Senator Klein Releases Public Service Announcement to Alert New Yorkers to Dangerous Loan Modification Scams
ALBANY, NY – With new, vital provisions of his foreclosure legislation scheduled to take effect on Thursday, April 15th, State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) called for the next level of protections for New York State homeowners on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Senator Klein unveiled new legislation aimed at significantly decreasing, and in some cases eliminating, the pervasive practice of loan modification scams.
Senator Klein released the following public service announcement to alert New York residents of these dangerous and persuasive scams, and to urge the Senate to passage his legislation.
Protecting Your Money: Avoid Foreclosure Scams - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtMVt_n0ID0
“In the past few years, thousands across New York State have lost their homes to foreclosure. By putting a disclaimer on these scam notices, we get the word out wider and faster to struggling homeowners that the services they are looking for can be provided free of charge. I urge my Senate colleagues to join me in fighting for the immediate passage of this bill,” said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).Read more
Klein Bill Revises Affidavit Ballots to Increase Number of Registered Voters
ALBANY, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein announced Wednesday that the Senate passed legislation to expand the democratic process by making it easier for New Yorkers whose affidavit ballots are ruled invalid to become properly registered for future elections.
Senator Klein’s bill (S.5988/NYS Assembly companion bill A.4015) requires that the reverse side of the envelope in which a voter submits an affidavit ballot contain a voter registration form. This legislation will ensure that any eligible, unregistered New Yorker who fills out the ballot and form and whose vote is ruled invalid in that election becomes registered to vote in future elections.
“I am wholly committed to creating a more open, accessible, and responsible electoral process for all New Yorkers. First and foremost, this means breaking down barriers that keep eligible New Yorkers from becoming registered voters,” said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).Read more
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) joined with community groups and 2010 Census volunteers to encourage all residents to mail back their 2010 Census forms. Marching to the mail box from the Port Chester Public Library, Senator Oppenheimer urged rally participants to fill out and mail in their 2010 Census forms promptly.
“It only takes ten minutes your time to help our communities obtain their fair share of federal funding for schools, health care, transportation and a host of other vital services,” said the Senator. “Census information is completely confidential and may not be used for other purposes or shared with other government agencies.”
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the United States Constitution. The amount of money available in federal and state aid to local communities depends, in large part, on information that comes from the Census.Read more
Nearly three years ago a group of constituents contacted my office concerned about a foreclosed, unmaintained home on their tree-lined Bronx street. When I met with them they described their frustration at watching the home deteriorate into a tremendous eyesore, a haven for rowdy teenagers and a hotspot for drugs and other suspicious criminal activity. After our meeting, my office searched for the bank responsible for keeping the property and we discovered a gray area in New York State law—once a property entered into a judgment of foreclosure and sale, the law did not clarify the person or party responsible for maintaining it.
In the months that followed, as the foreclosure crisis continued to sweep through our state, I made it a top priority to close this loophole in the law. I proposed legislation that required lending institutions to maintain foreclosed properties at the time of judgment and sale. I am pleased to announce that the landmark legislation was signed into law last December by Governor Paterson and will go into effect on April 15th.Read more
Senator Klein’s Graffiti Clean-up Crew will remove graffiti tags in several hard-to-reach locations across the 34th Senate District
NEW YORK- On Wednesday, April 7th, as part of a Spring cleaning effort, Senator Jeff Klein’s (D-Bronx/Westchester) graffiti removal crew will clean graffiti on hard-to-reach overpasses, railroad bridges and buildings across the Bronx and Westchester.
The crew will target several sites including the Citgo gas station off of the Hutchinson River Parkway, Bruckner Expressway, Bronxdale Avenue, I-95 overpasses, Pelham Parkway overpass as well as the railroad bridges along Einstein Hospital and East Tremont Avenue. Klein’s crew will also clean areas in the Town of Pelham and the City of New Rochelle.
“During the past 16 years, I have made graffiti clean-up a top priority in my district,” said Klein. “My constituents and I refuse to let vandals tag our buildings and overpasses, creating time-consuming, expensive clean-up jobs for hard-working business owners and major eye-sores for drivers coming in and out of our city. By immediately cleaning these hard-to-reach places, we are sending a strong message to all vandals—we will not allow you to trash our neighborhoods.”Read more
From the Desk of State Senator Jeff Klein…
I want to share an important milestone with you, as we work together to fight for real property tax relief now. In March, the State Senate passed my legislation which would provide immediate property tax relief for middle class and senior homeowners. My bill mandates varying degrees of relief to ensure that your hard-earned tax dollars are going back into your pocket.
Here's what my legislation does. First, it restores STAR rebate checks for seniors with annual incomes up to $150,000, based on their local property taxes. Second, it creates a circuit breaker tax credit for households earning up to $250,000 annually. This credit kicks in when your property taxes exceed a certain percentage of your household income.
For example – an Enhanced STAR eligible senior, with an annual household income of $60,000 and paying $9,000 in property taxes, would have their STAR rebate check restored at $2,933, and would receive an additional circuit breaker credit of $560. This means over $3,400 in additional tax relief than this senior received in 2009.Read more
Representing Bronx and Westchester Counties
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 26, 2010
Contact: Abby Ross
Office: (718) 822-2049
Cell: (479) 283-3505
CENSUS VIDEO TO CLEAR CONFUSION
Video clip helps clear up misunderstanding regarding town listed on Census form
NEW YORK- Today, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) received the following video from the U.S. Census Bureau. It gives a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of how Census data collection works and clears up any confusion regarding the town listed on the Census forms.
Feel free to post the following link to the video: http://2010.census.gov/mediacenter/2010-census-timeline/census-form/bar-...
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The New York State Senate last week moved towards greater openness and public participation in government decision-making, approving Senator Oppenheimer’s bill to enhance judicial enforcement of the open meetings law, S. 7054. The Senate also passed three other Sunshine Policy bills, which further reform the state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIA) and Open Meetings Law.
"My legislation promotes public access to government decisions by making clear that a court may invalidate an action taken in violation of the open meetings law,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “Where appropriate, a court may also require training in the requirements of the open meetings law to ensure future compliance.”
While existing law permits a court to invalidate actions taken behind closed doors in violation of the open meetings law, subsequent judicial decisions implied that a court could not rescind an action taken in a public meeting even if deliberated unlawfully behind closed doors. This legislation clarifies that a court can invalidate an action in that circumstance and remand the matter to the public body for reconsideration. In addition, a court may require public officials to participate in training sessions on the open meetings law.
The Senate also approved Sunshine measures that:Read more