Peace In Putnam County


It was supposed to be the nastiest Senate primary in the state. But there is peace in Putnam County.

After Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, dropped plans yesterday to challenge Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, in a primary, Ball’s campaign offered a conciliatory statement today.

“In tough times like these, when working families are really struggling, its vitally important that elected officials work together,” said Ball’s campaign manager, Jim Coleman. “The Senator is focused like a laser on job creation and cutting taxes and looks forward to working with the Assemblyman, and all elected officials throughout the region, to do exactly that.”

Ball had his campaign apparatus in full swing to attack Katz — stationing a chicken at his events and calling him “Dr. Do-Liberal.”

Katz, a veterinarian, admitted during his short-lived campaign that he had charges dropped against him for animal cruelty, and his wife put up this bizarre video in protest to being taken off Ball’s Facebook page.


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  1. Charmian Neary on

    Nicole Katz’ video – done in collaboration with local good government advocates Gary and Robin Murphy – is bizarre like Blue Velvet or Twin Peaks is bizarre – meaning it is brilliant. I thought about entering it in this year’s Pollie Awards if there was a category for amateur video – I am sorry now I never followed up. Even the Murphy’s daughter showed promising comedic timing in her cameo as the holder of the tape.
    I’m disappointed this race will not happen. Between strategist Jim Coleman, and his own fine tuned sense of humor, and the delightfully mischievous Murphys and their facebook followers, this Northern Westchester race would have shaken up the play-it-safe political establishment for sure.

  2. Talk about childish political discourse… that chicken suit takes the cake. That isn’t the sign of a brilliant strategist but rather one of a juvenile. Sadly, it appears that many in the area aren’t turned off by those types of antics which speaks volumes about the intelligence level of today’s voter.