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Karl R. Rohde

Karl R. Rohde is a highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran of the United States Army, a dedicated servant of his community, and a resident of Carmel, NY. He and his wife of 37 years, Irene, have two children, Dori and Karl W., twin grandsons, Andrew and Robert Rohde, and a granddaughter, Olivia Venezia. Karl holds two Masters degrees in American History and Secondary Education, is a Town Councilman for Kent, and is the Putnam County Historian. After 28 years, he retired from Local 1103 Communications Workers of America, where he worked as Union Job Steward.

June 9, 2011
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Senator Ball Interviewed on State of Politics

06/06/2011 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, talks with Liz Benjamin on 

June 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 816 LOB

June 7, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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Animal Advocacy Day

Scores of pet owners, animal advocates, rescues, shelters, veterinarians, law enforcement, legislators and other supporters gathered today in Albany to strengthen Buster’s animal cruelty law.
The first-ever New York State Animal Advocacy Day, which was held at the Well of the Legislative Office Building, sponser of the event Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson)  was joined by many other legislators from both sides of the aisle, at the event which enable d animal supporters to network and share information and then lobby their legislators to enact the toughest animal cruelty laws in the nation.

June 2, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:00 PM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Off The Floor - Room  332 CAP

June 2, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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June 3, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Ann E. Ellsworth Receives Prestigious Senate Honor as “Woman of Distinction"

 

ALBANY, NY (5/24/2011) –Ann E. Ellsworth, the Executive Director of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, was nominated by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and honored Tuesday night at an Albany ceremony hosted by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, celebrating New York’s Women of Distinction.

May 25, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball Debates Gas Tax Holiday Bill in New York State Senate

Senator Greg Ball (R, C -- Patterson) announced that the Gas Tax Holiday Bill, S4880B, passed the State Senate by a 48-14 vote. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Ball and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R, C, I -- Schenectady-Saratoga) suspends 33 cents in gas taxes during Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day weekend, and Labor Day weekend.

May 25, 2011
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Fundraiser for LCpl John Curtin Raises More Than $10K

 

CARMEL, NY (5/20/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) announced that Friday’s fundraiser for LCpl John Curtin, held at the Carmel VFW Hall, raised more than $10,000 for the Curtin family with more than 200 attendees.

May 24, 2011
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Ball and Tedisco to Sponsor 1st Ever NYS Animal Advocacy Day to Strengthen Buster's Law

 

Mark your calendars! On June 1st, hundreds of pet owners, animal advocates, rescues, shelters, veterinarians, law enforcement and other supporters will descend on Albany to strengthen Buster’s animal cruelty law.

May 24, 2011
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June 1, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Ball Spearheads Ethics Reform, "Leibell Package"

Ball says, "Time to cleanup Albany's playpen of money laundering."

BREWSTER, NY- Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess) announced today his anti-public corruption legislative package, dubbed by some as the “Leibell Reforms,” which includes S4794, legislation creating new standards, strengthens ethics requirements and increases transparency regarding community projects grants, commonly known as "member-items,” as well as S3817 legislation requiring that pension rights be forfeited, when a public employee is convicted of certain crimes related to public employment.

May 24, 2011
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BALL RELEASES STATEMENT ON “PROTEST"

Ball, “Folks, let’s focus on jobs and taxes, not cheap political tricks.”

May 24, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball's Statement On Sentencing of Former Senator Liebell

BREWSTER NY, (May 13, 2011)- Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), released a statement today following the sentencing of former Senator Vincent Liebell, a Patterson Republican who pleaded guilty earlier this year to obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Senator Liebell formally occupied the 40th district Senate seat, now held by Ball.

May 24, 2011
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TERROR ON THE NATION’S TRACKS: Senator Ball Sounds Alarm about Rail Security Dangers

 

May 11, 2011 - Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, is sounding the alarms in the wake of recently released documents showing Al Qaeda was plotting an attack on the U.S. rail system, possibly for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Chairman Ball said documents found in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound should serve as a wake-up call about the continued threat to our nation’s homeland security, specifically our rail system.

“This is by no means an ‘I told you so’ moment,” said Chairman Ball who has repeatedly raised red flags about the weaknesses to nation’s rail system. “These documents are a call to action about the importance of not only remaining vigilant, but stepping-up security.”

May 24, 2011
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Chairman Ball Releases Preliminary Report from Homeland Security Hearing:Passes Comprehensive Homeland Security Legislation Out of Committee with Bipartisan Support

 

ALBANY, NY (May 10, 2011)-Senator Greg Ball (R, C Westchester/Dutchess/Putnam), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, today released the preliminary report from the first in his series of public hearings “To Determine the State of Security in New York, Ten Years after 9/11.”

In response to the expert testimony heard at the April 8th hearing, Senator Ball has introduced several key pieces of legislation meant to fix issues and vulnerabilities brought to the attention of the committee, which will improve the state’s overall security, as well as enhance the ability of state agencies and first responders to react if an emergency does arise.

May 24, 2011
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