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Assemblyman Greg Ball(R,C 99th District) whose district covers parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess County today denied allegations that he "groped" a waitress during a recent night out at a bar in Albany. Ball responded to the charges after a waitress at the Assembly Restaurant and Lounge complained Ball "Put his hands on (her) in a sexual manner."
The woman, who is co-owner of the restaurant claims she filed the internal incident with the bar, but not with police.The alleged groping occurred on June 21.
Ball responded today saying, "Here we go again, this is politics as usual, the election is getting closer and I must be ahead in the polls." He told Westchesternewsonline.com that he can say "Unequivocably that the incident never happened" and maintains he was the victim of a "Conveniently timed smear campaign by the opposition."
Ball says he's retained the services of high profile attorney Joseph Tacopina and is threatening legal action.
The Assemblyman has been no stranger to controversy. Last year he made headlines after finding a dead goat outside his home. He had claimed it was part of a death threat made against him for his immigration stance. He was also under fire several years ago after allegedly sending robocalls to constituents giving the unpublished phone number of his political opponent.
A group of Westchester County Legislators and officials traveled to Albany Thursday to deliver, in person, the County's 2010 Joint State Legislative Package to lawmakers in Albany. Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) was joined by fellow legislator Bill Burton (D-Ossining) and the County Executive's Chief of Staff, George Oros.
Burton said, "The purpose of this annual effort is to present our State Legislators with a focused list of legislative priorities from both the Legislative and Executive branches of County Government."
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