Pictured (left-right): Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway), Josh Zern, Executive Director of Madraigos, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Five Towns), Rabbi Dov Silver, Founder and Executive Vice President of Madraigos, and Eli Shapiro, Clinical Director of Madraigos.
“I care deeply about the needs of our community and as Assemblymen, we rely on input from the community to do our job the right way,” Assemblyman Weisenberg said. “Phil Goldfeder is my newest colleague from a neighboring district and this was a great opportunity to introduce him to some local leaders, allow us to speak with the families in the area and hear more about the issues affecting them.”
Weisenberg and Goldfeder had the opportunity to visit Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island in Inwood, Madraigos in Woodmere and Cedarhurst Park in the heart of Cedarhurst.
“Harvey Weisenberg is a great colleague and I want to thank him for helping me hit the ground running in the Assembly,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “Harvey works diligently to address the needs of his constituents. It was great to speak with the families of Five Towns and learn more about the important issues in the area, so that we can address them together in the Assembly.”
Assemblyman Weisenberg recently helped pass a number of initiatives benefiting the Five Towns yeshivas and mosdos. He worked to:
- restore $160 million in the final budget for aid reimbursements for yeshivas (Ch. 53 of 2012);
- create a TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) for needy Yeshiva students. Until this year New York State did NOT provide tuition assistance to Rabbinical college students (Ch. 57 of 2012);
- provide property tax relief for several non-profit organizations in the area for the last five years, including B’nei Torah, Hebrew Academy, Madraigos of the Five Towns, Yeshiva and Mesivta of Greater NY at South Shore;
- eliminate the MTA payroll tax on yeshivas and non-profits (Ch. 56 of 2011); and
- prohibit any business relationships between New York and Iran through the Iran Divestment Act (Ch. 1 of 2012).
“I want to thank Assemblyman Weisenberg for his continued support for our local families and institutions,” said Jeff Leb, community activist and Peninsula Public Library trustee, “Together with Assemblyman Goldfeder, they make a team that will be able to protect the many interests of the Far Rockaway and Five Towns communities.”
“In these tough economic times we need to do everything we can to assist the organizations that are on the front lines in helping our community,” said Assemblyman Weisenberg. “I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure every one of my local organizations and constituents have the tools and resources they need to succeed.”