SENATOR GREG BALL TO HOST FUNDRAISER DINNER FOR DISABLED VETERAN SEPTEMBER 4TH

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Brewster, N.Y. – 08/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will be hosting a fundraiser BBQ dinner for Private Dan Flanigan on September 4th at the Pawling Fire Department alongside Purple Heart Homes, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson.

Dan Flanigan is a service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient who currently lives in a 100-year-old home that is in dire need of repairs. Senator Greg Ball teamed up with Purple Heart Homes to raise funds for the Daniel Flanigan Project, which was selected by Purple Heart Homes for their Aging in Place Program.

“This is a tremendous project that has been off to a phenomenal start so far. Countless volunteers and businesses have stepped up to the plate to donate their time, money and services to keep progress rolling,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This being said, there is still a great deal of money needed to complete the necessary renovations. I want to encourage everyone to join me at this fundraising event in order to help give this disabled veteran the home he so desperately needs and deserves.”

“Our veterans have given selflessly to protect the rights and freedoms we enjoy.  Private Dan Flanigan, a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, is a hero among us, demonstrated by his unrelenting willingness to serve our country. I am humbled to stand alongside Senator Ball, Sheriff Anderson and Purple Heart Homes as we honor Private Flanigan, and assist him with the home renovations he justifiably needs and deserves,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

The dinner will take place on Thursday, September 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pawling Firehouse, South St, Pawling, NY 12564. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased at the door. Those that would like to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (845) 279-3773 or by visiting: http://bit.ly/1lmcfiC.

Over the past several weeks, new siding and a brand new front door on Dan’s home have been installed. The old carpeting and hardwood flooring has been removed and is currently being replaced with new flooring. The old bathroom has been completely removed and the new bathroom and shower have been installed and completed. All the exterior storm windows have been removed and all the rotten molding on the exterior is being replaced.

Materials that are still needed include carpeting, a Bilco cellar door, air conditioning and landscaping services.

If you would like to get involved in the project or donate please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling: (845) 279-3773.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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MAHOPAC, YORKTOWN AND SOMERS BUSINESSES DONATE TO LOCAL DISABLED VETERANS HOME

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Pawling, N.Y. – 07/28/2014 – Businesses from throughout Mahopac, Yorktown, Somers and the entire Hudson Valley area have donated their goods and services to “welcome home” a local service-connected disabled veteran. Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has teamed up with Purple Heart Homes and the community to make renovations and improvements on Vietnam War Veteran Private Dan Flanigan.

Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes are currently working to upgrade the home of Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100 percent service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran who lives in Pawling. Construction on Private Flanigan’s house kicked off June 14th with the demolition of his front porch.

“I am thrilled that the renovations on Dan’s home have been moving along so smoothly. From the very start of the project, countless businesses, volunteers and donors have reached out to contribute time, money and supplies to this great cause,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Help is still needed in order for us to complete this tremendous project in the coming months. If you would like to join our efforts to give this service-connected disabled veteran the proper “welcome home” he deserves, I encourage you to contact my office to get involved.”

Since the project began, a new front and back porch have been built and plumbing for a new bathroom is underway. Upcoming steps include redoing the roof, painting the interior and exterior of the house, completing the electrical work and upgrading the kitchen and bathrooms.

“I am beyond humbled to have been selected by Purple Heart Homes and Senator Ball for this project. From the beginning, I have received a great deal of support from my community throughout this process, and for that I am truly grateful,” said Vietnam War Veteran Private Daniel Fanigan. “It is exciting to see the numerous volunteers and donors at my house each day who are so eager to help out.”

Local businesses in Mahopac, Somers and Yorktown have stepped up in an extraordinary way to help move along this project.

James Schmitt, owner of Schmitt Brother’s Contracting, who lives in Mahopac and owns an excavation business in Pawling has volunteered his services for the project.

“Schmitt Brother’s Contracting is all about giving back to the community. We are honored to help in completely renovating the home of this war hero,” said James Schmitt. “I would like to thank Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes for putting this project in motion. I greatly look forward to the day that Dan can proudly enjoy his new home.”

Whispering Pine Landscape Supply in Yorktown donated $10,000 for the project and is working on the landscaping around Dan Flanigan’s home.

“Our company decided last year that we wanted to raise money for a local veteran. When we heard about Dan Flanigan, it made perfect sense that we would donate the funds we raise to his house renovations. It is great to see Senator Ball team up with Purple Heart Homes for this project, and I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful cause,” said Brad Kuck of Whispering Pine Landscape Supply.

Jilco Window Corporation in Somers donated replacement windows for the entire home.

“When we heard about this project, we were eager and excited to get involved. We wanted to give back to a man who has given so much to his country,” said Michael McDonough of Jilco Windows.

