State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, has $289,613.36 in his Senate campaign account, according to his latest financial disclosure form filed with state. A Ball spokeswoman highlighted his fundraising in an announcement yesterday touting his redesigned website.
In the announcement, Ball also seemed to downplay any suggestion that he plans to run for Congress this year against fellow Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth of Mount Kisco.
“Elections do matter and this state Senate seat is a perfect example, for it decided the very balance of power in New York State. This next election will be no different. I look forward to the upcoming campaign and view it as a huge opportunity to showcase a long list of positive results. Working in a bipartisan and constructive fashion, and with Governor Andrew Cuomo, we were able to eliminate the job-killing MTA payroll tax for thousands of taxpayers, slash the tax rate for the beleaguered middle class to the lowest point in 58 years, balanced the budget, did it on time and actually cut state spending and finally passed comprehensive ethics reform. Honestly, there are hundreds of other examples of great positive results and this campaign is going to be a poisitive, grassroots campaign focused completely and simply on “Gettin’ It Done!,” he said.
Ball is facing a challenge from Democrat Justin Wagner of Croton. Wagner, according to his financial filings, has $88,976.29 in campaign cash.
UPDATE– Wagner this afternoon pointed out he raised $103,181 in his first bout of campaign fundraising, which included a personal loan of $35,000– an effort, he said, that took place in the last three months of the cycle. He said he raised more than 41 of the current 62 incumbent senators during the last cycle.
“This successful effort is proof positive that voters want leaders who are focused on solutions and building community—not divisive Albany politicians like Greg Ball. This filing will allow us to build the infrastructure necessary to win in November, and I’m looking forward to sharing my vision with Hudson Valley voters about the need to create jobs and reform government in Albany,” Wagner said.