POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: PAWLING HIGH SCHOOL THRILLED WITH ITS NEW FITNESS CENTER

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Students at Pawling High School are now enjoying a new fitness center thanks to a $100,000 grant that state Sen. Greg Ball has secured for his alma mater.

“I was honored to deliver this grant for my high school. The students and sports teams didn’t have an adequate fitness facility. … This is a beautiful room that will be used by many generations to come,” Ball said in a prepared statement.

“The new fitness room is a beautiful addition to our school and is being used on a continual basis by our student athletes and coaches. Our physical education and health teachers have also begun to incorporate the fitness room into their instructional programs,” Pawling High School Principal Helen Callan said. “We would like to thank Sen. Ball for his support of our students and of our high school program.” (ARTICLE)

LOHUD: ROUNDTABLE ON HEROIN, OPIOID ADDICTION IN CARMEL

State Sen. Greg Ball will host a Homeland Security Drug Crisis Roundtable in conjunction with the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility in Carmel.

Immediately following the roundtable, the Harm Reduction Coalition will provide overdose prevention training. The training, which meets New York state Department of Health requirements, includes recognition of opioid overdose, administration of intranasal Narcan, and steps to take until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes Narcan.

Ball was recently named a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force is chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Members will examine the issues and solicit input from experts and others about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts. The task force will then develop recommendations which will be used to draft legislation to address the issues raised.

Boyle, State Sen. David Carlucci, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, members of the Drug Crisis in Our Backyard Community Action Organization and others will also participate in the roundtable.

For information call 845-279-3773 or by email kgobins@nysenate.gov. (ARTICLE)

SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR STATE PARKS ON EARTH DAY 2014

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Brewster, N.Y. – 04/22/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) was happy to announce that the New York State 2014-15 Budget includes $1,500,000 for two state parks in his Senate District.

The announcement comes on Earth Day, a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.

FDR State Park in Yorktown will receive $1,000,000 to rehabilitate the swimming pool bathhouse and entry plaza and Fahnestock State Park in Putnam and Dutchess counties will receive $500,000 to continue improvement of the Canopus Lake Welcome Center.

“As we celebrate Earth Day and all the wonderful things our area has to offer, I am excited to announce that FDR and Fahnestock State Parks will both receive funding to make capital improvements,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Both of these parks improve quality of life for residents and also support tourism in our area.”

These two projects are part of a $90 million statewide commitment to fund a total of 69 projects to improve and repair 53 State parks and historic sites.

“FDR Park is where I spent my childhood,” said Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy. “Back then it was Mohansic State Park, but today my kids enjoy it as much as I did and this money helps ensure my grandchildren will as well.”

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office, The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually. A recent study commissioned by Parks & Trails New York found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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

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HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: BALL DELIVERS $100K GRANT FOR ALMA MATER PAWLING TO UPGRADE FITNESS CENTER

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PAWLING, N.Y. – Students at Pawling High School are enjoying a new fitness center courtesy of a $100,000 state grant that Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has secured for his alma mater.

“I was honored to deliver this grant for my high school,” Ball said. “The students and sports teams didn’t have an adequate fitness facility. I am happy that this funding has allowed the school to finally make this project a reality. This is a beautiful room that will be used by many generations to come.”

Many years ago, Pawling High School converted a storeroom into a weight room. The grant has allowed the school to completely renovate and expand the old room to create a much larger co-ed fitness center. The school added new fitness equipment, a rubber flooring, air conditioning, viewing windows and even a stereo for the students that use the facility.

Pawling High School Principal Helen Callen thanked Ball for the grant money, noting that the fitness room is getting plenty of use.

“The new fitness room is a beautiful addition to our school and is being used on a continual basis by our student athletes and coaches,” she said. “Our physical education and health teachers have also begun to incorporate the fitness room into their instructional programs so that all Pawling High School students can benefit from this facility.” (ARTICLE)

THE EXAMINER NEWS: FREE NARCAN KIT & TRAINING AT APRIL 24 HEROIN ROUNDTABLE

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Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) will host a Homeland Security Drug Crisis Roundtable in conjunction with the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on Thursday, April 24th at 6PM at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility in Carmel, NY.

