Jeffrey Klein

Jeffrey Klein

Jeffrey David Klein (born in the Bronx, New York on July 10, 1960) is a New York State Senator representing parts of Bronx County and Westchester County. He was elected to his first term in the Senate in 2004 after being advised to run for the seat by Democratic colleagues, who promised him campaign support and volunteers.

A lifelong resident of the northeast Bronx, he was educated in Bronx public schools. Klein received a B.A. with honors from Queens College, an M.P.A. from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law where he was a member of the law review.

A former chief of staff to Congressman James Scheuer, Klein served as a Democratic State Committeeman and District Leader before being elected to the New York State Assembly in 1994. During his ten years representing the 80th Assembly District in the state legislature, Jeff Klein served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime and the Elderly, the Committee on State-Federal Relations, and the Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigations.

After former State Sen. Guy Velella was convicted on corruption charges, Senator Klein declined to seek reelection to the Assembly in order to run for the Senate.

In the Democratic Senate Primary, Senator Klein defeated then Assemblyman Stephen Kaufman. Klein received a tepic endorsement from The New York Times. Prior to running for the Senate, Senator Klein was reported to be considering a race for New York State Attorney General in 2006, but did not do so because Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro were competing for that position. After two years in the Senate he abandoned plans to run for the Majority Leader position, instead opting for the Deputy Minority Leader spot. It is widely speculated that Klein plans to run for Congress. Called “smart and hard-working” by the "New York Times", an “energetic legislator” by the "New York Sun", and with "no real credentials as a reformer" by the Times, Klein has authored laws that impact the citizens of New York, including measures to protect the thousands of senior citizens and working families who live in Mitchell-Lama housing. He also introduced legislation protecting homeowners against blockbusting real estate solicitations and creating New York's Do Not Call telemarketing registry, which has enrolled almost two million residential telephone customers since its April 2001 inception.

Klein is also a partner in the law firm of Klein Calderoni & Santucci, LLP.

ee also

* New York State Senate
* List of New York State Senators

External links

* [ New York State Senate official site]
* [ Jeff Klein's Senate web page]
* [ Klein's response to the 2006 Candidate Questionnaire for State Senate and Assembly from the 504 Democratic Club of New York City]
* [ Jeff Klein's encounter with one of his constituents]

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