WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- State Sen. Greg Ball discussed his decision not to run for another term in an interview Friday with Daily Voice just hours after it became official.
The decision was not recent, however. He noted that he decided after redistricting, which occurred more than two years ago, although he chose to run once more following it.
In his Friday morning announcement, Ball, R-Patterson, cited keeping Republican control of the seat as a reason for the timing and explained that there wasn't a replacement until a month ago. The replacement, Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, has received Ball's endorsement.
The timing of Ball's announcement also follows media reports about the records from the Moreland Commission, which focused on investigating public corruption at the state level. News reports noted that $23,000 in Ball's campaign funding was used at places including Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers.
Ball denies that the matter had anything to do with his decision. He also denies that he had done anything illegal. Additionally, Ball referenced a news story from City & State about the issue.
Joe Bachmeier, who serves as communications director for Ball, sent the same statement that was given to City & State regarding the expenses.
"The clothing purchases were for campaign use, including campaign photos, television shoots and production. iTunes downloads were for campaign iPod use at dozens of campaign events. The gym membership was part of an incentive package for campaign staff. As for paying for hotels, dinners and meetings, as a campaign and office, we have a strict policy of never allowing a constituent, lobbyist or other party to ever pick up a tab, we pay for all meetings to avoid any question of impropriety," Bachmeier stated.
Regarding his future career plans, Ball has not committed to anything and is keeping his options open.