Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 04/02/14: 12 Topics In Today's blog


1)  Astorino TV, April 1, 2014

2)  Astorino: Statement on 2014-'15 State Budget

3)  Lalor: Cuomo's Budget, No Fixes for What Ails New York

4)  You're Invited: Join John McCain in support of Lee Zeldin 04/22/14

5)  12 Grapes: video link!

6)  Reuters, The New Yorker, POLITICO  & 3 others share new stories

7)  Hayworth endorses extension of unemployment benefits






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Yesterday, I announced that my family would be opting out of Andrew Cuomo's Common Core exams. 
The response has been overwhelmingly positive. 

Common Core is a massively expensive experiment.  It's untested. And parents and k-12 teachers had no say in developing it.  

That was wrong. 

We need higher education standards in New York. But our kids are not little mini robots.  

Every child is different, and teachers must be allowed to use their skills to help each child reach his or her potential. In education, one size doesn't fit all. 

America was built on ingenuity and individual initiative. That's what we should be encouraging in our children. 
As governor, I'll raise standards. But I'll do it with proper and responsible input from parents and teachers.
Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
April 1, 2014
"A state budget that raises spending by a nickel is a failed opportunity. New York is systematically dying because of over taxing and overspending, and, here again, we are adding to a taxpayer burden which is already the highest in the nation. Governor Cuomo and I have a fundamentally different view of where New York government should be headed: He is using public dollars to try to buy votes and appeal to special interests; I will use the budget process to identify savings to put back in the pockets of average New Yorkers, just like I did in Westchester.
"Until we strike a healthy balance between what we want and what we can afford, New York will continue to chase away jobs and remain on the losing path."
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseApril 1, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Cuomo's Budget Doesn't Fix What Ails New York

Statement on the 2014/15 Budget from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill)

"I voted no on each budget bill because Governor Cuomo and the legislature continue to take New York down the wrong road. We're still the highest-taxed, most regulated state in the country and this budget does little to turn that around. "

No Mandate Relief/Tax Freeze Gimmick
"Unfunded mandates are the driving force behind New York's crushing property taxes. We can pass a cap, follow that with a freeze now and maybe Governor Cuomo will have another stop gap measure in two years, but it doesn't get to the core of the problem. Albany spends too much money. Albany mandates local governments spend too much money. This budget doesn't cut mandates. If we don't cut mandated spending, we'll never get property taxes under control."

Cuomo's Pork Barrel
"Billions in "economic development" funding with no credible analysis that it works. That money should just go back to taxpayers in the form of a broad tax cut. New Yorkers know how to spend their money better than Albany politicians. If we cut taxes instead, we'd see real economic development."

Universal Pre-K
"Studies have repeatedly shown that universal pre-K doesn't produce lasting results. But, Governor Cuomo wants to spend $1.5 billion over 5 years on it. New Yorkers can't afford to spend tax dollars on programs that don't work. Eventually that money from Albany will dry up. Then districts that adopt universal pre-K will have to pay for it with higher property taxes."

Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns
"The budget dips New York's toe into taxpayer-funded campaigns. I'm sure Albany will soon decide the water is fine and taxpayers will be on the hook to pay for every campaign. But, we're not going to fight corruption by giving politicians more tax dollars to spend. Taxpayer-funded campaigns will open New York to a whole new world of political corruption. We've seen it in New York City. Now the taxpayers will be paying for the corruption."

Moreland Commission and Ethics
"Why can't we have the Moreland Commission continue its investigations and pass new anti-corruption laws? Governor Cuomo used Moreland as a bargaining chip for anti-corruption laws, but that kind of horse-trading isn't a promising sign for cleaning up Albany. There shouldn't have been any bargaining. We needed new, strong anti-corruption laws. We also needed a thorough investigation of Albany. Cuomo should have used his authority to do both. That's what a real leader would have done."

SAFE Act and Obamacare Funding
"Again Albany is throwing money at bad policies with millions for the SAFE Act and Obamacare. Governor Cuomo can't even figure out how to get his SAFE Act database to work. It's his very own Obamacare website. When we fund these programs, Albany is doubling down on its mistakes."

