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Letter: Sen. Ball Supports Women’s Rights

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- The Lewisboro Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor. To submit your letter, e-mail lewisboro@dailyvoice.com .

To the Editor:

In a recent letter to the editor written by the campaign against Sen. Ball, candidate Justin Wagner has once again demonstrated that he will play by his own facts when it comes to discussing the issues. The fact is, not only has Greg Ball worked to guarantee equal pay for equal work, he sponsors the bill (S7057). In his four years with the Assembly, Greg Ball voted five times to guarantee equal pay for equal work (A3911-2010, A6712-2010, A3911-2009, A6712-2009, and A7407-2008).

In just two years as our state senator, working with the Citizens Advisory Council on women's issues that he established, Sen. Greg Ball has sponsored and passed into law legislation that lets victims of domestic violence remain in a domestic violence shelter for 180 days (a 45-day increase) (S6308). Greg Ball has sponsored and passed legislation that keeps confidential the mailing address of domestic violence victims (S5293). Furthermore, in less than two years Sen. Greg Ball has secured $150,000 in new funding for the Putnam-Northern Westchester Women’s' Resource Center and My Sister's Place.

As chair of the Veterans Committee, one of the first bills Sen. Greg Ball sponsored and passed guarantees that a mother could not lose custody of her children based on her active duty military status. Sen. Ball also passed legislation to create the Women’s Veterans Coordinator in New York for women who come home from active military duty. As a young woman, I appreciate that Sen. Greg Ball represents me. I do not appreciate lies and distortions, especially scheduled three months before an election and especially after watching Sen. Ball work so hard for years.

Nicolette St. Lawrence

Garrison

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