Jeffrey D. Klein's Press releases

Senate Passes Klein Bill to Crack Down on Auto Insurance Fraud

Measure Would Increase Penalties for Criminals Who Forge Auto Insurance Cards

ALBANY, NY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) that would impose tougher penalties on those who commit auto insurance fraud, passed the State Senate today.

Klein’s bill (S.578) would make it a felony to forge an auto insurance card or certificate of insurance. In New York State, these documents are necessary to obtain the government issued documents, such as a vehicle registration, that are required to legally operate a motor vehicle.

March 24, 2011
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IDC, Assemblyman Bing, Propose Plan to Help State Lower Liability Risks

 

Proposal Would Save NY $50 Million; Increase Workplace Safety 

The Independent Democratic Conference and Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, (D-Manhattan), today released a common sense plan that would save New York State an estimated $50 million, while at the same time increasing workplace safety in state government.

 

March 23, 2011
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Senate Passes Klein Bill to Strengthen Green Markets/ Increase Access to New York Grown Products

The State Senate Tuesday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), that would expand local and regional green markets, like those in the greater Bronx area, and increase access to New York State grown fruits and vegetables.

March 22, 2011
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KLEIN CALLS FOR ACTION TO RENEW FUNDING FOR FORECLOSURE PREVENTION SERVICES

Elected Officials and Foreclosure Prevention Providers push for immediate action in the 2012 Executive Budget

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) and Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) joined Foreclosure Prevention Providers at the Bronx County Courthouse on Friday to call for the renewal of funds for the Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the 2012 Executive Budget.

March 18, 2011
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IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

The Independent Democratic Conference today called for the full reinstatement of an economic development program that would create more than $460 million in private investment and more than 1,600 good-paying jobs in Upstate New York.

March 16, 2011
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KLEIN ATTENDS READ ALLIANCE PROGRAM COMPLETION CEREMONY AT P.S. 97

Senator Klein Presents Certificates to Students and Tutors 

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) and President of AT&T New York Hal Lenox attended the READ Alliance Program completion ceremony at P.S. 97 on Friday. A tutoring session was held prior to the ceremony where the children were tutored by students from St. Raymond’s, St. Catherine’s, Lehman and Truman High Schools. During the ceremony, Klein and READ Alliance President Yvonne Petrasovits presented students and tutors with certificates of achievement for their hard work.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN RALLIES TO SAVE FUNDING FOR 4201 SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK

Senator Klein Fights To Help Save Money That Supports Deaf, Blind and Physically Disabled Schools

BRONX, NY –  State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) joined concerned students, parents and educators during an Albany rally to save the funding for schools that serve deaf, blind and physically disabled students. 

The Bronx  is home to three of these schools otherwise known as 4201 schools -  Lavelle School for the Blind, St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf and New York Institute for Special Education.

March 10, 2011
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Klein Honors Everyday Heroes At His Annual Black History Month Celebration Breakfast

NYC COBA President Norman Seabrook and Local Community Members Honored

BRONX, NY – In celebration of Black History Month, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/ Westchester) hosted a complimentary breakfast at Villa Barone Catering Hall Saturday morning. Norman I. Seabrook, President of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association delivered the keynote address. This year's celebration also honored everyday heroes from the education, business, civic and law enforcement communities. Honorees included: Monica Major, President of District 11 Community Education Council; Gregory Perry, President of the Westchester Square Merchants Association; Yolanda Robinson, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Mount Vernon; Officer Jay Sturdivant of the NYPD’s 49th Precinct's Community Affairs Division; and  Al J. Everett, Deputy Chief of the Mount Vernon Fire Department.

March 2, 2011
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IDC Releases School Mandate Relief Plan

Regional Collective Bargaining among measures to lower costs, preserve educational quality

The Independent Democratic Conference today introduced a mandate relief package that will help schools reduce costs, maintain educational quality and ultimately help with the implementation of a tax cap.

"Mandate relief is a key component of the Independent Democratic Conference’s plans to reduce the tax burden on New Yorkers,” Senator David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida), said. “If we are asking school districts to reduce spending, it only makes sense to provide them with tools to maximize efficiency and minimize the pressure caused by unfunded state mandates."

February 16, 2011
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IDC Releases Plan to Fight Auto Insurance Evasion

Fraudulent Practice Cost NY Drivers Millions, Puts Strain on State and Local Governments

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled comprehensive legislation to fight the widespread and fraudulent practice of auto insurance evasion. This practice, where drivers illegally register their vehicles in other states in order to pay lower automobile insurance rates, drives up premiums for law-abiding drivers, robs the state and municipalities of millions of dollars in revenue, and makes enforcement of existing motor vehicle laws more difficult.

“This is no little white lie,” said Senator Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn). “ If you live here, but register your car out-of-state, you're not only committing fraud, you're also making things more expensive for your neighbors. With our legislation, the Independent Democratic Conference is looking to end this harmful practice and to help the millions of New Yorkers who play by the rules.”

Current law requires all drivers who live in New York State for more than 90 days to register their vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The IDC additionally released a startling new report on this topic.

