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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: VETERAN’S JOB BILL PASSES SENATE

By MATTHEW L. McKIBBEN

After nearly a decade-long fight, Sen. Greg Ball announced the passage of legislation through the Senate that would facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.

The bill, which Ball says is very similar to the plan adopted by the federal government, would create a 6 percent state contract set-aside for businesses owned by service-connected disabled-veterans. Ball, R-Patterson, has previously touted veteran unemployment as an extremely pressing issue.

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL & CNN HERO TO VISIT CHAPPAQUA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, along with Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty (a 2013 top 10 CNN Hero) and John Gallina will visit students from Mr. Brian O’Connor’s 5th grade class at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua on April 3rd at 1:15 PM.

Brian O’Connor, a middle school teacher at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, NY has built a lesson plan for his 5th graders about heroes and role models.  He has the students watch CNN Hero segments, then they discuss why individuals selected by CNN have become heroes and role models. He encourages the class to emulate their spirit by overcoming odds and obstacles to achieve a dream and make the world a better place.  Then he has his students write letters to selected heroes thanking them for what they do.

March 25, 2014
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SENATOR BALL AND PURPLE HEART HOMES SEEK COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO RENOVATE A HOME FOR LOCAL VIETNAM VETERAN

2013 Top 10 CNN Hero To Attend Kickoff Event

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will join Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty and John Gallina to introduce Vietnam Veteran Private Dan Flanagan to the community on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6 PM at the Patterson Fire Department. The event will be hosted to ask for help from professional trades and volunteers to renovate Private Flanigan’s home in Pawling, NY.

March 25, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL PASSES LANDMARK LEGISLATION CREATING 6% SET ASIDE FOR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABLED VETERANS

Albany, N.Y.  – 03/24/2014 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.

The bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts.

March 24, 2014
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SEN. BALL, LARKIN & MAZIARZ TOUR BIOMASS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PLANT

Montgomery, N.Y.  – 03/22/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Senator Bill Larkin (R,C – Cornwall-on-Hudson) Senator George Maziarz (R – Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, and other officials toured the Taylor Biomass Energy located in Montgomery, NY on Friday afternoon.

The tour was a follow-up to the sustainable energy community briefing that Senator Greg Ball hosted in December to examine biomass energy and its prospects for creating good paying jobs throughout New York State.

March 22, 2014
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LOHUD: VETERANS TO GET 6% OF NY BUSINESS CONTRACTS

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State leaders today to enact a law that would award six percent of state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said the initiative is more robust than the federal program, which pledges three percent of contracts to businesses of veterans disabled during their service.

March 21, 2014
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SEN. BALL & GOV. CUOMO ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT AND HOST CEREMONIAL SIGNING OF 6% SET ASIDE FOR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABLED VETERANS

Albany, N.Y.  – 03/20/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced an agreement on legislation to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted a ceremonial bill signing for the legislation at today’s New York State Veterans and Military Families Summit in Albany, NY.

March 20, 2014
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SEN. BALL HONORS WALTER DOHERTY & DAVID BRUEN AT FRIENDLY SONS OF SAINT PATRICK OF PUTNAM ANNUAL DINNER

Mahopac, N.Y. – 03/19/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined the Putnam County Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick at their Annual Anniversary Dinner at Mahopac Golf Club.

March 19, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: BALL NAMED TO HEROIN TASK FORCE AS SENATE EARMARKS $7.95 MILLION TO COMBAT EPIDEMIC

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ALBANY, N.Y. – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson),has been named a member of the new Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, while the senate has proposed that $7.95 million be included in the budget to combat the heroin epidemic across New York State.

March 18, 2014
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SENATOR BALL HONORS BREWSTER EAGLE SCOUT

Brewster HS Student Builds Desks and Shelves at Brewster Library

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/18/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, presented Karl Rosenfeld of Brewster with a New York State Senate Proclamation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

March 18, 2014
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SENATOR BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON DREAM ACT

Ball: Illegal Immigration Is Illegal 

Albany, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the New York State Senate’s vote on the DREAM Act.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR BALL NAMED TO SENATE HEROIN TASK FORCE, ANNOUNCES NEARLY $8 MILLION TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Albany, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has been named a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to develop recommendations and to prevent and treat addition.

March 17, 2014
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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: PUTNAM COUNTY INCIDENT INSPIRES BILL STOPPING SEX OFFENDERS FROM MOVING NEAR VICTIMS

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ALBANY, N.Y. – After a level three sex offender was released from prison and allowed to move back next door to one of his Putnam County victims in 2011, some state lawmakers were appalled.

March 17, 2014
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JEFFERSON VILLAGE THANKS SENATOR GREG BALL FOR HIS SERVICE TO LOCAL VETERANS

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Joe Devery, President of the Jefferson Village Owners Club, presented Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) with a signed photo from the members of the Jefferson Village Veterans Club in Yorktown Heights to thank Senator Ball for his efforts to honor local veterans.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR BALL HONORS SEVEN PATTERSON CUB SCOUTS AT MOVING UP CEREMONY

Patterson, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined boys from Cub Scout WEBELO Den #8, from Patterson Pack #133 at their blue and gold ceremony on Saturday afternoon at the Patterson Firehouse.

The purpose of the Blue and Gold Ceremony was to formally recognize the seven young men that will be advancing as Boy Scouts.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON BOARD OF REGENTS VOTE

Albany, N.Y. – 03/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), issued the following statement on the recent Board of Regents vote.

“I have received countless phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned about the Common Core standards. Let’s be very clear, the Board of Regents played a direct role in the implementation of this uncommon disaster. The New York State Legislature had a unique opportunity to vote against the incumbents that are partly responsible for this disaster. I am disappointed that the Assembly Majority chose party politics over our education system and ultimately our children. It is my hope that the Board of Regents will listen to our parents, students and educators to make the appropriate changes to fix Common Core and get our education system on the right track. Education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one size fits all endeavor,” said Senator Greg Ball.

March 14, 2014
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LOHUD: BALL: BAD ACTORS ON BOTH SIDES

Let’s end the policy through press release and begin the hard work of uniting both communities by properly addressing the issue, without needlessly creating greater divisions. Let it be clear, Mount Vernon is equally responsible for the toxic environment that was unfortunately created. Yet unlike Mahopac, Mount Vernon has yet to take action to hold their fan base and students accountable.

March 13, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL SEEKS WOMEN OF DISTINCTION FOR 3RD ANNUAL CEREMONY

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/13/2014 – In recognition of Women’s History Month, Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I – Patterson) is seeking nominations for his 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. Towns, villages and cities district-wide are currently in the process of selecting their nominees and will eventually nominate one person from each town.

March 13, 2014
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FREE SENIOR HEALTH FAIR TO CELEBRATE PUTNAM HOSPITAL CENTER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/13/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) will team up with Putnam Hospital Center to host a free senior health fair to celebrate Putnam Hospital Center’s 50th anniversary on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 9 AM until noon.

March 13, 2014
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LOHUD: BILL WOULD PROHIBIT SOME SEX OFFENDERS FROM LIVING WITHIN 1,500 FEET OF THEIR VICTIMS

By Lee Higgins

Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would prohibit high-risk sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of their victims after The Journal News highlighted a case in Carmel, where a violent sex offender was permitted to move back next door to a girl he sexually assaulted.

March 13, 2014
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