DISABLED VIETNAM VETERAN “WELCOMED HOME” WITH COMPLETE HOME RENOVATION

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Pawling, N.Y. – 10/18/2014 – Mission complete: Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Purple Heart Homes hosted a “welcome home” ribbon cutting ceremony for Private Dan Flanigan’s completely renovated home in Pawling, NY.

Over the past year, Senator Ball has worked with Purple Heart Homes, local businesses and community members to completely renovate the home of, Dan Flanigan, a service-connected disabled veteran in Pawling. The 100-year-old home he was living in was in complete disrepair and lacked basic necessities, including a working shower.

“When we started this project Dan’s home was in complete disrepair, today he owns the nicest house on the block! The sad reality is that this hero, who suffered war wounds — both visible and internal, was on the verge of homelessness. However, thanks to the help of Purple Heart Homes and the immense community support, Dan will be able to proudly call this house his home for many years to come,” said Senator Greg Ball. “We must strive to do better for our veterans and for our true war heroes like Dan Flanigan. My hope is that this innovative doesn’t stop today, but that it sparks a movement as a nation.”

While serving in the Mekong Delta in 1969, Private Dan Flanigan suffered multiple wounds, including head injuries, when an enemy grenade exploded next to him during an ambush. Dan is a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran.

Dan Flanigan inherited his parent’s home in Pawling, NY in 1999. Dan like many Vietnam service-connected disabled veterans lives on a fixed income. The home he lives in is 100 years old and was in dire need of repairs before Senator Greg Ball and Purple Heart Homes started renovations.

Dan was selected for a complete home re-modeling after a thorough vetting process by Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit based in Statesville, NC that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans.

“We are very proud of how the community, the professional trades, and Senator Ball came together to help support our mission and renovate a home for Dan Flanigan. We salute all the volunteers, sponsors, and supporters from Pawling and Paterson NY and The Hudson Valley area who stepped up to support a Veteran in need in their community. We want to express a special thank you to Senator Ball for his leadership and acknowledgment of the housing issues Veterans face each day. There are many Veterans just like Dan Flanigan who served honorably, suffered wounds and injuries all in the name of freedom. They should not have to fight again 40 years later to keep their family home or to just simply navigate aging and limiting disabilities in their home,” said John Gallina, Co-Founder of Purple Heart Homes.

Dan’s home was in disrepair for at least the last 30 years. The first step was to remove the front and rear porch, the next step was to build new bathroom with a shower that Dan previously never had. All the hardwood floors on the first floor were removed and replaced and new carpets were installed throughout the entire house. All of the windows and doors were replaced throughout the residence and the kitchen was removed and replaced with brand new cabinets, appliances and ceramic tile. A new roof was installed and the whole house was power washed and re-painted. To make the home more efficient, cellular insulation was blown into the attic area and the masonry chimney was removed and a new power vent was installed.

“I can’t say thank you enough to the wonderful people at Purple Heart Homes, Senator Ball’s office and all the businesses and community members that helped make this all possible. My parents left the house I live in to me back in 1999 when they passed away. It needed a lot of repairs, which I couldn’t afford. Now I can proudly say that my home is one of the nicest in our community,” said Dan Flanigan. “I thank God for sparing my life in Vietnam and am proud to have served my country to this day. Today as I stand on my front porch I am proud to call this house my home.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege for me to have worked with a man whose vision, foresight tenacity and leadership have resulted in some of the greatest gains in veterans issues this state has ever seen. He has authored, co-authored and sponsored more legislation, in that arena, than any other legislator in recent memory. It was solely because of him that Purple Heart Homes came to NY to collaborate with us to start and finish the ‘aging in place’ program for Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dan Flanigan of Pawling, NY,” said Eugene Parrotta, Director of Veterans Affairs for the 40th Senate District. “I look forward to continuing the work we have started here with all the communities in the Hudson Valley. I only hope our next State Senator is as fervent and tenacious and willing to help our veterans as Greg Ball was.”

If you know a veteran in need, please visit: www.purplehearthomesusa.org.

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

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SENATOR BALL AND ASSEMBLYWOMAN GALEF JOIN VETERANS TO RENAME LOCAL BRIDGE

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The Bryant Pond Road Bridge Crossing Over Taconic Parkway to be Renamed “Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge” 

Senator Greg Ball and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef were joined today by members of the Northern Westchester-Putnam Disabled American Veterans Chapter #137 to celebrate the dedication of the “Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge” on the Taconic State Parkway.

The Disabled American Veterans play a large role in the Northern-Westchester and Putnam communities, helping veterans with many of their local needs. This bridge re-naming honors military members who have served our country and became disabled or wounded in the course of their military services, as well as the local Disabled American Veteran Chapters, which provides significant assistance to these veterans.

