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State Sen. Greg Ball discusses his plan to give disabled veterans preference in state contracts and his opposition to the NY SAFE Act, and says it would be nice if Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked him to play golf sometime, in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz.

Ball represents the Town of Mount Kisco, where Cuomo lives. Asked about being the governor’s representative in the state Senate, Ball quipped that Cuomo has never invited him to play golf or have him over for dinner party, which Ball said was “unfortunate because I’d love to do that.” (6:40 into the interview)

Ball also discussed his top priority for the year, a push to sign more state government contracts with businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.

“Veterans, specifically service-disabled veterans, have twice if not worse unemployment rates, especially in New York state. This is not a hand out, it is a hand up,” Ball said. “It is an opportunity and it will allow businesses that are owned by service-disabled vets to connect to billions of dollars in state contracting creating tens of thousands of jobs.”

Ball praised the governor for backing the initiative in his State of the State address. In the lower house, the bill’s sponsor is Assemblyman Felix Ortiz. (ARTICLE)

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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