ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Thursday to establish a statewide health insurance exchange intended to reduce coverage costs for individuals, small businesses and local governments.
Governor Andrew Cuomo overrode the State Senate Republican majority’s opposition to his Health Exchange with an executive order today, but at least one state senator is still fighting the plan — Greg Ball. Mr. Ball issued a statement blasting the exchange, which is part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul that’s being debated in the Supreme Court as a “large and expensive government program that may never get off of the ground.”
“Any rush towards enacting Obamacare is more political than reality,” Mr. Ball said.
Under President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, states can receive federal funding for healthcare exchanges if they demonstrate they have a plan for an exchange that will be operational by January 1, 2014. States that do not set up their own exchange will be required to participate in a federal healthcare exchange program. Though the Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, according to the governor’s office, federal funding for the exchanges has already been allocated and will not be affected by the Court’s ruling.
“Any rush towards enacting Obamacare is more political than reality. The promise of federal funding is not without strings and the program itself will ultimately, if enacted, cost New York taxpayers billions of additional dollars that we do not have. Furthermore, with the fundamental constitutionality of the overall looming program in immediate question and the presidency hanging in the balance there is zero need to build an initial framework for a large and expensive government program that may never get off of the ground. We can and should make landmark reforms, including reigning in big insurance in New York, but moving forward now to enact Obamacare is simply not prudent.”
For years, the responsibility of transporting children to private schools has fallen on public school districts. In better times, the arrangement was carried out largely without opposition. But as districts search for ways to keep budgets down, there is a debate brewing over how much help public tax dollars should provide to bus children to private schools.
SOMERS, N.Y. – State Sen. Greg Ball’s Veterans Wall of Fame has gone into traveling mode. A foldable wall has been created to display write-ups of the men and women of the 40th Senate District who have been named to the list of outstanding American veterans.
A few months back I stood alone, warning of my fears of relying upon promises from IBM, a global outsourcing giant, without getting those guarantees in writing. I simply asked that we get a confirmation in writing. Nothing more. Nothing less. Alone, I warned our leaders that we should not reward these global giants with an even larger giveaway of corporate welfare, without getting confirmation that such funds would not be used to outsource American jobs. Not even a few years prior, we found IBM cashing checks from taxpayers while simultaneously patenting a new technology specifically designed to outsource New York jobs. Sadly, instead of learning from the past, IBM was handed another $400 million in incentives, direct and indirect. As small businesses everywhere are shutting their doors, I spoke out about the fact that this was an unacceptable risk without written confirmation to protect American jobs.
Brewster, N.Y. – 4/10/2012 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C) along with the Business Council of Westchester will be hosting an economic development roundtable on April 16th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.
Brewster, N.Y. – 4/10/2012 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C) will be hosting a free Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center, 29 Westbrook Drive, Cortlandt Manor.
Brewster, N.Y. – (4/5/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will present his traveling Veterans’ Wall of Fame at Somers High School with some local veterans whose own faces grace this wall of tribute.
More than 300 people gathered at the Putnam County Emergency Services Center recently when state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, hosted his inaugural 40th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony to honor more than 30 women for their community service and dedication.
There are many women whose work has left a lasting impression on the local community. Last Friday night, over 30 women from northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess were inducted into the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame sponsored by state Sen. Greg Ball. The women were honored for their service and dedication to their communities.