06/27/2011 - Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) introduced a bill that would require environmental officials in New York City and Albany to conduct a review and make recommendations to mitigate flooding in areas west of the Hudson River. In a bill memo, Ball cited a disastrous 2005 flood that destroyed homes and killed at least one person.
Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins sent a letter to Ball last week accusing him of stalling a bill that would allow the board to appoint a non-voting member to the county’s Industrial Development Agency. The board wants some oversight at the IDA, a quasi-governmental agency that provides tax breaks and other sweeteners to businesses who create jobs in the area. Jenkins, a Democrat, went on to accuse County Executive Rob Astorino of working “behind the scenes” to convince Ball to stall the bill in his chamber. The Assembly passed the proposal on June 15. (READ MORE)