Senator Klein and Westchester Delegation Hold Public Budget Hearing
WHITE PLAINS, NY- State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the NYS Senate's Westchester Delegation listened to more than two-dozen Westchester residents, community groups, businesses, and local elected officials at a public budget hearing in Greenburgh on Friday. Community members expressed their concerns regarding high property taxes, the burden of the MTA Payroll tax, potential cuts in state aid to municipalities, and a wide range of other issues.
State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) welcomed 120 students from P.S. 81 Robert J. Christen School in Albany on Tuesday for the school’s annual field trip to the Capital. The students received a tour of the Capitol building and the Corning Tower at Empire State Plaza and were then treated to a pizza party sponsored by Senator Klein.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.