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Sen. Jeff Klein handily wins re-election in 34th Senate District


Jeffrey KleinState Sen. Jeff Klein sailed to re-election against two minor-party challengers.The Bronx Democrat, whose district takes in northern Mount Vernon and the Town of Pelham, beat Bronx Green Party Chairman Carl Lundgren and Conservative Party candidate Elizabeth Perri.

Klein, who was also on the Republican and two minor-party lines, has been in the Senate since 2004. Before that he served 10 years in the Assembly.

Klein said that in his next term, he will continue to focus on fiscal issues at the state level and pocketbook issues including property taxes in the suburban part of his district.

“We still have a long way to go in getting New York back on track,” he said.

As a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, a centrist group of four senators who sometimes vote with Republicans, Klein expects to be in a position to influence the work of the Senate if the party split remains close.

Klein supported the property tax cap and would like to see an increase in the minimum wage as a way to stimulate the state economy.

— Elizabeth Ganga


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