According to reports revealed Tuesday by the New York State Board of Elections, the Senate campaign for Assemblyman Greg Ball (R – Patterson) holds an impressive $183,854 entering the election year.
“I take nothing for granted and am preparing for both a primary and a general election. I am already out going door to door and I expect to be the outside candidate without insider support. That said, I believe with the strength of our grassroots operation and our ability to fund raise, we are well positioned to do what needs to be done, regardless of the terrain or change in playing field. Voters are fed up with the dysfunction-as-usual politics in Albany, and they are looking for a leader independent of partisan politics. I am that leader and I have a track record to prove it,” Ball said.
Combined with favorable poll numbers released in November that showed he would defeat the incumbent, Senator Vincent Leibell (R – Patterson), in a general election, Ball’s grassroots momentum places him well ahead of any potential opponent. Ball’s funding puts him on equal footing with many Senate incumbents throughout the state, and gives him an $83,372 advantage over Leibell. The incumbent Senator has not yet announced his intentions for 2010, but he did report $100,482 on hand for a 2010 State Senate campaign.
“A usual, Greg Ball is out ahead of the curve, doing what he does best,” said Putnam County Republican Chairman Anthony Scannapieco. “There’s no doubt he will be the next Senator representing the 40th district.”
Though Ball officially stands unopposed for the 40th District Senate seat, Michael Kaplowitz (D – Somers), may have confirmed his interest in the Democratic nomination when his Committee filed a disclosure report for a 2010 Senate Campaign. However, Kaplowitz only reported $2496, raising money from just two donors.