With over 200 friends, community activists, community board members, and fellow elected officials State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein announced his intention to run for another term in the state senate. The elected officials who came to support Senator Klein were Current Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., former Bronx BP Freddy Ferrer, State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. Assembly members Mike Benedetto, Marcos Crespo, Mark Gjonaj, Jose Rivera, and Luis Sepulveda, Council members Fernando Cabrera, Ritchie Torres and Jimmy Vacca. Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Carl Heastie conveyed his support through Bronx BP Diaz due to the illness of his daughter. The only elected official missing from the 34th district was Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz of Riverdale where Senator Klein's possible opponent former Councilman Oliver Koppell is also from.
As you will see in the photos below there was only high praise for the job that State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein has done from every elected official who spoke. Councilman Ritchie Torres the Rookie of the elected officials said that it is Jeff Klein who I look up to. State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. spoke the longest since he is in the senate with Senator Jeff Klein, and Diaz Sr. said that he has seen Klein work with both sides of the isle to get things done adding just like it is done in Washington. Former Bronx BP Ferrer said that he appointed Jeff Klein to his first position, that being as a community board member. Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. gave his endorsement of Senator Klein yesterday at the press conference with Mayor de Blasio in the Riverdale section of the 34th district when he said that the Pre-K initiative was made possible because of the efforts of Jeff Klein. Mayor de Blasio said the same thing, but when asked if he was supporting Senator Klein for re-election, while trying to skirt the question the mayor did not say yes, but he did not say no.The best line from an elected official had to come from Assemblyman Mike Benedetto when he said "Thank God we have Jeff Klein".
Left - You can see the packed house for Senator Klein.Right - Councilman Jimmy Vacca has only words of praise for his long time friend Jeff Klein.
Left - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. speaks of the accomplishments that Senator Jeff Klein has done.
Right - Senator Ruben Diaz sr. Talks about what it is like in Albany under the leadership of Jeff Klein.
Both Bronx Borough President welcome Senator Klein to the podium to address the hundreds gathered.