Albany, N.Y. – 07/03/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that today Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a piece of legislation that will designate a bridge in the Hudson Valley to honor local disabled veterans.
The legislation (S5974A/A8224A) will designate the bridge span on Bryant Pond road, crossing the Taconic state parkway, in Putnam County as the “Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge.”
Brewster, N.Y. – (7/03/14) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has secured $60,000 of state funding to combat opioid and heroin addition in local schools. The New York State Legislature recently approved the funding for Peers Influence Peers Partnership, a non-profit aimed at providing opportunities for youth to use their influence with their peers to make healthy life style choices.
“The epidemic of heroin addiction plaguing our communities must be confronted head on. It is sickening to read and hear of the countless deaths in our community. It is crucial to get to the kids before it is too late,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I’m excited to have secured this funding for Peers Influence Peers Partnership, so they can get active in our schools and teach our students about the dangers of these substances to help combat this epidemic.”
Like him or hate him, State Senator Greg Ball did it his way!
Ball, who will be leaving office at the end of the year after serving for a decade in Albany, hosted a farewell dinner last week in Mahopac that benefited a disabled Vietnam veteran’s home renovations.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — Sen. Greg Ball, R, C, I–Patterson, and Assemblyman David Buchwald, D–White Plains, have announced that the 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 flag when it is provided to the municipality by a local veterans organization.
For state Sen. Greg Ball, service is a way of life.
Service and the rigorous environment the armed forces provide are why he chose to attend a military academy—a physically and mentally demanding academic path that instilled in him skills and perspective that he has subsequently applied to politics and government.
Brewster, NY – 06/30/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that both the 4th Annual Veterans Hall of Fame and 4th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner will take place this fall.
Over the past three years, Senator Ball has worked with the community to host a Veterans Hall of Fame and Thanksgiving Dinner to honor and thank local veterans for their service.
Albany, NY – 06/29/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has been ranked as New York’s most “Independent Republican Senator” by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). According to NYPIRG, a student-directed research organization, Senator Ball displayed the most independent voting record of his Republican colleagues in the 2014 legislative session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.