This bridge, located in Putnam County, was previously known as the Bryant Pond Road Bridge and has been re-named following the passage of legislation sponsored by Senator Ball and Assemblywoman Galef (S5974/A8224) that was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 3rd (Chapter 82 of 2014).

“I would like to thank the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #137 for their work in making this dedication a reality. I was proud to advocate on their behalf to ensure that the Taconic State Parkway bridge at Bryant Pond Road serves 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,” said Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “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.”

“I am so pleased that we were able to pass legislation this year renaming this local bridge. We must honor our service members, both currently serving and those who have served us so bravely in the past, as well as those who will serve in the future, particularly the ones who were injured while in the military and must live with those injuries on a regular basis,” said Assemblywoman Galef. “I hope that more people will remember these veterans as they drive underneath this bridge and thank them for their service.”

Michael Hartnett, Commander for Disabled American Veterans Chapter 137 said, “We must always keep our veterans in mind at all times throughout the year. We must always remember that the United States is a great country because of our veterans– they have allowed us to be a great nation. If the military ever failed us, our nation would fail. Our nation was born out of a military uprising during the Revolutionary War and our military has maintained the predominance of the United States ever since, which is why we must respect our military and all they have done since the founding of our country. The dedication of this bridge and the very visible signage will remind people driving by this location of the importance of the United States Military and all the veterans who have served our country.”

Bill Gorton, Regional Director of the New York State Department of Transportation said, “The New York State Department of Transportation was pleased to join Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Ball to honor our disabled veterans.  The men and women who have fought for our freedom in the U.S. Armed Forces deserve our admiration and respect, particularly those who are wounded in the line of duty. By designating this bridge the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge, the more than 27,000 daily travelers who pass it on the Taconic State Parkway will be reminded of the many contributions and sacrifices veterans have made for their country.”

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SENATOR GREG BALL HELPS CUTS RIBBON FOR NEW INCLUSIVE YORKTOWN PLAYGROUND

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Yorktown, N.Y. – 10/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined students, teachers and administration from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School to celebrate the opening of a new “inclusive” playground at the school on Gomer Street in Yorktown on Friday.

Senator Greg Ball successfully secured $60,000 in state aid to help make the playground possible.

“I was honored to help Thomas Jefferson Elementary School secure the funding to make this inclusive playground possible. It is inspiring to know that this playground was designed and built to suit the needs of all students, including those with sensory disorders, autism and students confined to a wheelchair,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Furthermore, this playground will keep students active and help combat obesity. Childhood obesity is an epidemic that we are just beginning to grapple with the reality and consequences. Physical conditioning is a critical component of a broader education and these early building blocks set the stage for future health.”

“The importance of the new playgrounds were to respond to the diverse needs of students in our school and community. The existing playground were dated and did not allow for inclusive play opportunities,” explained Principal Dr. Karen Gagliardi.

“Our TJPTA and Principal were instrumental in securing the means to make this a reality for the students of TJ,” added Dr. Gagliardi.  Parents (some of whom were architects), teachers, students, special educators, occupational therapists, physical therapist, administrators, buildings and grounds staff, secretaries, and our school nurse came together to share ideas about meeting the needs of our students and working to make that happen, explained Dr. Gagliardi. “Ultimately, through the Senator’s support and Lakeland’s Central Office support our TJ inclusive playground became a reality.” she added.

The Thomas Jefferson playground equipment selected in considered “Inclusive” meaning: An inclusive playground is one that invites and welcomes everyone, not just the families who are typical, but ones with children and parents with sensory processing disorder, autism and people of all ages in wheelchairs, not just the children.

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

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SENATOR GREG BALL AGAIN RANKED MOST CONSERVATIVE SENATOR

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Brewster, N.Y. – 10/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has again been ranked the most Conservative Senator by the New York State Conservative Party.

The Conservative Party used a total of twenty bills to create the ranking system, awarding each member 5 points for each bill that aliened with the Conservative Party’s stance. Senator Greg Ball received an 80% score, out of a possible 100%.

Senator Greg Ball has now been ranked the most conservative Senator for three out of the four years he served in the New York State Senate.

“Conservatives seem to be dinosaurs walking the earth these days in New York State. However, the Conservative Party and Chairman Mike Long represent a strong line of defense from a complete New York City Liberal takeover of New York State,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am proud of my conservative record and I am honored to be once again named the most conservative Senator in this state.”   

In addition to being ranked the most Conservative Senator, Greg Ball has also been three times ranked as New York’s most “Independent Republican Senator” by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). According to NYPIRG, a student-directed research organization, Senator Ball displayed the most independent voting record of his colleagues.

