Jeffrey D. Klein's Constituent stories

Sal Conforto

Mr. Conforto says he is driven by a personal commitment to give back to the Bronx and his Morris Park community, leaving both a better place than when he first got there almost 40 years ago. Mr. Conforto emigrated from Italy when he was 13years old and was later drafted into the U.S. Army.

After his 22 year old daughter, Maryann, passed away from a brain aneurysm in 1990, Mr. Conforto began dedicating himself to serving his community, saying “Ever since that day, I have tried to do good works in my daughter’s memory.”

May 16, 2014
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Hazel Ann Miura

Hazel Ann Miura was born, raised and still resides in the Bronx, where she was infl uenced primarily by her mother to be an independent woman, stand up for people’s rights and always treat people like she wanted to be treated herself.

Applying these principles to her everyday life, Ms. Miura established BRAVES – Bronx Renters Alliance of Voters for Rent Stabilization – a coalition of Bronx community based organizations, tenant associations and Bronx elected offi cials, with the mission of renewing the rent stabilization laws. Through BRAVES, she works closely with local businesses, merchants and civic associations, city, state and federal agencies, community leaders and elected offi cials to improve neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life.

May 14, 2014
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Silvio Mazzella

Silvio Mazzella was born and raised in an Italian neighborhood in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx. It was an area where many people from Ponza had settled. Silvio is the youngest of fi ve siblings.Silvio graduated with Honors from Our Lady of Pity School where he was a member of Don Bosco Boys Club. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School, Northeastern University and Monroe College and has a degree in Business Administration.In 1966, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He trained in Parris Island, South Carolina, North Carolina, San Diego, and Okinawa and then served in Vietnam. After serving his country he found employment with Keppler Brothers Supplies Incorporated

May 20, 2013
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Sofie Somoroff

Since the age of 10, Sofie Somoroff has been captivated by film and its ability to reach out to a large number of people, which almost immediately resulted in her passion for film directing. Currently a junior at the Bronx High School of Science, Ms. Somoroff is also the director of theatre and film.

May 13, 2013
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Jeremy Warneke

Jeremy Warneke first came to New York in 2004 to be with his Albanian-born wife, Ilma, after having spent 14 months in Iraq as a Military Police Specialist with the Illinois Army National Guard. Prior to this, Jeremy served as a Guardsman at O’Hare International Airport following September 11. For his service in Iraq, he received the Army Commendation Medal.

May 18, 2012
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Deborah Slaner Larkin

For over 30 years, Deborah Slaner Larkin has focused her efforts to promote civil rights, women’s leadership and gender equity throughout her hometown of Pelham as well as on the state and national levels.

May 15, 2012
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Eugene Bryant

Eugene Bryant has earned a place of distinction among the State of New York’s Veterans in recognition of his meritorious military service and his tireless advocacy on behalf of his fellow veterans.   Mr. Bryant served his nation admirably in two separate branches of The United States Military during the Vietnam War.  He served the United States Army from 1959 - 1960 in Vietnam where he attained the rank of Corporal and then again in the United States Marine Corp from 1961 – 1964 in Vietnam attaining the rank of Sergeant and serving two tours.  

During his military service to our country he received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 2 O/S Bars and a Good Conduct Medal. 

June 9, 2011
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Virginia Gallagher

Mrs. Virginia “Ginger” Gallagher is well known for her selfless dedication to her community. A native of Long Island, Mrs. Gallagher moved to City Island in the Bronx more than 40 years ago with her late husband, Jack. Graduating from Pace University and Cornell University, she was first employed by the New York Daily News and named the first affirmative action officer at the newspaper. Mrs. Gallagher became active in the City Island community early on. She was a founding member of the City Island Community Center and the City Island Volunteer Ambulance Corps. During her tenure as President of the Civic Association from 1962 to 1981, she worked with other islanders to pressure the city to build a new school on the former site of Nevins Shipyard.

May 11, 2011
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St. Clare of Assisi School Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank St. Clare of Assisi School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 29, 2011
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Yonkers Montessori Academy Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank Yonkers Montessori Academy and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 27, 2011
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