SCHOOL VOTE

Click or tap here for school budget vote results

Ball beats Degnan, but tensions persist

Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball (District 99) beat a primary opponent by nearly a 3-1 margin Tuesday, but both are expected to face off again in November. Ball, the incumbent, netted 73 percent of the

News 12 Staff

Sep 10, 2008, 11:35 PM

Updated 5,732 days ago

Share:

Ball beats Degnan, but tensions persist
Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball (District 99) beat a primary opponent by nearly a 3-1 margin Tuesday, but both are expected to face off again in November.
Ball, the incumbent, netted 73 percent of the vote, defeating challenger John Degnan, the former mayor of Brewster following a long campaign that was often fraught with controversy and mudslinging.
"Two years ago, I promised to stand up to some very powerful people, and we have stood up to some very powerful people, and now I have on my back, a target the size of Texas,? Ball says.
While Ball's primary night party in Yorktown was high-spirited, the gathering for Degnan, in Brewster was far more solemn.
This is not the end of the road for Degnan. He also has the Democratic and Working Families nominations, and he told his supporters that the GOP primary was only the prelude to the November election.
"We're going to see Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, unaffiliated voters, Independence voters step up and say, 'We have pride in our community,'" Degnan says.
Ball has accused his fellow Republican, state Sen. Vincent Leibell, of fueling the smear campaign against him. But following his victory in the primary, Ball has offered an olive branch to Leibell for the good of the party.
"We have different styles, different issues, but that doesn't mean either one of us are bad Republicans,? Ball says. ?We just have different ways, and now we have to come together and get over these petty differences."
Leibell, however, publicly announced Tuesday that he does not like Ball.
"Greg Ball is a very odd person,? he says. ?Obviously, I dislike the way he's handled himself. I certainly dislike the way he's trashed the communities both he and I represent, which is the reason why I've taken the position I've taken."
Degnan is still running on the Democratic ticket, and Leibell declined to say whether he will reach out across the aisle and support him against Ball.


More from News 12
2:28
Chappaqua, East Ramapo, and Newburgh reject school budgets; Clarkstown OKs 4% increase for schools

Chappaqua, East Ramapo, and Newburgh reject school budgets; Clarkstown OKs 4% increase for schools

2:16
STORM WATCH: Summerlike temps today, severe thunderstorms with hail possible Thursday

STORM WATCH: Summerlike temps today, severe thunderstorms with hail possible Thursday

RESULTS: News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley School Vote 2024

RESULTS: News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley School Vote 2024

0:40
Ramapo incident reports list tickets, charges against Monsey bus drivers who struck kids

Ramapo incident reports list tickets, charges against Monsey bus drivers who struck kids

1:10
Headlines: Woman steals $97,000 from business, health insurance fraud, Stony Point home invasion

Headlines: Woman steals $97,000 from business, health insurance fraud, Stony Point home invasion

0:30
Elmsford mayor censured by village board following harassment complaint

Elmsford mayor censured by village board following harassment complaint

0:33
Former State Assemblyman Robert Castelli dies at 74

Former State Assemblyman Robert Castelli dies at 74

2:06
Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from Northeast reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from Northeast reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

1:38
36th Fleet Week kicks off in NYC with Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton

36th Fleet Week kicks off in NYC with Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton

2:42
Garden Guide: This is why you should grow Geraniums this summer

Garden Guide: This is why you should grow Geraniums this summer

1:31
What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's spring frittata

What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's spring frittata

1:23
Mount Vernon School Board meeting ends before it can start as teachers push for contract negotiations to speed up

Mount Vernon School Board meeting ends before it can start as teachers push for contract negotiations to speed up

1:41
Westchester lawmaker tracks down constituents owed money by NY state following Turn To Tara report

Westchester lawmaker tracks down constituents owed money by NY state following Turn To Tara report

1:18
Officials: At least 6 injured in multivehicle crash in Putnam County

Officials: At least 6 injured in multivehicle crash in Putnam County

0:36
Connecticut woman arrested for stealing from the Putnam business she worked for

Connecticut woman arrested for stealing from the Putnam business she worked for

1:54
New Rochelle students investigate 'crime scenes' for forensic class final exam

New Rochelle students investigate 'crime scenes' for forensic class final exam

1:35
Newburgh police commissioner announces sudden resignation weeks after chief resigned

Newburgh police commissioner announces sudden resignation weeks after chief resigned

1:44
2 preschoolers injured in fatal Sullivan County school bus crash

2 preschoolers injured in fatal Sullivan County school bus crash

0:49
Former medical officer manager from Orange County pleads guilty to health care fraud

Former medical officer manager from Orange County pleads guilty to health care fraud

0:35
New York State Police identify victim in fatal Sprain Brook Parkway crash

New York State Police identify victim in fatal Sprain Brook Parkway crash