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State Senate Passes IDC Priority Bill To Allow Schools/ Local Gov'ts to Pool Resources, Cut Costs

The New York State Senate today passed priority legislation by the Independent Democratic Conference that will cut costs and lower burdens on property taxpayers by streamlining the process for schools and other local governments to jointly consolidate healthcare-related and administrative operations.

June 16, 2011
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Senate Passes IDC-backed Legislation to Make the MTA Conduct a Forensic Audit

The State Senate today passed legislation advanced and co-sponsored by the Independent Democratic Conference that would commence a forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The audit, which would be conducted by an independent outside auditing firm and be paid for by the authority, would be the first true top-to-bottom review of the MTA.

June 15, 2011
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Historic Ethics Reform Legislation Passes Senate with Independent Democratic Conference Support

The Independent Democratic Conference joined their colleagues in the Senate today to pass a comprehensive ethics reform package that strengthens oversight of the State Legislature, increases transparency, and helps restore the public's faith in their state government.

June 13, 2011
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Senator Klein Kicks Off Summer Safety Program

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), announced the kickoff of the “Stay Safe with Senator Klein” program, a joint initiative with NY Life aimed at helping children stay safe, and alerting residents to potentially dangerous sex offenders in their neighborhood.

During the program, Senator Klein and staff members, using Internet-equipped laptops, will be visiting summer festivals and street fairs throughout the 34th Senate District in order to sign people up for New York's Sex Offender Alert System. NY Life will also be on hand to issue child identification cards.

June 10, 2011
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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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Senator Klein introduces bill to help stop tire rim theft

Vehicle Identification Numbers would aid law enforcement in tracking stolen wheels

 

June 9, 2011
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Klein Bill To Make Graffiti Vandals Clean Up Their Blight Passes Chamber

Legislation by Senator Jeffery D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), that would mandate convicted graffiti vandals to participate in clean-up programs as part of their sentence recently passed the State Senate.

June 8, 2011
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Senate Passes IDC Priority Bill to Crack Down on Auto Insurance Evasion

 

The State Senate today passed priority legislation by the Independent Democratic Conference that would crack down on the widespread and fraudulent practice of auto insurance evasion. 

June 6, 2011
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Senate Passes Klein's Legislation to Ban Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

The State Senate today passed legislation by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (Bronx/ Westchester), that would have New York formally ban the sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages. 

June 6, 2011
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Sen. Klein, Chief Judge Lippman, Others, Announce Opening of Bronx Foreclosure Center

BRONX, N.Y. – After two years of planning and hard work, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester) was joined by Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman, Bronx Administrative Judge Douglas McKeon and others today for the opening of the Bronx Foreclosure Center at Bronx Civil Court.

June 3, 2011
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Senator Klein to Subpoena Makers of Four Loko

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, today announced the issuance of a legislative subpoena  against the makers of Four Loko as part of the Committee's ongoing investigation into high alcohol Flavored Malt Beverages and their availability to minors.  

June 2, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair 1:30 PM, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Room 123 CAP

June 1, 1:30 PM - 1:32 PM
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Senate Passes IDC Bill to Help Increase Distribution of NY-Grown Products

The State Senate today unanimously passed legislation sponsored by the Independent Democratic Conference that will help further expand the sale of New York State -grown agricultural products. 

May 23, 2011
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SENATOR KLEIN, ELECTEDS: Cell Tower Plan Withdrawn; City Island Residents Win

 

T-Mobile Pledges to Work With Community on Plan B After Meeting With Klein, Vacca, Benedetto 

CITY ISLAND, N.Y. – State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), today declared victory for the residents of City Island after T-Mobile announced it was withdrawing plans to construct a cell phone tower on top of a local building.

May 20, 2011
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Preserve, Promote, Grow: IDC Unveils Package To Strengthen NY Farms

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a legislative package designed to preserve, promote and grow farming in New York State.

File: 
Preserve Promote Grow

May 18, 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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IDC Report Shows $391 Million Positive Impact for Marriage Equality

The Independent Democratic Conference today reaffirmed its support for marriage equality and released a report showing that New York State stands to generate some $391 million in increased economic activity, revenue, and savings during the three years after it is made law.

 

The IDC released their report, “For Love or Money?: The Economic Impact of Marriage Equality in New York,” while standing with advocates and constituents who are pushing to make marriage equality a reality in New York.

 

File: 
Marriage Equality Report Final.pdf

May 10, 2011
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