Other businesses that have donated from Mahopac, Somers and Yorktown include: Jay Hildebrandt Electric in Carmel, Bell Heating and Air Conditioning in Mahopac, Steve Adams Jr Plumbing & Heating, Inc in Carmel and Brian Gallagher of Mahopac that is doing the tin roofing.

Upcoming interior work within the residence includes removal and replacement of carpeting and hardwood flooring, complete reconstruction of bathrooms and the kitchen, insulation installment and general painting.

If you would like to volunteer your time or professional services, please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling (845) 279-3773.

If you would like to make a monetary donation for the project, please make a check payable to Purple Heart Homes and send to Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union: 1620 New York 22, Brewster, NY 10509 or visit: www.purplehearthomesusa.org.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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PURPLE HEART HOMES TEAMS UP WITH SENATOR GREG BALL TO HOST 4TH ANNUAL VETERANS THANKSGIVING DINNER

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Brewster, N.Y. – 07/21/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is teaming up with Purple Heart Homes Association to host the 4th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner in November.

“The Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite events that I have the distinct honor of hosting each year, and I hope to continue to do so for years to come, regardless of if I am elected into public office. Seeing the smiles on the veterans’ faces is truly rewarding,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am thrilled to get to work with Purple Heart Homes this year to make this the best Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner we’ve had yet. I urge anyone who wants to give back to those who have given so much for our country to assist us in the planning of this dinner.”

Over the past three years, Senator Ball has worked with the community to host an annual Thanksgiving dinner for local veterans. This year, the Senator is partnering with Purple Heart Homes to seek donations and volunteers in order to make the free meal possible. The event will take place on November 22nd at the Putnam Golf Course. Seating times will be 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

“I always look forward to the Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner each year, as it is truly an incredible event for everyone who attends,” said Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Eugene Parrotta. “It’s great that Senator Ball is hosting the dinner for a fourth time this year. I know that the hundreds of veterans who attend each year are already excited to be invited back for another great Thanksgiving celebration.”

“Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to be thankful to all of our Veterans and their families that served and are serving this great nation.  We will take delight in serving them a delicious meal at the Fourth Annual Veterans Dinner with Senator Ball,” said John Gallina, Co-founder of Purple Heart Homes.

In addition to volunteers, Senator Ball is also seeking donations for the Thanksgiving Dinner including: uncooked turkeys (20 lbs or more), turkey gravy, cans of string beans, cans of whole white potatoes, cans of corn, cans of cranberry sauce, salad dressing, premade bags of stuffing, 48 oz cans of chicken broth, pies and décor.

To RSVP for the dinner, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating goods, please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office at (845) 279-3773.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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THE COURIER: BALL SECURES $60,000 TO FIGHT YOUTH HEROIN ADDICTION

By: Eric Gross

State Senator Greg Ball has secured $60,000 of state funding to combat heroin and opioid addiction among Putnam’s youth.

The funds will be channeled through the Peers Influence Peers program—a non-profit aimed at providing opportunities for young people to use their influence with their peers to make healthy life style choices.

Ball called the epidemic of heroin addiction plaguing the Putnam region as “frightening. It is sickening to hear of the countless deaths in our communities. We must get to our young people before it is too late.”

Upwards of three dozen young men and women have died of heroin overdoses in the Putnam area within the past 18 months.

Peers Influence Peers will use the infusion of cash to visit high schools in Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley and Lakeland starting in September.

Frank Reale, president of the Putnam Valley based organization, praised his members for producing a documentary “Chasing It,” that examines the explosive issue.

Reale said the state grant will allow his group to “reach out to local high school students and their parents in order to raise awareness about the epidemic.”

Susan and Steven Salamone of Mahopac lost their son to a heroin overdose last year.

Steven Salamone said he was “excited and encouraged” by the news. “We are facing an epidemic and need strong tools to win the battle against addiction. Education is key towards preventing drug abuse. We must keep the momentum going.” (ARTICLE)

HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN ISSUES STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL

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Brewster, N.Y. – 07/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in support of Israel.

“I strongly stand with our friends in Israel as they defend themselves from senseless terrorists attacks against their civilian populations throughout the country. Without reservation I support Israel’s right to defend herself using any means necessary to persevere, defend and protect civilian life. Hamas and its terrorist activity are not and shall never be acceptable to any freedom loving and humane modern day society. I extend my utmost support and encouragement to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Israeli Security Cabinet, The IDF Forces and all Israelis who live every day in a constant state of war, and without hesitation bravely defend their right to exist,” said Senator Greg Ball.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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DAILY VOICE: SEN. BALL NOTES PROGRESS ON VIETNAM VETERAN’S HOME

by Alesha Hanson

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. — Sen. Greg Ball, R, C, I-Patterson, chairman of the state Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has continued to make progress on the home of Vietnam War veteran Pvt. Dan Flanigan’s home, alongside Purple Heart Homes.

