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Bronx 81st Assembly District: A Challenger Hangs On


Jeffrey Dinowitz came to the Assembly, representing Riverdale, in 1994. In his bid for two more years, he faces Conservative Jeffrey Klapper

In his campaign to win re-election, Dinowitz reportedly challenged Klapper's signatures and got him knocked off the Republican Party line, Then, Klapper told the Riverdale Press, the Conservative Party offered him its slot. He accepted, he said, because " I think it's important to be a voice, to speak about what you believe in."

Klapper, who has a degree in library science and in law, works in a nursing home. In 1996, he ran against Dinowitz and a Republican and came in third with 4 percent of the vote. He said he would favor lowering all taxes -- including those on millionaires.

On his Website, Dinowitz stresses his record of providing services to his constituents and said he played a key role in negotiations over the construction of a water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park. He was a vocal opponent of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to charge a fee to drive into Manhattan during the workweek.

In the period leading up the 32 Day Pre-General campaign finance report, Dinowitz had collected $525, but he had a campaign fund balance of $171,067. Klapper listed no contributions.

 



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