Glimmers of Hope
"The budget is eliminating the corporate income tax on New York manufacturers across the state. That's a positive step for jobs in New York. I led the fight to expand this cut to the entire state and it is one piece of the budget that could work for jobs. But, it's still just a drop in the bucket and we have far to go."

"Increasing the threshold for the estate tax will help small businesses and farmers pass their businesses on to the next generation. That's a positive step. It may help to stem the flood of New Yorkers leaving the state."

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

The Honorable Edward and Tricia Nixon Cox, David and Ginny Knott, Arcadio Casillas and John Moore invite you to join Special Guest, United States Senator John McCain, at a reception for Senator Lee Zeldin, Republican Candidate for Congress in New York's First Congressional District on Tuesday, Aprill 22nd, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at 10 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021.
Senator Lee Zeldin grew up in in the District and resides in his hometown of Shirley with his wife, Diana, and their twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.
Lee is an Iraq War Veteran, having served as a paratrooper in the Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division and still serves today as a Major in the Reserves.
In 2010, Lee was elected to the New York State Senate where he successfully led the fight to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers and secured funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program for veterans with PTSD.  Lee also wrote the law that protects our fallen veterans and their families from protests at military burials.
This is an important election that will be won with your support. From Obamacare to economic policy and foreign policy, we need intelligent, thoughtful Republican voices to balance the misguided agenda of President Obama.
In 2010, during the President's first midterm election, Democrat Tim Bishop squeaked out a 593 vote win in one of the closest and last decided congressional races in the nation. NY-1 has 19k more Republicans than Democrats.

For the first time in his career, Tim Bishop is facing re-election against a Suffolk County elected official with an existing base of support, record of achievement in office, demonstrated fundraising prowess and a strong background in the law and military in Senator Lee Zeldin. 
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Kicking off 12 Grapes' 6th Anniversary week, we celebrate the ONE YEAR Anniversary of Ladies Night with the man who started it all, Drew Bordeaux. 
Drew is back to entertain us once again with his eclectic mix of Rock and alt-Pop/Rock covers. A relaxed vibe, great live music, food and drink specials... It's Ladies Night, 12 Grapes style! Ladies Night Drink Specials 7-10pm
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To celebrate our 6th Anniversary, 
JP invited some very special guests to join the "Sessions" fun. Spirits will be high. Friends will abound. And the music will be off-the-charts! The band includes JP on lead vocals/sax, Dave McDowell on sax/flute, Johnny Feds on guitar, Chris Burke on keys, Paul Biz on bass, Linda Geiger on drums and other special guests.
 This is gonna be one for the record books! 
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Jeremy Baum
Featuring JEREMY BAUM on Hammond organ, JB3's sound is rooted in the Blues & funky Soul-Jazz of the late 60's (think Booker T & the MG's). Jeremy toured the world for over 6 years with Shemekia Copeland and has performed with Levon Helm, Slam Allen, Murali Coryell and many more. JB3 includes NY Blues Hall of Fame guitarist CHRIS VITARELLO, who's recorded with blues and jazz organ legend Jimmy McGriff and is a member of The Chris O'Leary Band. CHRIS REDDAN (drums) has toured the world with Blues Rocker Popa Chubby for 10 years as well as Jimmy Vivino, Slam Allen and others. $10 Cover or $5 with dinner.
"Songs in the Attic" featuring David Clark
David's stunningly accurate piano playing and lead vocals--combined with a dynamic and high-energy band--has been astounding audiences everywhere they play. David Clark is as close to the real deal as you'll ever see. It's like having front row seats at Madison Square Garden. If you're a Billy Joel fan, do not miss this night!!
$15 Cover or $10 with dinner entree.
Adrienne Knauer - Harp
Adrienne is in the Masters of Harp Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia. Tonight, Adrienne will perform the repertoire for her Master's recital. They are standard works from the harp repertoire, and are some of the pieces she has studied throughout her Master's program. 
Dinner & Show seating begins at 4pm.
Two of our favorite artists celebrating our 6th Anniversary! We can't wait! 
With a repertoire that recreates the fresh, folksy, foot-stomping style of singer/songwriters like Johnnyswim, Mumford, Newton Faulkner, Civil Wars, Local Natives and Dawes, Anne & JT have developed a sound that's completely their own. And it's something special. Musical guests expected to join in the second set include Mishti, John Hahn and more. 
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Hayworth endorses extension of unemployment benefits

