State Sen. Greg Ball coasted to a victory in the bid for the Republican nod in the race for the Senate district he currently holds, easily besting Assemblyman Steve Katz, his primary opponent.
The institutional support represents a first for the
Putman Putnam County Republican, who picked up the 40th Senate District in 2010 without the support of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, who backed Somers Town Supervisor Mary Ann Beth Murphy in a primary against Ball.
In a statement, Ball called on Katz, of Yorktown, to drop out of the race so the party can coalesce behind him. The two men were once close allies, but their relationship turned sour at some point over the past 15 months.
“We have always enjoyed strong grassroots support and I am now proud to merge that grassroots machine with institutional support. It’s now time for the party to come together, for the Assemblyman to focus on maintaining his solid Republican seat, and for all of us, as elected officials to come together to continue to work for, and deliver for the taxpayers,” Ball said in a statement.