by Bob Dumas
LEWISBORO – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) kicked off his 22-stop Town Hall Tour at the Lewisboro Library Monday night telling the Town Board and audience members that this past year’s legislative session was highly productive.
“No one is a bigger critic of Albany than me,” said Ball, who represents the 40th Senate District, which includes both Lewisboro and Pound Ridge. “But think of what we accomplished this legislative session and with bi-partisan support. The progress we made in Albany this year was significant.”
Ball updated the board on several issues, including the property tax cap, mandate relief, the budget, homeland security initiatives and women and animal issues.
When it came to the recently passed two percent tax cap, Ball said it was forcing the issue of unfunded mandate relief.
“It’s framing the argument locally,” he said. “We had $126 million in mandate relief savings this year, but there are still some [mandate issues] that are very politically sensitive, like special education.”
Ball said three of his highest priorities this past legislative session were the tax cap, ethic laws and gay marriage, all which came to fruition.
“No matter where you stand on gay marriage, democracy happened [when state legislators passed the bill],” he said. “That dysfunctional Albany at that moment was a thriving democracy.” (READ MORE)