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Senator Greg Ball Debates Gas Tax Holiday Bill in New York State Senate

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.

May 25, 2011
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Fundraiser for LCpl John Curtin Raises More Than $10K

 

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.

May 24, 2011
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Ball and Tedisco to Sponsor 1st Ever NYS Animal Advocacy Day to Strengthen Buster's Law

 

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.

May 24, 2011
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Ball Spearheads Ethics Reform, "Leibell Package"

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 24, 2011
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BALL RELEASES STATEMENT ON “PROTEST"

Ball, “Folks, let’s focus on jobs and taxes, not cheap political tricks.”

May 24, 2011
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TERROR ON THE NATION’S TRACKS: Senator Ball Sounds Alarm about Rail Security Dangers

 

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.”

May 24, 2011
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Chairman Ball and Mayor Bloomberg Stand Together on National Security

“Cuts will gut core programs, burden local agencies and create Swiss cheese approach”

Watch video of press conference

May 17, 2011
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GREG WANTS YOUR INPUT!

Senator Ball's Constituent Survey

April 25, 2011
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Chairman Ball: “Our Soft Underbelly is Not Secure.” - First Critical Homeland Security Hearing

New York, NY (April 9, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee was joined by U.S. Congressman Peter King (R-New York), and New York State Senators including Senator Martin Golden (R-22nd), Senator Jack Martins (R-7th District), Senator Joseph Griffo (R-47th District), Senator Lee Zeldin (R-3rd District), Senator Thomas O’Mara (R-53rd District), Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-15th District) and Senator Eric Adams (D-20th District).

April 10, 2011
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SENATOR GREG BALL SECURES $11.4 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR VETERANS

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) has secured a staggering $11.5 Million for New York State Veterans during a tough budget battle in the Senate chamber, where all operating budgets were cut by 10% across the board. In the budget, Ball successfully restored $10.9 Million to Veterans’ Homes located in Montrose, New York City, Oxford, Stony Brook and Batavia, all of which had been previously cut. 

April 5, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball to tour Indian Point Power Plant and Public Hearing to follow

Albany, NY (April 5, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) will tour the Indian Point Power Facility on April 14th at 9:00am.  Following the tour, Senator Ball will share his findings at a public hearing held at Stony Point Community Center.

April 5, 2011
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Keeping the Commitment - Information on the 2011-12 State Budget

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline.  The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below. 

March 31, 2011
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PROTECT YOUR 2nd AMENDMENT RIGHTS!

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Despite the intentions of our founding fathers, some in both state government and local government are considering measures that could restrict your right to possess and use legally owned firearms.

Please join with me to help defend our Second Amendment rights.

By signing the petition below you can help send a clear signal that you do not support any actions by government officials that would compromise your freedom to bear arms.

March 30, 2011
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SENATOR BALL ANNOUNCES, “PEPSI STAYS…and EXPANDS!”Jobs are staying and being created in the Hudson Valley

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District-Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) announced today that more than 1,200 high paying jobs with stay in the 40th District. There has been discussion over the past year that Pepsi could leave the area, even leave New York. Today the Empire State Development, a state agency, announced an agreement that will provide PepsiCo with a $4 million grant to invest in the Westchester facility. PepsiCo will also invest up to $9 million in the project to retain and create new jobs. The bottler will expand its 1,200-employee operations from the 360,000-square-foot space it now leases in Somers to the entire 540,000-square-foot building.

March 24, 2011
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SENATOR BALL CO-SPONSORS THE CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT AWARENESS ACT DURING BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

March is brain injury awareness month. Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) on Brain Injury Awareness Day, March 16th, joined Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator George Maziarz, co-sponsor, and members of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, a group that advocates nationwide for victims of brain injuries, to push for legislative action on the Concussion Management Awareness Act.“We realize now what we may not have known a few decades back. Concussions create long-term, detrimental health effects, and those hits taken on the playing fields can have substantial and lasting impacts. It’s time to get serious and protect our young athletes so they can enjoy long and healthy lives,” said Senator Ball.

March 23, 2011
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Ball Continues Assault on MTA Payroll Tax

Calls for Full Forensic Audit, and Full Repeal of MTA Payroll Tax

Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Patterson) continued his assault on the MTA pay roll tax today, calling for a full repeal of the tax and an immediate forensic audit of the entire MTA.

Senator  Ball has been working with the Senate Majority Conference to ensure the inclusion of a full forensic audit of the MTA in the state’s 2011 transportation budget, as well as a stipulation that the audit be conducted within six months of the budgets passage.

March 22, 2011
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Senator Ball Invites Entergy Officials to Testify at April 8th Homeland Security Hearing

Senator Greg Ball announced today, he will be inviting representatives from the Indian Point Nuclear Power facility to testify on the readiness of the facility and its staff at the Homeland Security Hearing he is chairing on April 8th in New York City. Representatives from Entergy will join Senator Ball, as well as other Homeland security experts including Congressman Peter King Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and Douglas Ziegler head of security at the MTA. “As the Senate Chair of Homeland Security I take public safety extremely seriously. Nearly 10 years after 9-11, in my view, we still are not safe.

March 22, 2011
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