ALBANY, NY (6/15/2011) – The State Senate acted today to forensically audit the MTA (S4637-A7856) and also passed a proposal that will save payroll taxpayers in New York’s Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MTCD) $841 million a year, including an immediate savings of $111.8 million for small businesses and $73 million for schools. The MTA Payroll Tax Repeal (S5596-A8193), announced by Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) at a press conference last week, will eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for schools and small businesses on January 1, 2012.
Putnam County veteran received prestigious honor at “Hall of Fame” event
Albany, N.Y. – (06/14/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is honoring New York’s heroes at the annual New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame event. Chairman Ball is proud to announce that a Putnam County resident and highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran, Karl R. Rohde, is amongst the group of brave men and women who is being recognized.
“Corrupt public officials should not be supported by the taxpayers they defrauded”
Albany, N.Y. – (06/13/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is applauding the passage of an ethics reform bill created to clean-up the climate of corruption in Albany. The ethics package (S5679/A8301), which includes Senator Ball’s so-called “Liebell Reforms,” will now strip public officials of their pension if they are convicted of a felony while on the job.
Senator Ball Urges NY Lawmakers to Follow Florida’s Lead
Albany, N.Y. — (06/11/11) — Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is urging fellow legislators to do the right thing and demand drug testing for welfare recipients in New York. Senator Ball has long advocated for a law that would ensure that hard-working taxpayers are not subsidizing drug addictions.
Senators Ball and Zeldin announce plan to phase-out MTA Payroll Tax
YORKTOWN, NY (6/8/2011) – It’s a proposal that would save schools and small businesses in New York’s Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MTCD) $767.4 million dollars a year. Today, Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) announced the details of a bill (S5596-A8193) that would eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for schools and small businesses on January 1, 2012. The Senator, who was joined by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C, I-Shirley), released a piece of landmark legislation that would also phase out entirely the MTA Payroll Tax over the next two and a half years throughout Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”