City Hall – The New York City Council delivered over $5 million in funds to Jewish organizations and neighborhoods in the Fiscal Year 2010 budget passed last Friday at City Hall.
Despite the tough economic times, the City Council was able to direct funding to dozens of neighborhood organizations such as the Masbia, Bonei Olam, Shomrim Safety Patrol, Chaverim, and Chai Lifeline and to vital citywide organizations such as the Metropolitian Council on Jewish Poverty, Agudath Israel of America, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, Mekimi, and Yeled V’Yalda Early Childhood Center.
“These organizations provide invaluable support to families across the city and I am proud to have helped them fulfill their missions. This would not have been possible without the hard work and cooperation of Councilman Felder and Speaker Christine Quinn,” said Councilman Fidler.
“We are grateful to the entire City Council and in particular Councilmen Felder and Fidler for their tireless advocacy on our behalf. With layoffs, business collapses, and the needs of New Yorkers increasing daily, this will help us provide our crucial services to those who need it most,” said William Rapfogel, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
“Thanks to the great work of Councilmen Felder and Fidler, Speaker Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg, our organization will be able to continue helping people acquire new skills, gain access to affordable housing, and provide social services to the poor and elderly. Moreover, the restoration of funds for the Priority 7 childcare vouchers will help thousands of low-income families in our community,” said Rabbi David Zwiebel, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of America.
“I am proud that I was able to help deliver funding to help support the vital services provided by these outstanding nonprofit organizations. Good schools, clean parks, and well funded local organizations are the necessary ingredients for ensuring that our community continues to be a great place for seniors, families, and young people to live,” said Councilman Felder. “I want to thank Speaker Quinn, Councilman Lew Fidler, and my colleagues in the City Council for recognizing the importance of these groups and making sure they receive the funding they need to serve the community.”
(YWN Desk – NYC)