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ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 80
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Pelham Parkway, Morris Park, Van Nest, Pelham Bay, Van Cortlandt Village, Norwood, Bedford Park.

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
Take a look at all the latest results for the November 5, 2002 general election.

x-Jeffrey Klein (Dem) 11,447 - 78 percent
J. C. Polanco (Rep) 3,283 - 22 percent

Candidates:

  • Jeffrey Klein (Dem) Incumbent
  • J.C. Polanco (Rep/Ind/Con)


BIOGRAPHIES

Jeffrey David Klein (Dem)was born in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx on July 10, 1960. A lifelong resident of the northeast Bronx, he was educated in Bronx public schools. Klein went on to receive his B.A. with honors from Queens College, a Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University, and a J.D. from the City University of New York Law School where he was also a member of the law review.

Assemblyman Klein is a partner in the law firm of Klein Calderoni & Santucci, with offices at 744 Lydig Avenue in the Bronx.

J.C. Polanco (Rep/Ind/Con), a former financial advisor, is currently a New York City high school teacher in the Bronx and third year law student at Fordham University.


7 BILLS IMPORTANT TO NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS THAT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IS LIKELY TO VOTE ON IN THE NEXT TERM:

1. Rent Regulation: The current rent regulation laws expire in June 2003. Supporters of rent regulation hope that the current provisions will be extended for another five years and that the legislature will repeal the provision which deregulates apartments that rent for $2,000 or more a month. The State Assembly passed such a bill this year, but it died in the Senate in the face of opposition from Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. If the Legislature does not take concerted action in June, rent regulation in New York City will end.

In 2002 Assemblymember Klein voted in favor of repealing vacancy decontrol, the law that permits landlords to increase rent 18 percent automatically whenever a tenant moves out .

2. Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good. Reinstatement of the Commuter Tax is likely to come up again this Spring as the City's economy takes a turn for the worse.

In 1999 Assemblymember Klein voted in favor of repealing the commuter tax .

3. School Funding: Even with mayoral control of the school system, more than 40 percent of New York City's school funding comes from Albany. Next year's budget will determine how much money New York City's schools will get from the state.

4. Rockefeller drug laws: New York's drug laws, passed in 1973 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, are among the harshest in the nation. The Democratic-controlled Assembly, Republican-controlled Senate, and the Governor have not been able to agree on how to reform these laws, look for renewed negotiations and new legislation in the next term.

5. Minimum Wage: Currently set at $5.15 an hour, Democrats will likely propose raising the minimum wage to $6.75 an hour, a proposal that passed the Assembly, but failed to ever get to the floor of the Senate last year.

Raising Minimum Wage - vote on A5132
In 2002 Assemblymember Klein voted in favor of raising the minimum wage .

6. Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act: This has been floating around the New York State Legislature for 30 years, with the Governor's support, it is likely to come up for a vote again next Spring.

7. Campaign Finance Reform: Some 80 organizations have proposed a "Clean Money, Clean Elections" bill for the New York State Legislature. Like the New York City law, it would establish a system under which candidates who comply with limits on campaign spending and contributions Last year, Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced a bill to provide two-to-one public matching of campaign contributions. The bill passed the Assembly, but it died in the Senate in the face of opposition from Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.

In 2002 Assemblymember Klein voted in favor of two-to-one public matching of campaign contributions .


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates:
  • Jeffrey Klein (Dem - Primary Winner) Incumbent
  • Richardo Martinez (Dem)
  • J.C. Polanco (Rep/Ind/Con)

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