Assemblyman Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said he hasn’t violated Assembly rules that prohibit use of Assembly televised proceedings in campaign ads because the clip he uses in his ad has been in the public domain and thus isn’t directly Assembly footage.
“It’s publicly accessible. It’s in the public domain,” Ball, who is running for state Senate, said yesterday. “Anybody can go online and find it. So it’s not Assembly footage in any way.”
The ad is on his website here and includes a short clip of him on the Assembly floor ripping the Legislature as “the most dysfunctional Legislature in the United States Of America.”
Richard Nicholson, a Katonah attorney and supporter of Ball’s primary opponent Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy, filed a complaint June 11 with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, and Assemblyman Dan O’Donnell, D-Manhattan, who co-chairs the Legislative Ethics Commission, to say Ball is violating Assembly rules.
The complaint, obtained by Gannett, said Ball’s ad is a “direct violation” of Assembly rules. Nicholson said in an interview that the “law couldn’t be more clear.”
Silver’s office had no immediate comment on the complaint.