State Sen. Ball comes to Southeast

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State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, stopped by the Southeast Town Board meeting Thursday night to provide a legislative update from Albany.

“For the first time in a long time, Albany’s moving in the right direction,” he told the board and about 40 people in the audience.

He gave a quick rundown of issues from this year’s legislative session. Those included passing an on-time budget with a 2 percent spending cut and the property tax cap. In addition, he said he plans to continue trying to repeal the MTA payroll tax, reduce unfunded mandates and improve homeland security.

Ball then took one question from the audience, which ended up being a debate with Neil Di Carlo, a former Congressional candidate, as to whether Ball’s vote to renew Putnam County’s sales-tax extension was a vote for a tax increase. One other audience member, Lynne Eckardt —  Southeast resident, a councilwoman candidate and former Putnam County Democratic chairwoman — tried to ask a question during the forum. But neither Supervisor Michael Rights or Ball called on her. Ball did offer to speak with her outside the meeting.

The senator’s office today sent out a press release about Ball’s Town Hall Tour, which began with this

A lively crowd turned out for the second stop on Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) Town Hall Tour tonight in Southeast, N.Y.  The tour, which provides communities with an update following this year’s legislative session, drew dozens of residents who were eager to ask the Senator questions about ethics reform, state spending, highway repairs and property taxes.

More information about Ball’s tour throughout the 40th Senate District can be found here.

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  1. Right-Said Fred on

    Pray tell me, why is every twitch by Greg Ball covered here? He is one, and only one, of 13 or so State Legislators from these parts. I attended my hometown Larchmont Village Board meeting a while back, and George Lattimer came in and gave a thorough report, with Qs and As. But it’s always Ball that draws the attention. Maybe I’ll tell Lattimer he needs a dead goat on his lawn, or a waitress harassment suit to get attention.