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Klein Honors Everyday Heroes At His Annual Black History Month Celebration Breakfast

NYC COBA President Norman Seabrook and Local Community Members Honored

BRONX, NY – In celebration of Black History Month, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/ Westchester) hosted a complimentary breakfast at Villa Barone Catering Hall Saturday morning. Norman I. Seabrook, President of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association delivered the keynote address. This year's celebration also honored everyday heroes from the education, business, civic and law enforcement communities. Honorees included: Monica Major, President of District 11 Community Education Council; Gregory Perry, President of the Westchester Square Merchants Association; Yolanda Robinson, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Mount Vernon; Officer Jay Sturdivant of the NYPD’s 49th Precinct's Community Affairs Division; and  Al J. Everett, Deputy Chief of the Mount Vernon Fire Department.

March 2, 2011

IDC Releases School Mandate Relief Plan

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."

February 16, 2011

IDC Releases Plan to Fight Auto Insurance Evasion

Fraudulent Practice Cost NY Drivers Millions, Puts Strain on State and Local Governments

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled comprehensive legislation to fight the widespread and fraudulent practice of auto insurance evasion. This practice, where drivers illegally register their vehicles in other states in order to pay lower automobile insurance rates, drives up premiums for law-abiding drivers, robs the state and municipalities of millions of dollars in revenue, and makes enforcement of existing motor vehicle laws more difficult.

“This is no little white lie,” said Senator Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn). “ If you live here, but register your car out-of-state, you're not only committing fraud, you're also making things more expensive for your neighbors. With our legislation, the Independent Democratic Conference is looking to end this harmful practice and to help the millions of New Yorkers who play by the rules.”

Current law requires all drivers who live in New York State for more than 90 days to register their vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The IDC additionally released a startling new report on this topic.

February 7, 2011

Statement from Senators Jeff Klein, (D-Bronx-Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), David Valesky (D-Oneida), and David Carlucci (D-Rockland/ Orange), members of the Independent Democratic Conference:

 “The Independent Democratic Conference applauds Governor Cuomo for setting the right tone in his budget address. We approve of the Governor’s goal of moving this state to a zero-based, or reality-based, budget model, his continued efforts to right-size Albany and his vow to work with this state’s workforce to give New Yorkers the most efficient government possible.

February 1, 2011

Senator Klein's Comments Regarding The Tax Cap

Senator Klein's youtube video of the Jan. 31, 2011 tax cap bill.

February 1, 2011

IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.

The IDC similarly accepted committee assignments recommended to them by the Senate Minority on Monday.

These chair appointments continue a Senate tradition of reaching across party lines and empowering non-majority members to have a more hands-on role in shaping legislation.

January 26, 2011

IDC Discovers Spike in Overtime/ Worker's Comp Costs at Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Children and Family Services has increased overtime costs and experienced a drastic spike in worker's compensation claims, according to a report released today by the Independent Democratic Conference.

These startling numbers come as the overall number of youths under OCFS supervision has actually decreased from 983 during this beginning of the 2009-2010 fiscal year, to roughly 700 currently.

January 25, 2011

Klein Applauds Craigslist For Banning Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverage Ads From Their Website

NEW YORK, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) has announced the successful removal and banning of advertisements for caffeinated alcoholic beverages from Craigslist after requesting the website remove the ads for the dangerous drinks. 

In December 2010, Senator Klein’s office conducted an undercover sting operation involving the purchase of nine Four Loko cans after seeing an advertisement under the ‘collectibles’ section on Craigslist.  Klein issued letters to the owners of Craigslist and eBay requesting for CABs not to be sold on their websites.

January 24, 2011

IDC Releases Mandate Relief Recommendations Proposals Level Local Gov't Playing Field, Lower Costs & Save Taxpayer Dollars

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a series of common sense recommendations that will help local governments tackle state mandates, save money, and help ease the burden on taxpayers.

These recommendations, which were made in consultation with the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, include helping municipalities save money by revamping laws that allow local governments enter into employee benefit cooperatives; cut down on the costs of prescription drug access; and enacting legislation to allow communities to hold building code scofflaws accountable.

January 19, 2011

IDC Issues Recommendations to Streamline State Government $312 million wasteful spending, potential savings, uncovered


The Independent Democratic Conference today submitted a series of recommendations to Governor Cuomo and his Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission that will help them streamline New York's sprawling bureaucracy.

The IDC's recommendations to crack down on overtime abuses, develop new accountability standards for outside contractors, review the use of state assets, and eliminate duplicative administrative functions, are based upon the work performed by the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency.

IDC members Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida), and Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), serve as members of the Task Force, which during the last year uncovered more than $312 million in questionable spending and potential savings.

