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State Senator Candidates Make Their Cases

During the discussion, Greg Ball and Justin Wagner delved into everything from bipartisan efforts to gun laws.

Several candidates discussed a range of issues important to constituents at a recent debate.

The event—held at the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association in Southeast, and co-hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce—featured hopefuls running for the Putnam County Legislature, as well as New York State Assembly and New York State Legislature. Moderator Bruce Apar of Chase Media Group read questions that audience members submitted. Each candidate had 90 seconds to respond.

Here are the key closing points (in the order they answered) from 40th State Senate District candidates Greg Ball, the Republican incumbent, and Justin Wagner, the Democratic pick:

Ball Wagner
  • It has been a pleasure to be your state senator now for two years.
  • A lot of candidates can promise all day long, and they do. Oh they do it so well. As your state senator, I have something called a track record. Repeal the MTA payroll tax, property tax cap, two balanced budgets—they're actually on time in my senate chambers.
  • Two years ago when I ran, the Democrats said Greg Ball's never going to be able to work with anybody. Then this year I worked so effectively with this governor in a bipartisan way I almost had a primary. They said, 'You know what, he's working with this governor too much.'
  • Albany has become an example of effective bipartisan leadership. And as nice as Justin may be, the last thing you want to do is to give another vote to the New York City spend-and-tax crowd that turned that chamber into a clown show.
  • I will continue to work with this governor, I will continue to deliver for this district, and no matter who has picked up the phone the past three years—we've had political enemies, we've had people from communities I lost 80/20, Greg Ball has delivered for you, millions of dollars in grants, legislatively. Every day I have worked for this community.
  • The choice is pretty clear. I think the choice is very clear, between pragmatic solutions and extremism. 
  • I'm running on a platform to move New York forward, and I heard Senator Ball mention the governor's name a lot, so let's talk about the governor real quick.
  • The governor favors increasing our minimum wage. Senator Ball says no. 
  • The governor favors implementing health care exchanges to lower the cost of healthcare for small businesses. Senator Ball says no.  The governor favors comprehensive campaign finance reform. Senator Ball says no. The governor favors the productive health act to keep New York a pro-choice state. Senator Ball says no.
  • I don't know who this New York City Democrat he's talking about is. I grew up right here in the Hudson Valley, I know your values and I will work for you. 

Read more about the debate by clicking on the following links:

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claudia jones October 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Wagner has my vote. Time to get rid of the obstructionists... and work for the PEOPLE!
C Gajowski October 07, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Ball is now referring to himself in the 3rd person. I regret not seeing the meeting live. did anyone ask him how he resolves his boast of getting "millions of dollars" for his district with his claims to have reduced taxes? Where does he claim those millions came from? It's not that other pols don't do this, but there's no balance in his statements, no real discussion of the serious decisions to be made in how to budget in NY. It's all about phrasing statements to make an emotional appeal - saying thins most people would agree with, whatever their background.
Francis T McVetty October 07, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Mr Wagner's theme is "I'm running on a platform to move New York forward," Sound familiar? That's Obama's theme, forward. In the case of the President, it is forward off a cliff. I wonder if Mr Wagner favors what the president hasn't done for the past four years.
Patricia Peckham October 08, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I went to that debate and was struck by the fact that Justin Wagner answered each question calmly and stating his position clearly and forcefully. Senator Ball, for the most part, just reiterated his stump speech, often NOT answering the question but turning it into an opportunity to attack Wagner rather than give real information and then asking for the question to be repeated so that he could respond. This was annoying and wasted time. Another time he accused Wagner of working for terrorists upon which his fans started shouting Osama Bin Wagner. This was disgusting and reprehensible and has no place in our democratic (small d) system. However, Sen. Ball did nothing do shut these guys up----and when we were walking out after the debate, my friend asked why he didn't quiet them, Sen. Ball just laughed. This is not an acceptable nor appropriated response from a NYS Senator. Justin Wagner has my vote.
Bill October 09, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I want to know where the jobs he claims to be "gettin" are.
Bill October 09, 2012 at 02:03 PM
It's amazing that he is blaming Wagner for working for a law firm that has evil clients. Never mind that he is just an employee and not even a partner. What would Greg do if his employer had a client he did not agree with? That is, if he ever had a job other than the military and politician.
C Gajowski October 09, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Thanks for your summary. What disdain for the political process, contempt for informed discussion, and willingness to use lies to attack others.
Bill October 09, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Welcome to the Greg Ball world of politics!

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