Pawling, NY – 09/8/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, hosted a fundraiser BBQ dinner for Private Dan Flanigan on Thursday evening at the Pawling Fire Department alongside Purple Heart Homes, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson.

Dan Flanigan is a service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient who currently lives in a 100-year-old home that is in dire need of repairs. Senator Greg Ball teamed up with Purple Heart Homes to raise funds for the Daniel Flanigan Project, which was selected by Purple Heart Homes for their Aging in Place Program.

“I am thrilled that we have received immense community support on this project, and have been able to make significant progress on Private Flanigan’s home. It has been an honor to work with Purple Heart Homes, who have helped these renovations move along in a timely fashion,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This BBQ fundraiser is the final push we need to wrap up the project, and properly welcome home this deserving veteran!”

“Our veterans have given selflessly to protect the rights and freedoms we enjoy.  Private Dan Flanigan, a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, is a hero among us, demonstrated by his unrelenting willingness to serve our country. I am humbled to stand alongside Senator Ball, Sheriff Anderson and Purple Heart Homes as we honor Private Flanigan, and assist him with the home renovations he justifiably needs and deserves,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Proclamations were presented to those who have donated to the project so far, including: Whispering Pines Gardening Center, Jay Hildebrandt Electric, Kevin Schick of McGrath & Company, Mike McCormack of Liscum McCormack Van Voorhis LLP, Ken Ford of New York Title, Daniel Marxer of Chazen Companies, James Schmitt of Schmitt Bros. Excavation, Lloyd St. Louis of Boneyard Cruisers of Hudson Valley, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 279, Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting, Camille Parisi of Adirondack Hops, Dan Maguire of Nuisance Wildlife & Timberline Tree, Peter Wilcox of Pepsi Co, Gino Capicotto of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, McGraths Tavern, Gerry Klein of Mahopac National Bank, Mitch Klein of Krasdale Foods, Brewster Hills General Store, Hannaford of Pawling, Kobacker’s Market, McKinney & Doyle, Shoprite of Carmel, Christopher Page of Army Week, Major Robert Ramos, Joe Krulder of Drexel Hamilton, My Brother Vinny Community Organization, George Apap Painting , Jilco Windows, GAF roofing, Page Lumber, Dave Zublin of Old Time Barns, Lina Fierro, Steve Saba, Anthony Quatrone of Wood Stone Contracting, Brian Gallagher, Bob Nunziato, Rollo Podilla, Judy Fitzgerald, Minutemen, Bell Heating & Cooling, Jim Corless, Steve Adams, Echo Electric, John Biddle, Local 235 Labors Union, Anthony Farese, Clancy Moving, Karl Fister from the Village of Pawling Buliding Department, Chip Mullins, Rich Taylor, Kevin Andros, Rhino Linings, Team Depot from Brewster Home Depot, Hannaford in Pawling and many more.

Over the past several weeks, two brand new decks have been installed; new siding and a brand new front door on Dan’s home have been installed. The old carpeting and hardwood flooring has been removed and was replaced with new flooring. The old bathroom has been completely removed and the new bathroom and shower have been installed and completed. All the exterior storm windows have been removed and all the rotten molding on the exterior is being replaced.

“What a fantastic evening for a fantastic project. Purple Heart Homes is delighted to be working side-by-side with Senator Greg Ball and hundreds of community partners from throughout the Hudson Valley area to truly welcome home this local hero,” said Vicki Thomas of Purple Heart Homes. “Senator Ball is certainly proof that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

To make a monetary donation for the Purple Heart Homes project you can visit: If you would like to volunteer, please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling (845) 279-3773.

For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier 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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