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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By: ERIC GROSS

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)

SENATOR BALL TO HOST SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS DAY ON MAY 3RD

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Brewster, N.Y. – 04/16/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) will host a Special Needs Awareness Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Campus.

Over thirty vendors will provide awareness, information, and resources for families with special needs. Senator Greg Ball has worked to organize the event with his Special Needs Advisory Council.

“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,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Last year, as a member of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, I was proud to work with my colleagues to restore cuts that were initially proposed by the Governor to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. 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.”

Senator David Carlucci, Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, will also make a special appearance at the event.

Last year, Senator Greg Ball voted to restore up to $90 million in funding for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The restoration amends the 2013-14 Executive Budget, which originally called for reducing the agency’s budget by $90 million due to a $1.1 billion federal reduction in aid.

This funding will allow the agency to continue its vital mission to provide critical care to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, while reversing decades of mismanagement and overpayments that resulted in a decline of services to this vulnerable population.

If you would like to more information about the event, or you would like to reserve a vendor table you can contact Suzy Rhodes at smrhodes@nysenate.gov or 845-279-3773.

What: Special Needs Awareness Day

When: Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Campus: 15 Mt. Ebo Road South, Brewster, NY

Contact: Joe Bachmeier, jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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SENATOR BALL TO PROVIDE FREE NARCAN KIT & TRAINING AT APRIL 24TH HEROIN ROUNDTABLE

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Brewster, N.Y. – 04/14/2014 – 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 clicking here or calling (845) 279-3773 or by emailing kgobins@nysenate.gov.

What: Homeland Security Drug Crisis Roundtable

When: Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 PM

Where: Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility: 39 Seminary Hill Rd, Carmel, NY

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

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LEWISBORO LEDGER: REPORT POTHOLES ON BALL’S WEBSITE

By: Reece Alvarez

State Sen. Greg Ball announced last week that the New York state 2014–15 budget agreement includes $40 million in funding to help fix potholes.

Mr. Ball, whose 40th District includes Lewisboro and Katonah, is now enlisting the community’s help to identify dangerous potholes in need of repair. Residents who know of potholes are asked to report them on Mr. Ball’s website: http://www.nysenate.gov/webform/report-pothole

“This brutal winter has taken a toll on our roads,” Mr. Ball said in a press release. “As the winter progressed, local governments struggled to stay on top of the weather while staying within their budgets. I was happy to work with my colleagues to deliver this much-needed funding to help our local governments repair our roads and fix the potholes that this winter has left behind. I am now enlisting the support of the community to help us identity the areas that are in dire need of attention. I have created a form on my website where residents can report potholes, so I can work with our local governments to expedite the process and get our roads back in good condition.”

The additional $40 million in funding will be added to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), which gets distributed to municipalities. (ARTICLE)

SENATOR BALL: JOURNAL NEWS JUST TURNED DESPERATION INTO ART FORM

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Brewster, N.Y. – 04/13/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), issuing the following statement regarding today’s Journal News article, “Cracks in the facade: Mahopac incidents raise questions about intolerance.”

“It is widely understood that the newspaper business isn’t doing quite as well these days, but the Journal News just turned desperation into an art form. For no apparent reason, other than selling a few more papers, they have desperately tried to fabricate a story by going as far back to the early 1900’s. This hit piece strung together enough half-truths and unsubstantiated claims to choke a horse, including citing specific cases that have since been dismissed and clearly do not represent the community as a whole. Dig into any community looking for dirt, from Mount Vernon to Mahopac, and you will find enough to paint a tainted picture.

From gun maps to slanted editorials, I have dealt with the Journal News for nearly a decade. For the most part, the reporters are hard working, professional and fair. The editorial board is an entirely different animal and proudly leans somewhere to the left of Fidel Castro. Shame on the Journal News and shame on these ‘reporters.’

Today’s front-page hit piece by the Journal News represents a new kind of desperate, sickening low. Citing reports from a century ago, this article crudely patches together a series of largely unsubstantiated claims in an attempt to paint this community as patently and historically racist. What a slap in the face to the thousands of loving families in Mahopac who have open hearts, minds and do not deserve this type of gratuitous abuse. The only “crack in façade” we have in Putnam is this rag of a Newspaper that sits in our local businesses and driveways this morning,” said Senator Greg Ball.

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

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SENATOR BALL DELIVERS MILLIONS FOR “OPERATION: FILL IN THE HOLES” WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM & DUTCHESS TO RECEIVE OVER $2 MILLION FOR LOCAL ROAD REPAIRS

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Brewster, N.Y. – 04/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties will receive a total of $2,107,977.78 in state funding to help fix winter damaged roads and bridges. The funding comes from a $40 million statewide allotment in the 2014 – 2015 New York State Budget.

Westchester County will receive a total of $1,207,988.17, Putnam County will receive a total of $213,597.57 and Dutchess County will receive a total of $686,392.04. To view the complete allocation of the capital funding click here.

Senator Greg Ball is enlisting the community’s assistance to identify dangerous potholes in need of repair. Residents that know of potholes, are asked to report them on Senator Ball’s website.

“This brutal winter has taken a toll on all of us, but none us took it quite as bad as our roads. As the winter progressed, local governments struggled to stay on top of the weather while staying within their budgets. I was happy to work with my colleagues to deliver this much needed funding to help our local governments repair our roads and fix the potholes that this winter has left behind,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am now enlisting the support of the community to help us identity the areas that are in dire need of attention. I have created a form on my website where residents can report potholes, so I can work with our local governments to expedite the process and get our roads back in good condition.”

If you know of a pothole, you can report it by clicking here. The additional $40 million in funding will be added to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

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

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