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Albany, N.Y.  – 01/10/2014 – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) will host a press conference on Tuesday morning at 10AM in room 332 of the New York State Capitol Building to stress the importance of passing the NY Jobs For Heroes Program, a concept that was recently supported by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address.

The NY Jobs For Heroes Program will create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses in New York State. The legislation mirrors the highly successful federal program that is presently established for a contract set aside, and similar legislation has been enacted in nearly forty other states.

This legislation has repeatedly passed in the Senate since Senator Ball introduced it.

“Providing this earned opportunity to our heroes is commonsense. The Governor’s public and recent support is exactly the kick in the pants this bill needed to make it a reality. I am very happy to welcome Governor Cuomo aboard our statewide mission to create a ‘NY Jobs For Heroes Program’ in New York State. With his support, I am optimistic that this can be the year we pass this bill to join the nearly 40 other states that offer this contract set aside,” said Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners. The same attributes that make these people so vital to defending our freedom are the same hard earned intangibles that make them exceptional at running their businesses and creating jobs. We have been trailing the nation on this front for far too long. I urge residents to join our cause by signing the NY Jobs For Heroes petition on my website. The time to get this done is NOW!”

In addition to the Jobs For Heroes Press Conference, Senator Greg Ball will also be hosting a New York City and Albany hearing to promote the program.

Albany Hearing and Lobby Day: On Monday, February 10, 2014, Senator Greg Ball will be holding a hearing in NYS Capitol; the event will begin at 12:30 p.m., in room 124 of the Capitol. Service connected disabled veterans will be in attendance to share how a state preference in contracts could provide veterans in New York State with both meaningful employment, and business ownership opportunities.

New York City Hearing and Tour of Drexel Hamilton: On Tuesday, February 28, 2014, Senator Greg Ball will host a tour of Drexel Hamilton, a full-service institutional broker-dealer founded on the principle of offering meaningful employment opportunities to disabled veterans desiring a career in financial services. Attendees will be able to see, first-hand, how a state preference for contracts could expand companies like Drexel Hamilton, who actively employ service connected disabled veterans. The tour will be at 11:00 a.m., at Drexel Hamilton’s New York City office, located at 77 Water Street, Suite 201. After the tour, Senator Greg Ball will be hosting a hearing at the Senate New York City Office, located at 250 Broadway.

Click here to sign the “New York Jobs For Heroes Program” petition.

What: Jobs For Heroes Press Conference

When: Tuesday, January 14th at 10:00 AM

Where: NYS Capitol Building, Room 332, NYS Capitol Building Albany, NY 12247

Who: Senator Greg Ball, Service-Connected Disabled Veterans and other Senate and Assembly members.

For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796


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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