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SENATOR BALL AND ASSEMBLYMAN BUCHWALD ANNOUNCE PASSAGE OF POW/MIA FLAG BILL

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I–Patterson) and Assemblyman David Buchwald (D–White Plains) have announced that the New York State Legislature has passed a bill that Buchwald authored and Ball championed that would require local governments to display the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flag when it is provided to the municipality by a local veterans organization (S7483/A8489A). The legislation will now be sent to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo for approval.

June 25, 2014
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20K RAISED FOR LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN AT SENATOR GREG BALL’S FAREWELL PARTY

Mahopac, NY – 06/25/2014 – On Tuesday evening Purple Heart Homes hosted a farewell pasta dinner for Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson) at the Mahopac Firehouse. The event was open to the public and served as a fundraiser for Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanagin’s home renovations.

Senator Ball announced last month that he will not be seeking reelection this fall. The farewell dinner was organized to benefit Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran that was selected after a thorough vetting process by Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit based in Statesville, NC that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans.

June 25, 2014
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SENATOR BALL HELPS PASS PACKAGE OF BILLS ADDRESSING STATEWIDE HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Albany, N.Y. – 06/20/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson) joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate to pass a package of bills this week that addresses the growing heroin and opioid crisis. The legislation targets prevention, treatment and enforcement issues related to the drugs.

In March 2014, Senator Greg Ball was appointed to the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), examined the issues and solicited input from experts and other stakeholders about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts.

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Albany, N.Y. – 06/20/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson) issued the following statement regarding the legalization of medical marijuana in New York State.

June 20, 2014
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WHISPERING PINE LANDSCAPE DONATES $10,000 TO VETERAN’S HOUSE REMODELING

Brewster, N.Y. – 06/19/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has received a $10,000 donation from Whispering Pine Landscape Supply in Yorktown, NY for the remodeling of local Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanigan’s home.

Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes are currently working to upgrade the home of Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100 percent service-connected disabled Vietnam veteran who lives in Pawling. Last week, Whispering Pine Landscape Supply contacted Senator Ball’s office and announced they will be donating $10,000 to the project.

June 19, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL CONGRATULATES NEW YORK RANGERS IN ALBANY

Albany, N.Y. – 6/18/14 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) welcomed the New York Rangers to Albany on Wednesday morning to congratulate them on a wonderful season.

General Manager Glen Sather, Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld and team members Dominic Moore, Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan joined the New York State Legislature at the State Capitol in Albany, NY.

June 18, 2014
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OP-ED: SENATOR BALL THANKS COMMUNITY FOR HELP WITH 3RD ANNUAL WOMEN OF DISTINCTION

Last month I had the honor of inducting 19 extraordinary women into the 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. This was a project I launched in recognition of Women’s History Month and inspired by the accomplished and outstanding women I have had the privilege of collaborating with through my current tenure serving the people of the 40th Senate District.

These leaders are all extraordinary and have done so much for our community! While all those that were honored have worked and volunteered without want of recognition, their efforts have not gone without notice or appreciation. Within their communities, each of these women honored has effected meaningful change in the lives of those whom they sought to improve.

June 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO RELIEVE SERVICE DISABLED VETERANS OF PROPERTY TAXES IN NYS

Albany, N.Y. – 06/16/2014 – The New York State Senate passed two pieces of legislation last week that will lessen the property tax burden for service-connected disabled veterans. The first bill, S6563A was passed last Tuesday, followed by S6541A, which passed Thursday.

June 16, 2014
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SENATOR BALL’S FAREWELL DINNER SET FOR JUNE 24TH TO BENEFIT LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN

Brewster, NY – 06/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will be hosting a farewell pasta dinner next week at the Mahopac Firehouse. The event will be open to the public, and will be a fundraiser for Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanagin’s home renovations.

June 16, 2014
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RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY KICKS OFF CONSTRUCTION ON LOCAL VIETNAM VETERAN’S HOME

Pawling, N.Y. – 06/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to kick off construction on local Vietnam veteran Dan Flanigan’s home.

