Senator Ball Rated Most Independent By NYPIRG
CARMEL, N.Y. – 10/16/2012 – When Senator Ball first ran for the Senate in 2012, he made several promises to the voters, including that he would cap property taxes, repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, reform Albany, and that he would continue to be an independent leader. According to a legislative study by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), a student-directed research organization, Senator Ball displayed the most independent voting record of his colleagues in the 2012 legislative session.
“The NYPIRG Study shows what everyone in Albany already knows. Senator Ball is the most independent voice in Albany, working to end the stalemates with Republicans and Democrats, trade unions and developers, working class families and small business owners,” said Jim Coleman, Campaign Manager for Senator Ball’s re-election campaign. “Sen. Ball’s independence and commonsense leadership allows him to spearhead initiatives like fighting Big Insurance to reform Out-Of-Network health coverage, partnering a minimum wage increase with a significant tax cut for small business owners, or partnering labor with capital investors in crafting Public-Private Partnership legislation so the Governor has the resources he needs to move forward with the complete plans for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.”
The NYPIRG study quantifies the independent leadership Senator Ball has displayed throughout his career, earning him high ratings from the Conservative Party and the Business Council while also receiving union endorsements. Jim Coleman also credits Sen. Ball’s independent leadership in passing important legislation through both houses, including the Domestic Violence Shelter Extender Bill, in which Sen. Ball reached across the aisle to partner with Assemblywoman Amy Paulin so that victims of domestic violence residing in domestic violence shelters a 45-day extension.
The NYPIRG study shows that the Republican Conference voted with Majority Leader Dean Skelos 98.83% of the time, while Jeff Klein’s Independent Democratic Conference voted 99.13% with Majority Leader Skelos and the Democratic Conference voted 93.45% of the time with Majority Leader Skelos. By contrast, Senator Ball voted with Majority Leader Dean Skelos less than any other Republican, and less than even some Democrats, ranking 55 out of 62 Senators and last among the Republican Conference. Senators and last among the Republican Conference. In contrast, Minority Leader John Sampson voted with the Majority Leader 97.96% of the time and Sen. Jeff Klein voted with the Majority Leader 99.14% of the time. The NYPIRG study also shows that Sen. Ball voted only 90.96% of the time with Minority Leader Sampson, ranking 57th of 62 Senators, and 91.93% of the time with Sen. Klein, ranking 55th of 62 Senators.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.