Issues: Community Reinvestment

Thurston Village Revitalization Project

I was pleased to join residents of the 19th Ward and officials from the City of Rochester to help mark the completion of the Thurston Village Revitalization Project. This project consisted of improving pedestrian signage and amenities with benches, crosswalks and improved store fronts. The residents of the Thurston Village and the 19th Ward will surely love it!

July 31, 2015
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State Senator Jeff Klein Releases the 2015 Summer Concert Series Schedule

Throughout the month of August, Senator Klein will be sponsoring the annual Summer Concert Series, featuring local favorites like the Bronx Wanderers, Larry Chance & the Earls, and Jameson’s Revenge.

Senator Klein will be sponsoring a movie series throughout the summer as well!           

July 29, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $50,000 TO HELP BUILD NEW BANDSTAND IN WADDINGTON

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in funding to help the Village of Waddington construct a new bandstand.  To be built in Whittaker Park, the new bandstand will be used for community events, including large scale national fishing tournaments, which the village has hosted in recent years, as well as concerts and other large events.

“Tourism—especially in the summer months—is a major economic driver in the North Country,” said Senator Ritchie.

“In Waddington, the opportunities for fishing and other sports not only attract tourists, they also boost our local economy and help to create jobs.  I’m pleased to be able to deliver funding for a new bandstand, which will not only help Waddington host large-scale fishing tournaments, but also other events that are important to the local community.”

July 17, 2015
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Sen. Valesky Attends Ribbon Cutting for Sankofa Park

Sen. Valesky was on hand July 14 for the official opening of Sankofa Park, next to the Beauchamp Branch Library on South Salina Street in Syracuse. Area residents, local leaders, and elected officials worked together to determine a better use for the space, which had been an abandoned parking lot. Sen. Valesky secured $450,000 for the project. The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana and means "reach back and get it."

July 16, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN & NEIGHBORHOOD INITIATIVES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION INSTALL NEW & IMPROVED PEEPHOLES FOR BRONX SENIORS

Installations funded through $180,000 grant secured by Klein

New peepholes provide panoramic views of the outside; Improve access and functionality; Significantly boost safety & security for seniors and individuals with disabilities

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation (NIDC) installed dozens of new peepholes for seniors and individuals with disabilities at Evergreen Gardens on Thursday.

July 10, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN DONATES SUMMER BACKPACKS TO BRONX CHILDREN

Klein secured $60,000 state grant to fund summer backpack giveaway for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and HELP Bronx homeless shelter Local kids swing into summer with brand-new backpacks filled with books, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk and more

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) donated summer backpacks to nearly 300 Bronx children from  the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and the HELP Bronx Morris Avenue homeless shelter on Thursday.

July 10, 2015
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Kennedy Delivers: Critical Repairs to Major Lackawanna Roadways Underway After State Investment

After Rough Winter, Milling and Paving Processes Begin to Revive South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

$2.5 Million Grant Secured by Kennedy Will Repair One of Worst Stretches of Pothole-Riddled Roadways in Erie County

July 7, 2015
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Senator Perkins Proudly Honors The Rucker Pro Legends--Bob McCullough and Fred Crawford--On Their 50th Anniversary

Remarks Of Senator Bill Perkins | Rucker Pro Legends Resolution (J.2726)

 

I rise today to honor the memory of Holcombe Rucker, proud son of Harlem and a true visionary with respect to youth development, mentoring and community building. 

 

When Holcombe Rucker was a young man he made a transformative life-decision; he put every ounce of his youthful energy into the game of basketball.  Upon returning from distinguished service in WWII, he established the Junior Basketball League in a Harlem playground on 138th Street. 

 

June 22, 2015
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Senate, Assembly Pass Bill to Spur Investment in Vacant, Abandoned Residential Properties

New program aimed at about 70 properties located in City of Batavia

 

Albany, NY – A bill (S.5196A/A.7570A) has passed the State Senate and State Assembly that would allow the City of Batavia to provide tax relief for residents willing to redevelop abandoned properties into owner-occupied single-family residences.

 

The new program would create a real incentive for residents to redevelop distressed properties since the high level of investment often required outpaces the value of the redeveloped home, keeping these types of properties vacant for many years. 