Ball and Purple Heart Homes are currently working to upgrade the home of Flanigan, a 100 percent service-connected disabled Vietnam veteran who lives in Pawling. Construction on Flanigan’s house kicked off Saturday, June 14, with the demolition of the front porch.

“I am thrilled that the renovations on Dan’s home have been moving along so smoothly,” said Ball. “From the very start of the project, countless volunteers and donors have reached out to contribute time, money and supplies to this great cause.

“Help is still needed in order for us to complete this tremendous project in the coming months. If you would like to join our efforts to give this service-connected disabled veteran the proper ‘welcome home’ he deserves, I encourage you to contact my office to get involved.”

“I am beyond humbled to have been selected by Purple Heart Homes and Sen. Ball for this project,” said Fanigan. “From the beginning, I have received a great deal of support from my community throughout this process, and for that I am truly grateful. It is exciting to see the numerous volunteers and donors at my house each day who are so eager to help out.”

Materials that are still needed include ¾-inch hardwood flooring, windows, carpet, Bilco cellar doors, two entry doors, spray foam insulation, air conditioning, stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, microwave and kitchen countertops.

If you would like to volunteer your time or professional services, contact Ball’s office at 845-279-3773.

If you would like to make a monetary donation for the project, visit www.purplehearthomesusa.org. (ARTICLE)

POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: PAWLING VETERAN GETS HELP WITH HOME

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By: Nina Schutzman

About 15 years ago, Dan Flanigan, a disabled Vietnam War veteran, inherited his parents’ century-old home.

His parents had inherited the Spring Street home in Pawling in 1970 from his grandmother, said Flanigan, 66.

But the once-beautiful home had fallen into disarray over the years.

“It’s an old, old house,” said Flanigan, who served in the Army and is 100 percent service-connected disabled. “With all the expenses and the taxes here, I’ve been barely able to keep up.”

The home has no insulation and the oil bills are “astronomical,” added the Purple Heart recipient who works at the nearby Hannaford.

Enter state Sen. Greg Ball and Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans and their families.

Ball, R-Patterson, started looking for a veteran to help in September.

Flanigan’s neighbor recommended him for the program, said Krista Gobins, Ball’s director of programs.

“I didn’t know much about the organization but when I heard about it… I thought in my heart, ‘could this be true?’ Now everything is coming to fruition,” Flanigan said.

The Pawling veteran, who is living in his home while the restoration takes place, has been injured in ways visible and not.

On a May morning in 1969, Flanigan was in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. A hand grenade exploded near him, spraying shrapnel into his head, Ball’s office said in a news release. Besides the injuries he sustained, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and nightmares.

“Dan is a hero in our community,” said Ball, a U.S. Air Force veteran. “This is a man who was in battle… he was in a home that was about to fall down and didn’t even have a working shower.”

Flanigan doesn’t consider himself a hero.

“I’m just one of the fortunate ones who made it back from Vietnam,” he said.

Construction on the Pawling home began in mid-June, with the demolition of the front porch.

“We started with a dilapidated home… trees were falling through the front porch,” said general contractor Robert Farese. “The inside of the house is OK, but it’s dated.”

Farese is one of the volunteers helping out; there have been many in the community, from neighbors who bring snacks, to a retired New York City firefighter who shows up to paint the house, who have made the project possible.

Flanigan is “emotionally attached to this structure, so we’re going to make it like it was brand-new,” Farese said. “I’m sure that’s going to change his life. I can see the change already. He’s ecstatic.”

Since the project began, a new front and back porch have been built and plumbing for a new bathroom is underway, according to information from Ball’s office. Fresh paint, electrical work and a new kitchen and upgrades in a second bathroom are also due.

“I greatly look forward to the day that Dan can proudly enjoy his new home,” said James Schmitt, owner of Schmitt Brothers Contracting, a company that volunteered services, via news release. “We are honored to help in completely renovating the home of this war hero.”

They hope to have the home finished by September. Project organizers have raised money for expenses, and want to have another fundraiser soon.

The project has been a great blessing, Flanigan said.

“This would make my parents so proud,” the veteran said of the restoration. (ARTICLE)

SENATOR GREG BALL AND PURPLE HEART HOMES CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS ON DISABLED VETERAN’S HOME

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(Pictured left to right: Senator Greg Ball, General Contractor Robert Farese and the owner of Schmitt Brother’s Contracting James Schmitt)

Pawling, N.Y. – 07/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has continued to make progress on the home of Vietnam War Veteran Private Dan Flanigan’s home, alongside Purple Heart Homes. Renovations began last month and are expected to be completed by this fall.

Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes are currently working to upgrade the home of Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100 percent service-connected disabled Vietnam veteran who lives in Pawling. Construction on Private Flanigan’s house kicked off June 14th with the demolition of the front porch.

