The grandson of Hungarian and Polish immigrants, Jeff Klein was born and raised in the Bronx.
Jeff’s family was a major motivating force in his life and decision to enter politics. Two sets of his great grandparents were victims of the Antopol mass execution during the Holocaust. His maternal grandfather fled to the United States and worked first as a kosher butcher and then in local real estate in the Soundview section of the Bronx. His parents, Marilyn and Howard, married at the well-known Grand Concourse Catering Hall, and when Jeff was born on July 10, 1960 they brought him home to the three family house they shared with his grandparents on Hone Avenue.
The lessons Jeff learned growing up in that house were simple – if you work hard and treat others with respect and honesty you will find success. Those are the very ideals that he fights for every day. Jeff has spent his career building a reputation as an effective and trusted public servant and local leader who protects the vulnerable, fights injustice, promotes equality and defends individual rights.
Jeff attended Bronx public schools and was the first in his family to graduate college. He holds degrees from Queens College and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as a J.D. from the City University of New York Law School.
Over a twenty year career in Albany, first as a member of the State Assembly and then as a State Senator since 2004, Jeff has led the fight in passing the toughest gun laws in the nation; delivering real property tax relief for homeowners; creating historic foreclosure prevention and protection laws; launching a sex offender email notification system; and the installation of speed cameras around schools.
Through Jeff’s leadership, New York’s historic 2014-2015 state budget includes full funding for universal pre-kindergarten; increased child care aid; creation of more affordable middle class housing; property tax and renter relief; and lowered prescription drug costs for seniors.
Jeff’s primary focus has always been finding common sense solutions to strengthen the communities and to protect, preserve and enhance quality of life for residents of the 34th Senate District. He and his district staff work to resolve hundreds of constituent cases a year and have fought HMOs, utility companies, big banks, shoddy contractors, noisy nightclubs and bad business.