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RECORDONLINE: NOW, VETS CAN GET DENTAL, VISION DISCOUNTS

By Michael Randall

NEW WINDSOR — Dental and vision care are not among the benefits returning veterans receive once they separate from the service.

But a new program aimed at filling that void was announced Thursday at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

It's not a government program but a private business venture called Smiling On America's Heroes, in which local lawyer and Orange County Republican Party Chairman Bill DeProspo is a principal.

July 22, 2011
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BALL’S VETERANS CEMETERY BILL

Chairman Ball Urges Action on Honor Deserving of New York Veterans

Carmel, N.Y. – (07/21/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, held a meeting in Putnam County to get the word out about legislation(S5381A/A1386A) that would create a State Veterans Cemetery in New York. The informational meeting, which was held at the Spain Memorial Cornerstone Park in Carmel, N.Y., was designed to educate the public about the legislation, as well as the United States Veterans Cemetery Grant Program.

July 21, 2011
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PROPERTY TAX CAP & MANDATE RELIEF

 

Senator Ball Provides Clarity on Complicated Issues

July 21, 2011
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DAILY NEWS: NYS SENATORS PUSH "PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT"

BY CELESTE KATZ

Responding to to the high-profile child murder cases of Leiby Kletzky and Caylee Anthony, state Senate Republicans today introduced legislation to stiffen penalties against those who harm children.

July 21, 2011
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LoHud: Senate GOP introduces “Protect Our Children Act”

 

Following the brutal murder of a 8-year-old Brooklyn boy and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial, Senate Republicans introduced a bill today that would create a new crime punishing child killers with life behind bars.

The bill, introduced by a handful of Senate Republicans including Sens. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie and Greg Ball of Patterson, Putnam County, would enact more than two dozen new provisions or crimes, including new felony charges for hiding a child’s death or not reporting to police when one goes missing.

Ball, who had been pushing for a previous version of “Caylee’s Law,” had the most aggressive of the half-dozen quotes included in a press release announcing the new bill, saying that it’s “unthinkable that Casey Anthony would get off with anything less than the death penalty.” (READ MORE)

July 21, 2011
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BALL SPONSORS “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

 

Senator Ball Introduces Bill in Response to Death of Florida Toddler

Brewster, N.Y. – (07/20/11) – In the wake of controversial acquittal that shocked the nation, and left many wondering if Casey Anthony got away with murder, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) today introduced legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse. The Protect Our Children Act (A8540) would create the new crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life without parole.

July 21, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BALL, CASTELLI MILITARY PROTECTION ACT

Brewster,  N.Y. – (07/18/11) – A bill that protects the jobs of public employees who are called to serve their country is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed The Ball, Castelli Military Protection Act (S4583A) into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), protects public employees’ jobs when they are absent on military duty.

July 21, 2011
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July 19, 2011
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Question of the Day: 'Caylee's Law'

One of the most shocking aspects of the recently concluded Casey Anthony trail was that no one, including Anthony, reported Caylee Anthony missing or dead until a month after her mysterious disappearance.

July 19, 2011
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E-VERIFY COULD PROVIDE 7 MILLION JOBS

(Senator Ball at a labor rally with the Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen & Helpers of America Union Local 456)

July 18, 2011
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The Daily Yorktown: Sen. Ball Calls for 'Caylee's Law' Legislation

State Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) is calling for the creation of Caylee’s Law, a bill which would require caregivers to report the death or disappearance of a child to a police officer or law enforcement agency as soon as reasonably possible.

July 18, 2011
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News12: Ex-state Sen. Vincent Leibell begins prison sentence

 

(07/13/11) YONKERS – Disgraced former state Sen. Vincent Leibell is spending his first night in a Pennsylvania prison tonight.

The once-powerful Republican from Putnam County will serve 21 months on a federal corruption conviction.

July 14, 2011
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Times-Herald: Lack of burial plots for veterans looms

7/4/2011 - Since the days when battles of the American Revolution were fought here, people in the mid-Hudson have sought to honor in death those local residents who have served the nation in uniform.

July 11, 2011
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Examiner: Putnam Leg. Moves Forward on Veterans’ Cemetery

7/1/2011 - The Putnam County Legislature voted 7-1 to agree to take on the perpetual care, operations and maintenance of a proposed veterans’ cemetery in Southeast – should it be built – at a special full meeting at the Historic Courthouse in Carmel Wednesday night. Legislators, though, expressed concerns over financial and environmental issues and added wording to the resolution to ensure the project wouldn’t move forward without them having a second shot at it with more time to research the plan. …

July 11, 2011
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Patch: Will the Property Tax Cap Lower Your Tax Bill?

7/3/2011 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a group of local lawmakers gathered on the lawn of a Pleasantville home last week to symbolically sign legislation creating the state’s first cap on annual property tax increases. The signing was at the home of Russell and Tara Klein, who said they pay more than $16,000 in property taxes each year. …

July 11, 2011
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LoHud: Vietnam memorial replica will come to Putnam; vets raise money

7/4/2011 - Former service members, families and friends will have a chance to remember those who fell in the Vietnam War when a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial comes to Putnam County.

July 11, 2011
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Patch: Is there Enough Mandate Relief With the Tax Cap?

7/5/2011 - The new property tax cap, which limits annual increases to the lesser of 2 percent or inflation – contains several provisions that relief municipalities and school districts relief from state mandates. The question, however, is whether or not they go far enough.

July 11, 2011
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Lewisboro Ledger: New York caps property taxes

7/7/2011 - New York state’s first ever property tax cap was passed recently, bringing some relief to one of the country’s highest-taxed areas. Approved on June 24, the bill limits property tax levy increases to 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

July 11, 2011
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Calling For Caylee's Law

Senator Ball Pushes for Bill in Response to Death of Florida Toddler

Albany, N.Y. – (07/08/11) – In the wake of a controversial acquittal that shocked the nation, and left many wondering if Casey Anthony got away with murder, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is calling for the creation of Caylee’s Law, a bill that would make it a crime for parents or caregivers who fail to report the death of a child.

July 11, 2011
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