 

June 19, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HONORS DETECTIVE VICTOR DIPIERRO FOR 20-YEAR NYPD CAREER

Klein celebrates life and work of retiring Pelham Bay police officer at Bronx Day in Albany

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) honored Victor DiPierro for his distinguished 20-year career with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) at the third annual Bronx Day celebration in Albany on Monday. A Pelham Bay native, Mr. DiPierro joined the NYPD in 1995, first serving as a patrolman and then working his way up to detective specialist at the 49th precinct.

June 16, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS BAND AT RIVERFEST 2015

Klein, Bronx elected officials, KRVC, College of Mount Saint Vincent, and families and children enjoy Grammy award-winning music group at annual RiverFest celebration

Family festival on the Hudson River featured live music, boat rides, summer fun and more

June 15, 2015
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The Bronx’s Best Displayed in Albany at 3rd Annual Bronx Day Celebration

Albany, NY— Upstate met downstate at this year’s 3rd Annual Bronx Day in Albany on Monday, hosted by Assemblyman Mark GjonajState Senator Jeff Klein, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., celebrating the borough’s culture, businesses, organizations and bright future.

June 15, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HONORS COMMUNITY LEADERS AT 41ST PRECINCT FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

BRONX, NY  - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today honored local ‘Cop of the Month’ recipients, civic leaders and students for their outstanding contributions to the Hunts Point community at the 41st Precinct Community Council Fellowship breakfast.

June 12, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES NEARLY $200,000 GRANT FOR SECURITY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES TO PELHAM TOWN HALL & DARONCO TOWN HOUSE

State funding secured by Klein will provide new natural gas fueled generators, energy efficient lighting, surveillance cameras, security room and additional storage

WESTCHESTER, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Mayor Michael Volpe of the Village of Pelham, Pelham Town Supervisor Pete DiPaola, Pelham Deputy Supervisor Councilman Dan McLaughlin, Judge John Gardner, Judge John DeChiaro, and Town Council Member Blake Bell, today announced $195,000 in state funding for security and energy efficiency upgrades to Pelham Town Hall and the Daronco Town House at Pelham’s annual Block Party.

June 6, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN, ASSEMBLYMAN DINOWITZ, COUNCILMAN COHEN CELEBRATE RIVERDALE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE COMMUNITY AND TEEN CENTER GRAND OPENING

State & City funds secured by Klein, Dinowitz & Cohen provided essential upgrades to facility

June 5, 2015
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Ortt’s Green Development Tax Exemption Bill Passes in Senate

Senator Ortt’s Bill Would Create Jobs in Green Industry, Lower Energy Costs for Consumers

 

State Senator Rob Ortt’s (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) Green Development Neighborhood Tax Exemption bill (S5013) unanimously passed in the Senate yesterday with overwhelming support. This tax incentive is meant to encourage more homeowners to build “green” homes. Ortt’s bill would allow local municipalities across the state to offer a real property tax exemption of 35 percent for up to 20 years.

 

June 4, 2015
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Ortt's Bill For Asbestos Removal Incentive Passes in Senate

Asbestos Remediation Tax Credit Encourages Development of Blighted Buildings; Revitalizes Economy

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) would give tax credits to eligible taxpayers and developers who pay to have asbestos removed from their residential or commercial properties. The Asbestos Remediation Tax Credit bill (S2961), which passed in the Senate yesterday, would fight blight and help spur economic development across the state.

May 29, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR P.S. 72

New Funding Boosts Local School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Students

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by nearly 100 local parents, students and school administrators, today announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for P.S. 72 in the Bronx. The announcement came at the school’s Project BOOST breakfast event on Friday.

May 29, 2015
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Senator Klein, Madison Square Garden & New York Knicks Hold Basketball Clinic for P.S. 107 Students

Pro-Basketball Clinic is Slam Dunk for Bronx Students K-5

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today held a basketball clinic with New York Knickerbockers alum Felipe Lopez at P.S. 107 in the Bronx. The former professional athlete was on hand to show more than 100 students the ropes in shooting hoops, pro-style basketball drills and conditioning exercises.   

May 29, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING GROUP BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS TO HEADLINE RIVERFEST

RiverFest 2015 to Feature Beloved American Music Group, Local Artists, Scenic Boat Rides, Children’s Entertainment, Waterfront Activities & More

Klein, Bronx Elected Officials, KRVC and College of Mount Saint Vincent Come Together to Celebrate the Beauty of the Hudson River and Unity of the Riverdale Community

May 29, 2015
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