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Hayworth Endorses Extension of Unemployment Benefits, Urges Congress to Pass Senate Bill
Two million FEWER Americans working today than one year ago
Chester, N.Y. – Congressional candidate Dr. Nan Hayworth today called on Congress to pass the bill that cleared the Senate last week to extend unemployment benefits, calling the measure “an essential help for our neighbors who are having trouble finding work in the Hudson Valley.”
“There’s an ugly truth underlying the desperate need for unemployment benefits,” said Hayworth. “Two million fewer Americans are working today than one year ago; not since the 1970’s, with the severe recession under President Carter, has such a small percentage of Americans participated in the labor force.”
“Our Hudson Valley’s suffering thanks to the policies Congressman Maloney supports: the costly mandates of Obamacare and the avalanche of regulations that are crushing our small businesses,” said Hayworth. “We must extend a hand to get our neighbors through these difficult times, and we must eliminate the burdens that are keeping them from being hired. It all starts with changing our representation in Washington.”
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
Albany, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) released the following statement regarding the 2014-2015 State Budget. The budget includes $1.5 Billion in property tax relief for hardworking families, more than $1 billion in increased school aid, a two-year delay on controversial Common Core standards, tax cuts to help businesses create new job opportunities and so much more.
“Unfortunately, for most of us, New York is a tough state to live, work and raise a family. Taxes and government spending are the evil cabal, forcing seniors, working families and small business owners out of the state. We didn't get here over night; it was a series of bad decisions, focused on taxing and spending, made over several decades that got us here. The good news is that with our new Majority and this Governor, we have begun to turn the battleship of New York back in the right direction,” said Senator Greg Ball.
“In a real way, this budget delivers additional property tax relief to hardworking taxpayers, reduces costs for businesses so they can create new jobs and gives students the tools they need to receive a first-class education. Working with the Governor, we successfully expanded the EPIC program for seniors, and eliminated the corporate tax for manufacturers statewide. Working across party lines, we also have delivered comprehensive, bipartisan ethics and election reforms that will increase transparency and restore confidence in government. This budget agreement takes meaningful steps toward making New York more affordable for blue-collar families and seniors, businesses and taxpayers. The reduction in the 18A energy tax, lowering the corporate tax rate and a real property tax break for manufacturers are all long overdue and are essential to improving New York’s economy,” added Senator Greg Ball. “I am also pleased to see the Estate Tax reformed to help working families, small business owners and family farms stay in New York.”
Highlights of the 2014-15 State Budget from the Senate Majority Press Office include:
$1.5 Billion in New Property Tax Relief
The 2014-15 State Budget will include a new property tax relief program that will provide taxpayers with $1.5 billion in direct property tax relief over the next three years for taxpayers in school and municipalities that develop plans to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, or have already implemented cost reduction plans at the local level.
As many as 2.8 million property taxpayers could receive direct property tax rebates as a result of this program which will encourage communities to keep property taxes under control.
$1.1 billion increase in school aid
The increase in school aid will help ensure a quality education for every child.  The aid will be distributed fairly and equitably across New York and will address the negative impact of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) on school districts.
All 20 schools across the 40th Senate district will receive a combined $17,521,885 increase from last year, a 7.8% increase.
The budget also includes a two-year delay on the use of the controversial common core testing for grade promotion decisions for children from third to eighth grades and measures to eliminate unnecessary standardized testing to focus more classroom time on teaching, rather than testing.
Tax cuts to create new jobs
The budget includes tax relief measures will help small businesses and manufacturers succeed, grow and help create new job opportunities for every New Yorker
It includes job-creating tax cut proposals that eliminate the corporate tax on manufacturers this year, a real property tax credit of 20 percent for manufacturers that lease or own property, accelerating the elimination of the 18-a energy tax surcharge to save all business and residential ratepayers $600 million over the next three years and increasing the estate tax exemption over the next five years from $1 million to match the federal exemption of $5 million.
