Westchester Cops Endorse Senator Ball
Valhalla, N.Y. – 10/11/2012 – Both the Affiliated Police Associations (APA) of Westchester County and the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association (PBA) joined Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C) on Friday at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall to announce their endorsement of Ball for his reelection in November.
At the press conference, Senator Greg Ball also renewed his call for the reinstatement of the death penalty in cases involving the intentional murder of a police officer, peace officer or an employee of the Department of Correctional Services.
“These are the men and women who protect us everyday and I am humbled to receive this endorsement. Law enforcement professionals, like our cops and correction officers, deal with highly volatile situations daily and we cannot do enough as a state for them or their families. The death penalty for cop killers is but one example of the things we must get done for these heroes. This commonsense measure is a deterrent that will act as protection for those men and women who put their lives at risk everyday to protect the rest us,” said Senator Greg Ball.
Since a 2004 New York Court of Appeals ruling established that the procedure for imposing the death penalty was flawed, prosecutors have been unable to seek the death penalty when a law enforcement officer is murdered while performing his duties. Since the ruling, there have been 9 police officers in New York intentionally murdered. 8 of which occurred after this legislation was enacted calling.
In a statement by APA President Rob Caralyus, the APA praised Senator Ball for working with the PBAs on legislative issues and for using his position as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, to protect first responders.
“We cannot thank Senator Ball enough for his work to protect police and other law enforcement officers, as well as all first responders. He is truly a committed friend to us,” Caralyus said. “Using his position as Chairman on Homeland Security in the Senate, Greg Ball is bringing attention to serious issues facing our members, including the need for radio interoperability and reinstatement of the death penalty for cop killers and terrorists. His focus and commitment to making our state safe for all New Yorkers has been a visible effort since day one.”
“We recognize your long standing commitment to law enforcement and salute the work you have done throughout your senate career,” Port Authority Police Benevolence Association President Paul Nunziato said to Sen. Ball in a letter announcing his organization’s endorsement. “We wish you the greatest success in your upcoming campaign, as we know you have so much more to contribute to the State of New York and to New Yorkers in general.”
“Senator Ball’s dedication to homeland security is second to none,” 1st Vice President of the Port Authority PBA Robert Morris said “As chair of homeland security he has looked into many issues and had them corrected immediately, which has made facilities of the port authority of New York much safer.”
“Our police and corrections officers, along with all our first responders, put their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens and nation,” Sen. Ball said. “It is my honor to thank these brave men and women every chance I get. As Chairman of Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, it is my duty to ensure that New York State is affording our first responders every protection within our power.”
In July, Senator Ball and his staff showed their appreciation for our community’s first responders by hosting “First Responders Appreciation Day” at Camp Kiwi in Mahopac, New York. Additionally, Sen. Ball has introduced legislation to authorize the Death Penalty for cop killers and terrorists, and has used his position as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, to hold Senate hearings on emergency preparedness 10 years after the attacks of 9/11.
The Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester County includes:
- MTA Police
- New York State Troopers
- Westchester Corrections SOA
- Westchester County COBA
- Westchester County PD
- New York State Park Police
- New York State University Police
- Peekskill Police
- Lewisboro Town Police
- New Castle Police
- Pound Ridge Police
- Somers Police
- Yorktown Police
- Mount Pleasant Police
- Briarcliff Manor Police
- Buchanan Police
- Croton-On-Hudson Police
- Mount Kisco Police
- Pleasantville Police
- Sleepy Hollow Police
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.