Jeffrey D. Klein's Press releases

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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Senator Klein Announces Stop-Gap Funding For Critical Foreclosure Prevention Programs

 

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), praised the inclusion of $1 million in foreclosure prevention funding that was included in this week's tax code reform and economic jump-start legislative package.

December 9, 2010
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Undercover Investigation Finds Four Loko Being Illegally Sold To Minors In NYC

Klein Joins SLA and NYPD to Unveil Details of Sting Operation and efforts to ban the sale of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages in New York State NEW YORK, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D Bronx/Westchester) was joined by State Liquor Authority Deputy CEO Mike Jones outside of the State Liquor Authority in Manhattan unveiling details of an undercover operation which found Four Loko being sold illegally to a minor on multiple occasions at a variety of stores in New York City. In addition, Klein announced his legislative efforts to ban the sale of CABs in NYS.

November 16, 2010
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Klein Hosts 4th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast

Senator Klein Honors Hundreds of Bronx & Westchester Veterans BRONX, NY -  On Sunday, November 14th, Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) hosted his fourth annual Veterans Day Breakfast at Villa Barone Manor, honoring hundreds of veterans from the Bronx and Westchester.

November 16, 2010
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UNDERAGE BRONX DRINKERS BEWARE THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

BRONX BARS & RESTAURANTS PUT NEW ID SCANNERS INTO EFFECT TO CRACKDOWN ON FAKE IDs

BRONX, NY – Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester)

in partnership with the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP), delivered state-of-the art ID scanners to multiple Bronx bars and restaurants just in time for the expected rush of minors attempting to illegally gain entry to bars during this holiday and “back-to-school” weekend. Klein was joined by Frances Maturo of TNCAP, Kathy Gallagher, manager of The Wicked Wolf as well as various owners and representatives from multiple other Bronx bars and restaurants.

September 4, 2010
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WESTCHESTER OFFICIALS UNVEIL ALARMING TREND OF ENERGY ALCOHOLIC DRINK ILLEGALLY BEING SOLD TO TEENS

Call for NYS Liquor Authority to investigate harsher penalities for local retailers

 WESTCHESTER, NY – Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Tuckahoe Mayor John Fitzpatrick, Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, Tuckahoe Police Chief John Costanzo, Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale and James Genova, Project Director of Eastchester Communities that Care Thursday to unveil the most recent results of an ongoing undercover investigation and crackdown into the illegal sale of alcoholic caffeinated beverages such as FOUR LOKO and JOOSE  to area teens. The lawmakers also called on the SLA to investigate alcoholic beverages being marketed and sold to underage drinkers in New York State.

August 26, 2010
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Klein, Benedetto, Vacca Call on Governor to Sign Bill Raising Fines for Illegally Parked Tractor-Trailers

Measure Would Rein in Overnight Parking in Residential Areas

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein, Assembly Member Michael Benedetto, Council Member James Vacca, and community leaders today called on Governor Paterson to sign legislation that would increase the fine for overnight parking of tractor-trailers on residential streets to $250 for the first offense and $500 for the second offense.

August 24, 2010
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TAKE A RIDE ON THE TUCKAHOE TROLLEY

Senator Klein, Generoso Pope Foundation and Village of Tuckahoe Launch New Tuckahoe Trolley

 

TUCKAHOE, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Chairman David Pope of the Generoso Pope Foundation and Tuckahoe Mayor John Fitzpatrick launched the new Tuckahoe Trolley on Friday, August 13th. Elected officials and foundation representatives christened the trolley and took an inaugural ride through the village with community members.

 

“Small businesses are truly the backbone of our community. The Tuckahoe Trolley will make it easier for residents of Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville to shop right in their own backyard and pump much needed funds into our local economy,” said State Senator Jeff Klein.

 

August 13, 2010
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KLEIN HELPS SECURE EDUCATION FUNDING FOR MORRIS PARK STUDENT

Senator Successfully Fights for Student to Receive $12K in Financial Aid

 

BRONX, NY – Morris Park resident Isabel Mauriello no longer has to worry about how to pay for college, thanks to the efforts of State Senator Jeff Klein.

