the Jefferson Village Veterans Club in Yorktown Heights to thank Senator Ball for his efforts to honor local veterans.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR BALL HONORS SEVEN PATTERSON CUB SCOUTS AT MOVING UP CEREMONY

Patterson, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined boys from Cub Scout WEBELO Den #8, from Patterson Pack #133 at their blue and gold ceremony on Saturday afternoon at the Patterson Firehouse.

The purpose of the Blue and Gold Ceremony was to formally recognize the seven young men that will be advancing as Boy Scouts.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON BOARD OF REGENTS VOTE

Albany, N.Y. – 03/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), issued the following statement on the recent Board of Regents vote.

“I have received countless phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned about the Common Core standards. Let’s be very clear, the Board of Regents played a direct role in the implementation of this uncommon disaster. The New York State Legislature had a unique opportunity to vote against the incumbents that are partly responsible for this disaster. I am disappointed that the Assembly Majority chose party politics over our education system and ultimately our children. It is my hope that the Board of Regents will listen to our parents, students and educators to make the appropriate changes to fix Common Core and get our education system on the right track. Education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one size fits all endeavor,” said Senator Greg Ball.

March 14, 2014
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LOHUD: BALL: BAD ACTORS ON BOTH SIDES

Let’s end the policy through press release and begin the hard work of uniting both communities by properly addressing the issue, without needlessly creating greater divisions. Let it be clear, Mount Vernon is equally responsible for the toxic environment that was unfortunately created. Yet unlike Mahopac, Mount Vernon has yet to take action to hold their fan base and students accountable.

March 13, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Greg Ball, Chair  1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 18, 2014  Room 816 LOB

March 18, 1:30 PM - 1:41 PM
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SENATOR GREG BALL SEEKS WOMEN OF DISTINCTION FOR 3RD ANNUAL CEREMONY

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/13/2014 – In recognition of Women’s History Month, Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I – Patterson) is seeking nominations for his 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. Towns, villages and cities district-wide are currently in the process of selecting their nominees and will eventually nominate one person from each town.

March 13, 2014
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FREE SENIOR HEALTH FAIR TO CELEBRATE PUTNAM HOSPITAL CENTER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/13/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) will team up with Putnam Hospital Center to host a free senior health fair to celebrate Putnam Hospital Center’s 50th anniversary on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 9 AM until noon.

March 13, 2014
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LOHUD: BILL WOULD PROHIBIT SOME SEX OFFENDERS FROM LIVING WITHIN 1,500 FEET OF THEIR VICTIMS

By Lee Higgins

Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would prohibit high-risk sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of their victims after The Journal News highlighted a case in Carmel, where a violent sex offender was permitted to move back next door to a girl he sexually assaulted.

March 13, 2014
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LOHUD: OPERATION PROM DRESS SALE AT VILLA BARONE IN MAHOPAC

MAHOPAC – State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is teaming up with Operation Prom to help students attend the prom by offering designer prom dresses for only $1. The prom dress sale will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on April 6 at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor.

March 13, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: SEN. BALL PROPOSES BILL INSPIRED BY DOCUMENTARY ‘BLACKFISH’

CORTLANDT, N.Y. — Sen. Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) is moving forward with legislation inspired by the documentary film “Blackfish.”

Ball is pushing Senate Bill 6613 that would ban the possession and harboring of killer whales in New York State aquariums and sea parks. The bill has gained support of John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld killer whale trainer and star of the documentary “Blackfish,” as well as the support from Donald Rapier, a high school student at Chicago’s Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy, according to a release from Ball’s office.

March 12, 2014
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SENATOR BALL & ASSEMBLYMAN BRAUNSTEIN INTRODUCE BILL AFTER LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER MOVES BACK NEXT DOOR TO VICTIM

Albany, N.Y. – 03/12/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D – Bayside) have introduced legislation (S6778) that would prohibit level two and level three sex offenders from residing within 1,500 feet of the residence of a victim of their abuse.

March 12, 2014
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HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON HARLEM BUILDING EXPLOSION AND COLLAPSE

Albany, N.Y. – 03/12/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, issued the following statement on the explosion and collapse of a building in Harlem.

March 12, 2014
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SENATOR BALL & OPERATION PROM HOST PLANNING MEETING FOR $1 PROM DRESS SALE

Mahopac, N.Y. – 03/11/2014 – With prom season right around the corner, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is teaming up with Operation PROM to help students attend prom by offering designer prom dresses for only $1. The prom dress sale will take place on Sunday, April 6th from noon to 4 PM at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac, NY. Senator Greg Ball hosted the first public planning meeting on Friday night.

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL’S BLACKFISH BILL GAINS SUPPORT LEADING UP TO ANIMAL ADVOCACY DAY

Former SeaWorld Trainer & “Blackfish” Star to Join Lobby Day

Albany, N.Y. – 03/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is pushing to pass a piece of legislation (S6613) that would ban the possession and harboring of killer whales in New York State aquariums and sea parks. Since it was introduced, the bill has gained support of John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld killer whale trainer and star of the documentary “Blackfish” as well as the support from Donald Rapier, a high school student at Chicago’s Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy.

March 10, 2014
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OP-ED FROM SENATOR GREG BALL ON MAHOPAC – MOUNT VERNON INCIDENT

Let’s end the policy through press release and begin the hard work of uniting both communities by properly addressing the issue, without needlessly creating greater divisions. Let it be clear, Mount Vernon is equally responsible for the toxic environment that was unfortunately created. Yet unlike Mahopac, Mount Vernon has yet to take action to hold their fan base and students accountable.

March 10, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL: COMPTROLLER’S AUDIT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT MISMANAGEMENT OF FINANCES IN PUTNAM COUNTY

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/08/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) issued the following statement regarding the New York State Comptroller’s audit of the Putnam County Industrial Development Agency (PCIDA) from January 1, 2012 — May 3, 2013.

March 8, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE RECENT MAHOPAC – MOUNT VERNON GAME

Mahopac, N.Y. – 03/07/2014 –Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) issued the following statement on the recent Mahopac – Mount Vernon basketball game.

March 7, 2014
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SENATOR BALL CELEBRATES DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY AT “READERS ARE LEADERS DAY” IN YORKTOWN

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 03/07/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined students from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Yorktown Heights at their yearly “Readers are Leaders Day” to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

March 7, 2014
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