Ball says, "Time to cleanup Albany's playpen of money laundering."
BREWSTER, NY- Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess) announced today his anti-public corruption legislative package, dubbed by some as the “Leibell Reforms,” which includes S4794, legislation creating new standards, strengthens ethics requirements and increases transparency regarding community projects grants, commonly known as "member-items,” as well as S3817 legislation requiring that pension rights be forfeited, when a public employee is convicted of certain crimes related to public employment.
BREWSTER NY, (May 13, 2011)- Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), released a statement today following the sentencing of former Senator Vincent Liebell, a Patterson Republican who pleaded guilty earlier this year to obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Senator Liebell formally occupied the 40th district Senate seat, now held by Ball.
May 11, 2011 - Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, is sounding the alarms in the wake of recently released documents showing Al Qaeda was plotting an attack on the U.S. rail system, possibly for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Chairman Ball said documents found in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound should serve as a wake-up call about the continued threat to our nation’s homeland security, specifically our rail system.
“This is by no means an ‘I told you so’ moment,” said Chairman Ball who has repeatedly raised red flags about the weaknesses to nation’s rail system. “These documents are a call to action about the importance of not only remaining vigilant, but stepping-up security.”
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.
ALBANY, NY (5/4/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, joined Senator William Larkin, Jr. (R, C – Cornwall-On-Hudson), to announce that the U.S. Postal Service has classified the Purple Heart postage stamp as a “Forever” stamp, guaranteeing that the stamp will remain in circulation.
Prior to the “Forever” classification, each postage increase jeopardized the continued circulation of the Purple Heart stamp.
SOUTH SALEM, NY (4/30/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) visited Opening Day for Lewisboro’s Little League on Saturday at Lewisboro Town Park as part of his Concussion Management Awareness initiative.
Senator Ball co-sponsors S.3953, the Concussion Management and Awareness Act, which implements rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of youth athletes with mild traumatic brain injuries.
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qpT-a4ztmY
MAHOPAC, NY (4/27/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) visited the Mahopac-Carmel Youth Empowerment Program at the Mahopac Library on Wednesday to learn about the program’s goals and to discuss the support that the program needs from local and state elected officials.
From left to right: Mary Dery, Alison Korin, Meryl Dery, Senator Greg Ball, Brendan Vreeland, Maddie Dery
MAHOPAC (4/27/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) was a keynote speaker at the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation’s “Shop Putnam Business and Home Expo,” held at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor on Wednesday.
During his address, Senator Ball announced an initiative in his office, headed by his Chief of Staff Jim Coleman, to identify and support economic development projects in each of his district’s 22 towns.
MOUNT KISCO – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) visited Mount Kisco’s Cabbage Hill Farm to tour its hydroponics greenhouse.
Since first being elected to Albany as an Assemblyman in 2006, Senator Ball has fought for legislation to support small and mid-sized farms in New York, which give consumers the option to buy local. He has also been the prime sponsor of legislation to establish agricultural development zones.
From left to right: Patterson Town Councilman Joseph Capasso, Senator Greg Ball
YORKTOWN NY (April 27th 2011) Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess) was joined by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Westchester County Legislator John Testa and Yorktown Town Councilman Councilman Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) at a press conference today to support Senator Ball’s legislation fully repealing the MTA payroll tax, and providing for an immediate full forensic accounting of the MTA.
Senator Ball’s legislation S4716, exempts self-employed persons, localities, school districts and not for profit corporations from the MTA mobility tax. The Senator is also proposing legislation which will repeal the MTA taxes on school districts by the end of 2016. As well as a measure that will require the MTA to attend the majority of public hearings on fare hikes in order to cast a vote.
With the average price of a gallon of gasoline already over $4.00 and predicted to skyrocket to $6.00 this summer, Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today called for short term and long term solutions to provide motorists with relief at the pump and help kick our nation’s addiction to fossil fuels.
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.
Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) today helped pass joint resolution K266, honoring the achievements of Jason Distant, the Northern Westchester Boys & Girls Club’s 2011 Youth of the Year. The award is the highest honor a club member can receive and recognizes the outstanding contributions a young person has made to his family, school, and community as well as the Boys & Girls Club.
ALBANY, NY- Senator Greg Ball announced his support today for a Bill which would ban the ability of individuals and groups to protest at the funeral services of military personnel. The bill which is being Co-sponsored by Ball, along with Senator Zeldin, is an attempt to protect members of the military and their families from groups who in recent years have used military funerals as a platform to gain attention for themselves and their agendas. Senator Ball stated "I believe this bill will have unanimous support from our Majority Conference and will be an important and fitting tribute to all those serving in uniform, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In coordination with my efforts to restore funding to our veterans homes this is one of many veterans bills that we will pass on this historic day and I ask New Yorkers to call upon the Assembly to do the same, immediately."
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.