The first time Carmel Republican Greg Ball rose to speak in the Assembly chamber, inÃ‚Â January, he called the Legislature “dysfunctional,” and was greeted withÃ‚Â boos and hisses by his colleagues.
It was different today.
“Today is a happy day,” said the freshman lawmaker, who represents parts of northern Westchester, eastern Putnam and the town of Pawling in Dutchess County. “And I want to thank everyone in the chamber for their hard work, and I want to thank the governor.”
Ã‚Â Ball, whoÃ‚Â beat incumbent Willis Stephens in a primary last November, was unhappy the first time he spoke because lawmakers were about to elect a colleague, Democrat Tom Dinapoli of NassauÃ‚Â County, as the new state comptroller. Ball didn’t think DiNapoli was qualified for the job.
Today, lawmakers wereÃ‚Â voting on a workers’-compensation reform bill heÃ‚Â thinks is needed.
“From a new freshman still wet behind the ears, thanks for making me proud today,” he said.