Jeffrey D. Klein's Press releases

Klein Statement On Supreme Court Strike Down Of Pataki Civil Confinement Plans

Bronx, NY—In response to a State Supreme Court ruling issued late yesterday by a Manhattan Judge declaring illegal Governor Pataki's action in extending the state's involuntary commitment law—normally used for the mentally ill—to sexual predators, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) released the following statement:

November 16, 2005

Klein Hosts Medicare Information Sessions

In an effort to help Bronx and Westchester seniors understand the new benefits available to them under Medicare Part D, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) will be hosting a series of Medicare Information Sessions where experts from the Medicare and the Medicare Rights Center will be on hand to help seniors understand the new benefits and select the right plan for them."Navigating the complicated enrollment process for Medicare Part D can be confusing and frustrating, which is why I am so pleased to be sponsoring these Information Sessions to help Bronx seniors make wise

November 15, 2005

Klein: New Study Confirms Widespread Cigarette Tax Evasion

In 2000, Klein wrote the first law in the nation banning the direct shipment of cigarettes to New York consumers, enforcement efforts were stymied by the Governor’s unwillingness to take on reservation-based sellers who illegally divert untaxed cigarettes intended for sale to tribal members to consumers all over New York and the nation. Organized crime has also been quick to capitalize on this growing black market and proceeds from “bootleg” cigarette sales have even found their way to terrorist organizations in the Middle East.

November 9, 2005

Klein Secures Funds To Save Senior Fitness Program

State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced today that he has secured state funding for vital fitness programs for senior citizens at eight locations across the 34th Senate District.

November 1, 2005

Klein Secures Major Grant For P.s. 71

Albany gridlock and go directly to the students of P.S. 71 for their much-needed science laboratory.

I will continue working in the Senate to bring our tax dollars back home and put them to use right here in our communities” Klein concluded.

October 25, 2005

Crowley, Klein, Rivera Call For A Halt To Construction Of White Plans Courtyard

Crowley, Klein and Rivera were joined by community leaders to release a letter from the elected officials to Sol Arker, President of Arker Companies, outlining the community’s concerns and suggesting potential solutions to alleviate them.


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October 20, 2005

Klein Secures Emergency Funding For Tuckahoe Middle/high School

School District officials about deteriorating lighting in the Middle/High School gymnasium and the resulting potential safety hazard, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) will announce he has secured emergency state funding. Since the beginning of the school year, the gradual failure of the lighting system has caused shadows and worsening lighting conditions that could threaten the safety of students and athletes. The funding will make the gymnasium safer for the thousands of students and community groups who use the facility on a regular basis.

October 17, 2005

Klein Hosts Flu Season Informational Sessions

NY – With the arrival of flu season, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) is sponsoring an informational session for seniors on flu season. Senator Klein will host Jessica Morris, Director of Community Outreach for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Morris will give seniors background information on the flu and how to avoid contracting it.

When it comes to the flu, we know that prevention is the best medicine.

October 16, 2005

Klein Statement On Governor's Executive Order On Civil Commitment

Bronx, NY—In response to Governor Pataki's Executive Order to extend the state's involuntary commitment law—normally used for the mentally ill—to sexual predators, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) issued the following statement:


October 2, 2005

Klein Announces Suny Maritime Scholarships

Bronx, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will announce that two Bronx students have been awarded four-year, full tuition scholarships to SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck. Earlier this year, Klein offered scholarship nominations through the Cadet Assistance Program (CAP) to Michael Pirzinger of Throggs Neck and Lawrence Berger of City Island, both of whom are now enrolled in the College.

September 29, 2005

Klein Releases Comprehensive Energy Plan

Responding to skyrocketing energy costs, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) this week introduced a package of energy related legislation meant to address the rising cost of gasoline and home heating oil, encourage energy conservation and move the state toward alternative fuel sources.

Consumer Protection

Alternative Energy Sources

Senator Klein’s proposal calls for tax credits for homeowners using a home heating fuel blend tha

September 24, 2005

Support Builds For Klein's Sex Offender Email Notification Proposal

E-alerts on nabe sex fiends? Yes By MAUREEN KANKA

Instead of continuously having to scroll through pictures, names or addresses of offenders listed on a state Web site, you can periodically view the site and have instant notification through an E-mail when an offender is living close by.

September 17, 2005

Klein Proposes Dramatic Changes To State Sex Offender Registry

New York children head back to school, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) issued a report about the high concentration of Level 3 sex offenders, the most violent category of sexual predators, living in our community. Klein also announced a proposal to allow New Yorkers to sign-up for email notification when changes or additions are made to the Level 3 sub-directory of the State Sex Offender Registry, which would dramatically improve the public’s access to and awareness of these individuals’ close proximity to our children and families.

September 6, 2005

Klein To Pataki: Bring Empire Games To Westchester

State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) today urged Governor George Pataki to select Westchester County as the host site for the 2007 Empire State Games.  Klein reached out today to the Governor today to convey his support and reiterate the many reasons Westchester should be selected to host the Games.  “The facilities available in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Westchester are top-notch and I cannot imagine a better location for the 2007 Empire State Games,” said Klein.  “I u

August 30, 2005

Klein Announces Over $200,000 In Local Grants

I will continue to work tirelessly to make sure that our communities get our fair share from Albany and look forward to seeing this funding put to good use by our local governments”, Klein continued.Grants awarded in the 34th Senate District include:

Bronxville Union Free School District, $27,417 for Inventory and Planning City of Mt. Vernon, $52,810 for Active Records

August 4, 2005

Klein Civil Commitment Hearing Held

: “I am calling on Speaker Silver to have the Assembly return in special session to pass this important legislation to prevent future horrific incidents like this from happening in the future.” Russo-Carriero’s son Jonathan also urged legislators to return to Albany to pass the bill saying, “If this had been law two months ago, my mother would still be with us today.” Under these laws, already in effect in 16 other states and the District of Columbia, courts are able to order the most dangerous repeat sex offenders to enter secure ment

July 25, 2005

Senator Klein Hosts Hearing On Civil Commitment Legislation In Bronxville

Citing the urgent need to better protect the public from violent sexual predators, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester / Bronx) today announced that he is convening a public hearing to examine steps New York State might take to enact a civil commitment law aimed at keeping highly dangerous repeat offenders off the streets. “The recent brutal murder of Concetta Russo Carriero by Philip Grant, a high-level repeat sex offender, is a tragic call to arms and one that we must answer with all possible speed,” said Senator Klein, a member of the Senate Codes and Judiciary Committees.

July 14, 2005

Senator Klein Honors Veterans With Memorial Day Breakfast

Westchester and Rockland County Society of Pharmacists for donating the delicious food and drinks.”

June 1, 2005

Senator Klein, Full Circle Health And Coalition From The Bronx And Westchester Call On Senate Leader To Pass Timothy’s Law

Also present at the press conference were Hermes Caraballo and Eva Dech, two New Yorkers who shared their personal stories of their family struggles with mental illness and the toll taken by inadequate insurance coverage of their ailments.

May 4, 2005
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