CITY ISLAND, NY - Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) hosted the first annual City Island Clam Chowder Festival during the annual City Island Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Fall Fair this Sunday by Hawkins Park. Fair goers had an opportunity to try samples of sixteen different chowders from fourteen participating restaurants, having the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
Three awards were given. The Lobster House won the People’s Choice Chowder, Sammy’s won for the best Manhattan Clam Chowder and the Sea Shore won for the best New England Clam Chowder. Senator Klein, Assemblyman Benedetto, Food Network Star and City Island Native Michael Proietti and City Island Current Fleet Captain Chris Cullen judged the competition.
Senator Klein with honorees at the Third Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ.
From left to right, Sgt. Dennis Tierney, Bronx 43rd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke, Former Bronx 50th Precinct Captain and New C.O. of World Trade Center Command, Police Officer Jairo Vasquez of the Port Authority NY and NJ Police Department, Firefighter Dominick Libonati of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Senator Klein, Firefighter Kevin Adams of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Firefighter Phil Pillet of FDNY Ladder Co. 56, Lt. Julian Keiser, Pelham Fire Department
BRONX, NY - Senator Klein chose the Riverdale Senior Center to be the recipient of orchids from the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show. Every year, the Botanical Garden reserves 20 orchids for one non-profit in Senator Klein’s district. Pictured above, Senator Klein (C-L) and Julia Schwartz-Leeper (C-R), Executive Director of the Riverdale Senior Center stand with two members of the Senior Center.
BRONX, NY - Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) pictured above with Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether and Kelli Faugnan, a fourth grader from PS 83, giving gift bags and valentines to veteran patients from the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Senator Klein and Ms. Meriwether hosted “Valentines for Veterans” at the Center. After the program, Senator Klein, Ms. Meriwether and children from the PS 83 Children’s Choir helped distribute valentines and gift bags given by children at 25 schools across the Bronx.
With the flu season in full swing, Senator Klein hosted a free flu vaccine event for members of the Riverdale community to protect themselves against influenza. The flu season peaks in February and it is important for the safety and well-being of the Bronx community that its residents get vaccinated. Senator Klein was joined by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowtiz and Andy Cohen.
VAN CORTLANDT PARK, BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein joined Girl Scouts from the North Bronx 124 Service Unit yesterday for “Girl Scouts on Ice,” an afternoon event at the new Van Cortlandt Park Ice-Skating Rink. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale, pictured on the right) and New York City Council candidate, Andrew Cohen, were also in attendance. At the event, Senator Klein distributed patches commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Girl Scouts of Greater New York. Girl Scouts from all levels of scouting; grades K-12 attended the event.
Thanks to a generous donation by Home Depot, I was able to deliver 250 free flashlights to Pelham residents who are still coping with power outages. Alongside local elected officials and the Pelham Fire Chief, my staff and I handed out every last light at the Pelham Firehouse. There's still a lot of work to be done in the surrounding area, but I'm glad that we were able to make the black out a little more tolerable for a good number of Pelham residents.
On Friday, my office learned that nearly 150 Woodlawn seniors in a highrise building were still without power. Concerned for these brave folks, my staff and I swept into action. Within three hours, thanks to the genrosity of local volunteers and a great Bronx restaurant (The Pine), I delivered 150 hot meals to every resident in the 100 unit apartment building. It took a lot of walking up dark stairwells, but it was definitely worth it. Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz joined me, and we can safely say that we have never met a more upbeat and appreciative crowd. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!
On Saturday, after soliciting relief donations for the MP community, Senator Klein went door-to-door on Morris Park streets to hand-out 250 free meal gift certificates to Frankie and Johnnie's restaurant on Bronxdale Avenue. A big thank you to Frankie and Johnnie's for their generousity to our community during these trying times. Senator Klein also took the time to survey the storm damage with Morris Park residents.
"Today marks an important victory in our efforts to improve public transportation in the Northeast Bronx. Since the first day the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced the removal of a direct route between the Country Club and Westchester Square communities in February 2010 I have been outspoken in my criticism of their plans. Last year in April, I held a town hall with the top brass of the MTA to convey to them the importance this route serves in our communities.