Ball Questions State Aid In $4.4B Hi-Tech Deal


Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said today he’s “demanding answers” after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Tuesday a widely praised deal where IBM, Intel and other technology companies plan to invest $4.4 billion for nanotechnology research across the Hudson Valley and in other parts of upstate.

The deal includes $400 million in taxpayer money that will go for infrastructure work at the SUNY Albany nanotech center, not directly to the private companies, officials said last week.

The private companies aren’t getting any state aid, despite Ball’s contentions.

But Ball claims that Cuomo hasn’t indicated whether the state aid will go to “a host of corporate giants with a track record of outsourcing American jobs.”

He’s holding a news conference Thursday in Yorktown Heights to air his concerns.

Ball said in a news release that IBM has received taxpayer money in the past, only to lay off local workers and move the jobs overseas.

IBM is the major player in the deal announced last week by Cuomo, with the Armonk-based company planning to invest $3.6 billion in its chip manufacturing and research and vowing to add about 950 jobs.

“Let me explain this in simple terms,” Ball said in a statement. “IBM has already received hundreds of millions of dollars from New York taxpayers. Not even a few years back, we found out IBM was cashing checks from taxpayers while simultaneously patenting a new technology specifically designed to outsource our jobs in America. Now, as small businesses everywhere are shutting their doors, we are going to reward these global giants with an even larger giveaway of corporate welfare, without asking the tough questions?”


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  1. Ball, you are an idiot! You would rather see coveted high tech jobs removed from our economy? What a moron!

    If we are to leverage our strength as an R&D and technology thought leader in the future global economy then we have to have jobs available for people to prove we are the best. No jobs here? No global leadership.

    Under Ball’s plan everybody better start learning how to change diapers, sheets, and care for the elderly because there will be no other jobs.

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    peter hanson you are an idiot! you would rather compete for a job than have your friend in brewster hand you one?

    if we are to leverage our strength as an R&D and technology thought leader in the future global economy, like in lovely Main Street in brewster, then we have to have jobs available for people that we can hand out, the way brewster mayor handed me mine!

    Under Ball’s plan, everybody better start learning to compete for a job, or else you’ll be changing diapers, sheets, and care for the elderly because there will be no other jobs for the Brewster Mayor to hand out!

    And what about the lawsuit the brewster mayor was contemplating? Still contemplating I guess. I know you guys are still sore about Ball having wiped the floor with every southeast bonehead you put against him or contemplated putting against him, but he IS the Senator, so you should start trying to work with him.

  3. Good for Ball! IBM has done this in states across the country and even in our own Dutchess county. They look for tax breaks , promise jobs and then don’t deliver. All these jobs they promise in Yorktown, do they have some clause where they can’t bring in people on visa to fill them? IBM does this all the time. IBM has everyone in this country snowed. Everyone looks the other way because they keep their stock prices up. Only 1/4 of their employees are left in the US. They will do nothing to bring jobs here no matter what they say.

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    Ball has destroyed every doofus they placed in his path. Even Leibell spending $400K on “TRUTH ABOUT BALL” didn’t even slow him down. Of course, putting up Degnan against Ball was nothing but an attempt to make Vinny rich, as usual. You see, they told Degnan, “Dont worry, John. We’ll give you all the money you need, and we’ll hire the consultant and printers”. They then hired Ray Maguire to do the consulting and printing. Vinny made a half million dollars off that campaign. Yet southeast kept attacking Ball. Now you walk down a street in southeast (if they even have streets), and you cant find anyone who admits to even being Vinny’s friend. The man had no friends.