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TWC NEWS: LAWMAKERS AND LOCAL LEADERS DISCUSS HEROIN EPIDEMIC

By: Meredith Zaritheny

CARMEL N.Y. — The growing popularity of heroin has lawmakers and school superintendents across the region concerned. And Friday, they met at Carmel Town Hall for a round table meeting hosted by State Senator Greg Ball.

Where they discussed the growing traction this highly addictive drug is gaining in communities across the Hudson Valley, and most importantly what can be done to stop it.

April 5, 2014
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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP FIX HEROE’S AGING HOUSE

Written by: John W. Barry

PATTERSON — Volunteers and donations are needed to help a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Pawling rehabilitate his 100-year-old home.

While serving in the U.S. Army in the Mekong Delta in 1969, Daniel Flanigan suffered multiple wounds, including head injuries, when an enemy grenade exploded next to him during an ambush.

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR BALL CO-HOSTS SENIOR HEALTH FAIR TO CELEBRATE PUTNAM HOSPITAL CENTER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Carmel, N.Y. – 04/04/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) teamed up with Putnam Hospital Center to host a free senior health fair to celebrate Putnam Hospital Center’s 50th anniversary on Friday morning.

“I was very excited to host a free senior health fair for our senior citizens to celebrate Putnam Hospital Center’s 50th birthday! This senior fair was a wonderful opportunity for seniors to come in to receive free information and services,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am continuing my fight to deliver much needed funding for senior programs throughout the district, I’m also fighting to freeze school taxes for seniors and constantly working to support the concerns of individual constituents throughout my district.”

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL & CNN HERO TO RENOVATE HOME FOR LOCAL VIETNAM VETERAN

Patterson, N.Y. – 04/04/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, joined Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty (a 2013 top 10 CNN Hero) and John Gallina to introduce Private Dan Flanigan to the community on Thursday evening at the Patterson Fire Department.

An initiative began in Mahopac, NY on September 12, 2013 when the community gathered together with one purpose, to build or renovate a home for a service-connected disabled veteran in Senator Ball’s District.

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON PUTNAM FIASCO

Brewster, N.Y. – 04/03/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement.

April 3, 2014
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STATE AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE $5.25 MILLION FOR REPEAL OF DUTCHESS ENERGY TAX

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – 04/02/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson), Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro and other officials announced $5.25 million in the New York State 2014-2015 Budget that will enable Dutchess County to repeal the recently enacted energy tax.

The local tax, which took effect on March 1, 2014, imposed a 3.75 percent sales tax on all residential energy sources, including electricity and fuel oil to balance the Dutchess County budget.

April 2, 2014
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FRIDAY: SENATOR BALL HOSTS MEETING WITH SUPERINTENDENTS FOCUSED ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Brewster, N.Y. – 04/02/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) will host a roundtable meeting with school superintendents throughout the area to speak about the recent heroin and opioid epidemic. The meeting will take place on Friday, April 4th at 1:30 PM at the Carmel Town Hall: 60 McAlpin Avenue, Carmel, NY.

April 2, 2014
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NO STRIPPERS, BOOZE AND LOTTO TICKETS; SENATOR BALL ANNOUNCES CRACK DOWN ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ABUSE

Albany, N.Y. – 04/01/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that the New York State 2014-2015 Budget includes a provision (S6358D) that will prohibit the use of an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card by recipients of public assistance at certain locations.

April 1, 2014
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: HIGH HOPES THAT GOV. CUOMO WILL SIGN JOBS FOR HEROES BILL

After nearly a decade-long fight, a bill that would facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans passed the Senate and Assembly last week, all but guaranteeing the legislation will be signed into law once it is delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

Cuomo, who gave the program his blessing in February, said it “will play a large part in our ongoing efforts to create new economic opportunities for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.”

