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VIDEO: Katz Announces Candidacy for State Senate

He made the announcement Monday morning in front of the Putnam County Historic Courthouse in Carmel.

Assemblyman Steve Katz's family and friends cheered him on Monday as he announced his candidacy for the New York State Senate—and criticized incumbent Greg Ball.

"Our current senator was one of those who promised to lead the effort to reform New York," Katz, a veterinarian who lives in Mohegan Lake, said. "What we got is a senator who brags about how he has helped Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo break his promises."

Both men are running for the 40th district seat, along with Democratic contender , a Cortlandt resident.

Check out the video above to hear some of what Katz (R, I — Yorktown), had to say. Late last week, Jim Coleman, campaign manager for Ball (R, C — Patterson), released two statements following news of Katz's plans to run.

"In a time when people are losing their homes and struggling to pay their taxes, this type of politics is particularly disturbing. Because of Katzs anemic D+ rating with the Conservative Party and his horrible attendance record, there are now seven Republicans seeking the Katz seat. Senator Ball has not endorsed any candidate for the seat and is not involved in the race, in any way. This is a blatant attempt to draw the Senator, who is focused on lowering taxes and creating jobs, into a food fight."

"No one has done more to help Katz, both campaign wise and legislatively, than Greg Ball, and while the Senator will win resoundingly in the primary because of his work ethic, track record and solid conservative voting record, Katz is pulling a Benedict Arnold that makes Judas look like a girl scout. Senator Ball is the state’s top ranked conservative Senator while Katz, with the worst attendance record in the Assembly, has an alarming D+ rating for his liberal voting record, and lock step votes with New York City Liberal Democrat Sheldon Silver. Since his close election, this man has consistently proven he cannot be trusted, switching votes and alliances, and within a short period for personal gain, Dr. Do Liberal has been co opted by many of the old school forces in Putnam that like things the way they used to be, corrupt and quiet. Furthermore, Dr Do-Liberal orchestrated cover up of a double arrest record, and other civil and criminal issues, including tax liens, sexual harassment settlements and beyond, make him too damaged as a general election candidate. This seat is critical to the slim republican majority, and Greg Ball looks forward to a strong conservative, grassroots campaign to win both the primary and general elections."

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Gary Murphy March 13, 2012 at 02:21 AM
LOL Ross, I guess when you say “these people” you are referring to the growing number of former Ball volunteers/ supporters/ contributors, moms, dads, small businessmen and woman, taxpayers, community leaders on the Katz team? I call them my friends. Let’s not forget the Republican District Leaders from Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties on board. Bottom line Ross there are a growing number of people out there that have been very unhappy with Ball’s performance as a legislator. I know I want a choice on the ballot. (shhhh democracy). While you seem content to accept the status quo I am not. So go ahead and try to disparage me all you want if that makes you feel better. I’m working for a real Conservative Republican for my new senate district. You cling to your majority and I’ll cling to my principles.
JoanR March 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
You know what I find interesting? The whole Benedict Arnold line coming from Ball's campaign. It seems he is suggesting that loyalty to another politican should trump doing what is right and/or loyalty to the people a candidate should serve. Steve Katz should just blindly support him, no matter what he does, because he "made" him. Very telling. That idea of the ruling class looking out for each other first is exactly what is wrong with Albany. Ball didn't get anyone where they are, the voters did and I find it arrogant for Ball to suggest otherwise.
Steve F March 13, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Ball has morphed into the typical career politician I have grown to mistrust, and ultimately eschew. I remember his promises from his Assembly campaign- he was going to rid the area of illegal immigrants; laughable at best. Steve Katz is a family man, a business owner, a highly regarded veterinarian, and a selfless volunteer- everything Ball has shown not to be. Steve Katz gets my vote this time.
elizabeth March 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Hey JM, Ball is in the majority in the Senate!
elizabeth March 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Maybe the Ball supports should pay a little more attention to what their Senator is doing. Can any of you Ball supporters explain to me why he voted for the prevailing wage bill? You do realize that the prevailing wage bill doubled or even tripled the costs for the towns to get work done, right? Can you explain to me why he spent $250,000 in campaign contributions last year when he wasn't even running? Can you explain all the dinners, the car washes etc on his campaign filing? It seems to me Senator Ball is paying for his lifestye through his campaign funds! No wonder ehy he is so upset he has a primary challenger!

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