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Senator Klein now has new offices to provide an ever-increasing array of constituent services.
Starting on June 26, Senator Klein’s district office’s new location is located at 3612 E. Tremont Avenue, just two blocks from his old office. The office, near the Throggs Neck Post Office, is centrally located in the heart of the neighborhood.
According to Senator Klein, there is no need to make an appointment, and his staff makes sure that there is always someone to address the needs of constituents at least until 6 p.m.
“For our constituents, our office serves as a central location for assistance,” Klein said. “Each year the number of residents who come to our office for help expands. We have 900 cases this year alone and it continues to increase. Residents come to us for a variety of reasons, many of which are personal. We have never had adequate space that would allow us to meet privately with residents and often our staff would go to people’s homes or meet them outside the office to meet and discuss issues.”
The new office will allow Klein to throw open his doors to different community groups and members of government. Additionally, Senator Klein focuses on bringing agency decision makers directly into his district to talk to community leaders regarding concerns.
“In the past, we did not have office space that would allow for more than 4 or 5 participants in a meeting,” Klein said. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide space for the meetings we facilitate.”
Klein’s new office, like the old one, is located on the basement level of a professional building. This is to save taxpayers money because rents become more expensive in commercial buildings for prime space.
“Cost is always the prominent factor when you’re dealing with taxpayer dollars,” Klein said. “There is a bid process in place to ensure that the state gets the most reasonable rate for the space possible. You’ll notice that both my previous and current Senate office are located in the lower level, or basement level, of the building. The higher you go, the more expensive the space is so while we may not have windows, the space is economical and functional.”
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