Assemblyman Hikind

photo (L-R) Assemblywoman Vivian Cook; Assemblyman Hikind; Senator Serphin Maltese; Assemblyman Joseph Errigo at a press conference declaring their support of a terror profiling bill.
With support across the aisles and in both houses of the State legislature, Assemblyman Hikind introduced legislation which legalizes terror profiling as an effective means of terrorist attack prevention. The bill would allow race and ethnicity to be included in the criteria considered by law enforcement personnel in identifying individuals who can initially be stopped, questioned, frisked and/or searched. The bill was simultaneously introduced in the State Senate by Senator Serphin R. Maltese, Chairman of the Committee on Cities.

"The NYPD is making a valiant effort to prevent criminal and terrorist acts," the Assemblyman claimed. "New York is a primary target for terrorists, with communiqués continually referring to New York landmarks. Active terror cells are planning and waiting for the opportunity to hit us again, G-d forbid. Suicide bombers and terrorists fit a very specific intelligence profile, and race and ethnicity are very much a part of that profile."

The U.S. Supreme Court set precedent in Grutter v. Bollinger, maintaining that, consistent with the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution, factors such as race and ethnicity can be considered in making governmental decisions, provided that such consideration serves a "compelling governmental interest" and that race and ethnicity are not the only factors considered in making the decisions. "Protecting New Yorkers," said Assemblyman Hikind, "is as compelling as it gets. This bill ensures that we protect New Yorkers to the fullest extent of the law by permitting law enforcement to use every means at their disposal in the war on terror."



When Assemblyman Hikind discovered that Citgo Asphalt is included among New York State Department of Transportationís list of approved providers, he immediately called on Commissioner Thomas Madison to terminate the relationship. "Citgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Venezuelan government, and by extension, operated and controlled by Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez," he charged. "Mr. Chavez recently showed his contempt for the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly by calling President George Bush a ‘devil’ and the ‘spokesman of imperialism.’ Why is New York State giving him business?"


Assemblyman Hikind condemned the Council on Foreign Relations for hosting Iranian President Ahmadinejad, calling their action immoral and outrageous. "You don’t dialogue with genocidal maniacs," he stated. "How dare the Council politely host the world’s greatest Holocaust denier? Ahmadinejad’s nuclear goals are clear, as are his evil ambitions of world dominion. He should not be hosted anywhere in the U.S."


An initiative by the Department of Homeland Security to provide $5 million for the purchase of emergency warning radios for every public school nationwide prompted Assemblyman Hikind to demand equal protection for all children. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the Assemblyman protested "the staggering oversight of hundreds of thousands of our children in private and parochial schools. I am therefore requesting an equivalent appropriation of these radios to all private and parochial schools. We are not safe until our children are safe."

photo Assemblyman Hikind listens to nineteen-year-old Evyatar Cohen describe his experience and his first time in combat.
photo Assemblyman Hikind with Councilman David Weprin and members of ZAKA.
This past summer, while residents of northern Israel were bombarded by rocket attacks from Lebanon, Assemblyman Hikind led a group of 20 community and business leaders on a solidarity mission to the region to provide support and comfort. In Haifa, he presented ZAKA, the Israeli rescue and recovery organization, with money he had raised for the purchase of 50 bulletproof vest and helmet sets. In stricken areas in Safed, Tiberias, Haifa, Nahariya, Miron, Kiryat Shmona, Afula, etc., the group delivered food to families in shelters. At Rambam Hospital, the Assemblyman visited an IDF soldier who was wounded in a Hezbollah grenade attack in Lebanon.

Among the participants in the mission were Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Executive Director of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, Rabbi David Algaze, a leader in the Sephardic community, and Queens Councilman David Weprin.


Student Pass

According to Department of Education regulations, students using yellow bus service were not entitled to receive MetroCard student passes. This created a difficult situation for thousands of school-bus-eligible yeshiva students whose school day concludes well after 4:30 p.m., when yellow bus service ends. Parents were forced to pay for full transit fare for their children.

Assemblyman Hikind reached out to MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow and Martin Ostreicher, Chief Executive for School Support Services of the Department of Education, for help in solving this problem. As a result, an agreement was reached that allows students to register for yellow bus service AND apply for MetroCard passes. "I commend the agencies and officers involved for being receptive and responsive to the specific needs of our constituents and their children," the Assemblyman said. "The cooperation of the MTA, the Department of Education, and Deputy Mayor Walcott’s office moved along a reasonable and equitable accommodation, showing that government can and does work in the best interests of our communities."



Dr. Patrick I. Borgen has been recruited from Memorial Sloan Kettering to serve as the new Chief of Breast Surgery and Director of the Breast Center at Maimonides Cancer Center.

In a recent meeting with Dr. Borgen, Assemblyman Hikind praised his addition to the Center. saying, "In meeting Dr. Borgen, I was struck not only by his vast knowledge in the area of cancer research, but also by his warm and compassionate nature. Sloan-Kettering’s loss of Dr. Borgen is most certainly Maimonides’ gain."

thermometer HEAP season is here again. The Home Energy Assistance Program offers a one-time grant to help eligible low-income homeowners or tenants cope with their increased energy bills.

Also available are grants from the Neighborhood Heating Fund, administered by HeartShare Human Services and KeySpan Energy, which are limited to owners and tenants of one and two family homes who pay for their own heat.

Since funds for these programs are limited, eligible individuals are advised to apply as soon as possible. Please call Assemblyman Hikind’s office at 718-853-9616 for details.


The Brooklyn Public Library has recently launched Live Homework Help, an online tutoring program for children in grades 4-12. Students can access live tutoring in the areas of math, science, social studies and English for 20-minute, one-to-one sessions. Assistance is available seven days a week, between the hours of 2:00 and 11:00 p.m.. A valid Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) card and an Internet connection are required to use this service. For more information, visit the BPL website at: or contact 718-230-2100.

Those aged 55 and over will be delighted to learn that the BPL website also offers an online calendar ( which details upcoming and exciting events. Older adults can take advantage of lectures, films and performances, as well as enjoy Services to the Aging, a special program serving seniors in residences, nursing homes and hospices. Representatives of Services to the Aging may be reached at: 718-236-1760.