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SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO HELP PREVENT HEROIN OVERDOSES

Albany, N.Y. – 03/27/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that the Senate today passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan.

March 27, 2014
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SENATOR BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON PASSING OF SOMERS RESIDENT, WWII VETERAN STEPHEN MORAVICK

Brewster, N.Y. – 03/27/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of Somers resident Stephen M. Moravick, Sr.

March 27, 2014
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OP-ED FROM SENATOR BALL: HELP RENOVATE A HOME FOR A LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN

On September 12, 2013, we gathered together as a community with one purpose – to  renovate, or build a home for a service-connected disabled veteran. At the meeting, we were fortunate enough to have with us Dale Beatty, a service connected disabled veteran who co-founded the non-profit Purple Heart Homes, with his battle buddy and John Gallina.

March 27, 2014
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THE DODO: NY “BLACKFISH” BILL TO BAN CAPTIVE ORCAS APPROVED BY SENATE COMMITTEE

By Melissa Cronin

A bill that would ban keeping orca whales in captivity in New York passed in the state’s Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation on Tuesday, meaning that it is one step closer to being signed into law.

March 27, 2014
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SENATOR GREG BALL PASSES BILL TO HALT TERRORIST RELATED CREDIT CARD FRAUD

Albany, N.Y. – 03/26/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, today passed legislation (S3886) that will increase the penalties for each degree of credit card fraud for those who solicit or provide support for an act of terrorism.

March 26, 2014
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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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