Ball Presents Plan to Combat Illegal Economy-Based Exploitation

Ball To Putnam County Residents: I need your strong and vocal support.

Greg Ball and MaryEllen Odell speak with reporters outside the Historic Putnam County Courthouse. (Click Image for Video)

6/7/2010 – Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) was joined by Putnam County Legislator MaryEllen Odell (R, I – Carmel) on Wednesday to present his plan to combat the illegal housing and hiring practices in Putnam County associated with exploiting the illegal alien community. His plan, which is available on, is the product of a June 10 town hall forum Ball assembled in Brewster, which featured input from Homeland Security expert Mike Cutler as well as Ed Kowalski of 9/11 Families for a Secure America, as well as Putnam County Legislator MaryEllen Odell.

“The black market economy of illegal hiring and housing casts a shadow on our communities and our economy,” Ball said. “Illegal aliens are forced into indentured servitude as the taxpayers are left to flip the bill for healthcare, education and incarceration. Our national immigration policy is broken and patently unfair, forcing communities to take action at the local level.”

Ball’s county-wide initiative cracks down on those who exploit illegal immigration in Putnam County for personal profit, and includes

  • Countywide Civil Forfeiture Law for Illegal Contractors
  • County and Town Laws Requiring Certified Payrolls
  • County Legislative Proposals:
    • Require criminal background checks and insurance certificates for contractors
    • Countywide contractor registration law
    • Include residential housing, construction under county law
    • Require employers to provide documentation proving legal status of employees
  • Pass county occupancy ordinance, limiting two adults (19 years or older) per bedroom
  • County ordinance requiring landlords to maintain a list of occupants, readily available to health and law enforcement
  • Creation of District Attorney Task Force on Illegal Hiring:
  • Create new ADA position to crack down on 1099 misclassifications
  • Reduce waste and spending through Consolidation and Revitalization of Brewster

A television commercial on Illegal Hiring and Housing that is currently airing in Putnam County urges residents to support “Pass the Plan” by signing an online petition at

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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