June 14, 2014
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SENATORS UNITE TO PROTECT SECOND AMENDMENT & STOP MICROSTAMPING

Albany, N.Y. – 06/11/2014 – A majority of the members of the New York State Senate Codes Committee have today indicated their strong opposition to legislation (S.68A /A.3244A) requiring the microstamping of ammunition.

The Committee Chairman, Senator Michael Nozzolio and Committee members, Senators Phil Boyle, John DeFrancisco, John Flanagan, Patrick Gallivan, Joe Griffo, Andrew Lanza, and Tom O’Mara have all publically declared their objections to this measure. They were also joined by Senators Cathy Young, Greg Ball, Tom Libous, Jim Seward, John Bonacic, Patty Ritchie, Kathy Marchione, Bill Larkin, Betty Little, Joe Robach, George Maziarz, Hugh Farley and Mike Ranzenhofer.

June 11, 2014
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PURPLE HEART HOMES PROJECT KICKS OFF JUNE 14TH WITH RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Ribbon Cutting To Take Place on Flag Day

Brewster, N.Y. – 06/11/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has joined the Purple Heart Homes organization to remodel the home local Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanigan.

June 11, 2014
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LOHUD: BILL KEEPING SEX OFFENDERS FROM LIVING NEAR VICTIMS GETS SENATE OK

By: Lee Higgins

Restriction on sex offenders living near their victims prompted by a Carmel pharmacist allowed to move back next door to girl he molested.

A bill prohibiting high-risk sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of their victims proposed after The Journal News highlighted a Carmel case passed the state Senate Tuesday.

June 10, 2014
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ARMY WEEK ASSOCIATION TEAMS UP WITH SENATOR BALL AND PURPLE HEART HOMES ON PROJECT FOR DISABLED VETERAN

Pawling, N.Y. – 06/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has joined the Purple Heart Homes organization to remodel the home of local Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanigan.

Today, members of Army Week Association began clearing out Dan Flanigan’s basement and attic to prepare for Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

June 10, 2014
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June 10, 2014
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SENATOR BALL PASSES LEGISLATION AFTER PUTNAM COUNTY LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER MOVES BACK NEXT DOOR TO VICTIM

Albany, N.Y. – 06/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that the Senate today passed legislation (S6778A) that would prohibit level two and level three sex offenders from residing within 1,500 feet of the residence of a victim of their abuse.

In March 2014, Senator Ball introduced this legislation after a level three sex offender in Putnam County was permitted to move back next door to one of his victims, following his release from prison. According to a report in the Journal News, in 2011, a level three sex offender was released from prison after serving approximately sixteen months in jail. Following his release, the offender, whose victims were eight and nine years old at the time the abuse took place, was permitted to reside next door to one of his victims.

June 10, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL SPONSORS PACKAGE OF LIFE SAVING HEROIN BILLS

Albany, N.Y. – 06/09/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) voted today with his colleagues to pass nearly two dozen pieces of legislation aimed at addressing issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse in New York State.

In March 2014, Senator Greg Ball was appointed to the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), examined the issues and solicited input from experts and other stakeholders about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts.

June 9, 2014
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HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN BALL: PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE ENEMY FROM WITHIN?

Brewster, N.Y. – 06/05/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement:

June 5, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL HONORS WWII VETERANS IN ALBANY ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

[Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hycik3xwvyU&feature=youtu.be]

Albany, N.Y. – 06/02/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, honored WWII veterans on the 70th anniversary of D-Day on the New York State Senate Floor this afternoon.

June 2, 2014
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FORMER SEAWORLD KILLER WHALE TRAINER LOBBIES FOR SENATOR BALL’S “BLACKFISH” BILL DURING ANIMAL ADVOCACY DAY

Albany, N.Y. – 6/02/14 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) welcomed former SeaWorld killer whale trainer, John Hargrove, to the State Capitol during last week’s Fourth Annual Animal Advocacy Day. John Hargrove, who was recently featured in the documentary “Blackfish,” joined Senator Ball and Assemblyman Tedisco in Albany to speak in support of Senator Ball’s “Blackfish bill.”

June 2, 2014
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