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PUTTING MONEY BACK IN NEW YORKERS’ POCKETS

Senator Klein and Majority Members Pass Real Property and School Tax Relief Bill

ALBANY – State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein and Senate Majority Democrats passed Property Tax Relief legislation aimed at reversing New York’s skyrocketing property taxes. The legislation, passed Thursday in a 58-1 vote, would put more money back in the pockets of middle income families and seniors.

March 18, 2010
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SENATE PASSES KLEIN BILL TO GENERATE VITAL REVENUE

Senator Klein’s Video Lottery Terminal Legislation Expected to Generate $100 Million Annually

ALBANY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Wednesday that the Senate passed legislation to expand hours and types of games for video lottery terminals (VLTs). Klein’s bill (S.706-D) is expected to generate an additional $100 million annually for state aid to education. There are currently more than 13,000 video lottery gaming machines at horse racing tracks across the state.

March 17, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency Examines Spending at Department of Correctional Services

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair:    Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Forum:    To examine spending at the Department of Correctional ServicesPlace:    Room 124, State Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime:    12:30 – 2:30 P.M.Contact:    Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact:    Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 24, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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KLEIN CALLS ON CONGRESS TO BAN CIGARETTE TRAFFICKING IN U.S. MAIL

ALBANY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on Congress to pass legislation banning the shipment of cigarettes via the U.S. Postal Services (USPS), thereby closing a massive loophole in the fight to collect taxes on cigarettes sold online by Native Americans.

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act; Klein’s resolution urges the House of Representatives to immediately do the same.

March 16, 2010
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SENATE PASSES KLEIN BILL TO IMPROVE PARKING FOR TUCKAHOE RESIDENTS

Klein Bill Expands Residential Permit Area for Village Residents

ALBANY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Monday that the Senate passed legislation (S.1866) unanimously to expand the residential parking system for the Village of Tuckahoe. Due to Tuckahoe’s two commuter rail stations, Village residents often face significant difficulty finding parking on residential streets.

March 15, 2010
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MORRIS PARK GETS FINANCIAL BOOST FOR SENIOR PROGRAMS

Senator Klein presented a 50K grant at Morris Park Community Association Dinner Dance

NEW YORK- On Saturday, March 13th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) presented a $50,000 grant to the Morris Park Community Association during its annual dinner dance.

March 15, 2010
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VILLA MARIA ACADEMY TO BUY NEW DEFIBRILLATORS

Senator Klein presented a 5K grant at Villa Maria Academy’s Breakfast of Champions for new defibrillators

NEW YORK- On Saturday, March 13th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), presented a $5,000 grant to Villa Maria Academy at its 22nd Annual Breakfast of Champions. Former World Boxing Champion Iran Barkley, NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, Villa Maria Academy Athletic Director Michael Bernard, other elected officials, 170 students, parents, teachers and staff also attended the event.

March 15, 2010
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NEW ROCHELLE MUSIC PROGRAM EXPANDS TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Senator Klein presents 100K grant to New Rochelle School District for expansion of SmartMusic Program

 

NEW YORK- On Friday, March 12th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by New Rochelle Superintendent Richard Organisciak, school officials and students, presented a $100,000 grant to the New Rochelle School District.

 

The money will be used to fund the expansion of the district’s SmartMusic program, giving elementary students new opportunities to learn how to play a musical instrument and improve their vocal performances.

 

March 12, 2010
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GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE PROBES SUNY ON WASTEFUL SPENDING PRACTICES

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force Demands Answers on Excessive Overtime Pay and Overhead Costs

ALBANY – The Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, chaired by State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein, probed officials from the State University of New York (SUNY) system at a public hearing Thursday regarding excessive spending on overtime pay and overhead costs. The hearing was the first of many the Task Force plans to conduct in an effort to examine spending at state agencies.

March 11, 2010
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KLEIN HOSTS 15TH ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH BREAKFAST

NEW YORK- On Saturday, March 6th at the Mount Vernon Senior Armory, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Senate Majority Conference Leader Senator John Sampson (D-Kings County) along with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester County), Former New York Congressman Joe DioGuardi, honorees Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx), Civil Court Judge Elizabeth Taylor, Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce President Frank Fraley and Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Kenneth Jenkins to celebrate Klein’s 15th Annual Black History Month Breakfast.

March 10, 2010
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SENATE PASSES KLEIN BILL TO SHORTEN ELECTION-DAY SHIFTS FOR POLL WORKERS

Klein Bill Expands Opportunity for Seniors and the Physically Disabled to Participate in Democratic Process

ALBANY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Monday that the Senate passed legislation to shorten work shifts for election-day poll workers. The bill (S1836) permits local Boards of Elections to hire election inspectors for half-day shifts, preventing fatigue and flexibility for workers whose shifts often start before the polls open at 6 AM and end after they close at 9 PM.

March 8, 2010
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KLEIN HOSTS 15TH ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH BREAKFAST

 

Senator Klein honors Bronx and Westchester community leaders

March 8, 2010
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KLEIN PRESENTS 10K GRANT FOR RIVERDALE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Senator Klein will give $10,000 to the Riverdale Community Center for its daily after school programs

March 8, 2010
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BOTANICAL GARDEN KICKS OFF FREE GARDENING PROGRAM

 

Senator Klein presented a 40K grant to fund New York Botanical Garden 10TH annual Home Gardening Program

March 8, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency: To examine SUNY Operations

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Forum: To examine SUNY OperationsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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PELHAM PICTURE HOUSE LAUNCHES MAJOR MAKEOVER

 

Senator Klein presented a 100K grant for renovation and expansion project at Pelham Picture House

March 8, 2010
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SENATOR KLEIN ANNOUNCES TAX DELINQUENTS TO BE POSTED ON WEBSITE

ALBANY - Governor David A. Paterson, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Assemblyman William Colton announced on Friday that the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will begin posting the State’s top 250 business and top 250 individual tax debtors on the Department’s website. This measure is intended to recoup billions of dollars in lost tax revenues because of tax delinquents who do not pay their tax liabilities.

March 5, 2010
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LEHMAN HIGH SCHOOL TO LAUNCH MOBILE COMPUTER LAB

 

Senator Klein gives $20,000 grant to Lehman High School to be used for a mobile computer lab

March 5, 2010
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MORE ANTI-AUTO THEFT “BAIT CARS” HIT BRONX STREETS

 

Senator Klein presents a 125K grant to the Bronx District Attorney to expand Anti-Auto Theft “Bait Car” operations

NEW YORK- On Friday, March 5th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) presented a $125,000 grant to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson to fund the expansion of the Bronx Anti-Auto Theft “Bait Car” Program.

March 5, 2010
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