March 31, 2014
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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: STATE MOVES ON BUDGET DEAL THAT WOULD ALLOW DUTCHESS TO REPEAL ENERGY TAX

Written by: John Ferro

State lawmakers today began voting on the 2014-15 spending plan, a budget deal which includes $5.25 million in mandate relief for Dutchess County that county leaders say will allow them to repeal the highly unpopular energy tax.

The additional funding for Dutchess was finalized over the weekend, according to state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-Hudson.

March 31, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON 2014-2015 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

Albany, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) released the following statement regarding the 2014-2015 State Budget. The budget includes $1.5 Billion in property tax relief for hardworking families, more than $1 billion in increased school aid, a two-year delay on controversial Common Core standards, tax cuts to help businesses create new job opportunities and so much more.

March 31, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: HOME OF PAWLING VIETNAM VET TO GET MAKEOVER THANKS TO PURPLE HEART HOME VOLUNTEERS

PAWLING, N.Y. – Pawling Vietnam War veteran Dan Flanigan’s Pawling home is in dire need of repairs, but thanks to the Purple Heart Homes charity and a bevy of charitable businesses, community leaders, and elected officials, the house will get a makeover this spring.

But before it can happen, Purple Heart Homes needs professional trade volunteers to step up and help out.

March 31, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES TWO YEAR COMMON CORE DELAY AND 7.8% SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASE IN STATE BUDGET

Albany, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that the New York State 2014-2014 budget includes a two-year delay for controversial Common Core standards and an increase in state school aid funding for every public school in the 40th Senate District.

The budget includes a two-year delay on the use of the controversial common core testing for grade promotion decisions for children from third to eighth grades and measures to eliminate unnecessary standardized testing to focus more classroom time on teaching, rather than testing.

March 31, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL JOINS PUTNAM CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AT ANNUAL ELECTED OFFICIALS FORUM

Carmel, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, joined the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce and other elected officials at the annual Putnam County Elected Officials Forum on Sunday afternoon at Cornerstone Park in Carmel, NY.

March 31, 2014
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STATE AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE MILLIONS TO ENABLE FOR REPEAL OF DUTCHESS ENERGY TAX

Press Conference Scheduled for Tuesday, April 1st

Albany, N.Y. – 03/29/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson), Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and other local elected officials will gather on Tuesday, April 1st to announce an agreement in the New York State 2014-2015 Budget that could enable Dutchess County to repeal the recently enacted energy tax.

March 29, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION FOR POTHOLE REPAIRS, ASKS COMMUNITY TO REPORT POTHOLES ONLINE

Albany, N.Y. – 03/29/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that the New York State 2014 – 2015 budget agreement includes $40 million in funding to help fix potholes.

Senator Greg Ball is now enlisting the community’s assistance to identify dangerous potholes in need of repair. Residents that know of potholes, are asked to report them on Senator Ball’s website.

March 29, 2014
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March 29, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL HONORS 15 STUDENTS AT PUTNAM COUNTY YOUTH AWARDS DINNER

(Pictured left to right: Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, Senator Greg Ball, Youth Honoree Patrick Salerno, Legislator Sam Oliverio and Legislator Ginny Nacerino)

Mahopac, N.Y. – 03/29/2014 – On Friday evening, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined the Putnam County Youth Bureau to present New York State Senate Proclamations to fifteen students from across Putnam County at the 29th annual Putnam County Youth Awards Dinner.

March 29, 2014
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DAILY VOICE: CNN HERO AND SEN. BALL TO VISIT CHAPPAQUA SCHOOL

by Eric Gendron

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — State Sen. Greg Ball, chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, along with Purple Heart Homes co-founders Dale Beatty and John Gallina, will visit students from Brian O’Connor’s fifth-grade class at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua on Thursday, April 3.

Beatty was named a top 10 “CNN Hero” in 2013.

March 28, 2014
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THE PATCH: STATE SENATE FIGHTING HEROIN, OPIOD CRISIS

Posted by Lanning Taliaferro

Senator Greg Ball was recently appointed to the New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to develop recommendations and to prevent and treat addition.

March 28, 2014
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