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NY Senate Leader Proposes Outside Income Ban for Lawmakers

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sen. Jeff Klein (D) says he's stepping down from the law firm he co-founded in order to set an example.

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A Reunion for Senate Democrats in Albany?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In a move that could shift the balance of power in Albany, two Democratic factions in the State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic Majority in the Senate. That could leave Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power

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NY State Budget Deal Expected Friday

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Legislative leaders said a final state budget deal could happen Friday. They need a deal by midday in order to deliver an on-time budget when the fiscal year ends on Monday.

Jeff Klein, Senate co-leader and leader of the Independent Democrats said they were close to an agreement but are ...

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Schoolbook

NY Senate Leader Pushes de Blasio's Pre-K Plan

Sunday, January 05, 2014

New York State Senate co-leader Jeff Klein is trying to build momentum in Albany for Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten in New York City.

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The Ways of Albany: Deals Behind Closed Doors, Votes in the Dark of Night

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The New York State Senate finished up voting on the state budget in a middle-of-the-night session that ended at 4:30 AM Wednesday. It's part of a long standing Albany tradition of closed door negotiations and overnight voting on budgets and other issues.

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Budget Accord Reached as NY Lawmakers Fill In Details

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget late Wednesday evening, but say they are still working out many of the details.

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NY Budget Talks Could Stretch Into Weekend

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The New York State budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal.

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NY Budget Talks Will Go Another Day

Monday, March 18, 2013

State lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new state spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy, and raise the minimum wage. They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but say they will be back Tuesday morning to try again.

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Senate Coalition Leaders Disagree Over Abortion Rights

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo’s reproductive health act, saying it would lead to too many late term abortions. Pro choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the Senator’s interpretation.

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Cuomo's Speech Stokes the Progressive Base

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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In his first state of the state in 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo embraced tax cuts and spending cuts.  A year ago, it was economic development. This year, with Democrats on the march nationally and a new ally in the state Senate leadership, Cuomo is embracing his liberal side.

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Jeff Klein: The Bronx Democrat Keeping the GOP in Power

Friday, December 21, 2012

State Senator Jeff Klein used to be a party loyalist.  He became a State Senator by arguing his opponent was too cozy with Republicans. But now, Klein's the one who's teaming up with the GOP.

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New State Senate Leadership Focuses on Sandy Recovery

Monday, December 10, 2012

The new co-leaders of the state Senate had a kind of unveiling party on Rockaway Beach on Monday when former Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Democratic Senator Jeff Klein launched a bipartisan Sandy recovery task force.

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Klein: New Senate Coalition Can Be More Effective than Just Dems

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The new co- leader of the Senate, Senator Jeff Klein, says he knows the new coalition of five Democrats and around 30 Republicans will have to prove itself in the coming months and deliver on key pieces of legislation, but he says they stand a better chance of success than if just the Democrats alone were in charge of the Senate.

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The Empire

In Cuomo's tax reform package, sweetners for everyone

Monday, December 12, 2011

A small and mostly overlooked item in the tax reform package passed provides another example of how the Governor aimed to give everyone a stake in the passage of the tax reform bill last week.

Among the authorizations was $1 million to keep a foreclosure program funded. The main proponent of the program has been Senator Jeff Klein who leads the Independent Democratic Conference in the State Senate.

“This was a good first step that will help keep some of these vitally important programs running as many New Yorkers enter the holiday season not only facing the prospect of losing the American Dream, but also facing limited options for help during  foreclosure process,” Senator Klein said in a statement.

Klein went on to advocate for the program's inclusion in next year's budget. According to his office, the program prevented more than $1.9 billion in lost property value and property tax revenue over the past two years.

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Bronx State Senator pushes for continued foreclosure relief

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Courtesy of Sen. Klein's office.

Governor Andrew Cuomo may be talking about as much as a $3.5 billion budget gap next year, but that didn't stop State Senator Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Caucus, from arguing that the state needs to continue partially funding foreclosure services programs.

"We know that many programs and agencies faced similar circumstances in last year’s budget as everyone worked with Governor Cuomo to balance the finances of New York and put our great state back on track. We also know that each of these programs and agencies did important work all of our communities," said a report put out by Klein's office yesterday. "But we argue that the benefits of legal services and foreclosure counseling for struggling homeowners in New York is too great to ignore and the chance of not funding them for a second budget cycle in a row is too risky."

The reported said that a $50 million program to prevent foreclosures assisted 80,000 homeowners and saved at least 14,000 homes. With 250,000 homes in danger of, or going through the process of foreclosure, the report argues, the math makes the case: the loss of these homes would cost an estimated $61 billion in reduced property value and lost taxes.

