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IDC Press Conference: Updating New York State's Risk Assessment and Management Strategy

Responding to perennial increases in hurricane and disaster related spending, the Independent Democratic Conference will introduce legislation recommending the creation of a new statewide office charged with improving New York's risk management and cost avoidance practices. The new office, which will be funded exclusively by annual cost savings generated by it's operations, will use the same modern-day risk assessment techniques that currently save states such as Florida and Texas tens of millions of dollars each year. The IDC estimates that by utilizing modern-day risk management practices, New York State could avoid up to $150 million in spending over the next three years.

February 28, 2013
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Senator Klein Announces Initiatives Responding to Hurricane Sandy Task Force Recommendations

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined local elected officials, law enforcement officials, community leaders and task force participants today to announce initiatives designed to respond to issues outlined by the Pelham Task Force on Hurricane Sandy last month. Village of Pelham Mayor Ed Hotchkiss, Village of Pelham Manor Mayor Jim O’Connor and Town of Pelham Supervisor Pete DiPaola, in addition to several of the Task Force participants stood with Senator Klein as they unveiled legislative recommendations and community initiatives designed to address issues with Con Edison facing residents following Hurricane Sandy.

February 25, 2013
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Senator Klein Hosts Annual Black History Month Breakfast

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined former New York City Comptroller, Bill Thompson, local elected officials, African-American Community leaders and nearly 300 constituents in celebrating Black History Month at his annual breakfast at Villa Barone Manor today. At the breakfast, the program included a keynote address from former New York City Comptroller, Bill Thompson, musical performances from the Reverend Nathaniel Tyler Lloyd Legacy Choir of Trinity Baptist Church and the presentation of awards to African-American community leaders for their work in the district and beyond.

February 25, 2013
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Senator Klein and Health Officials, Four Loko Agrees to Change Misleading Packaging and Labeling

NEW YORK, NY – After over a year of pressure by State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), the Independent Democratic Conference, and other health advocacy organizations, the makers of popular alcoholic malt beverage Four Loko, have agreed to make significant changes to their packaging.  On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission said that the creators, Chicago based Phusion Projects, would be required to place an “alcohol facts panel” in the back of their malt-flavored beverages.  The containers will also be re-packaged so they can be resealed, a measure that experts say will reduce the likelihood of customers guzzling down the beverage in one short sitting. 

 

February 14, 2013
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Senator Klein Visits with Students in PS 83’s Project BOOST Program at Restaurant in Morris Park

BRONX, NY -  Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined students, parents and teachers from PS 83 today for lunch at 900 Park, a local restaurant on Morris Park Avenue. At the lunch, Senator Klein learned how a grant he provided through Project Boost to 12 schools in his district, including PS 83, has been integrated into the curriculum. The lunch itself was an event for BOOST children to offer them the opportunity to dine at a local restaurant and meet Senator Klein. Senator Klein is planning to visit all 12 participating schools in his district over the course of this semester. Senator Klein called the program dynamic and innovative:

 

February 14, 2013
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Senator Klein and Miss USA Nana Meriwether Host 18th Annual “Valentines for Veterans” Event

BRONX, NY - Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) pictured above with Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether and Kelli Faugnan, a fourth grader from PS 83, giving gift bags and valentines to veteran patients from the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Senator Klein and Ms. Meriwether hosted “Valentines for Veterans” at the Center. After the program, Senator Klein, Ms. Meriwether and children from the PS 83 Children’s Choir helped distribute valentines and gift bags given by children at 25 schools across the Bronx.

February 14, 2013
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Senator Klein and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj Pass Joint Resolution Commemorating Fifth Anniversary of Kosova Independence on February 17, 2013

ALBANY, NY, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (D-80) joined together yesterday in passing a Joint resolution in both the Senate and the Assembly commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Kosova on February 17, 2013. Following American and NATO-led military intervention in Kosovo to end ethnic cleansing under Slobodan Milosevic, Kosova is now functioning under a democratic Constitution and has established diplomatic relations with the United States.

February 13, 2013
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Senator Klein and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj Pass Joint Resolution Commemorating Fifth Anniversary of Kosova Independence on February 17, 2013

ALBANY, NY, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (D-80) joined together yesterday in passing a Joint resolution in both the Senate and the Assembly commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Kosova on February 17, 2013. Following American and NATO-led military intervention in Kosovo to end ethnic cleansing under Slobodan Milosevic, Kosova is now functioning under a democratic Constitution and has established diplomatic relations with the United States.

