Ball refuses to be intimidated by dead goat

By Terence Corcoran
The Journal News ē March 6, 2009

PUTNAM LAKE - State Assemblyman Greg Ball, R-Patterson, said this afternoon that he won't be intimidated because someone dumped a dead goat outside his Putnam Lake home Wednesday night.

State police are investigating but declined to release much information, citing the open case.

"Whether this crime was perpetrated by gang members, or some sick local individual, I will not be cowed by threats, and I condemn this kind of heinous violent behavior towards animals," Ball said. "I want my constituents to know that I will continue my efforts to stand up every day for justice, and the people of the Hudson Valley."

A note written on cardboard in a crude Spanish was tied around the goat's neck and made a vulgar reference to Ball. It also said viva MS-13, an apparent reference to Mara Salvatrucha, a notorious Central American gang that some of Ballís political allies have said operates in Brewster although police have never found credible evidence of its presence.

A note in spanish eh?