Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith tapped Jeff Klein to be his top deputy on January 9, placing the senator in a role he predicted would allow him to have a greater impact on statewide policy and deliver more perks for his sprawling Bronx district.
Klein also won one of three positions atop the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, the group tasked with winning back the Senate majority after decades of Republican rule. Klein will serve as the co-chair in charge of fundraising, he said.
The shakeup in the Senate Democratic leadership comes after David Paterson, the former minority leader, stepped down to serve as lieutenant governor. The former deputy minority leader, Eric Schneiderman, ran against Smith for Paterson
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