 

A student at Manhattanville College, Mauriello had worked hard to stay on top of the financial aid process so that she could continue her education this fall. After receiving Pell funding and Stafford loans, however, she was still $12,000 shy of meeting the full tuition costs for the upcoming year. Mauriello looked to take out a private loan from a bank, but because she was unable to secure a co-signer with adequate credit, she was continually denied.

 

August 13, 2010
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ITALIAN REGENTS RALLY AND HERITAGE CELEBRATION

Klein and Savino Announce Restoration of NYS Italian Regents High School Exam

 

TUCKAHOE, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and representatives from the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Sons of Italy announced the restoration of the NYS Italian Regents high school exam at a rally on Thursday. Last week the NYS Senate saved the exam from extinction when it passed the final piece of this year’s budget. Attendees rallied in support of this important achievement and to celebrate Italian culture.

 

August 12, 2010
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES OIL SPILL CLEANUP IN PELHAM MANOR

Senator Helped Secure Funding for Clean Up Following Major Accident in March

 

PELHAM MANOR, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined residents of The Hamlet in Pelham Manor to announce significant progress in clean-up efforts following the crash of a gasoline carrying tanker truck on Boston Post Road in March. Senator Klein helped secure funding from the tanker’s insurance company for the repair of pavement in the community that was damaged in the accident.

 

August 11, 2010
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PROTECTING FAMILIES IN PUBLIC HOUSING FROM SEX OFFENDERS

Senator Klein Unveils New Data Showing Dozens of Registered Sex Offenders Still Illegally Living in NYC Public Housing

 

BRONX, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Assemblymembers Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx) and Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Throggs Neck Houses Residents Council President Dwayne Jenkins and community members to unveil new data showing an increase in the number of sex offenders illegally living in public housing units in New York City from numbers reported earlier this year.

 

August 10, 2010
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KLEIN SECURES NEW HOME FOR ROOSTER RESCUED FROM COCKFIGHT

Bird to be Delivered to Recovery Sanctuary

 

BRONX, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Friday that he has secured a safe, long term home for an abused rooster recently rescued from a South Bronx cockfight. The owner of the Hollywood Haircuts barber shop on City Island has been rehabilitating and caring for the rooster, Coco, since his rescue earlier this year. Following the press conference, Klein’s office delivered the rooster to its new home at the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary in Petersburg, NY.

 

August 6, 2010
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KLEIN CLEANS UP NEIGHBORHOOD FOR FORT SCHUYLER SENIOR CENTER

Residents of the Fort Schuyler Houses senior center no longer have to deal with an eyesore, thanks to State Senator Jeff Klein.

 

During a visit to the center on Monday, July 12th, Klein heard repeatedly from residents that an abandoned lot across from the center was being used as an illegal dumping zone. Garbage had been piling up continually and large objects like furniture were also being left at the site during the past several months.

 

Immediately following the visit, Klein’s office reached out to the NYC Department of Transportation to see whether they could clean up the site. Within days of Klein's visit to the center, the Transportation Department had fully cleared the site of all trash and debris, to the delight of Fort Schuyler residents.

July 22, 2010
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SENATOR KLEIN ANNOUNCES 17 SUMMER CONCERTS

State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced his 2010 Summertime Symphonies. The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Senator Klein's office at 718-822-2049. See attached PDF for full details.

 

Monday, August 2nd - 7:00 PM

Philip James Orchestra

Pelham Gazebo, 20 5th Avenue, Pelham

Rain Location: Daronco Town House, 20 5th Avenue, Pelham

 

Tuesday, August 3rd - 7:00 PM

Just Nuts

49th Precinct Night Out Against Crime

Pelham Parkway North & Wallace Avenue

 

Wednesday, August 4th - 7:00 PM

The Bronx Wanderers

Loreto Park, between Haight & Tomlinson Avenue, Morris Park

July 22, 2010
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COMMITTEE OF 100 DEMOCRATS HONOR STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN

State Senator Jeff Klein was honored by the Committee of 100 Democrats at the group’s 6th Annual Free Community Barbeque on Saturday, July 17th.

July 17, 2010
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