Urges Residents to Submit Letter of Opposition and Sign Petition

Albany, N.Y. – 01/21/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is proposing that those convicted of killing a law enforcement official should not be eligible for parole.

Senator Greg Ball’s call comes the week prior to the parole hearing of Joseph Comfort, who murdered Investigator Robert L. VanHall Jr., in December of 1980. Investigator VanHall, who dedicated his life to serving and protecting the public, worked undercover in the war against drugs and was on duty on December 5, 1980 when he was murdered. He was shot in the back with a sawed-off, double barreled shotgun, and his aorta was severed by a deer slug. His partner was also wounded.

Senator Greg Ball is joining the Troopers PBA Board of Directors and New York State Police Investigators Association to request that Joseph Comfort is denied parole and kept in prison, where he belongs.

“I strongly oppose the parole of cop killers like Joseph Comfort. It is clear that those that kill cops have no respect for the criminal justice system or the brave men and women that put their lives on the line everyday to ensure our safety,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I urge everyone to send a letter of opposition to the Board of Parole regarding the parole of Joseph Comfort and then visit my Senate website and complete the petition denying parole for ALL cop killers. We need to let everyone in Albany know we take the safety of our law enforcement personnel seriously, and we want to see those that commit acts against them punished to the full extent of the law.”

To send a letter of opposition to the Board of Paroled for Joseph Comfort, please visit their website: After you fill out your personal information, the “Din” is: 82C0273.

To sign Senator Greg Ball’s petition visit:

For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796


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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