Letter to the editor
Klein has done so much for schools
By Ingrid Jaen
To the editor:
I am writing in response to the front-page article in The Riverdale Press, “Klein, law partner tag-team to score big on court appointments, March 14.
The article drew my interest as state Sen. Jeff Klein, a strong supporter for our community and schools in Riverdale, was implicated to be benefiting from judicial appointments because of his political power.
I find that the article was confusing at best in demonstrating what was wrong in the legal partnership between Mr. Klein and Mr. Calderoni. As partners in a legal firm, one would assume that they have to share their work when necessary. What I don’t understand is when this article presented cases, for instance, when a judge appointed Mr. Klein as the evaluator for an ailing client. It implied that something was wrong when Mr. Calderoni helped with the case. It was not clear to me why that should be an issue for two partners in a legal firm. In fact, I would be a little surprised if they didn’t. The repeated suggestion of some kind of wrongdoing as the two worked together in various cases is vague and difficult to follow.
I first met Mr. Klein at a summer concert featuring Gloria Gaynor in Seton Park. He was a sponsor for the event, which brought together numerous attendees from the neighborhood. Everyone who attended had such a great time and Riverdale has changed for the better because of this wonderful event.
As co-president of the parents’ association of PS 24, I had the opportunity to meet with him a number of times since the event. His concern and generosity for our school was invaluable, bringing music enrichment to our school and encouraging children to give back to the community. He has done so much already for our community in such a short period of time and he is going to do much, much more. He does not deserve to be indicted in this fashion.