Ethics Reforms
The budget includes sweeping ethics reform measures to ensure the public’s trust in government including: creating the new crime of Corrupting the Government and increasing penalties for bribery, and public corruptions crimes; stricter penalties for theft of state or local government property; permanently barring individuals or businesses convicted of public corruption from holding any elected or civil office, serving as a lobbyist or doing business with the state; establishing a public campaign financing pilot program, not funded by taxpayer dollars, to be used for the 2014 race for state Comptroller; creating an independent enforcement unit at the state Board of Elections; and bringing enhanced disclosure and reporting by the independent expenditure organizations that have expanded in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United v. F.E.C..
Health Care
The 2014-15 State Budget addresses important health care issues facing New Yorkers by providing funding for the following initiatives and programs: $1.2 billion over seven years for health care facilities restructuring, to ensure that New Yorkers continue to have access to quality health care services at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes; eliminating surprise billing for Out-Of-Network medical procedures; 2.5 million increase to the Doctor's Across New York Program to bring doctors to rural regions of the states to ensure access to primary care health services; a $5 million increase in funding for Spinal Cord Injury Research program, bringing total funding to $7.5 million; $450,000 for Opioid prevention, treatment, and addiction services to address the growing problems of heroin addiction; a $1.8 million increase in funding for rape crisis centers, bringing total funding to $3.6 million; $3.9 million to ensure that providers of Early Intervention Services are paid; $25.3 million for cancer services programs; $2.3 million for prenatal care; and $433,000 for the Adelphi Breast Cancer Support program.
Expanded Prescription Drug Assistance for Seniors
The budget will expand the number of senior citizens eligible for the EPIC prescription drug program by increasing the income eligibility limits from $35,000 to $75,000 for individuals and from $50,000 to $100,000 for married enrollees.
The budget also includes a $5 million increase in funding for community services for the elderly, such as transportation assistance, respite care, and home delivery meals.
Investing in Higher Education
The 2014-15 State Budget includes a new round of economic development grants for the SUNY 2020 and CUNY 2020 programs.  Each university system will receive $55 million for projects that target academic success, more job opportunities for students and new public-private partnerships.
In addition, the budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges. Funding for tuition assistance (TAP) is increased by $34 million, to help more young New Yorkers afford the cost of a higher education.
Overall state operating support for the state’s public university systems is increased by $178 million for SUNY and $104 million for CUNY.
Improving Local Roads & Bridges
To ensure that our roads and bridges are safe, the budget includes $3.7 billion in funds for capital improvement projects. The money will be used for road and bridge projects, as well as for projects related to aviation, rail, non-MTA transit and bus services.  In addition, the budget increases operating aid for transit authorities by $2.8 million.
Also, the 2014-15 State Budget continues the record increase in transportation aid for a total of $438.1 million in funds to local governments for repair and maintenance of roads through the CHIPS program. It also includes new, additional funding of $40 million to local governments to fix surface road damage and the large number of potholes created by the brutal winter.
Senator Greg Ball is enlisting the support of the community to help identity the areas that are in dire need of attention. If you know of a pothole, please visit Senator Ball’s website by visiting:
A Cleaner Environment
In an effort to ensure that New Yorkers can enjoy clean water and clean air, the new state budget will increase the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) by $9 million, bringing the EPF to $162 million.
In addition, the budget will make an investment of $92.5 million from the NY Works program to make much-needed repairs and improvements at state parks across the state, as well as $40 million to make additional improvements to environmental infrastructure such as wastewater systems and recreational facilities.
Human Services
Funding for child care subsidies for low income families is increased by $55 million over last year.
Fiscal Responsibility
For the fourth consecutive year the budget will reduce taxes and will keep overall spending growth below two percent – the same level imposed on local governments and school districts by the property tax cap.
For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796

Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
***Wednesday, April 2nd at Noon ***
Press Conference Scheduled for Wednesday, April 2nd
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson), Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and other local elected officials will gather on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at noon to announce an agreement in the New York State 2014-2015 Budget that will allow Dutchess County to repeal the recently enacted energy tax.
The local tax, which took effect on March 1, 2014, imposed a 3.75 percent sales tax on all residential energy sources, including electricity and fuel oil to balance the Dutchess County budget.
What: Critical Dutchess County Funding Announcement
When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Noon
Where: Dutchess County Office Building (6th Floor Legislature Chambers): 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Who: Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson)
Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D- Hudson)
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan
Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison
Dutchess County Legislator John Thomes
And others.
For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796

Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
[Video From Senate Floor: ]
Albany, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – New York State and Dutchess County officials recently announced $5.25 million in the New York State 2014-2015 Budget that will enable Dutchess County to repeal the recently enacted energy tax. Officials are calling out Senator Terry Gipson, saying he was absent without official leave when Dutchess County needed him the most.
The local tax, which took effect on March 1, 2014, imposed a 3.75 percent sales tax on all residential energy sources, including electricity and fuel oil to balance a deficit in the Dutchess County Budget.
Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson), County Executive Molinaro and others were able to successfully lobby for $5.25 million of mandate relief in the 2014-2015 State Budget to repeal the local energy tax. However, officials are saying this funding comes without the help of the Senator that represents the majority of Dutchess County, Senator Terry Gipson.
Evidence of Senator Gipson’s lack of involvement is highlighted in his speech on the Senate Floor when he cites that Dutchess County will receive $3.5 million in funding, when the correct total is much larger, $5.25 million, from multiple line items.
Senator Greg Ball said: “Senator Terry Gipson says one thing when he is in Dutchess County, but does the complete opposite in Albany. Senator Gipson turned his back on Dutchess County when they needed him the most. Now it seems that Gipson is trying to claim credit for this funding. I was happy to work in a bipartisan effort with Assemblywoman Barrett and County Executive Molinaro to deliver this funding. Senator Gipson was AWOL, absent without official leave. Dutchess can and should do better than Terry Gipson.”
The funding comes from three unique areas of need for Dutchess County. $3.5 million was allotted for services and expenses of Dutchess County, $1.4 million was allotted for services and expenses of the Dutchess County Coordinated Jail Based Services and $350,000 was allotted to help offset the closure of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center (HRPC).
County Executive Marcus Molinaro said: “This critical state aid for Dutchess County delivered by Senator Greg Ball and Assemblywoman Barrett will allow the County to balance its budget without eliminating core services or the need for a tax on residential energy sources. We are grateful to Senator Ball and Assemblywoman Barret. Sadly, others are now attempting to take credit for something they had little or nothing to do with. We have always sought to do what's right and I'm proud this community came together in a bipartisan way to address critical community needs and reduce the burden placed on our taxpayers.”
Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan said: “Besides a few press releases and a tired recycled energy policy that does nothing to provide real relief for beleaguered taxpayers, Senator Gipson has paid lip service to Dutchess county residents for 15 months and has done nothing to provide real relief. Senator Ball needs a real partner in Albany to solve problems, not someone who is part of the problem. As the only true fiscal Conservative running against Senator Gipson, I have made a pledge to never raise taxes and like Senator Ball, I’m not afraid to stand up to political insiders and the go along get along crowd.”
Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison said: “In January, I called on our State Legislators to partner with us to deliver mandate relief in order to repeal the energy tax.  Senator Greg Ball was there for us, but unfortunately Senator Gipson was nowhere to be found. Terry Gipson was elected as the accidental Senator, and now he is proving to be the absentee Senator. When elected Senator, I will continue to work hard to give the people of New York's 41st District representation they deserve.”