“Preventing foreclosures not only keeps hard-working New Yorkers in their homes now, but saves our neighborhoods from devastating ripple effects later,” Senator Klein said in a statement. “We know that this will be another tough budget year - that's why we're starting this discussion early in order to help protect our neighborhoods and preserve the American dream across New York.”

As the Times-Union's Jimmy Vielkind noted on this yesterday, Klein managed to bring some interesting support to the press conference on this yesterday:

It’s also interesting to me that Klein, ringleader of the Independent Democratic Conference, is uniting in this way with Senate Democrats, some of whom are open in their disdain for his renegade klatch.

Perhaps this portends a coming soothing. Or at least courtship.

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What Happens When No One Wants to Own a Place

Monday, August 15, 2011

Throughout New York state, local governments are trying to figure out who to hold responsible for the upkeep of thousands of foreclosed residential properties.

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Senator: City Not Using Law to Force Upkeep of Foreclosures

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New York City is not enforcing a 2009 state law that requires owners of foreclosed properties maintain them, according to the state senator who wrote the law.

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The Empire

Sampson: 'people will just stab you in the back'

Thursday, January 13, 2011

State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson's interview on NY1 last night is worth watching. He lashes out at his former deputy, Jeff Klein, who broke away and founded the Independent Democratic Caucus.

"He said he had called me. Didn't call me once. Didn't pick up the phone and call me so we can deal with these issues," Sampson said in a moderate tone that only grew more animated over the five-minute clip.

Sampson went on to say, "there's nothing wrong with being independent. We have independent people in our caucus." Sampson also noted "the most independent Democrat in our caucus is Senator Ruben Diaz. But he chose not to leave the conference."

Sampson then goes on the attack, suggesting the defectors are less then loyal to the Democratic party.

"The question is, is it about being independent or about the powers and the perks?" asked Sampson. "You're getting an office. You're working with the republicans to get an office. you're working with the Republicans to get allocations. You're working with the Republicans to get chairmanships."

Sampson excused defector Dave Vallesky, since the upstate Democrat told Sampson earlier that he couldn't vote for him as leader, saying it was "an issue" back in his district.

As for freshman David Carlucci, Sampson was not as forgiving. "How can he have any dissatisfaction when he never sat one day with us in the chamber?"

Sampson admits he may have a "fault" in maintaining an open-door policy, because, "at the end of the day, instead of getting any credit, people will just stab you in the back."

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'Cuomo is going to play a major role' in state senate fights

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Andrew Cuomo has made it clear he is running not as part of Albany’s current political establishment, but very much as an outside agent hoping to reform it, dramatically.

Which, for a gubernatorial candidate, is smart.

But for those currently in Albany, like the Democrats who hold a narrow majority in the State Senate, it can be a hurdle to overcome. Or so you’d think.

State Senator Jeff Klein, who heads the Democrats’ efforts to keep and expand their majority in that chamber, said Cuomo’s anti-Albany message is helpful to them. Also, Klein said the anti-incumbency message is a winning talking point for Senate Democrats because “a lot of Republican incumbents are much more long-serving than ours.”

Klein said his party’s gubernatorial nominee will help them in their fight to expand their majority in the State Senate which. Today’s Siena poll showed Democratic incumbents in two contested races below 50% against their Republican rivals.

“I think Andrew Cuomo helps us tremendously,” Klein said on a conference call with reporters this morning.

“I think Andrew Cuomo is going to play a major role in making sure that the Democrats keep the majority,” said Klein. Cuomo is “our party standard bearer [and] if he wants to move forward with his very ambitious agenda he needs a Democratic Senate that he can work with.”

Cuomo’s message, as Klein describes it, is “property tax cap, no new taxes, lower spending.”

“He’s espousing a message that resonates with voters. And by the way, each one of our challengers, as well as our incumbents, all espouse,” then, Klein added this important caveat: “incumbents who have races, of course.”

I asked Klein if he’d like Cuomo to tweak his anti-Albany, anti-legislature message to specify it’s Republicans, not Democrats, who’ve made a mess of the State Senate.

Klein demurred, saying, “I think when he [Cuomo] says the legislature he means the entire legislature. Again, I think we’re going to benefit, I believe, by the anti-incumbent messages out there. Again, it’s no secret that a lot of Republican incumbents are much more long-serving than ours. I think that not only is going to help us by promoting our candidates who are candidates for change, mostly women, who are running an anti-Albany campaign locally.”

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