February 7, 2011
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Statement from Senators Jeff Klein, (D-Bronx-Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), David Valesky (D-Oneida), and David Carlucci (D-Rockland/ Orange), members of the Independent Democratic Conference:

 “The Independent Democratic Conference applauds Governor Cuomo for setting the right tone in his budget address. We approve of the Governor’s goal of moving this state to a zero-based, or reality-based, budget model, his continued efforts to right-size Albany and his vow to work with this state’s workforce to give New Yorkers the most efficient government possible.

February 1, 2011
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IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.

The IDC similarly accepted committee assignments recommended to them by the Senate Minority on Monday.

These chair appointments continue a Senate tradition of reaching across party lines and empowering non-majority members to have a more hands-on role in shaping legislation.

January 26, 2011
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IDC Discovers Spike in Overtime/ Worker's Comp Costs at Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Children and Family Services has increased overtime costs and experienced a drastic spike in worker's compensation claims, according to a report released today by the Independent Democratic Conference.

These startling numbers come as the overall number of youths under OCFS supervision has actually decreased from 983 during this beginning of the 2009-2010 fiscal year, to roughly 700 currently.

January 26, 2011
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Klein Applauds Craigslist For Banning Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverage Ads From Their Website

NEW YORK, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) has announced the successful removal and banning of advertisements for caffeinated alcoholic beverages from Craigslist after requesting the website remove the ads for the dangerous drinks. 

In December 2010, Senator Klein’s office conducted an undercover sting operation involving the purchase of nine Four Loko cans after seeing an advertisement under the ‘collectibles’ section on Craigslist.  Klein issued letters to the owners of Craigslist and eBay requesting for CABs not to be sold on their websites.

January 24, 2011
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IDC Releases Mandate Relief Recommendations Proposals Level Local Gov't Playing Field, Lower Costs & Save Taxpayer Dollars

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a series of common sense recommendations that will help local governments tackle state mandates, save money, and help ease the burden on taxpayers.

These recommendations, which were made in consultation with the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, include helping municipalities save money by revamping laws that allow local governments enter into employee benefit cooperatives; cut down on the costs of prescription drug access; and enacting legislation to allow communities to hold building code scofflaws accountable.

January 20, 2011
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IDC Issues Recommendations to Streamline State Government $312 million wasteful spending, potential savings, uncovered

 

The Independent Democratic Conference today submitted a series of recommendations to Governor Cuomo and his Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission that will help them streamline New York's sprawling bureaucracy.

The IDC's recommendations to crack down on overtime abuses, develop new accountability standards for outside contractors, review the use of state assets, and eliminate duplicative administrative functions, are based upon the work performed by the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency.

IDC members Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida), and Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), serve as members of the Task Force, which during the last year uncovered more than $312 million in questionable spending and potential savings.

January 10, 2011
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Senators Klein, Savino, Valesky, Carlucci Announce Formation of Independent Democratic Conference

State Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), David J. Valesky,  (D-Oneida) and David Carlucci, (D-Rockland), today announced their departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference.  

The four senators will caucus together as the Independent Democratic Conference. As a group, they will push for commonsense solutions to the problems facing this state, break the hyper-partisan gridlock that has gripped this chamber, and work to restore the public's trust in its public officials.  

“This is a new beginning,” Senator Klein said. “The squandered opportunities, ethical lapses, and mismanagement of the last two years have left the residents of this state distrustful and disappointed in the State Senate as an institution and their government as a whole. As members of the Independent Democratic Conference, we will work to bring integrity back to this house and once again make government a tool to improve people's lives.”

January 5, 2011
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New Year Brings Bank To Bronx Neighborhood For The First Time In Decades

Senator Klein, Bronx Borough President Diaz & Community Leaders Join Bank Officials To Announce Plans for Cross County Federal Savings Bank to Open in Van NestBRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Cross County Bank President Anthony Milone announced the start of construction for a Cross County Federal Savings Bank in Van Nest on Monday. The new bank will be the first personal banking institution located in Van Nest in more than fifteen years.

January 4, 2011
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Klein Joins Bronx Beer Distributor To Announce Destruction of $350K Worth of Banned Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverage Joose

Calls On Craigslist And Other Sites To Remove  Illegal Advertisements For CABs BRONX, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined one tri-state area beer distributor to announce the destruction of $350,000 worth of the banned caffeinated alcoholic beverage known as Joose. In addition, Klein unveiled details of an investigation his office conducted last week when a volunteer was successful in purchasing Four Loko from an unauthorized retailer through an ad on Craigslist. Klein is calling on Craigslist and other websites to put a stop to the illegal sale of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages (CABs) on their websites.

December 22, 2010
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Klein Joins Bronx Beer Distributor To Announce Destruction of $350K Worth of Banned Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverage Joose

Calls On Craigslist And Other Sites To Remove  Illegal Advertisements For CABs 

BRONX, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined one tri-state area beer distributor to announce the destruction of $350,000 worth of the banned caffeinated alcoholic beverage known as Joose. In addition, Klein unveiled details of an investigation his office conducted last week when a volunteer was successful in purchasing Four Loko from an unauthorized retailer through an ad on Craigslist. Klein is calling on Craigslist and other websites to put a stop to the illegal sale of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages (CABs) on their websites.

December 22, 2010
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