February 13, 2013
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Independent Democratic Conference Minimum Wage Report 2013

Introduction

New York’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, which equals the federal minimum wage. The neighboring states of Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts all have higher minimum wages than New York currently.  A person working 40 hours a week for 52 straight weeks would earn $15,080 a year, and many workers making the minimum wage aren’t scheduled to work that many hours in a week or work that many weeks, meaning that they likely make less than $15,000 a year. Given the high cost of living, especially in New York City and surrounding counties, making just $15,000 a year, even for a single person without dependents, means having barely enough to provide basic needs or afford one’s rent.

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IDC Minimum Wage Report 2013

February 12, 2013
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Senator Klein and IDC Release Economic Report Outlining New Evidence in Support of a Minimum Wage Increase

 

ALBANY, N.Y. - Building upon growing momentum in support of a minimum wage increase, the Independent Democratic Conference today released a new economic report underscoring the importance of raising the minimum wage to New York’s female and minority workforce. According to the report, New York’s low-wage women and minority workers will experience an increase in earnings by over one billion dollars if the minimum wage is increased to $8.50 or $8.75. This cross-section of low-wage workers is critical to New York’s economy since, as the report illustrates, women and minority workers make up a disproportionate number of New York’s minimum wage workers.

February 12, 2013
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Statement by Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) on the Confirmation of Jenny Rivera to the New York State Court of Appeals

“On behalf of the Independent Democratic Conference, I want to extend my congratulations to Jenny Rivera on her confirmation to the New York State Court of Appeals. Given her strong character and wealth of experiences in public service, she will no doubt be a tremendous addition to our state’s highest court. Over the years, Jenny Rivera has built a distinguished record as an attorney who is both fair and committed to our country's most important legal principles. From her days as a law clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, to her time as the Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in New York State Attorney General’s Office, Jenny Rivera has been a beacon of light for social justice and diversity in our state.

February 11, 2013
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Senator Klein Visits Students in Project BOOST Program at PS 72

BRONX, NY -  Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) visited with students, parents and teachers at PS 72 this morning to learn about how a grant Senator Klein provided through Project Boost to 12 schools in his district, including PS 72, has been integrated into the curriculum. Senator Klein is planning to visit all 12 participating schools in his district, deeming the program important and valuable.

February 11, 2013
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Senator Klein Hosts Free Flu Vaccine Event in Riverdale

With the flu season in full swing, Senator Klein hosted a free flu vaccine event for members of the Riverdale community to protect themselves against influenza. The flu season peaks in February and it is important for the safety and well-being of the Bronx community that its residents get vaccinated. Senator Klein was joined by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowtiz and Andy Cohen.

February 11, 2013
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Senate Jeff Klein Joins North Bronx Girl Scouts for Ice Skating Event Commemorating 100 Year Anniversary

VAN CORTLANDT PARK, BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein joined Girl Scouts from the North Bronx 124 Service Unit yesterday for “Girl Scouts on Ice,” an afternoon event at the new Van Cortlandt Park Ice-Skating Rink. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale, pictured on the right) and New York City Council candidate, Andrew Cohen, were also in attendance. At the event, Senator Klein distributed patches commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Girl Scouts of Greater New York. Girl Scouts from all levels of scouting; grades K-12 attended the event.

February 5, 2013
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Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Report

Introduction:

Superstorm Sandy (“Sandy”) was a storm of unprecedented strength and destruction in New York State. Sandy made landfall in Long Island and New York City on October 29, 2012 and quickly caused severe damage to much of the downstate region. The hardest hit areas were New York City and the counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, and Rockland. In total, $32 billion is the estimated total cost to New York of response and recovery for Superstorm Sandy.

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Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Report

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Press Release - Sandy Task Force Report and Recommendations.pdf

February 4, 2013
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Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Releases Preliminary Report Outlining Recommendations on Storm Relief, Contingency Planning and Disaster Mitigation

Less than three months after Senate Co-Leaders Jeffrey D. Klein and Dean G. Skelos launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley.

 

February 4, 2013
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Statement by IDC Leader Jeff Klein on the Passing of Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch

Independent Democratic Conference Leader and Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) said:

"Ed Koch was a rare breed of politician. I learned that first-hand while interning on his second reelection campaign. It was my first foray into politics, and it was an experience that I will never forget.

"Mayor Koch was a brash, honest, and unyielding reformer. But what set Ed Koch apart was that he always took the time to articulate his argument in thoughtful and compelling terms. During his years in and out of elected office, New York was the better for it.

February 1, 2013
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Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Tours Brooklyn and Staten Island

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited hard-hit communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.

January 31, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose Tax Credit for Local Businesses Hiring Young Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates amongst New York’s returning combat veterans, Independent Democratic Conference Leader and Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, alongside fellow IDC member Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland), Republican Senator Greg Ball (R-Putnam) and a bipartisan group of Senators from across New York, introduced legislation today to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.”

January 29, 2013
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