By Tom Bartley
In a scheduled town hall talk, some unscripted moments intrude
For Republican State Sen. Greg Ball of Patterson, the Southeast stop of his legislative road show began and ended off-script,
For starters, when the senator arrived shortly before 7:30—the Southeast Town Board’s appointed hour to convene Thursday evening—he was forced to join staff and a rapidly growing number of constituents confined to the town hall lobby. Closed doors denied everyone access to the John Dunford Civic Center auditorium, where the town board sat sequestered in an unscheduled, apparently unannounced executive session.
Fifteen minutes later, the doors abruptly opened and moments later Ball was standing in the well before the town board and more than three-dozen residents, delivering his second town hall review of his first season in the Senate.
In a brisk, 15-minute summary, Ball displayed both a polished speaking style and professional title cards, each highlighting a range of topics, among them the property-tax cap, MTA payroll tax and mandate relief. (READ MORE)