It was a busy legislative session for Lewisboro’s state representatives, State Senator Greg Ball and State Assemblyman David Buchwald, and continues to be for Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney as the 113th United States Congress trudges on.
State Senator Ball
“This has been a very productive session for Team Ball and we are already preparing for next year. I am happy to announce that 29 bills that I either sponsored or co-sponsored have passed both the Senate and Assembly and await the governor’s approval,” said Mr. Ball in a statement to The Ledger.
He highlighted a number of achievements from the past legislative session specifically in regards to Lewisboro, which in addition to Katonah is a part of his 40th District, among them — an additional $679,711 or 10.63% increase in school aid funding for the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and $146,000 in grants for Lewisboro. The grant money included $5,000 for the Wolf Conservation Center, a second grant of $80,000 for the Katonah-Lewisboro School District Student Resource Officer (SRO) program and $61,710 for the Lewisboro Library expansion.
“Lewisboro is a great town, and I believe the residents have benefited from having responsible local representatives who proactively work with my office. Working with local partners, including Supervisor Parsons and former Supervisor Duffy, I am so happy to announce that we have secured these critical funds for the Lewisboro Library, even during tough economic times.”
An outspoken supporter of seniors and veterans, Mr. Ball plans to continue that focus with specific legislation aimed at easing tax burdens on seniors and increasing support for veterans.
“When we took on the fight to cap property taxes, very few people thought we could get that done, but we did,” he said. “Now I am continuing my fight to freeze school taxes for seniors. I am calling upon the legislature to pass my bill which will freeze property taxes for seniors at the age of 65.”
As the chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee he touts his support for the recently created ‘hire-a-vet’ tax credit for small businesses as well as funding he helped secure to expand the Dwyer PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) Peer-to-Peer Counseling program. He hopes to expand support for veterans with a proposed bill that would set aside 3% of all state contracts for services for disabled veterans, he said.
Now entering his third term, Mr. Ball plans to “walk the walk” on his calls for term limits for state legislators and will limit himself to three terms as a state senator, as he did as a state assemblyman.
“This has been a great second term, and I look forward to finishing strong next session,” he said. (READ MORE)