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Sen. Ball Talks Economy at Briarcliff Library

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) said it’s easy to find signs of economic strife in Westchester.

“We know what the problems are,” Ball said Monday night at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library . “But we have to find solutions and that’s why I’m here.”

Ball’s visit to Briarcliff Manor included hosting an economic development roundtable with the Business Council of Westchester . Ball, who’s running for reelection in November for a second term in the state senate, said he was interested in addressing the concerns of the council to see how he can help as a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Spending and Government Efficiency Commission .

Council members addressed concerns with helping small businesses thrive in densely populated areas and keeping college graduates in New York and Westchester specifically.

“There is no magic wand on keeping young people here,” Ball told the council. “If you’re doing a cost-benefit analysis, there are a lot of reasons to leave this state.” He continued, “We need to look at each one and see how we address that.”

Ball later added that he wanted to conduct a follow-up meeting to “go over the details and solutions” of the issues addressed Monday night.

Paul Albert, who serves on the Tax and Economic Development Council for Ball, said it would take local and state officials working together to find solutions.

“You have to have a combined effort with both parties also and the way to measure it is to look at business and economic development surveys where we’re finishing 48th and say this year we’re going to finish 40th,” Albert said. “And you get there by looking at the analysis that these surveys do and you address each one.”

Albert said New York consistently rates near the top in education but one of the biggest hurdles is addressing New York’s “difficult taxes” and finding ways for students to stay in New York.

Council member Grant Schneider, who lives in Armonk, said small business owners and residents need to “speak up about what isn’t working” to their local legislators.

“I think it’s important for people to get that word out about those difficulties and I think it’s very important for elected officials to get out and try to hear that from local areas,” Schneider said. “I think it was a good step in figuring out how to make business development easier in Westchester.”

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