Jeffrey Klein

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Jeffrey Klein
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New York Senate District 34
Incumbent
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Co-Leader, New York State Senate
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
1994-2004
Education
Bachelor'sQueens College
Master'sColumbia University
J.D.City University of New York Law School
Personal
BirthdayJuly 10, 1960
Place of birthBronx, NY
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jeffrey D. Klein (b. July 10, 1960) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 34. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. In the 2013 session, Klein serves as the Independent Democratic Caucus leader in the majority coalition along with Republican leader Dean Skelos; the two alternate daily as the Temporary President of the Senate.

Klein was a member of the New York State Committee from 1988 to 1990. He then served in the New York State Assembly from 1994 to 2004. He was Senate Deputy Minority Leader from 2007 to 2008. He has also served as Democratic District Leader and Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations.

Biography

Klein earned his B.A. from Queens College in 1983, his MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs from Columbia University in 1985, and his J.D. from the City University of New York Law School in 1993.

His professional experience includes working in lead paint litigation for Trolman & Glaser Firm, serving as Chief of Staff/Executive Assistant for Congressman James Scheuer from 1985 to 1988 and working as District Administrator from 1988 to 1992. He is currently a Partner in Klein, Calderoni & Santucci, Limited Liability Partnership.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Klein did not serve on a committee.

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Klein served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Klein served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Klein's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Leading the Way on Affordable Housing for Working Families and the Middle Class

  • Excerpt: "To address New York City’s critical affordable housing shortage, Jeff proposed a bold and historic plan to increase housing and encourage middle class families to stay in New York City. The plan reinvests in one of New York’s most effective housing programs of the 20th century. The first step in his Mitchell Llama 2020 plan, which was adopted in the 2014-2015 state budget, will develop and renovate thousands of units of affordable housing for the middle class and working families."

Keeping Communities Safe

  • Excerpt: "Last year, Jeff led the fight in the Senate to pass landmark gun control laws known as the NY SAFE act. The legislation established some of the toughest gun laws in the nation including: a full ban on assault weapons; taking high capacity magazines off the shelves; closing loopholes in gun laws; and getting guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. In recent years he has also secured funding for the proven local anti-gun violence SNUG program. These reforms will make our families and communities safer in the Bronx, Westchester and all across the state of New York."

Providing Opportunities for our Children

  • Excerpt: "At the start of 2014, Jeff made a promise to fully fund universal pre-k for the tens of thousands of New York City toddlers receiving inadequate or no preschool education. This year’s state budget fulfilled that promise. Starting in September 2014, more than 54,000 students will have access to new, safe and high-quality preschool programs. Jeff also fought to ensure that funding for public schools remains at its highest levels and that parent choice is protected by promoting charter school growth. Students in public and religious schools will also see a $2 billion dollar technology investment in the year ahead."

Improving Quality of Life

  • Excerpt: "As a lifelong resident of the Bronx, Jeff works to ensure that quality of life for his constituents is protected and improved. Jeff believes in holding landlords’ feet to the fire to ensure they provide adequate services and he continues to organize graffiti cleanups throughout the district each year. To force developers to listen to community concerns, Jeff fought to create a new community approval process for major health facilities like Montefiore that seek to develop in residential areas. Jeff also led the way in opposing the LG tower in the New Jersey Palisades that would ruin the historic, untouched vista on the other side of the Hudson River. Finally, Jeff’s plan to freeze rents for thousands of NYC seniors and lower their prescription drug costs was adopted in the 2014-2015 state budget."

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Jeffrey Klein defeated G. Oliver Koppell in the Democratic primary, while Aleksander Mici was unopposed in the Republican primary. Frank Dellavalle is running on the Conservative Party ticket and Carl Lundgren is running as a Green Party candidate. Klein is also running on the Independence Party of New York State and Women's Equality Party tickets. Klein, Mici, Dellavalle and Lundgren will face off in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Klein ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 34. He ran unopposed in the Democratic and Republican primaries on September 13, 2012, as well as on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Klein defeated Elizabeth Perri (C) and Carl Lundgren (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

New York State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Klein Incumbent 93.8% 80,421
     Conservative Elizabeth Perri 4.6% 3,940
     Green Carl Lundgren 1.6% 1,348
Total Votes 85,709

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Klein ran in the 2010 election for New York State Senate District 34. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Frank Vernuccio (R) in the general election.[7][8] He ran as a member of the Democratic, Independence and Working Families party.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 34 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeffrey Klein (D) 35,880
Frank Vernuccio (R) 17,721

2008

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Jeffrey Klein won the election for New York State Senate, District 34 with 61,862 votes.[9][10]

Klein raised $1,811,483 for his campaign.[11]

New York State Senate, District 34 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeffrey Klein (D) 61,862
Daniel Fasolino (R) 22,622

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jeffrey Klein is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Jeffrey Klein raised a total of $9,441,388 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[12]

Jeffrey Klein's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 34 Won $1,297,364
2010 New York State Senate, District 34 Won $1,885,697
2008 New York State Senate, District 34 Won $1,811,483
2006 New York State Senate, District 34 Won $1,072,743
2004 New York State Senate, District 34 Won $2,514,387
2002 New York State Assembly, District 80 Won $540,364
2000 New York State Assembly, District 80 Won $200,675
1998 New York State Assembly, District 80 Won $118,675
Grand Total Raised $9,441,388

2012

Jeffrey Klein won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Jeffrey Klein raised a total of $1,297,364.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeffrey Klein's campaign in 2012
Enterprise Holdings$17,500
Manhattan Beer Distributors$16,500
Bronx Realty Advisory Board$13,300
Bay Park Center for Nursing & Rehab$12,500
New York State Association of Wholesale Marketers & Distributors$12,500
Total Raised in 2012$1,297,364
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to Klein's 2010 campaign.[13]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeffrey Klein's campaign in 2010
Louis Rose$15,000
Jackson Builders$14,500
Manhattan Beer Distributors$13,500
Brian Hill Realty Llc$12,500
New York City District Council of Carpenters$11,000
Total Raised in 2010 $1,885,697

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Jeffrey Klein's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Financial Service Centers of New York $29,000
Amerigroup Community Care $18,750
Blank Per State $17,500
Knickerbocker Television $15,000
Bronx Realty Advisory Board $12,000

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[14]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Klein's endorsements include the following:[15]

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
  • Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer
  • Bronx Democratic County Committee Chairman, Assemblyman Carl Heastie

2012

In 2012, Klein’s endorsements included the following:[16]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

Personal

Klein is divorced.

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References

  1. Jeffrey Klein's campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 7, 2014
  2. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed August 8, 2014
  3. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  4. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  5. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  6. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  7. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  8. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "Report on Jeffrey's 2008 campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. followthemoney.org, "Klein, Jeffrey," accessed September 20, 2013
  13. Follow the Money, "Klein's 2010 Campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  14. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  15. Jeff Klein, "Endorsements," accessed August 19, 2014
  16. New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
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New York State Senate District 34
2005–present
Succeeded by
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