Brewster, N.Y. – (4/20/13) – Following the death of an MIT police officer in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing, Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee has renewed his call for the reinstatement of the death penalty for terrorists and in those cases involving the intentional murder of a police officer, peace officer or an employee of the Department of Correctional Services.

Senator Ball has reinstated his call following the death of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Patrol Officer Sean Collier. Collier was killed in a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers on Thursday night.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of Boston and the families of those involved in the bombing and the standoffs,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As New Yorkers we must remember, that on most days, New York State is terror target number one, and we need our Governor to make the death penalty for cop killers and terrorists a top priority. The death penalty is a fitting deterrent that will act as protection for those men and women who leave their loving families daily and put their lives at risk everyday to protect the rest us.”

Since a 2004 New York Court of Appeals ruling established that the procedure for imposing the death penalty was flawed, prosecutors have been unable to seek the death penalty when a law enforcement officer is murdered while performing his or her duties.


For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.


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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