Peekskill, N.Y. – (09/20/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) was in Peekskill last night, speaking publicly for the first time about his call for a Special Legislative Session on job creation. The Senator addressed the Peekskill Common Council, along with a group of engaged residents. Senator Ball has spent the past three months touring the 40th Senate District, providing a legislative update to residents and elected officials. But with the number of people applying for unemployment benefits at a three month high, the Senator decided to shift the focus of this recent meeting to job creation and growth.
“It is simply unacceptable to wait until January 2012 to revitalize New York State’s economy,” said Senator Ball. “I am calling the Governor and my colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly to get back to work and get the job done! The Legislature needs to pass the job creation package we passed in the Senate, put real people back to work by fixing our roads and bridges, repeal the MTA Payroll Tax and pass a host of new small business-friendly initiatives to revitalize Main Street,” added Ball.
Senator Ball also detailed a series of initiatives he has personally launched to get residents in the 40th District back to work:
- Forming an Economic Development Advisory Committee
- Launching a One Stop Career Center website
- Hosting Open House Fridays for the unemployed
- Teaming-up with local career and unemployment centers
- Senator Ball’s fellowship and internship program
Senator Ball fielded questions from common council members including Andrew Torres who asked, “Would your office be able to work with people who are interested in opening a small business but don’t have the experience creating a business plan?”
Senator Ball replied, “We will work very aggressively to connect small business owners with lenders, property owners with investors, and the unemployed with the services they need. We must immediately work to keep our local businesses afloat, help those who are seeking to expand and remove hurdles for outside businesses and entrepreneurs looking to invest. My office has identified dozens of individuals and companies that are interested in moving to New York, and investing locally, potentially creating 3,000 new jobs. We seek to work with local leaders and communities to bring these jobs home, and we will certainly work with individuals to do whatever it takes to help someone open, expand or maintain a small business here in Peekskill.”
Sticking with jobs, a local veteran and Commander of Chapter 21 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, William Nazario, addressed Ball stating, “Nothing irks me more than to see jobs being done at Montrose by out of state contractors. Is there anything your office can do to teach local contractors to get on the federal government’s vendor list so they know how to qualify for the bidding process?”
Senator Ball explained, “I am working very closely to guarantee that those jobs stay local, and when possible, they go to veterans. We do a great job training our service men and women for war, but a lackluster job transitioning our veterans back into the community,” added Ball, who as Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is hosting a hearing at West Point Military Academy on November 15th focusing specifically on transitioning issues affecting today’s veterans.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.