Senator Greg Ball Speaks at Kennedy Catholic About Transportation

UPDATE (March 21, 2012, 6:30 p.m.) – Following this evening’s conference call with state Sen. Greg Ball, Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy and the Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, president and principal of Kennedy Catholic High School, a Citizen’s Advisory Council has been formed to protect transportation to private and parochial students.  This Advisory Council will convene at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium to discuss lobbying efforts and talking points for a trip to Albany.  That trip will take place on Wednesday, April 18, at which time members of the Council will meet with Sens. Little and Martins of the Mandate Relief Council.

More information will be posted and disseminated as it becomes available.  To join the Citizen’s Advisory Council, please write to Sen. Greg Ball’s Director of Legislative Affairs Krista Gobins with your name and contact information so that you can receive future communications regarding the Council’s activities.




I would like to thank you for attending my forum Thursday evening at Kennedy Catholic.

As you know, The Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents has published a position paper recommending the state funding of private school, out-of-district transportation, or a reduction of mileage limits from 15 to 5 miles.

I believe the families that choose to send their children to parochial school are still paying school taxes and this busing is one of the few tangible benefits they receive. If this proposal becomes a reality, the state of New York will once again be unfairly targeting those parents who are merely attempting to provide their children with expanded opportunities and a great education.

As discussed at the meeting, we will be forming a Citizen’s Advisory Council chaired by Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy and Father Vaillancourt on this issue.

Our first conference call will be held THIS Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00PM.

The conference call in number will be (559) 726-1200. The access code is 127034.

If you have any question, or for more information, please call Krista Gobins at (845) 279-3773.

I look forward to speaking with you on Wednesday.


Senator Greg Ball



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