Legislator Angela Flesland, Majority Leader said: “As residents became more aware of the devastating toll unfunded mandates have on Dutchess County and the other 61 counties, mandate relief became a popular buzz word with many state legislators. Assemblywoman Didi Barrett and Senator Greg Ball didn't give us empty rhetoric and lip service when it came to delivering results though, they worked together and made it happen. Unfortunately, Senator Gipson seems to have morphed into a typical Albany politician in record time during his short tenure in the State Senate. Senator Gipson sat on the sidelines while Senator Ball an Assemblywoman Barrett delivered mandate relief. Since Senator Gipson was recently quoted talking about 63 counties in NY it is no surprise he couldn't deliver mandate relief for counties when he doesn't even know how many counties there are. We simply can not afford to have an absentee senator representing us in Albany, we can not afford Terry Gipson any longer.”
Legislator Jim Miccio, Environment Chairman said: “Though Senator Gipson represented the Village of Rhinebeck before being elected to the State Senate, this State budget proved he was not ready for the big leagues. Despite representing only a fraction of Dutchess County, Senator Greg Ball continues to deliver much more for Dutchess than Terry Gipson. Since it is the opening day of baseball, it's appropriate we send Terry Gipson back to the minors and recruit someone capable of performing in the major leagues.”
Legislator Alan Surman, Government Services and Administration Chairman said: “One has to wonder what Terry Gipson is doing in Albany, what he is clearly not doing is advocating for Dutchess County. When one of the largest issues facing Dutchess County and our taxpayers are the burden of unfunded mandates, it is unfathomable when it came time to deliver relief, Senator Gipson was missing in action. When non mandated services like Sheriff's road patrols, 911 dispatch, senior and veterans services, and highway and bridge maintenance were in jeopardy due to the overwhelming cost of mandates from Albany, he did nothing to make sure these services remain for residents. Terry Gipson owes it to the taxpayers to tell them why he did nothing to guarantee someone would answer the phone at the 911 center during an emergency. The bureaucracy of Albany must be more important to Senator Gipson than allowing Dutchess County to provide the services residents need the most at a cost they can afford.”
Legislator Ken Roman, Public Safety Chairman said: “It is truly amazing that Senator Gipson sent out multiple taxpayer funded mailers talking about mandate relief, yet when it was time to deliver mandate relief, he was nowhere to be found. We need a Senator who doesn't waste our hard earned tax dollars sending us mailers touting ideas, but rather delivers results to save us money.”
Legislator Rob Weiss said: “When 70% of the County budget is consumed by unfunded mandates it is sad that Dutchess County's primary Senator, Terry Gipson, did nothing to bring about much needed change. Though he only represents two towns in Dutchess, Senator Greg Ball worked in a bipartisan fashion with Assemblywoman Didi Barrett to be the voice of reason and advocacy for Dutchess County in Albany.”
Legislator Ellen Nesbitt said: “While Senator Ball and Assemblywoman Barrett assisted Dutchess, Senator Terry Gipson was no where to be found. While we were in Albany, on the floor of the Senate no less, Gipson was on the floor but couldn't even muster the energy to talk to our group of local Dutchess officials. When Dutchess County needed Senator Gipson the most, he was not there to help us.”
Charles Godfrey owner of Second Chance Farm in Milan said: “Running a small business in New York is hard, red tape from Albany shouldn't make it worse. When I met with Senator Gipson's office about an initiative to help Dutchess County farmers, they said they would get back to me and never did. Not only is Terry Gipson absent from advocating for mandate relief, he's absent for the farmers and small business owners trying to succeeded.”
Jim McCarthy, owner of Cloverbrook Farm said: “As a small business owner of Cloverbrook Farm in Dutchess County I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett for working together to solve this energy tax crisis. Owning a business in Dutchess is extraordinarily hard enough, after already needing to squeeze every penny in this bad economy. It is shameful that some couldn't work in a bipartisan fashion to assist Dutchess families and businesses. The relief this energy tax repeal will bring cannot be overstated. I am glad my concerns and those across Dutchess were heard by leaders who cared. Those who didn't will certainly and rightfully so be remembered during election time. I think it’s time for all representatives to work together.”
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Albany, N.Y. – 04/01/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that the New York State 2014-2015 Budget includes a provision (S6358D) that will prohibit the use of an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card by recipients of public assistance at certain locations.
