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
Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) invites residents across the 34th Senate District to attend the Senator’s 16th Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show. The free event will be held Sunday, April 11th from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Maestro’s, 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx. The first 300 children to register will get to make their own free bunny. The Easter Bunny will also make a special appearance. To register, please call (800)-718-2039.Read more
NYS Instant E-mail Alert System launches ~ Notifiying New Yorkers when a sex offender moves into their zip code
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NYS Instant E-mail Alert System
NEW YORK- State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/ Westchester) announced the launch of a new alert system Monday that provides instant email notification to New York State residents when a sex offender moves into their zip code. Individuals can register for the alerts through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services website.
Klein and Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) fought for the technological tool and sponsored legislation, signed into law by Governor Paterson last fall, making information regarding the location of registered sex offenders more accessible and convenient for millions of New Yorkers.
“New Yorkers deserve to have the convenience and peace of mind that these email alerts bring. These emails are another valuable safety tool in helping to protect our children from the kind of unsavory individuals who are, in many cases, our neighbors,” said Senator Klein.Read more
On Friday, March 12th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by New Rochelle Superintendent Richard Organisciak, school officials and students, presented a $100,000 grant to the New Rochelle School District.
The money will be used to fund the expansion of the district’s SmartMusic program, giving elementary students new opportunities to learn how to play a musical instrument and improve their vocal performances.
“Programs like SmartMusic not only enrich children’s lives but enhance their arts education with lessons and skills that bring joy to their day and for some, the building blocks of a future career," said Klein.
New Rochelle High School launched the SmartMusic program in December 2008. Through performance learning software, students at all skill levels play instruments or sing with professional accompaniments. The program offers a variety of styles for band or string orchestra, brass, percussion, strings or vocal. Teachers assign students different exercises electronically and students complete them either in school or at home.Read more
Watch the following clip to see the highlights of Senator Klein's 15th Annual Black History Month Breakfast.Read more
Representing Bronx and Westchester Counties
From the Desk of State Senator Jeff Klein…
Funding Our Children’s Future
Dear Westchester Residents:
Ensuring that all children in New York State have access to a high quality education has always a top priority for me, regardless of our state’s budgetary situation. Providing vital and necessary funding to our public schools is our responsibility. At the same time, we cannot ignore the needs of the more than half a million children who attend New York’s religious and independent schools. These schools provide a valuable and vibrant education for students and do so at a considerable savings to New Yorkers’ hard earned tax dollars.Read more
PUBLIC HEARING TO ADDRESS STATE BUDGET
Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) invites you to a public hearing held by the Westchester Delegation of the New York State Senate. The Governor recently presented the State Legislature with his proposed Executive Budget for the coming year (SFY 2010-11). To give Westchester County residents the opportunity to address state leaders and express their priorities and concerns for the upcoming budget, delegation members are holding a public hearing on Friday, March 19th, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue in Greenburgh. Delegation members include Senator Klein, Chair Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers). To RSVP please call Shelley Andrews at 518-455-3595.Read more