BRONX, NY-It was a beautiful day as Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester)enjoyed a tour of Westchester Square Medical Center's 5th Annual Health Fair with the hospital's president, Mr. Alan Kopman. The Senator was among hundreds of area residents who streamed through the fair, collecting information on a variety of topics from skin cancer, to hypertension, to tips for a healthy diet.

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today informed residents of Orange and Ulster Counties who participated in rescue, recovery or cleanup work after 9/11 that they need to register by August 14, 2007 with the New York State Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) -- even if they are not sick today.

"Without a second thought, tens of thousands of people rushed to help after the terrorist attacks," said Senator Larkin.

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today called for a cap on the state sales tax on gas to provide immediate price relief to motorists.

Senator Larkin also called for the use of already accumulated gas taxes to help seniors stay warm this winter.

"Soaring gas prices have also generated an unexpected tax windfall from all the increased sales," said Senator Larkin. "We should be using this extra revenue to help the people who need it most.

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) will appear on NY1's newscast tonight to discuss allegations that Roger Stone directed politically motivated threats at Governor Eliot Spitzer's father. Other topics may include the Senate Investigations Committee hearings and proposed legislation. The interview is scheduled to air tonight at 7 p.m.

Measure helps children talk about alleged abuse
ALBANY, NY – May 13, 2008 – Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans) sponsored a bill (S. 4390) that was unanimously passed by the Senate aimed at allowing the out-of-court testimony from a child less than 12 years of age to be admissible during a sex abuse trial.

Senators Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Martin Connor (D-Brooklyn/Manhattan), today proposed legislation that would modify existing law to require merchants who sell alcohol or tobacco products to use advanced ID scanner systems to validate driver licenses and non-driver ID cards presented as proof of the buyer’s legal age. The original law, which was written and introduced by Senator Klein in 1999, encouraged the use of the scanning devices, however did not require them.

BRONX, New York-Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will once again hold his weekend office hours in communities throughout the district. In an effort to make state government more accessible to residents, Senator Klein is providing opportunities for constituents to meet with him at more convenient times and locations.

Senator Klein will address constituent concerns and offer general office services. Residents are encouraged to stop by to meet with the Senator and exchange ideas.

This week, Senator Bill Larkin warns residents about the latest telemarketing scam.

"Don’t be fooled by anyone offering ‘free government grants,’ said Senator Larkin. "This latest scam has a new twist--someone calls you making a phony claim that the government is giving people money to pay their taxes. I know that this time of year, it’s tempting to want to believe there is something that can help during tax season, but under no circumstances should you engage these people in conversation and give out any personal information over the phone.

The New York State SenateMinority Conference today announced their "Green Apple Initiative" to protect New York's environment. Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) said the measures are "an important part of our '9 to 5 Agenda' to help families live, grow, work and thrive in the Empire State."


MT. VERNON, NY-Senator Jeff Klein had the pleasure to present a check for $12,500 to Westchester Jewish Community Services in Mt. Vernon and celebrate the 104th birthday of Ms. Esther Zelfman. The funds will be used to support the daily lunch program and related activities that WJCS provides to its dozens of members, aged 65-104.

The Senator ate cake with representatives from the administrative body of the WJCS, as well as seniors enjoying their afternoon bingo in celebration of Ms. Zelfman's centennial plus.