34th district, including Riverdale, part of Westchester and the east Bronx
Name: Jeff Klein
Current Job: Incumbent
Why he is running: “I’m a lifelong Democrat committed to fighting for our community and I get results. I’m running to continue delivering for my constituents and to pass core Democratic legislation in Albany that benefits the residents of my district and of New York State.”
What the IDC mean to voters: Since 2012, Mr. Klein’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) has co-ruled the Senate with Republicans. Mr. Klein announced in June he will form a coalition with mainstream Democrats after the November general election.
“The Independent Democratic Conference means good government. It was created at a time when the State Senate became synonymous with dysfunction.
“In fact, the Brennan Center called our state legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation. The IDC made government function again and passed major Democratic legislative agenda items like the SAFE Act, the toughest gun laws in the nation. We look forward to accomplishing even more of the progressive agenda this upcoming session with a renewed energy of support coming from Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, other major Democrats and labor unions.”
Legislative priorities: “I’d like to see campaign finance reform, the DREAM Act, the 10-point Women’s Agenda and an increase to the minimum wage pass this upcoming session and I’m hopeful that we could line up 32 like-minded Democrats to achieve these important goals because I support them all.”
How he would tackle high unemployment: The Bronx’s adjusted unemployment rate stands at around 10.6 percent — the highest in the city — according to the state Department of Labor.