Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) received the 1st Annual “Person of the Year” award by the Esperia Benevolent Society, in recognition of his “relentless work for the good of (our) community and country.”
A long time friend of the Italian American community, and a life long resident of the heavily Italian Morris Park section of the Bronx, Senator Klein sponsors Italian language classes, supports local Columbus Day Parades offering free cannolis, in addition to funding a number of Italian American community associations.
“It is my great pride to represent a community with such a well established tradition; one that pays homage to its roots while making simultaneous and significant contributions to the world we live in. I am honored to be recognized as part of that great legacy,” said Senator Klein.
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