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Sen. Jeff Klein Announces Inclusion of Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit in NYS Budget to Combat High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

BRONX, N.Y. – Today, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that his Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit, a program that will provide every business that hires a post-9/11 veteran with a tax credit of up to $15,000, is now officially a part of state budget. Senator Klein fought for the tax credit during this year’s budget negotiations after learning about the sky-high unemployment rate among New York’s returning veterans.

April 25, 2013
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Senator Klein Announces Tax Credits for Small Businesses; Highlights Impact on Bronx Businesses

BRONX, NY - Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), alongside over 35 business owners in the Bronx and Westchester, announced specific tax credits and reforms passed in the budget that will deliver targeted help to small businesses. The press conference was held at Spoto's, a local restaurant in the Bronx.

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein said, “With the early, bipartisan passage of the 2013-14 budget, I am proud to announce that this budget reflects a commitment to helping our small businesses grow. I have always believed that small, locally-owned businesses are the backbone of our communities and I am pleased to have announced specific provisions in the budget that will help to support them.

April 19, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws and Implement Comprehensive Public Financing System for State Elections

 

April 12, 2013 - Today, Senate Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and members of the IDC proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s proposal would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Under the IDC’s plan, candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system.

 

April 12, 2013
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Senator Klein's Statement on Early Passage of 2013-14 Budget

 

Budget Increases Minimum Wage to $9, Helps Returning Veterans Build Careers, Sends Middle Class Families $350 Tax Rebate Checks and Keeps Middle Class Taxes at Lowest Levels in Over Half a Century 

 

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) today announced early passage of the 2013-14 Budget. The Budget passed both houses of the Legislature well before the April 1 deadline, making it the earliest budget since 1983.

April 1, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, IDC, and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany Launch New Online Survey for Teens, www.TeenHealthNY.com, to Inform Policy Makers and Announce New Education Fund to Direct Resources

Albany, NY -- At the State Capitol on Wednesday, Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, joined Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein and members of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference to kick-off a Teen Health Awareness Campaign.  The campaign focuses on reducing adolescent obesity, educating students about the health consequences of short and long-term alcohol and substance abuse, and raising awareness among young women and health professionals about endometriosis, an often undiagnosed but debilitating disease.  March is Endometriosis month.  At the press conference, Senator Klein was joined by seventh graders from JHS 141, a middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

March 13, 2013
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Press Conference: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, IDC, and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

**Photo/Video Opportunity**

When: Today, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 1:00 PM

Where: Albany, The Capitol, Room 124

March 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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The Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush honors Senator Klein with the Lena Cymbrowitz Distinguished Legislator Award

Senator Klein receives the Lena Cymbrowitz Distinguished Legislator Award on Sunday from the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush.

March 12, 2013
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Senator Klein Attends 15th Annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick's Day Parade

Senator Klein marches with other local elected official in the 15th Annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

March 11, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein Announces Release of $646,271 Grant for Village of Pelham Wolfs Lane Park

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Village of Pelham Mayor Ed Hotchkiss, Deputy Mayor Geoff Lewis and Pelham Trustees, Suzie Marciona, Adam Kagan and Paul McGoldrich in announcing the release of $646,271 in capitol grant funds for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.

 

Senator Klein deemed the grant a “boost for the Village of Pelham and for the community at large. I believe that this funding will allow the park to better serve the residents – particularly the children - of Pelham. Parks bring communities together and the investment in Wolfs Lane Park improvements now will give Pelham a place of beauty, recreation and community building for many years to come.”

 

March 11, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein speaks on the Senate Budget Resolution in Senate Session - March 11, 2013 .

Senator Klein discusses the one house budget resolution on the floor of the Senate on Monday, March 11, 2013. This budget resolution was crafted by a bipartisan coalition.

March 11, 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.

File: 
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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