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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jeff Klein Spends $1 Million on Staff



Former Riverdale Review hack reporter Candice Giove is still slinging mud with a piece in the New York Post about State Senator Jeff Klein's million dollar payroll. The story claims that Klein got more than double the normal staff allotment for his role in creating a breakaway Democratic group called the Independent Democratic Conference, which has at times voted with the Republicans.

16 comments:

  1. Candice M. Giove is nothing but a yellow journalist who has spent most of her career writing political hatchet jobs for a disreputable Bronx tabloid called the Riverdale Review.

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  2. By 'Albany Insider' I assume she means Jeff Dinowitz.
    Regardless, does this blog refute the writers assertion that he has a larger staff and larger staff payroll than his fellow Democrats? Either way 17 staffers for a state legislator is extremely excessive and its ridiculous that our laws allows for different staff allotments based on political affiliation and favoritism.

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  3. In my opinion, Candice Giove has no journalistic standards and zero credibility, as evidenced by her years of sloppy and malicious reporting for the Riverdale Review (a scandal rag that is full of lies, contradictions, misrepresentations and half-truths). Shame on the New York Post for printing Ms. Giove's reports.

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  4. Obviously Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is pissed because Senator Jeffrey Klein (who used to be an obscure assemblyman like Mr. Dinowitz) is now a powerful state senator spending much more money for a much larger staff.

    Sounds like this is just sour grapes from a jealous and resentful Mr. Dinowitz.

    And by the way, I also agree that Candice Giove is the cheapest type of yellow journalist with no nose for real news. I doubt that Post editor Col Allan knows anything about her lack of serious credentials.

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  5. How is this mud-slinging? Are the facts wrong, or is it that you'd rather not have these particular facts see the light of day?

    As far as the Review is concerned, it's been astonishing to see the boycotters' reboot from "Andy Wolf is forcing families to flee Riverdale because he reports on RKA's crappy educational outcomes, failed leadership, and disturbing safety and disciplinary issues" to "yeah, we're starting a charter school because RKA actually is that bad."

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  6. Jeff Klein’s oversized staff is just another sign of the dysfunctional system in Albany.

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  7. Stay on the topic here!

    Although Giove may be a crap journalist with an embarassing record at The Review, Jeff Klein is a crap legislator and a turncoat who is only out for his own good.

    It's funny that a creature like Giove is reporting on a creature like Klein.

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  8. Today's Review headline: Property Value Plummets! Unless of course you actually read the article in which case they really didn't. Most of is school related stories follow the same tact. He's of no use to our community.

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  9. Turncoat? He stuck his neck out and rattled dysfunctional Albany and not in the Espada kind of way. We need more independent pols and fewer party hacks.

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  10. J.R.Dobbs is BishopSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:22 AM

    Anonymous@6:13,

    If Klein had the convictions you state, then he would have registered as an Independent by now in order to run as an Independent. Has he encouraged his constituents to register their political party as Blank? He didn't "rattle dysfunctional Albany", the only rattle is the extra change in his pocket. His strategy is to pluke the 31st vote. At least Espada forced committee meetings on both sides.

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  11. He is independent in the sense that he doesn't vote the party line, which is all anyone in Albany does. Do you disagree with that statement? More importantly, he's a Democrat, and by that I mean his policies and positions mirror those of the larger party, why should he he change his party affiliation? Worse, why would he encourage his supporters to change their affiliation? Like it or not, if you want to have a voice in who represents you in NYC, in most areas you need to be a registered Dem since most NYC elections are decided in the primary, not the general election. Bottom line is Klein created a third voting block within the Senate. He stood up to the party leaders, the man who is responsible in large part of the ongoing dysfunction in Albany.
    Could you imagine one of our local Assemblymen standing up or publicly opposing ANYTHING Shelly Silver says/wants/does?
    Exactly.

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  12. Actually, committee support is the IDC's central staff. They work for four different senators. The senate dem. Conference has a $13m budget. These are facts that have been reported previously, yet somehow were left out of this report. Wonder why?

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  13. Anonymous @8:13,
    You must be a younger,new staff member on that payroll. When Klein cowered and lost the Commuter Tax for our city and borough, causing billions and billions of dollars lost to date, he did fall lock and step with party hacks. We had an Assemblyman go up against Silver, solely on the Commuter Tax and he lost the Senate bid that Klein won. Remember? I stand by my previous statement. We need real leadership not some guy pluking the 31st vote.

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  14. Anonymous@1:46

    If Conference allocates support staff then more monies can be free to designate to his discretionary Member Items. But it is not. Why not so?

    Will Surrogate Court need staff petitioners.

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  15. JR:
    Thanks for the compliment but I'm actually an old dude. That said:

    Do you disagree that all votes are along party lines? Obviously you do because you see Klein as nothing more than the 31st vote, acknowledging that all Dems senators MUST fall into line - lest they be ostracized from the party. That is shameful.

    I also schlepped for Kaufman but that has nothing to do with Klein's current standing.

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  16. klein is a duplicitous thief and everybody knows it... its only a matter of time before he is locked up along with his colleagues like Malcolm smith... he protects pedophiles, deals out of both ends of his law firm and does nothing to make the lives of new Yorkers any better... but he has gotten very rich during his time in the senate... what gives?... who is his real master>

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