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Senator Greg Ball has teamed up with Purple Heart Homes to completely renovate a local service-connected disabled veterans home in Pawling, NY. www.purplehearthomesusa.org
Brandon Hilfer, Imani Ford and Dev Jhaveri.
Download video here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ncn5kud1mtvtip/Senator%20Ball%20Announces%20Political%20Future.mov As many know, I term limited myself in the Assembly and am proud to now follow through on that same pledge in the Senate. For 8 years I have enjoyed a tremendous opportunity to serve. Those memories and friendships will last a lifetime and I am forever grateful. As an elected official, and unlike many, I swore to make the position my full time job and to not accept outside employment. I kept my word and am proud to have done so, but now it is time to return to the private sector, and eventually, hopefully take time to raise a family. In just 4 terms I have been through 4 general elections and 3 primaries, and I've lived a lifetime of experiences in a condensed period of time. I gave the community every ounce of energy I had, working 7 days a week. I'm proud of my record in public service and honored to have had the opportunity to shape public policy for the good, specifically for service disabled and other veterans, victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, small business owners, sportsmen, seniors, taxpayers, the special needs community and our four legged friends. I didn't run for office to embrace the status quo or to make friends, yet I am proud to have kept my independence even while making strong friendships along the way. I genuinely believe in servant leadership and I term limited myself in the Assembly and similarly term limited myself in the Senate. Breaking that pledge was never an option and leaving this seat open two years from now, during a Presidential election where we would be hard pressed to maintain the seat, would have been selfish. My late announcement was timed with one purpose, to keep this Senate seat in Republican control. Until a month ago, we didn't even have a replacement candidate and I was never going to walk away from my Republican conference, unless this seat was secure. With Terrence Murphy, I am now confident that we will maintain this seat not only during this election, but also for many years to come. My office will continue to provide excellent constituent and legislative work. On the campaign side, I will remain engaged from fundraising to operations for a solid Republican victory in November. It has been an exhilarating journey and I would like to thank my family, friends and supporters. And no, I am not running for County Executive, Congress or any other position. Thank you and God bless. - Greg Ball
Governor Cuomo hosted New York's first ever Veterans and Military Family summit Thursday in Albany. And that included a plan to make sure more state contracts are going to businesses owned by disabled vets. Chair of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, Senator Greg Ball, joined us to discuss.
CARMEL - Drivers say they're outraged that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the shutdown of I-84 Wednesday during the snowstorm. For the second time this year, Cuomo yesterday ordered the highway closed. Cuomo says the closure was done as a safety precaution to protect drivers, but many say they disagree with his decision. Driver Anthony Scafuri, who was stuck in a traffic jam yesterday because of the closure, says if Cuomo was concerned about safety, only dangerous sections of the highway should have been closed. Instead, the entire stretch between the Pennsylvania border and Connecticut was shut down for six hours Wednesday. State Sen. Greg Ball (R-40th District) says he understands Cuomo was concerned about safety, but thinks closing I-84 caused more harm because it forced drivers into more dangerous conditions.
By: Benita Zahn New York may be getting closer to providing you with more health insurance protections. Right now it's tough to know what your premiums real buy and many New Yorkers are getting slammed with unexpected and exorbitant medical bills. "Tell your insurance company that whatever they would accept as reimbursement I and my team are willing to accept as insurance and payment in full," said Chad Glazer. Despite that concession by a specialist, Glazer still had a herculean battle to get his health insurer to approve his son's treatment by that doctor who was out of network. Glazer shared his story at a roundtable discussion organized by Republican Senators Kemp Hannon and Greg Ball. Glazer told them about the fight 12 years ago when his son was born with a rare liver disorder. Glazer prevailed and won, his son survived. Senators Hannon and Ball are working for changes to health insurance in line with proposals recently made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo - to insure emergency services are covered no matter where you are when in need, and to prevent surprise bills and excessively high charges, or provide out of network coverage - which would help families like the Glazers. "They shouldn't call up and find out that on a thousand dollar bill the insurance company is going to pay next to nothing," says Dr. Andrew Kleinman, President-elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York. For folks buying health insurance through the New York State of Health and the Affordable Care Act, there is no option to obtain out of network coverage. Finally, make policies easier to understand so you know what is and isn't covered. "We feel consumers should be able to understand what they're buying," says Dr. Michael Brisman, a neurosurgeon. Health Care For All New York - comprised of a 160 consumer groups, supports these changes. It's also pushing for expanded external review. External review is your last chance when your health insurer turns you down, twice, for treatment or a doctor not in plan.