Greg Ball (New York)

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Greg Ball
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New York Senate District 40
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
Bachelor'sUnited States Air Force Academy
Master'sGeorgetown University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service2001-2005
BirthdaySeptember 16, 1977
Place of birthPawling, NY
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Greg Ball (b. September 16, 1977) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Ball represented District 99 in the New York State Assembly from 2006-2010.


Ball earned his B.S. in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy and attended the Master's program for International Affairs at Georgetown University.[1] He served in the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain.

Ball's professional experience includes being Vice President for Exceed International Development Corporation. He was a fellow for the Center for Study of Presidency and an intern with the White House Drug Policy Office.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ball served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Social Services
Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ball served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ball served on these Assembly committees:


Campaign themes

Ball's campaign website highlighted four issues:

Greg Ball Commercial - "Have My Back"[2]
  • Capping Property Taxes: "For Greg Ball, there is no more pressing issue than reviving the sagging economy and creating a more hospitable environment in the Hudson Valley for middle class New Yorkers, taxpayers and small business owners. Ball's priority will be to end the mounting and crushing burden of unfunded mandates, fight for a property tax cap, and support efforts to enact an income-based circuit breaker to make the system more equitable."
  • Shake Up Albany: "There is not another voice in the NY State Legislature fighting harder or more effectively for lasting reform than Greg Ball. Greg is an independent voice and is willing to stand up to the dysfunction in both parties. Greg supports campaign finance reform, serious ethics and budget reform and is a sponsor of term limit legislation. Substantive policy shifts cannot be made without changing Albany from the inside out. In the State Senate, Greg Ball will be a fresh face and an independent voice to stop the runaway spending, the legislative pork and giveaways, and will be a voice to eliminate New York’s deficit spending."
  • Create Jobs: "As an Assemblyman, Greg Ball worked proactively with local businessmen and women to help reverse New York’s openly hostile business climate. Part of Greg’s focus as a Senator will be to bring jobs to the Hudson Valley, but just as important will be Greg’s ability to work with local business owners to keep jobs in the local area and to help businesses expand. We need both a long and short term approach to creating jobs in the Hudson Valley."
  • Protect the Environment: "Greg Ball is a born outdoorsman; he’s been hiking and scouting the hills and valleys of the Hudson Valley since he was a boy. Sustainability initiatives and farmland preservation makeup one of the cornerstones of Greg’s political platforms. There is no greater advocate for clean water, ecosystem microclimate protection, and farmland preservation than Greg. Some like to call Greg a “Hook and Bullet” environmentalist because he is both a hunter and a fisherman but also an avid protector of the natural environment."
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See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Ball ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 40. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012; he also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Ball defeated Justin R. Wagner (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

New York State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Ball Incumbent 51% 64,991
     Democratic Justin R. Wagner 49% 62,325
Total Votes 127,316


Ball won election to the New York State Senate, District 40. He defeated Mary Beth Murphy in the primary by a two to one margin, and won a write-in opportunity-to-ballot primary for the Conservative line. He defeated Michael Kaplowitz (D) in the general election.[4]

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 40 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Greg Ball (R) 50,668
Michael Kaplowitz (D) 48,536


On November 4, 2008, Ball won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 99, defeating opponent John Degnan (D). He defeated Degnan in the Republican primary as well, earning over 70% of the vote.

Ball raised $397,393 for his campaign while Degnan raised $110,179.[5] Degnan received an additional $400,000 in independent expenditures from two entities controlled by State Senator Vincent Leibell, "Truth About Ball" and "Recall Ball."[6] Leibell later went to prison, while Ball was elected to his Senate seat.

New York State Assembly, District 99 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Greg Ball (R) 33,323
John Degnan (D) 24,374


In 2006, a 26-year old Ball defeated incumbent Assemblyman Willis Stephens, the Assembly Minority Leader Pro Tem, in a Republican primary. Stephens remained on the Conservative and Independence lines in the general election, however Ball triumphed in a three-way race that included Democrat Ken Harper. Stephens had held the seat since 1992, the seat had also been held by Stephens father, grandfather and great-grandfather, nearly continuously for eighty years, except when George Pataki occupied the seat from 1982 to 1992.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Greg Ball is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Greg Ball raised a total of $3,120,829 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[7]

Greg Ball's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 40 Won $1,383,746
2010 New York State Senate, District 40 Won $1,041,340
2008 New York State Assembly, District 99 Won $397,393
2006 New York State Assembly, District 99 Won $298,350
Grand Total Raised $3,120,829


Greg Ball won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Greg Ball raised a total of $1,383,746.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Greg Ball (New York)'s campaign in 2012
New York State Senate Republican Campaign Cmte$278,600
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of New York$146,850
Victory Cup$17,000
Carr, Kenneth R$14,000
Arlen Contracting Co of Dover$13,500
Total Raised in 2012$1,383,746
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Ball raised a total of $1,041,340 in campaign contributions.[8]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of New York $217,500
BALL4NY $150,000
New York Senate Republican Cmte $75,000
Morse & Co CPAS LLP $10,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vincent Leibell (R)
New York State Senate District 40
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Willis Stephens (R)
New York Assembly District 99
Succeeded by
Steve Katz (R)