This came in earlier today from state Sen. Jeff Klein:
Recently, myself and three of my senate colleagues – Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida) and David Carlucci, (D-Rockland), departed the Senate Democratic Conference and formed a third legislative conference.
As members of the new Independent Democratic Conference, our goals are simple: to push for common sense solutions to the problems facing this state, break the hyper-partisan gridlock that has gripped Albany and work to restore the public’s trust in its public officials. We will work to bring integrity back to the State Senate and once again ensure government is used as a positive tool to improve people’s lives.
We will work with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Republican senate majority, the Democratic minority and other partners in government to get New York’s fiscal house in order, foster job creation and cap property taxes. We will also pursue a legislative agenda that includes enacting tough new ethics reforms, establishing non-partisan redistricting and protecting a woman’s right to choose.
So far this year, we have already submitted a series of recommendations to Gov. Cuomo and his Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission to help streamline New York’s sprawling bureaucracy. Our recommendations include: cracking down on overtime abuses, developing new accountability standards for outside contractors, reviewing the use of state assets and eliminating duplicative administrative functions.
In addition, the IDC has put together a series of common sense recommendations that will help local governments tackle state mandates, save money and ease the financial burden on you, the taxpayer.
For the full Independent Democratic Caucus 2011 Legislative Agenda, please visit: www.klein.nysenate.gov (http://www.klein.nysenate.gov/ )
I look forward to a productive legislative session and wish you and your family a healthy, positive and prosperous year ahead.
State Senator Jeff Klein
Representing the 34th Senate District (Bronx/Westchester)