In reference to the most recent partisan attack piece by Mr. Wilson, and specifically because Mr. Wilson failed to disclose to the readers of The Journal News about his recent 2012 elected membership on the Town of Carmel and Putnam County Democrat Committee and its serious implications for his opinions, I request that the newspaper take immediate action to reassign Mr. Wilson.
To date, Mr. Wilson has failed to disclose to your readers that he had been an elected committee member of the Putnam County Democratic Party, where he sat on the same town committee as the former Chief of Staff to Congressman John Hall. He further omitted that he received the endorsement of his peers on the Putnam County Democrat Committee as well as their financial support for his campaign.
In both of his recent rants, Mr. Wilson was loose with the facts and demonstrated that he was keenly more interested in appealing to his friends in the inner circle of the Democrat party versus offering your loyal readers an unbiased professional fact based editorial about the operations of local and state government.
Mr. Wilson even stooped so low to criticize Senator Ball’s leadership in recognizing the incredible contribution of outstanding veterans, women and Mothers to our community at recent public events.
His immediate removal, by the Journal News, would demonstrate the newspaper’s commitment to fair and unbiased reporting and would go a long way in protecting the once solid reputation of The Journal News.
No Senator in Albany works harder for working families, veterans, women, children with special needs and small business than Senator Greg Ball. In direct response to Wilson’s article on Senator Ball’s mail budget, it must be understood that the Senator, like all others, works within an allotted mail budget and not a penny more.
We use every mail piece to showcase and highlight the community, and by promoting free community events we have fed over 6,000 local seniors, veterans and residents. We have provided free medical checkups to over 500 seniors. We have had countless veterans sign up for their benefits, helping to keep Montrose open. We fed and saluted over 800 veterans on Thanksgiving. We honored Gold Star Mothers, their families and over 300 local mothers on mothers day. All of this was accomplished by enlisting the community via the mail.
The article suggested that there were numerous photos of Senator Ball contained in a specific mailer he received at his home. And yes, there were, but what was not mentioned is that the mailer was an alert inviting mothers, specifically Gold Star Mothers who had lost a child in combat to a free breakfast, and that in those photos with Senator Ball were many members of the community including cherished cancer survivors, Women of Distinction, acclaimed local combat Veterans, recently ranked Eagle Scouts and many local community organizations.
The goal of the mailer was to applaud key members in the community, and enlist further volunteer support for our Gold Star Mothers, and all mothers.
Let it be clear, should the Journal News be willing to host complimentary free, full page announcements honoring our seniors, veterans, women and community organizations the next time Senator Ball hosts a free checkup or event, we’d be happy to enlist your support for a community that truly deserves it. If not, maybe stop throwing stones and instead extend a hand, to make our community a better place.
Chief of Staff
Senator Greg Ball
40th New York State Senate District