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

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WELCOME HOME RIBBON CUTTING PLANNED FOR VIETNAM VETERAN’S HOME IN PAWLING

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Brewster, N.Y. – 10/08/2014 – Mission complete: Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Purple Heart Homes will host a “welcome home” ribbon cutting ceremony for Private Dan Flanigan’s completely renovated home in Pawling, NY on Saturday, October 18th at 11:00AM. The ceremony will kickoff with a parade that will march from the Pawling IGA supermarket to Dan Flanigan’s home located on 19 Spring Street in Pawling, NY.

While serving in the Mekong Delta in 1969, Private Dan Flanigan suffered multiple wounds, including head injuries, when an enemy grenade exploded next to him during an ambush. Dan is a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran.

Dan Flanigan inherited his parent’s home in Pawling, NY in 1999. Dan like many Vietnam service-connected disabled veterans lives on a fixed income. The home he lives in is 100 years old and was in dire need of repairs before Senator Greg Ball and Purple Heart Homes started renovations.

Dan was selected for a complete home re-modeling after a thorough vetting process by Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit based in Statesville, NC that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans.

Dan’s home was in disrepair for at least the last 30 years. The first step was to remove the front and rear porch, the next step was to build new bathroom with a shower that Dan previously never had. All the hardwood floors on the first floor were removed and replaced and new carpets were installed throughout the entire house. All of the windows and doors were replaced throughout the residence and the kitchen was removed and replaced with brand new cabinets, appliances and ceramic tile. A new roof was installed and the whole house was power washed and re-painted. To make the home more efficient, cellular insulation was blown into the attic area and the masonry chimney was removed and a new power vent was installed.

What: Welcome Home Purple Heart Homes Ribbon Cutting For Dan Flanigan

When: Saturday, October 18th at 11:00 AM

Where: Dan Flanigan’s Home: 19 Spring Street, Pawling, NY 12564

 

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

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COMMUNITY HOSTS BBQ FUNDRAISER FOR DISABLED VETERAN

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Pawling, NY – 09/8/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, hosted a fundraiser BBQ dinner for Private Dan Flanigan on Thursday evening 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.

“I am thrilled that we have received immense community support on this project, and have been able to make significant progress on Private Flanigan’s home. It has been an honor to work with Purple Heart Homes, who have helped these renovations move along in a timely fashion,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This BBQ fundraiser is the final push we need to wrap up the project, and properly welcome home this deserving veteran!”

“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.

Proclamations were presented to those who have donated to the project so far, including: Whispering Pines Gardening Center, Jay Hildebrandt Electric, Kevin Schick of McGrath & Company, Mike McCormack of Liscum McCormack Van Voorhis LLP, Ken Ford of New York Title, Daniel Marxer of Chazen Companies, James Schmitt of Schmitt Bros. Excavation, Lloyd St. Louis of Boneyard Cruisers of Hudson Valley, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 279, Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting, Camille Parisi of Adirondack Hops, Dan Maguire of Nuisance Wildlife & Timberline Tree, Peter Wilcox of Pepsi Co, Gino Capicotto of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, McGraths Tavern, Gerry Klein of Mahopac National Bank, Mitch Klein of Krasdale Foods, Brewster Hills General Store, Hannaford of Pawling, Kobacker’s Market, McKinney & Doyle, Shoprite of Carmel, Christopher Page of Army Week, Major Robert Ramos, Joe Krulder of Drexel Hamilton, My Brother Vinny Community Organization, George Apap Painting , Jilco Windows, GAF roofing, Page Lumber, Dave Zublin of Old Time Barns, Lina Fierro, Steve Saba, Anthony Quatrone of Wood Stone Contracting, Brian Gallagher, Bob Nunziato, Rollo Podilla, Judy Fitzgerald, Minutemen, Bell Heating & Cooling, Jim Corless, Steve Adams, Echo Electric, John Biddle, Local 235 Labors Union, Anthony Farese, Clancy Moving, Karl Fister from the Village of Pawling Buliding Department, Chip Mullins, Rich Taylor, Kevin Andros, Rhino Linings, Team Depot from Brewster Home Depot, Hannaford in Pawling and many more.

Over the past several weeks, two brand new decks have been installed; 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 was 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.

“What a fantastic evening for a fantastic project. Purple Heart Homes is delighted to be working side-by-side with Senator Greg Ball and hundreds of community partners from throughout the Hudson Valley area to truly welcome home this local hero,” said Vicki Thomas of Purple Heart Homes. “Senator Ball is certainly proof that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

To make a monetary donation for the Purple Heart Homes project you can visit: www.purplehearthomesusa.org. If you would like to volunteer, 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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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: BARBECUE HELPS FUND HOME REPAIRS FOR PAWLING VET

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The community continues to contribute to help a Vietnam War veteran in town rehabilitate his home.

