State Sen. Greg Ball took to cable television to push for a bill that would give preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans, telling MSNBC that New York’s treatment of veterans returning from combat amounts to a “dereliction of duty.”

Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, made a Christmas Eve stop in MSNBC’s Manhattan studios to plug the New York Jobs for Heroes Act, which passed the Senate this year but wasn’t put to a vote in the state Assembly.

“We do a very good job at telling 18- and 19-year-old men and women, getting them to raise their right hand to say, ‘I’m willing to fight and die for this country,’” Ball said. “We do not do a good job transitioning them back into this economy.”

The bill, sponsored by Ball and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, would require state agencies to set a goal of awarding 3 percent of contracts to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. Balllaunched a petition for the bill earlier this month. (ARTICLE)

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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