Cuomo’s New Senator … Greg Ball


Even Gov. Andrew Cuomo would get a new senator under legislative lines proposed yesterday by a state task force — and he’d go from the liberal Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer to the conservative Republican Sen. Greg Ball.

Ball’s 40th Senate District would shift south under the new lines, giving him the governor’s hometown of New Castle, Westchester County. Cuomo shares a home there with Food Network star Sandra Lee.

Oppenheimer, who is retiring at year’s end, had long represented the upscale town.

But now if the maps hold up and Ball is re-elected — and he plans to run in November — Cuomo would be represented by one of the more controversial and outspoken members of the Senate.

The two have some history. Ball was among those who were contemplating whether to support legalizing same-sex marriage last year. Ball ultimately said the measure didn’t have enough religious protections and voted no.

Also, in a surprise move early last year, Ball was tapped by Cuomo to serve on his SAGE Commission that is looking at government consolidations. Ball had been critical of the panel.

Ball is also the most vocal Senate Republican in opposition to hydrofracking — something Cuomo is contemplating to allow in New York.

In 2010, Cuomo endorsed Ball’s Democratic opponent Michael Kaplowitz. Ball won.

Ball didn’t directly address representing the state’s top official in a news release yesterday, but he did heap praise on the Democratic governor — something Ball has done regularly since Cuomo took office.

“For me nothing will change,” Ball said. “My focus before and after redistricting will continue to be on job creation, lowering taxes and working with Governor Cuomo to get New York State back on track.”

In the Assembly, Cuomo’s representative would stay the same: Assemblyman Robert Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge.

Asked this morning if he knew if his own representatives would change, Cuomo said, “I have not looked.”

Perhaps he’ll wait until Ball shows up at his door in the fall asking for his vote in the November elections.


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  1. To call this man a conservative Republican is a joke. Look no further than his appeasement of Union bosses. But calling him “Cuomo’s new senator” is dead on – in more than just physical location. Ball may be the 32nd vote for Republicans, but he’s already in Cuomo’s pocket. The reason is clear: he’s nothing more than a political opportunist. His sitting on the fence during the legalization of gay marriage makes that clear enough – he used a serious debate to get some prime time on Fox News. He’s no leader and I hope his new district makes that clear come November.

  2. Greg Ball's time on

    Leibell is in federal prison. I’ll take Ball over Leibell any day of the week and twice on Tuesday.

  3. Now! The (New) Castle….will become a Home of “America’s Golden Days Check and Balance! I love it! Am sure the Democratic and Republican Party (presumption) Party “Bosses” and “the Best Friends” they “are seen usually surrounded by” must be loving it too! … Here! This is What Bi-Partisansship came crashing down on their respective faces! Hey! Gentlemen! Congratulations!….Don’t shed tears! why “so complaining or threatening to use The Office of NY State Governor and its Powers of Veto now?. After all! The Framers of The Constitution of The United States were geniuses- Those Current Politicians know are trying to Copycat on US Soil the Hugo Chevas or Mao Model do not know that even (if) they go to a jungle and hang upside-down on an America’s Tree!; they or no one can damage or even be able to entertain their “private change” on this Sacred Soil of The Republic of George Washington! And, I am sure it will not certainly be possible two do in My Life-time and I Pray to Lord Almighty that My Republic’s Constitution is Preserved, Protected and Defended! To Eternity! Any one, who calls himself “a law maker” in New York!….in the Present time must look in the mirrors at least once a day! As a MATTER OF FACT what had been documented in almost all NEWSPAPERS OF NEW YORK is the FACT that the NY STATE ASSEMBLY’s majority of The BILLS PRESENTED,PASSED OR PENDING ARE above the CONSTITUTIONAL SUPREMACY of The United States! INCLUDING a Few Provisions in THE (LAST) SELF-CATERING NY STATE Constitution. No offence! A lot of Powers are without any DUE PROCESS OF THE FEDERAL AND EXEMPLARY Checks and Balances…..Second! is Virginia State!…UNLIKE The Rest of The Union. Ever thought why?. And, no one corrects it! It was written to benefit the political industry in THE name of USING A STATE Government as Mr.Spitezer, Mr.Patterson and Mr.Cuomo may deem it fit!…. After all! Must this not be FORGOTTEN we are the Greatest Country in THE World! Imposing ONE PARTY Philosophy ( that is not even that Particular Party’s Philosophy in itself;rather borrowed by the Foreign Shoppers with Campaign Donated Money. …from Foreigners Countries; and leadership’s that is more admired over The Founders of The United States! ……right insides of The United States.

    The Departments Of Education needs to be held accountable to explain why and what is being thought at High Schools, Colleges and Universities in Civic or History Class?

    Just! (For example- Ladies and Gentlemen! After reading this Comment just go to your Children who are in 9th or 10th Grade in NYS School Districts and Ask them What is the English Class is called! Where as Spanish is being openly taught as “a language”! – May be! It is a small thing…..but it shows where the Louisiana Purchase is driven in 21st Century!…….

    What more can, I tell you! Is that American to do? ….America is only being left for Documentations and usage of Passport! And, even not in THE Possessions of Multinational Passports with no records of weekend get always!

    And, the life goes on!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

  4. People:
    Re Cuomo:

    Understand Andy Cuomo is playing everyone in NY state inc politicians for his personal jollies and future gain to his ascent to higher politics in DC

    He has instructed his “Commisioners”, including the DOT hack Joan McDonald, to give unpopular answers.

    He has instructed her to say, for example, that the new Tappan Zee Bridge will have NO mass transit lane or rail line. He will then laugh and curse all the politicans and public comments for 3-4 weeks as they argue the need for mass transit.
    After he has had enough personal satisfaction, enough jollies, enough of his ego trip control game…he will then appear at a place in Westchester or Rockland and

    He did it with the Millionaire’s tax and he will do the same with the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

    The man is a master manipulator and start understanding that you people (and pawns) because that is what he enjoys we are : pawns in his grand scheme !!!

  5. Get Real’s problem is that Cuomo is (so far) attempting to shrink government and apply some long-needed fiscal intelligence, has the public’s backing for these actions, and supposedly double-crossed GR when he voted for what he incorrectly presumed would be a leftist ideologue.