Firstly, I would like to express my appreciation for the incredible service that you provide. I am an avid reader of The Yeshiva World News and greatly enjoy both the website and the newspaper. One of my favorite features is the weekly “Backroom Deals” column. As someone who works in the political world, I greatly enjoy reading Dov Gordon’s perspective of what’s going on “behind the scenes” in the political arena.
With that said, I have to take issue with one of the items in last week’s “Backroom Deals” column. In the piece entitled “Five-Towns Suffers Because of Political Missteps”, an argument is made that Dr. Asher Mansdorf’s political endorsement of a candidate resulted in the Five-Towns being denied immediate services in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
I beg to differ with that assessment. As a resident of Cedarhurst, one of the Five Towns, I can personally attest to Dr. Mansdorf’s advocacy and leadership during the aftermath of the storm. As he has done for the past 20+ years, Dr. Mansdorf was working hard on behalf of the community and was working through the night of the storm on behalf of the residents of the Five Towns.
While the election for Assembly was a complex one that raised many different issues, it was very refreshing that although the candidate that he supported did not emerge victorious, Dr. Mansdorf was still able to work effectively and cooperatively with the current Assemblyman, Harvey Weisenberg, to make sure that the Five Towns received as much assistance as possible after the storm. That is as a credit to the respect that all elected officials have for Dr. Mansdorf.
There was a tremendous failure of resources and support for the residents of the Five Towns, and most of Nassau County for that matter, and many different people and agencies should be held culpable for that collapse especially LIPA. Dr. Asher Mansdorf though, should not be among them. Dr. Mansdorf devotes thousands of hours in his voluntary capacity as the President of our School-Board for one reason – to benefit the klal. We’re lucky to have Dr. Mansdorf as an askan and we are grateful for his service to the community.
All the best,
Jeff Leb is a political strategist and community activist who serves as the Director of Political Affairs for the OU-Teach NYS Initiative – an organization whose sole purpose is to fight for the needs of private school parents. Jeff is the co-founder of the JCC of Marine Park, Brooklyn and also acts as the Treasurer of the Peninsula Library Board in the Five Towns and is a staunch advocate for the needs of the Jewish community.
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