A barbecue fundraiser was held Thursday afternoon at the Pawling firehouse in honor of Daniel Flanigan. The event was billed as, “Welcome Home Private Dan Flanigan.”

Flanigan is a service-connected disabled veteran and Purple Heart recipient who lives in a 100-year-old home that is undergoing much-needed renovations.

While serving in the Mekong Delta in 1969, he suffered multiple wounds, including head injuries, when an enemy grenade exploded next to him during an ambush, according to Journal archives.

Flanigan, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, attended the barbecue.

“I am not a hero or celebrity,” he said. “I’m just one of the fortunate ones who made it back.”

The barbecue was hosted by state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, along with Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Sheriff Butch Anderson and Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit based in Statesville, North Carolina, that helps disabled veterans resolve housing issues.

The approximately 100 attendees paid $20 each to enjoy the grilled burgers and hot dogs, and potato salad and coleslaw.

Flanigan, 66, said he was grateful for all that has been done for him. This included a fundraiser held in April at the Patterson firehouse in Putnam County.

Much work has already been done in renovating his home on Spring Street through donations of materials, labor and money.

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams,” Flanigan said. “It’s all the grace of God and everyone’s been fantastic.”

Ball said Flanigan is a “stark reminder” of the thousands of returning Vietnam veterans whom the nation did not take care of.

“Daniel is a perfect example of a true hero who suffered enormous hardships, gave his country everything short of his life and found himself, decades after serving honorably, in a home without a useful bathroom and facing foreclosure,” Ball said.

Molinaro said the nation must do a better job of caring for its veterans.

“Let us hope we don’t have to do this for anybody else in our community, and if we do, we’ll stand up and be counted,” he said.

To donate or for more information, visit www.purplehearthomesusa.org. (ARTICLE)

OP-ED: LOCAL DISABLED VETERAN IN NEED

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Last year I announced that my office would be teaming up with the Purple Heart Homes organization to completely remodel the home for a service-connected disabled veteran in our area.

In June, we found a Vietnam Veteran from Pawling, Private Dan Flanigan, who lived in a 100-year-old home that was in dire need of repair. Dan inherited his parent’s home in 1999. Like many service-connected disabled veterans, Dan lives on a fixed income and hasn’t been able to maintain the home over the years. Before we started the work on his home, Dan didn’t have a working shower and was forced to shower each morning at the local gym.

I am very excited to announce that thanks to the immense community support, we have made significant progress on Private Flanigan’s home and we are slated for an early fall ribbon cutting!

However, we are running extremely low on funds and need to raise money to finish this project to give Dan Flanigan the home he deserves.

I have worked with Purple Heart Homes, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson to organize a BBQ Dinner in honor of Private Dan Flanigan.

The event will be hosted on Thursday, September 4th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Pawling Fire House, South St, Pawling, NY 12564. Tickets are $20 per ticket at the door. Please RSVP by visiting: http://bit.ly/1lmcfiC or by calling (845) 279-3773.

We need your help to continue this project to give Dan Flanigan the proper “welcome home” he so rightfully deserves.

Local Businesses and partners that have helped with this project include:

Whispering Pines Gardening Center, Jay Hildebrandt Electric, Kevin Schick of McGrath & Company, Mike McCormack of Liscum McCormack Van Voorhis LLP, Ken Ford of New York Title, Daniel Marxer of Chazen Companies, James Schmitt of Schmitt Bros. Excavation, Judy Fitzgerald, Lloyd St. Louis of Boneyard Cruisers of Hudson Valley, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 279, Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting, Camille Parisi of Adirondack Hops, Dan Maguire of Nuisance Wildlife & Timberline Tree, Peter Wilcox of Pepsi Co, Gino Capicotto of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, McGraths Tavern, Gerry Klein of Mahopac National Bank, Mitch Klein of Krasdale Foods, Brewster Hills General Store, Hannaford of Pawling, Kobacker’s Market, McKinney & Doyle, Shoprite of Carmel, Christopher Page of Army Week, Major Robert Ramos, Joe Krulder of Drexel Hamilton, My Brother Vinny Community Organization, George Apap Painting , Jilco Windows, GAF roofing, Page Lumber, Dave Zublin of Old Time Barns, Lina Fierro, Steve Saba, Anthony Quatrone of Wood Stone Contracting, Brian Gallagher, Bob Nunziato, Rollo Podilla, Judy Fitzgerald, Minutemen, Bell Heating & Cooling, Jim Corless, Steve Adams, Echo Electric, John Biddle, Local 235 Labors Union, Anthony Farese, Clancy Moving, Karl Fister from the Village of Pawling Buliding Department, Chip Mullins, Rich Taylor, Kevin Andros, Rhino Linings, Team Depot from Brewster Home Depot and many more.

Senator Greg Ball represents the 40th Senate district and is the Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

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

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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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