Immediately following the roundtable, the Harm Reduction Coalition will provide overdose prevention training. The training, which meets New York State Department of Health requirements, includes recognition of Opioid overdose, administration of intranasal Narcan, and steps to take until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes Narcan.

“I am proud to team up with the Harm Reduction Coalition to offer free Narcan training. This miracle drug, if used correctly, has the potential to save lives,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The epidemic of heroin addiction plaguing our communities must be confronted head on. It is sickening to read and hear of the countless deaths in our community. We must get to the kids before it’s too late, talk is cheap, and what is needed is funding and resources. As legislators, we must do everything in our power to protect our children from drug addiction.”

Senator Greg Ball was recently named a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force is chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Members will examine the issues and solicit input from experts and other stakeholders about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts. The task force will then develop recommendations, which will be used to draft legislation to address the issues raised.

Senator Phil Boyle, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, Drug Crisis in Our Backyard Community Action Organization and others will also participate in the roundtable.

Those that would like to participate in the Narcan training and receive a free resuscitation kit that includes Narcan, must RSVP to Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling (845) 279-3773 or by emailing kgobins@nysenate.gov. (ARTICLE)

LOHUD: SEN. GREG BALL SECURES $100,000 STATE GRANT FOR PAWLING HIGH SCHOOL

By: Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy

Students at Pawling High School are now enjoying a new fitness center thanks to a $100,000 state grant that Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has secured for his alma mater.

“I was honored to deliver this grant for my high school. The students and sports teams didn’t have an adequate fitness facility. I am happy that this funding has allowed the school to finally make this project a reality. This is a beautiful room that will be used by many generations to come,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As long as I am in office, I will continue to fight to bring as much of our tax money back home, where it belongs.”

Many years ago, Pawling High School converted a storeroom into a weight room. The funding has allowed the school to completely renovate and expand the old room to create a much larger co-ed fitness center. The school added new fitness equipment, a rubber flooring, air conditioning, viewing windows and even a stereo for the students that use the facility.

“The new fitness room is a beautiful addition to our school and is being used on a continual basis by our student athletes and coaches. Our physical education and health teachers have also begun to incorporate the fitness room into their instructional programs so that all Pawling High School students can benefit from this facility,” said Pawling High School Principal Helen Callan. “We would like to thank Senator Ball for his support of our students and of our high school program.” (ARTICLE)

SENATOR BALL DELIVERS $100K FOR ALMA MATER

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Pawling, N.Y. – 04/17/2014 – Students at Pawling High School are now enjoying a new fitness center thanks to a $100,000 state grant that Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has secured for his alma mater.

“I was honored to deliver this grant for my high school. The students and sports teams didn’t have an adequate fitness facility. I am happy that this funding has allowed the school to finally make this project a reality. This is a beautiful room that will be used by many generations to come,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As long as I am in office, I will continue to fight to bring as much of our tax money back home, where it belongs.”

Many years ago, Pawling High School converted a storeroom into a weight room. The funding has allowed the school to completely renovate and expand the old room to create a much larger co-ed fitness center. The school added new fitness equipment, a rubber flooring, air conditioning, viewing windows and even a stereo for the students that use the facility.

“The new fitness room is a beautiful addition to our school and is being used on a continual basis by our student athletes and coaches. Our physical education and health teachers have also begun to incorporate the fitness room into their instructional programs so that all Pawling High School students can benefit from this facility,” said Pawling High School Principal Helen Callan. “We would like to thank Senator Ball for his support of our students and of our high school program.”

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

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LOHUD: SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS DAY SET 5/3 IN BREWSTER

By: Randi Weiner

Information, resources and vendors involved in special education programs and products will be featured at a special needs awareness event set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 at the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy campus in Brewster.

The event, hosted by state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson)  and his Special Needs Advisory Council, with a special visit from state Sen. David Carlucci (D-New City), is free and open to the public. Carlucci is chairman of the senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.

More than 30 vendors are expected to attend.

