(Senator Greg Ball at a meeting of his newly formed Economic Development Advisory Council)


Senator Ball Announces Open House for Job Seekers

Brewster, N.Y. – (09/12/11) – The number of people applying for unemployment benefits skyrocketed last month to the highest level in three months. In response, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is demanding Governor Andrew M. Cuomo summon the New York State Legislature back to Albany, N.Y. for a Special Session on job creation. This, as Senator Ball announces a series of initiatives throughout the 40th Senate District to get people back to work.


“We passed a tax cap, balanced the budget and cut state spending, but we did very little to create jobs and grow the economy. Families are losing their homes, struggling to put food on the table and literally being forced out of the state to find employment. Session cannot wait until next year to get New Yorkers back to work. We are late and need to move forward on real job creation immediately” said Senator Ball.


“I have spent the summer collaborating with key leaders in economic development, forming an Economic Development Advisory Committee, and in the Senate we passed substantive bills for job creation, but it takes the Assembly and Governor to seal the deal. I’m asking the Governor and my legislative colleagues to collectively consider an immediate special session focused solely on: jobs, jobs and more jobs,” added Ball.


Among the key initiatives Senator Ball has launched to spur job creation:

  • Forming an Economic Advisory Committee
  • Launching a One Stop Career Center website
  • Hosting Open House Fridays for the unemployed
  • Teaming-up with local career and unemployment centers
  • Teaming-up with agencies on jobs resources


Economic Development Advisory Council

Senator Ball’s Economic Development Advisory Council, which includes former White Plains Mayor Joseph Delfino, has helped Senator Ball draft and introduce several pieces of legislation, including (S4554B) to promote the retention and expansion of job creation in New York by accelerating the land development process in an environmentally-responsible way. In the coming months, the Council will begin meeting with town boards throughout the district to share best practices for planning and development implemented by Mayor Delfino during his tenure as the mayor of White Plains.


“I commend Senator Ball for making job creation his top priority,” said Mayor Delfino. “The trickledown effect that high unemployment has on our communities and our local economy is immense. We can wait no longer to get our people back to work,” added Delfino.


One Stop Career Center Website

Senator Ball’s One Stop Career Center website, which is set to launch on September 30th, will include employment resources such as resume writing techniques, information on unemployment insurance, job fair information, career centers and other employment-related workshops. The One Stop Career Center will be the gateway in the 40th Senate District, connecting local people with the resources and tools they need to get back to work.

Open House Fridays for Unemployed

Senator Ball is hosting Open House Fridays for the unemployed beginning in mid-October, connecting people who need jobs with the resources they need to find employment. The program will include a presentation by a job training expert on effective job hunting and interviewing skills, a presentation and Q&A about employment support services, as well as one-on-one meetings with constituents to discuss employment concerns and needs. Senator Ball is hosting his first Open House on Friday October 21st at his District Office located at 1441 Route 22 Suite 205 in Brewster, NY (in the Mahopac Bank Building).

Teaming-up with Agencies on Jobs Resources

Senator Ball is also working with the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce, and other agencies, helping to spread the word about job fairs and other employment-related events. Senator Ball is helping to get the word out about the Dutchess County Chamber’s upcoming job fair taking place on Wednesday, September 21st from 9 a.m.-to-2 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. Further details and pre-registration information can be found by clicking here.


“We are serious about job creation here in the Hudson Valley,” said Charles S. North, president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to Senator Ball and the One Stop Career Center website, we can spread the word and get our local residents employed.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.


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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