January 10, 2011

Senators Klein, Savino, Valesky, Carlucci Announce Formation of Independent Democratic Conference

State Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), David J. Valesky,  (D-Oneida) and David Carlucci, (D-Rockland), today announced their departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference.  

The four senators will caucus together as the Independent Democratic Conference. As a group, they will push for commonsense solutions to the problems facing this state, break the hyper-partisan gridlock that has gripped this chamber, and work to restore the public's trust in its public officials.  

“This is a new beginning,” Senator Klein said. “The squandered opportunities, ethical lapses, and mismanagement of the last two years have left the residents of this state distrustful and disappointed in the State Senate as an institution and their government as a whole. As members of the Independent Democratic Conference, we will work to bring integrity back to this house and once again make government a tool to improve people's lives.”

January 5, 2011

New Year Brings Bank To Bronx Neighborhood For The First Time In Decades

Senator Klein, Bronx Borough President Diaz & Community Leaders Join Bank Officials To Announce Plans for Cross County Federal Savings Bank to Open in Van NestBRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Cross County Bank President Anthony Milone announced the start of construction for a Cross County Federal Savings Bank in Van Nest on Monday. The new bank will be the first personal banking institution located in Van Nest in more than fifteen years.

January 4, 2011

Klein Joins Bronx Beer Distributor To Announce Destruction of $350K Worth of Banned Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverage Joose

Calls On Craigslist And Other Sites To Remove  Illegal Advertisements For CABs 

BRONX, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined one tri-state area beer distributor to announce the destruction of $350,000 worth of the banned caffeinated alcoholic beverage known as Joose. In addition, Klein unveiled details of an investigation his office conducted last week when a volunteer was successful in purchasing Four Loko from an unauthorized retailer through an ad on Craigslist. Klein is calling on Craigslist and other websites to put a stop to the illegal sale of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages (CABs) on their websites.

December 22, 2010

Senator Klein Announces Stop-Gap Funding For Critical Foreclosure Prevention Programs


Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), praised the inclusion of $1 million in foreclosure prevention funding that was included in this week's tax code reform and economic jump-start legislative package.

December 9, 2010

Undercover Investigation Finds Four Loko Being Illegally Sold To Minors In NYC

Klein Joins SLA and NYPD to Unveil Details of Sting Operation and efforts to ban the sale of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages in New York State NEW YORK, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D Bronx/Westchester) was joined by State Liquor Authority Deputy CEO Mike Jones outside of the State Liquor Authority in Manhattan unveiling details of an undercover operation which found Four Loko being sold illegally to a minor on multiple occasions at a variety of stores in New York City. In addition, Klein announced his legislative efforts to ban the sale of CABs in NYS.

November 16, 2010

Klein Hosts 4th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast

Senator Klein Honors Hundreds of Bronx & Westchester Veterans BRONX, NY -  On Sunday, November 14th, Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) hosted his fourth annual Veterans Day Breakfast at Villa Barone Manor, honoring hundreds of veterans from the Bronx and Westchester.

November 16, 2010

Sign Senator Klein's Petition to Bring Property Tax Cap Legislation to Assembly Floor

Dear Homeowners,

The State Senate twice this year has passed a cap to reign in skyrocketing property taxes, only to have our proposals blocked from a vote in the Assembly. I have met with numerous property taxpayers from not only Westchester, but from across New York State. These hard working New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief for some time and have received no help from Assembly leadership. Please join me in signing this petition and demand that the Assembly put this critically important legislation to a vote on their floor. The legislation can be viewed here:


Jeffrey D. Klein, SD-34

September 21, 2010



BRONX, NY – Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester)

in partnership with the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP), delivered state-of-the art ID scanners to multiple Bronx bars and restaurants just in time for the expected rush of minors attempting to illegally gain entry to bars during this holiday and “back-to-school” weekend. Klein was joined by Frances Maturo of TNCAP, Kathy Gallagher, manager of The Wicked Wolf as well as various owners and representatives from multiple other Bronx bars and restaurants.

September 4, 2010


Call for NYS Liquor Authority to investigate harsher penalities for local retailers

 WESTCHESTER, NY – Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Tuckahoe Mayor John Fitzpatrick, Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, Tuckahoe Police Chief John Costanzo, Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale and James Genova, Project Director of Eastchester Communities that Care Thursday to unveil the most recent results of an ongoing undercover investigation and crackdown into the illegal sale of alcoholic caffeinated beverages such as FOUR LOKO and JOOSE  to area teens. The lawmakers also called on the SLA to investigate alcoholic beverages being marketed and sold to underage drinkers in New York State.

August 26, 2010