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State Assemblyman gets a challenger


Some of you may remember former Brewster Mayor John Degnan. He was narrowly defeated last year in a three-way bid for Southeast supervisor by Michael Rights, who ran a fierce campaign on the hot button issue of illegal tjndc5-5b5f66juuz412i19bezi_thumbnail1.jpgimmigration.

Rights accused Degnan of being a slumlord, renting his village apartments to illegal immigrants. His claims were never proven. He also said Degnan was distributing identification cards to illegal aliens—untrue. Degnan had invited the Guatemalan consulate to the village to discuss it’s mobile ID card service that never came to fruition given the political climate in Brewster at the time.

Lastly, Rights claimed that Degnan was putting up a hiring site for Brewster’s day laborers. Team Brewster had considered those plans but they never materialized because they could not find a proper site.

State Assemblyman Greg Ball held a “Stop the Workstation,” rally last summer even though there were no plans to put one up. Now, Degnan will have another opportunity to go head-to-head with one of the area’s toughest anti-illegal immigration politicos.

The Southeast Republican Committee endorsed Degnan this week. No word from Degnan yet but some of his closest supporters say he’s in the race for state Assembly. tjndc5-5cp1ev7say8p50399tf_thumbnail2.jpgBall said he welcomes the challenge.

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 1:17 pm by Marcela Rojas. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Assembly, Brewster, day laborers, Greg Ball, Guatemalan consulate, IDs, Illegal immigrants, John Degnan, New York State Assembly, Uncategorized



3 Responses to “State Assemblyman gets a challenger”

  1. Chris C

    This is why Ramapo is on a slow slide to mediocrity. The idea that Ramapo would not take part is a slap in the face to the good and honest citizens of Rockland. Why should any person breaking the law be a protected person and immune from the prosecution of the law?

    I expect the good and honest citizens of Ramapo to step up to the plate and send the supervisor packing in the next election.

  2. J. R.

    “Let’s leave it to the feds.”

    Seriously? Because they’re doing such a great job enforcing the law?

    This should become a county-wide initiative.

  3. Frank

    The reality of the situation is clear. The truth is inevitable. Greg Ball is now engaged in the political fight of his young life. Though the names will not be exact, this is as close to a Ball v. Leibell brawl that we’ll get to see. Who wins this important contest will decide who will hold onto the political capital going into the future.

    Right now my money is on Degnan (Leibell) but don’t count Ball out, he’s a small yet effective machine.

    This race will certainly help sell some papers over the next couple of months.

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