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CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL: SENATE MAJORITY COALITION PUSHES ‘JOBS FOR HEROES’ BILL

by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist

The Senate’s ruling coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats is pushing legislation — a version of which was vetoed once before by Gov. David Paterson — that would add small businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans to the list of those who receive preference on state contracts.

The so-called NY Jobs for Heroes Program is sponsored by Republican Sen. Greg Ball, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and in the Assembly by Democrat Felix Ortiz, who served in the Army.

January 14, 2014
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LOHUD: BALL, LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR VETERANS’ INCENTIVES

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State lawmakers today pushed the Legislature to pass a bill that would provide state contract preference for service-disabled veterans who own businesses.

The bill, NY Jobs for Heroes Program, would help disabled veterans receive state contracts to open small businesses. The bill would aim to reward at least five percent of state contracting and subcontracting of businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, said Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County.

January 14, 2014
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CHAIRMAN GREG BALL URGES FOR PASSAGE OF “JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM

Albany, N.Y.  – 01/14/2014 – State Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I – Patterson) joined veterans and colleagues at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday morning to stress the importance of passing the NY Jobs For Heroes Program (S2803B), a concept that was recently supported by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address.

January 14, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON NY HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE

Ball: “New York will now see the true nature of this beast”

Albany, N.Y. – 01/13/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) issued the following statement regarding New York States Healthcare Exchange.

January 13, 2014
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BALL & TEDISCO: “IT SHOULD BE A FELONY TO CALLOUSLY LEAVE DOGS OUT IN THE FREEZING COLD WITH NO PLACE TO STAY WARM”

Albany, N.Y.  – 01/12/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today called for tough new legislation to protect our companion animals from being left outside in the freezing cold all day and night like what was occurring in the puppy mill in the town of Sprakers in Montgomery County.

January 12, 2014
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NYS SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON SHARON PASSING

Brewster, N.Y.  – 01/11/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issuing the following statement regarding the passing of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

January 11, 2014
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CHAIRMAN GREG BALL HOSTS ALBANY PRESS CONFERENCE URGING PASSAGE OF “JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM

Albany, N.Y.  – 01/10/2014 – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) will host a press conference on Tuesday morning at 10AM in room 332 of the New York State Capitol Building to stress the importance of passing the NY Jobs For Heroes Program, a concept that was recently supported by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address.

January 10, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON STATE OF THE STATE

Albany, N.Y. – 1/08/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issuing the following statement regarding the State of the State address.

January 8, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: BALL ENDORSES CUOMO’S TAX RELIEF BILL

by Joe Jenkins

CORTLANDT, N.Y. — Sen. Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) released a statement supporting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent $2 billion tax relief proposal.

January 8, 2014
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SENATOR BALL HONORS PUTNAM VALLEY EAGLE SCOUT WITH SENATE PROCLAMATION

Putnam Valley, N.Y. – 01/07/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, presented Patrick O’Grady from Putnam Valley with a New York State Senate Proclamation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on Sunday afternoon at the Putnam Valley Firehouse.

Eagle Scout is the highest possible rank in the Boy Scouts of America. The Eagle Scout is an honor that is held for life and is said, “once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

January 7, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: BALL PRAISES CUOMO BACKING OF JOBS FOR HEROES PROGRAM

by Nathan Bruttell

CORTLANDT, N.Y. — State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) recently addressed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan supporting the New York Jobs for Heroes program.

The program would create a state contract preference for small businesses in New York State owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

January 7, 2014
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SENATOR BALL TO HOST COMMON CORE FORUM, TO INTRODUCE 3-YEAR MORATORIUM & SEEKS INPUT ON COMMON CORE LEGISLATION

Brewster, N.Y. – 01/07/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is inviting parents, teachers and concerned residents to attend a Common Core Forum at the Carmel Town Hall of January 16th at 6:00 PM.

January 7, 2014
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AP: CUOMO TO BOOST OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS

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In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to announce efforts to help the state’s roughly 900,000 military veterans, the Associated Press reported this morning.

It’s the latest detail about the governor’s speech. It’s planned to focus heavily on the economy, jobs and property taxes.

January 6, 2014
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Petition To Stop Common Core in New York State

According to the federal government, Common Core was designed to provide a uniformed standard for students, preparing them for college and careers. Regardless of the good intentions, Common Core has become an Uncommon Disaster.

To their credit many students, teachers and parents have raised significant concerns with the new program and its implementation. We must put the brakes on Common Core right now! Join the movement, sign the petition and have your voice heard!

January 6, 2014
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BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON CUOMO TAX PLAN: FREEZE SCHOOL TAXES FOR SENIORS!!

Albany, N.Y. – 1/06/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issuing the following statement regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $2 billion tax relief proposal.

January 6, 2014
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SENATOR BALL JOINS FORMER NY YANKEE AT GRAND OPENING FOR MAHOPAC SPORTS COMPLEX

Mahopac, N.Y. – 01/06/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined Shane Spencer, former New York Yankee and 3 time World Series champion, at the ribbon cutting for Iron Horse Sports & Fitness Complex in Mahopac.

The Iron Horse Sports & Fitness Complex is an indoor sports facility geared for all sports. The facility is equipped with 5 batting cages, pitching machines, major league baseball instructors, camps, clinics, private lessons and much more.

January 6, 2014
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SENATOR BALL ANNOUNCES CRITICAL SUPPORT FROM GOVERNOR FOR JOBS FOR HEROES PROGRAM

Albany, N.Y. – 01/06/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement about Governor Cuomo’s plan to support the “NY Jobs For Heroes Program” to help businesses owned by disabled veterans.

January 6, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: BALL TO HOST COMMON CORE FORUM IN CARMEL

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CARMEL, N.Y. – State Sen. Greg Ball plans to host a forum on the Common Core Learning Standards at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Carmel Town Hall. Parents, teachers and concerned residents from Carmel and the surrounding area are invited to attend.

January 5, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS NY SAFE ACT EXCEPT 7-BULLET LIMIT

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. District Court upheld most of the New York SAFE Act, which was challenged in a case filed against the state by several gun advocacy groups, including the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association.

January 4, 2014
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LOHUD: SENATOR BALL ON SAFE ACT: “SEVEN-BULLET LIMIT WAS IDIOTIC AT BEST”

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Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, called a court ruling Tuesday that tossed a portion of New York’s gun-control law a “huge win for our constitutional freedoms.”

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that New York’s expanded ban on assault weapons is constitutional, however it cannot limit a magazine to seven bullets.

January 2, 2014
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