BRONX-Under a cloudless sky, Senator Jeff Klein gathered with his colleagues in government and ebullient members of Westchester Square Hospital to celebrate the saving of the hospital from the Berger Commission's closing threat. Cries of joy could be heard amidst the thundering applause as elected officials testified to the endearing and enduring quality of the hospital. Klein, who had recently lost his father, spoke movingly about how he wished he father had lived his last days in the care of a community hospital like Westchester Square.
Since my earliest days in the Assembly I have fought for middle class families. Whether it’s providing a free graffiti removal service and street cleaning to keep our neighborhoods in top shape, or making sure NYC schools get their fair share of education aid, I am committed to providing a superior quality of life for hard working people.
Eastchester-In the first of several county wide forums to address the crippling cost of property taxes, Senator Jeff Klein spoke to a crowd of a 150 people at Eastchester's Town Hall. Just last year the property tax formula was recalculated to reflect income ratherthan property value, but still Westchester residents continue to pay some of the highest taxes in the nation. Senator Klein gave a power point presentation and engaged in dialogue with concerned citizens about property tax caps and other ideas to reform the system.
BRONX-Over 700 parents, grandparents, and children streamed into Maestro's for SenatorJeff Klein's 14th Annual East Bunny Breakfast. Families enjoyed a complimentary continenal breakfast while kids siddled up to the Easter Bunny for pictures. The morning was filled with fun activities from a special "build a bunny" station, to the magical stylings of John the Magician. Senator Klein got in on the action too, helping kids stuff personal bunnies and talking to parents about education and other issues of concern.
BRONX-After months of negotiations between the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Westchester Square Medical Center, and New York Presbyterian, Senator Klein is pleased to announce that Westchester Square will remain open.
NEW YORK-In the interest of increasing access to Italian culture for both the Italian American community, and the 34th Senate District at large, Senator Jeff Klein met with the Consul General of Italy, the honorable Francesco Maria Talo. The two leaders discussed ways in which to increase access to the services and resources provided by the Consulate.
ALBANY-In the historic War Room of the Capitol, Senator Jeff Klein was honored by his alma mater, the City University of New York Law School, as one of three outstanding public service alumni. Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer and Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, were also recognized. The Senator was feted for his exemplary 14 year career in the state legislature.
CITY ISLAND-This Sunday, Senator Jeff Klein swung by St. Mary's Star of the Sea to present a check for $7,000 to the recently formed City Island Basketball League. Accompanied by his staff, City Island native and St. Mary's Star of the Sea basketball team alumus, John Doyle, the Senator paid special tribute to the Island's exceptional committment to athletic activities. A strong supporter of after school programs and childhood athletics, Senator Klein spoke about the importance of community in the ongoing fight against childhood obesity.
BRONX –In celebration of Black History Month, Senator Jeff Klein hosted a complimentary breakfast at Throggs Neck Houses. Over 200 attendees poured into the gymnasium which was decked out with multi-colored tables to enjoy a buffet style breakfast of strada, bagels, orange juice, muffins, and coffee.
NEW YORK - Thousands of New York homeowners will be able to have their loans reviewed by bank and mortgage servicing company representatives, during “Operation Protect Your Home.” The series of forums, which begins in the Bronx on February 23, is a joint effort between the New York State Senate Democratic Conference, the New York State Banking Department, and variouslending institutions.
BRONX-This weekend Senator Klein spread the love from Schuyler Hill to Westchester Square. Dropping by the library on Westchester Avenue, Klein got crafty with local kids, glueing and glittering valentines for ailing veterans at the Bronx VA Hospital. The only elected official to ever visit the library's program in it's 18 year history, Klein encouraged the community youngsters, reminding them of the importance of self-sacrifice and that everyone big or small has something to contribute.
On January 29th, Senator Klein had the priviledge of viewing a photo exhibition by Norman Gershman at the United Nations, "Besa: A Code of Honor/Muslim Albanias Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust". Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, recognized Albanian heroism in saving every Jew who either lived in Albania or sought asylum there during World War II with the opening of Besa. Norman Gershman, an American Jew, documents the courage and compassion of the rescuers and their families—approximately 65 percent of whom were Muslim a