Letter to the editor
Klein should be lauded, not indicted
By Tracy McCabe Shelton
To the editor:
The March 14 article, “Klein, law partner tag-team to score big on court appointments,” was disturbing to me on two levels.
First, I read it several times, did some research and still failed to see what state Sen. Jeff Klein did wrong. A huge article with that sort of placement implies a scandal that I could not discover even when I further researched the issue. I have enormous respect for the paper, its publisher, editor and reporters and I have come to expect more than this sort of sensational journalism from The Riverdale Press.
Second, Sen. Klein, of all people, did not deserve to be treated in this fashion. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated, hardworking elected official working for us in this community. For many years, Riverdale was divided into three Senate districts. Recently, that changed and we now have one state senator and it is Sen. Klein. We are fortunate to no longer be divided among different districts and to be represented by someone as respected and dynamic as Sen. Klein. This was a poor way to welcome him to our community.
In the short time that Sen. Klein has represented our community, he has been enriching our cultural life with a huge concert in Seton Park and by supporting street festivals and movie nights. He has been supporting our schools through numerous visits and meetings, by attending events, making presentations and, most recently, by inviting students from the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy, MS/HS 141, to join him in Albany to launch his Teen Health Initiative and Survey.
The senator has also been helpful to local merchants, local not-for-profits and he is in a position to do much more. Sen. Klein is powerful in Albany. He is the co-leader of the state Senate, which puts him in a position to do a great deal to help our community.