State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, made two appearances in the 40th state Senate District today. First, he stopped at the Mount Kisco train station to call for a forensic audit of the MTA — a request he has made several times — on the heels of the MTA payroll tax being mostly repealed.
“After years of leading the charge to repeal the MTA payroll tax, I am thrilled with the governor’s leadership on making this initial repeal a priority and reality,” said Senator Ball who spearheaded the bill (S50002) that currently repeals the job-killing MTA payroll tax for 80% of the businesses that pay it. That bill was successfully passed by the New York State Senate on December 9, 2011. “The repeal of the MTA payroll tax was just the first step, I will continue with my demands for forensic accounting to protect middle class, working families like mine who are struggling,” Ball said in a statement.
Then he headed to Patterson, where town officials were welcoming the reinstatement of an on-again, off-again, on-again grant to help pay for a new courthouse. Patterson officials had announced the money on Wednesday.
“The Town of Patterson received notice today that the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York ( DASNY) has approved its application for
$1,000,000. The funds will assist in the cost of construction of the $2.8 million Patterson Courthouse, which was completed earlier this year. The grant was initially secured by Vincent Leibell, and approved by the NYS Senate Finance Committee in 2008. Due to economic times and changes in
the political landscape this grant had been rescinded, or placed on hold several times. Each time the Town has pressed the State to restore the funding through the concerted efforts of Supervisor Michael Griffin, Councilman Kevin Burns and Town Planner Richard Williams,” according to a Patterson press release.
“Had these dollars been lost, the taxpayers of the Town of Patterson would have been forced to absorb this debt. It’s critically important that all levels of government work together to cut taxes and create jobs,” Ball said in a statement.