Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, released a new ad today that his campaign says “focuses on Greg’s accomplishments, working with Governor Cuomo in an effective, bipartisan way.”
It’s true, Ball doesn’t mention his Democratic opponent, Justin Wagner, focusing instead on his last two years in the Senate and trying to tie himself to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo—a recurring theme among Senate Republicans.
“I partnered with Governor Cuomo and we actually cut state spending, we capped the nation’s highest property taxes, repealed the MTA payroll tax, and we cut taxes on the middle class,” Ball says in the ad, which appears to be shot in Cold Spring, Putnam County.
“Bucking my own party, I fought for equal pay for women, the environment and took on big insurance. My name is Greg Ball, and for two years I’ve had your back. On Nov. 6, I need you to have mine.”
So it’s true that Ball supported the tax cap and was a vocal advocate of repealing the MTA payroll tax. But part of the tax on larger businesses still is in effect, and the middle-class tax cut he mentions came with keeping higher taxes on the wealthy—something Republicans had initially vowed to oppose.
The state did slightly cut state spending in 2011, but it increased a little in 2012. Overall state spending, including for federal programs, increased over the past two years—albeit by the smallest percentages in more than a decade.
Ball’s claim that he fought for equal pay for women was knocked yesterday as a flip flop by Wagner.
Updated: The response from Wagner’s campaign.
“Greg Ball voted twice against the Fair Pay Act, got called out for lying about his record by the Fair Pay Act’s sponsor, and now he’s just doubled down on that lie in a TV ad. Greg Ball called the minimum wage a job-killer in an editorial board meeting last week, and then announced his support for it yesterday. There’s a pattern here: Greg Ball is a fibber and a flip-flopper, trying to rewrite history and avoid the reality that he’s too extreme for the Hudson Valley. If this election is about giving Gov. Cuomo a serious partner in the Hudson Valley who can help get things done, then Justin Wagner is the only choice.”