“I am thrilled that the renovations on Dan’s home have been moving along so smoothly. From the very start of the project, countless volunteers and donors have reached out to contribute time, money and supplies to this great cause,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Help is still needed in order for us to complete this tremendous project in the coming months. If you would like to join our efforts to give this service-connected disabled veteran the proper “welcome home” he deserves, I encourage you to contact my office to get involved.”

Since the project began, a new front and back porch have been built and plumbing for a new bathroom is under way. Upcoming steps include redoing the roof, painting the interior and exterior of the house, completing the electrical work and upgrading the kitchen and bathrooms.

“I am beyond humbled to have been selected by Purple Heart Homes and Senator Ball for this project. From the beginning, I have received a great deal of support from my community throughout this process, and for that I am truly grateful,” said Vietnam War Veteran Private Daniel Fanigan. “It is exciting to see the numerous volunteers and donors at my house each day who are so eager to help out.”

Materials that are still needed include ¾ inch hardwood flooring, windows, carpet, Bilco cellar doors, two entry doors, spray foam insulation, air conditioning, stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, microwave and kitchen counter-tops.

If you would like to volunteer your time or professional services, please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling (845) 279-3773.

If you would like to make a monetary donation for the project, please make a check payable to Purple Heart Homes and send to Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union: 1620 New York 22, Brewster, NY 10509 or visit: www.purplehearthomesusa.org.

James Schmitt, owner of Schmitt Brother’s Contracting, whose excavation business volunteered their services for the project said he was more than happy to help.

“Schmitt Brother’s Contracting is all about giving back to the community. We are honored to help in completely renovating the home of this war hero,” said James Schmitt. “I would like to thank Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes for putting this project in motion. I greatly look forward to the day that Dan can proudly enjoy his new home.”

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at jbachmei@nysenate.gov

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LEWISBORO LEDGER: BALL, BUCHWALD TEAM UP TO HONOR STATE’S POW/MIA VETERANS

 

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By Lewisboro Ledger

State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C, I–Patterson) and Assemblyman David Buchwald (D–White Plains) recently teamed up to help pass a bill that will “require local governments to display the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flag when it is provided to the municipality by a local veterans organization,” according to a press release from Mr. Buchwald.

The legislation, which was authored by Mr. Buchwald in the Assembly before being sponsored by Mr. Ball in the Senate, will now be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval.

Mr. Buchwald represents Lewisboro and Katonah in the 93rd District, and Mr. Ball serves Lewisboro in the 40th District.

“The POW/MIA flag is a symbol of respect and honor, as well as a reminder of the enormous sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country,” Mr. Buchwald said. “Displaying this flag is an important way to carry on the tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans and military families.”

“It was an honor to be part of the passing of such a meaningful piece of legislation,” Mr. Ball said in the press release. “We must never forget those who have sacrificed so much. This nation must always show resolve in recognizing and honoring our beloved POW/MIA heroes. It is critically important that all of those who have served our country are recognized for their sacrifice, and that is especially true for this special class of heroes.”

The POW/MIA flag was developed by the National League of Families as a reminder of the U.S. military personnel who were taken as prisoners or listed as missing in action.

The flag was officially recognized by Congress in 1998 and was authorized to fly each year on several national observances, including Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

Congress also designated the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The bill passed by state legislators requires local municipalities to display the flag on these six days as well.

According to the press release, the legislation “will not be a financial burden on municipalities, as the POW/MIA flags are required to be flown only when provided by a local veterans organization along with any necessary attachments or fasteners.” (ARTICLE)

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS SENATOR BALL’S BILL TO NAME HUDSON VALLEY BRIDGE IN HONOR OF DISABLED VETERANS

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Albany, N.Y. – 07/03/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that today Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a piece of legislation that will designate a bridge in the Hudson Valley to honor local disabled veterans.

The legislation (S5974A/A8224A) will designate the bridge span on Bryant Pond road, crossing the Taconic state parkway, in Putnam County as the “Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge.”

“The men and women returning home from service to our country with injuries incurred in the line of duty are so worthy of this dedication,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Thanks to the Governor’s support, the Taconic State Parkway bridge at Bryant Pond Road will serve as a constant reminder that freedom is not free, it is paid for by the blood, sweat and tears of our service men and women.”

The Disabled American Veterans of Northern Westchester/Putnam Chapter Number 137 sent a letter to Senator Ball requesting New York State recognize the sacrifices the military has made in the course of their service for our nation. The letter noted that there are over 10,500 disabled veterans in New York State.

“As a disabled veteran myself, I fully understand the impact that the naming of this bridge would have. It is with great appreciation of the Senate and in particular Senator Greg Ball, that I laud this project,” said Eugene Parotta, Chairman of Senator Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council. “A constant reminder of our disabled veterans is always a good thing. Thanks to the determination of the Disabled American Veterans, this has finally come to fruition.”

The legislation was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.

For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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