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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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SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO HELP PREVENT HEROIN OVERDOSES

Albany, N.Y. – 03/27/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that the Senate today passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan.

March 27, 2014
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SENATOR BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON PASSING OF SOMERS RESIDENT, WWII VETERAN STEPHEN MORAVICK

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/27/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of Somers resident Stephen M. Moravick, Sr.

March 27, 2014
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OP-ED FROM SENATOR BALL: HELP RENOVATE A HOME FOR A LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN

On September 12, 2013, we gathered together as a community with one purpose – to  renovate, or build a home for a service-connected disabled veteran. At the meeting, we were fortunate enough to have with us Dale Beatty, a service connected disabled veteran who co-founded the non-profit Purple Heart Homes, with his battle buddy and John Gallina.

March 27, 2014
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THE DODO: NY “BLACKFISH” BILL TO BAN CAPTIVE ORCAS APPROVED BY SENATE COMMITTEE

By Melissa Cronin

A bill that would ban keeping orca whales in captivity in New York passed in the state’s Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation on Tuesday, meaning that it is one step closer to being signed into law.

March 27, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL PASSES BILL TO HALT TERRORIST RELATED CREDIT CARD FRAUD

Albany, N.Y. – 03/26/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, today passed legislation (S3886) that will increase the penalties for each degree of credit card fraud for those who solicit or provide support for an act of terrorism.

March 26, 2014
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: VETERAN’S JOB BILL PASSES SENATE

By MATTHEW L. McKIBBEN

After nearly a decade-long fight, Sen. Greg Ball announced the passage of legislation through the Senate that would facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.

The bill, which Ball says is very similar to the plan adopted by the federal government, would create a 6 percent state contract set-aside for businesses owned by service-connected disabled-veterans. Ball, R-Patterson, has previously touted veteran unemployment as an extremely pressing issue.

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL & CNN HERO TO VISIT CHAPPAQUA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, along with Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty (a 2013 top 10 CNN Hero) and John Gallina will visit students from Mr. Brian O’Connor’s 5th grade class at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua on April 3rd at 1:15 PM.

Brian O’Connor, a middle school teacher at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, NY has built a lesson plan for his 5th graders about heroes and role models.  He has the students watch CNN Hero segments, then they discuss why individuals selected by CNN have become heroes and role models. He encourages the class to emulate their spirit by overcoming odds and obstacles to achieve a dream and make the world a better place.  Then he has his students write letters to selected heroes thanking them for what they do.

March 25, 2014
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SENATOR BALL AND PURPLE HEART HOMES SEEK COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO RENOVATE A HOME FOR LOCAL VIETNAM VETERAN

2013 Top 10 CNN Hero To Attend Kickoff Event

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will join Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty and John Gallina to introduce Vietnam Veteran Private Dan Flanagan to the community on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6 PM at the Patterson Fire Department. The event will be hosted to ask for help from professional trades and volunteers to renovate Private Flanigan’s home in Pawling, NY.

March 25, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL PASSES LANDMARK LEGISLATION CREATING 6% SET ASIDE FOR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABLED VETERANS

Albany, N.Y.  – 03/24/2014 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.

The bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts.

March 24, 2014
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SEN. BALL, LARKIN & MAZIARZ TOUR BIOMASS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PLANT

Montgomery, N.Y.  – 03/22/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Senator Bill Larkin (R,C – Cornwall-on-Hudson) Senator George Maziarz (R – Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, and other officials toured the Taylor Biomass Energy located in Montgomery, NY on Friday afternoon.

The tour was a follow-up to the sustainable energy community briefing that Senator Greg Ball hosted in December to examine biomass energy and its prospects for creating good paying jobs throughout New York State.

March 22, 2014
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LOHUD: VETERANS TO GET 6% OF NY BUSINESS CONTRACTS

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State leaders today to enact a law that would award six percent of state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said the initiative is more robust than the federal program, which pledges three percent of contracts to businesses of veterans disabled during their service.

March 21, 2014
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