In February, Senator Greg Ball joined Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous and other New York State Senate Legislators to urge for the passage of this initiative to restore integrity in the state’s public assistance program.
“New Yorkers are always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, but we don’t like seeing taxpayer money wasted. Preventing EBT cards from being used to purchase things like alcohol, lottery tickets and adult entertainment is common sense,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am glad to have worked with my colleagues to ensure the State Budget included this provision to ensure families in need get the temporary support they require, while also protecting hard-working taxpayers from abuse.”
The state budget provision will prohibit the use of EBT cards at liquor stores, wine stores, beer wholesalers, adult-oriented entertainment facilities, and gaming establishments including casinos, pari-mutuel wagering facilities, video lottery facilities and commercial charitable gaming facilities.
Senator Ball created a petition on his Senate website that garnered over 1,000 signatures since it was launched in June of 2013.
In addition to preventing abuse of EBT cards, Senator Ball is also calling for the passage of a bill he has coined, “Urine or You’re Out” (S3905-A). The legislation would change the New York’s social services law to require applicants of public assistance to be screened for alcohol and/or substance abuse. If the person tests positive, they would be immediately denied public assistance and referred to a treatment program. Testing would be repeated every six months.
“This type of law is not intended to embarrass or humiliate people in need. I understand that times are tough. However, we need to be sure that this money is being used for its intended purpose,” added Senator Ball. “Taxes are killing this state. This is one way to not only tighten the belt and save millions of dollars, but get addicts the help they need.”
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Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
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Personal: (914) 406 5114
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
***Thursday, April 3rd at 6 PM***
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Brewster, N.Y. – 04/01/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will join Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty and John Gallina to introduce Vietnam Veteran Private Dan Flanigan to the community on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6 PM at the Patterson Fire Department. The event will be hosted to ask for help from professional trades and volunteers to renovate Private Flanigan’s home in Pawling, NY.
An initiative began in Mahopac, NY on September 12, 2013 when the community gathered together with one purpose, to build or renovate a home for a service-connected disabled veteran in Senator Ball’s District.
Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran has been selected after a thorough vetting process by Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit based in Statesville, NC that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans.
“It is a sad reality that this country has turned its back on our older soldiers, that fought for, and defended all of the freedoms we enjoy every day. Private Flanigan had no choice but to serve in Vietnam, he received a Purple Heart because of the blood he shed for our country,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is heartwarming to see the immense community support we have received since we first made this announcement. Literally hundreds of local elected officials, financial institutions, small businesses and community partners have stepped up to the plate. If you would like to join our Purple Heart Homes Senate Task Force and join our honorable efforts, please contact my office today.”
The Kick-off Ceremony is being held to invite all interested professional trades and volunteers that want to get involved – roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help renovate Private Flanigan’s home in Pawling, NY.
Those attending the event will have an opportunity to be introduced to Private Daniel Flanigan, who received a Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam. 
Purple Heart Homes Co-founders Dale Beatty (a CNN top 10 2013 Hero) and John Gallina will be joining Senator Greg Ball to explain what needs to be done to renovate the home to sign-up volunteers.
Renovation will begin in June tied in with Army Week Association. Work on the project is expected to take at least four months. An official Welcome Home Ceremony will be held for Private Daniel Flanigan when the renovations have been completed.
If you would like to RSVP for the meeting or join the task force, you can contact Senator Greg Ball’s office at or 845-279-3773.
What: Purple Heart Homes Community Kickoff Event
When: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Where: Patterson Fire Department: 13 Burdick Rd, Patterson
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Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
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