“Making ends meet, raising a family and keeping everything together in New York State can be challenging. Those families trying to provide necessary services to family members with special needs face even greater hurdles and challenges. Compounding this problem, we are seeing cuts to the vital services and resources needed by these families,” Ball said. “I hope this event helps shine a bright light on this issue and helps provide information and services to those who care for one of our most vulnerable populations.”

For more information or to reserve a vendor table, contact Suzy Rhodes at smrhodes@nysenate.gov or 845-279-3773.

The Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Campus is at 15 Mt. Ebo Road South, Brewster. (ARTICLE)

THE COURIER: HUNDREDS ATTEND SENIOR HEALTH FAIR AT PHC

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Louise Cantarella of Carmel, a volunteer at Putnam Hospital Center, was relieved that her blood pressure was perfect. “Not bad for a gal my age,” said the “seasoned” citizen who was among some 300 area residents from across the region who participated in Friday’s senior health fair at the hospital to help celebrate PHC’s golden anniversary.

Valuable information was also provided to those attending as well as cholesterol tests, heart health information, nutritional counseling, tips on weight loss, wound care guidance and senior living accommodations.

The fair was co-sponsored by the hospital and State Senator Greg Ball.

PHC President James Caldas thanked the senator for his co-sponsorship: “For the past half century, our hospital has been at the forefront of providing quality health care to the senior members of our community. We were pleased to further the commitment by offering a health fair specifically granted to our seniors.” (ARTICLE)

 

THE COURIER: HEROIN EPIDEMIC KILLS 38 YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS PUTNAM

Putnam’s heroin scourge has reached epidemic proportions with 38 young people fatally overdosing since 2012 and arrests increasing countywide for heroin sales and possession by more than 300 percent.

The startling revelations were made Friday at a forum in Mahopac attended by school and town officials from throughout the Putnam, northern Westchester, south- ern Dutchess region—a gettogether coordinated by State Senator Greg Ball and the Putnam Valley based Peers Influence Peers Program.

Ball told the gathering: “Many of us in suburban areas a decade ago looked at the drug crisis as a city issue believing it was not our problem. Now our kids are dying at an alarming rate. We may have done a good job at cracking down on prescription drug abuse but like a balloon—when squeezed down on one end, the air goes elsewhere—now heroin is the drug of choice. It has a cheap street value. Mess with it once and you die!”

Putnam Legislator and Putnam Valley Assistant High School Principal Sam Oliverio believes that “parental education is key to stemming the tide of heroin abuse. The first step is to get those addicted to heroin assistance. Parents must get to know the signs—depression, up moods that suddenly crash, teens and young adults who leave the house in the middle of the night for an unknown reason. These are the telltale signs that parents need to become aware of.”

Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Gerald Schramek outlined a three pronged approach toward curing the epidemic: “Education and awareness is of paramount importance along with making arrests for those providing the illegal drugs and prosecuting those who are selling this poison.”

Putnam Deputy Commissioner of Social Services Joseph DeMarzo, who cochairs the Communities that Care Coalition, encouraged the audience to “educate young and old alike and keep talking to our teens advising how dangerous shooting up with heroin actually is.”

Frank Reale, coordinator of Peers Influence Peers, showed a seven minute clip of a new documentary titled “Chasing It” that was produced by the local group.

A parent interviewed, Douglas Greenwich of Putnam Valley, explained the pain and heartache he and his family experienced when losing a son to a heroin overdose.

Putnam Valley Superintendent of Schools Fran Wills called on parents to take an active role: “Schools can’t control a child’s home life. We can provide a concrete sense of belonging in school but children are under our care for less than one third of the day.”

Brewster Superintendent Tim Conway agreed: “We all must fight this disease from all fronts—school and home.”

Brian Alm, principal of Haldane High School in Cold Spring, said many people still have the misconception of drug addicts “lying in city streets with a needle in their arm. The real evil is in a family’s medicine cabinet. Young people start out with a single pill to enhance a high that quickly leads to snorting a crushed pill that advances to stronger substances like heroin. Our task is to help youngsters understand that it is not a big leap from a pill to an overdose with a needle in their arm.”

Ball stressed in order for the epidemic to be controlled, a “total community effort is needed.” (ARTICLE)

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