Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, is out with a statement that slams former Sen. Vincent Leibell of Patterson, who was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for corruption. Ball, a former Assembly member, now holds Leibell’s Senate seat. The two have locked horns in the past.
Here’s what Ball said:
“Even with the history of political and personal battles between myself and Leibell, I have remained quiet since last fall, paying respect to both the process and the need for civility. Simply put, I was not raised to kick a man when he is down and I took no personal delight in witnessing his public demise. With today’s sentencing, I want to state publicly that, like many, I took Leibell’s recent requests for leniency, actually seeking ‘overseas nation building’ duty in lieu of jail time, as a final indictment on his complete disconnect from reality and justice. I know I join many in the community in expressing our continued sadness of his use of Putnam County and the taxpayers of New York for his personal gain and I welcome this final chapter in a tragic book. With absolute sincerity, I continue to pray for the Senator and his family and truly look forward to working with this great community to solidly move forward, ever confident in a bright future.”