May 21, 2017
Crown Heights Honors Key Figures
Photos: Shimi Kutner/COLlive

Crown Heights officials spent Sunday morning honoring key figures who assist and serve the community at the CHJCC and JCM Joint Legislative Brunch.

By COLlive reporter
Photos: Shimi Kutner/COLlive


Elected officials, community activists and residents came together Sunday morning for the Joint Legislative Brunch of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC) and Jewish Children’s Museum (JCM).

The event highlighted the work of both community institutions in fostering positive relations with the greater Crown Heights community. It honored key figures who serve Crown Heights.

Errol Louis, host of NY1’s Inside City Hall, emceed the event. Welcome remarks were given by Ms. Devorah Halberstam, the Museum's Director of External Affairs, and Rabbi Eli Cohen, Executive Director of the CHJCC.

New York City Council Member Laurie Cumbo was then presented with an award by New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito.

The Speaker also acknowledged members of the City Council's Brooklyn Delegation, David Greenfield, Chaim Deutsch, and Mathieu Eugene.

New York State Assembly Member Walter Mosley received the Community Advocate Award presented by Chanina Sperlin, the CHJCC Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs.

The Legislator Award was given to New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton, presented by Devorah Halberstam.

NYPD Inspector Eddie Lott was awarded the Public Safety Award, presented by New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Commissioner O'Neill spoke briefly about Thursday's tragic car ramming in New York's Times Square, in which a woman was killed and 20 others injured.

"The reaction of all new Yorkers was truly amazing and inspiring," he said. "The help that they offered to all the injured was incredible. A lot of things go on in New York City, I don't know if we have the right reputation around the world...but this is the greatest city in the world," he said.

Commissioner O’Neill was joined at the podium by Chief Susan Jaffe, Chief Steven Powers and Chief Scholl, and members of Inspector Lott's family for the presentation as well.

The Dedicated Service Award was then presented to Det. Vincent Martinos -- 71 Pct Community Affairs NYPD and Lt. Ira Jablonsky -- Brooklyn South Community Affairs, who was joined at the podium by his father, Douglas Jablon, and by his other family members.

Zaki Tamir, Chairman of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, then presented the Justice Award to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

The Community Service Award was then presented to Mayor Bill DeBlasio's Senior Community Liaison Pinny Ringel. The award was presented by NYC Council Member David Greenfield.

In accepting the award, Ringel praised Chanina Sperlin for his dedication for the community, never ceasing to look out for the community interest, day and night.

The Journalism Award was presented to Mrs. Mica Soffer, publisher of COLlive.com. In her presentation, Devorah Halberstam described how Soffer first began the COLlive and how it had developed into a community institution, bringing community news to the entire community and the world. Errol Louis commented that outside commentators like him look to COLlive to help them get the pace of the community.

The Chesed Award was then presented to Mr. Joseph Popack by Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson, Executive Director of the Jewish Children's Museum, who described Popack as a friend and supporter of the Museum.

Businessman George Arzt then received an award on behalf of Cornell Realty and the Hager Family, presented by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke.

Greetings were also heard from NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, and NY State Assemblywoman Dianna Richardson.

Also in attendance were JCC of Marine Park - Shea Rubenstein, COJO of Flatbush -- Louis Welz, JCC of Greater Coney Island -- Rabbi Moshe Wiener, Jewish Community Relations Council -- Rabbi Michael Miller, Newly installed President of Downstate University Medical Center Dr. Wayne J. Riley, Rabbi of Downstate Rabbi Yitschak Holtzman, Chairman of 77th Precinct Community Council James Caldwell and Chairman of 71st Precinct Community Council Karl Cohen.



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Museum Director of External Affairs Devorah Halberstam with Chief Susan Jaffe
Museum Director of External Affairs Devorah Halberstam with Chief Susan Jaffe
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer
Master of Ceremonies and Host of NY1's Inside City Hall - Errol Louis
Master of Ceremonies and Host of NY1's Inside City Hall - Errol Louis
NY City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Presents the award to Laurie Cumbo
NY City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Presents the award to Laurie Cumbo
CHJCC Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs Chanina Sperlin Presents an Award to NYS Assemblyman Walter Mosley
CHJCC Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs Chanina Sperlin Presents an Award to NYS Assemblyman Walter Mosley
State Senator Jesse Hamilton
State Senator Jesse Hamilton
Former Commanding Officer of the 77th Precinct, Eddie Lott, receiving his award, with Chief Powers, Devorah Halberstam, his daughters, his wife, Police Commissioner O'Neill, Chief Jaffe, Chief Scholl, Chanina Sperlin and Eli Cohen
Former Commanding Officer of the 77th Precinct, Eddie Lott, receiving his award, with Chief Powers, Devorah Halberstam, his daughters, his wife, Police Commissioner O'Neill, Chief Jaffe, Chief Scholl, Chanina Sperlin and Eli Cohen
The Police Commissioner presents the awards to Lieutenant Ira Jablonsky and Det. Vinny Martinos.
The Police Commissioner presents the awards to Lieutenant Ira Jablonsky and Det. Vinny Martinos.
Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez receives his award from CHJCC Chairman Zaki Tamir
Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez receives his award from CHJCC Chairman Zaki Tamir
Josh Mehlman, DA Gonzalez, and Gary Schlessinger
Josh Mehlman, DA Gonzalez, and Gary Schlessinger
Pinny Ringel Senior Community Liaison in the Office of the Mayor
Pinny Ringel Senior Community Liaison in the Office of the Mayor
Presenting the New President of Downstate University Medical Center, Devorah Halberstam, James Caldwell, Rabbi Eli Cohen, Dr. Riley, Rabbi Yitschak Holtzman, Karl Cohen, and Chanina Sperlin
Presenting the New President of Downstate University Medical Center, Devorah Halberstam, James Caldwell, Rabbi Eli Cohen, Dr. Riley, Rabbi Yitschak Holtzman, Karl Cohen, and Chanina Sperlin
Mica Soffer receives her award - joined by Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Devorah Halberstam, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, and Chanina Sperlin
Mica Soffer receives her award - joined by Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Devorah Halberstam, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, and Chanina Sperlin
Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson, Executive Director Jewish Children's Museum
Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson, Executive Director Jewish Children's Museum
Mr. Joseph Popack, Chessed awardee
Mr. Joseph Popack, Chessed awardee
Mr. George Arzt
Mr. George Arzt
Assemblywoman Dianna Richardson
Assemblywoman Dianna Richardson


































































































Opinions and Comments
1
Boruch N. Hoffinger
New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.:
"... A lot of things go on in New York City, I don't know if we have the right reputation around the world...but this is the greatest city in the world," he said.
Dear commissioner, I was born in Crown Heights, Bklyn NY in 1943. In 1991 during the Crown Heights Pogrom/Riots I was hit in the head, when returning from work. Scores of Black (criminals...Sharpton made them criminals) youths bussed in by Al Sharpton, may his name be erased from memory
i was almost mugged twice after moving into Crown Heights in 1976. Were I not a fast runner I might have been killed. B"H I'm alive.
Many others were beaten (My friend Yitzchock Bitton was one notable. His photo appeared on the front of The NY Post) and there was much property damage and fear spread in this community.
To call NY City 'The Greatest City in the World' is a big stretch of the imagination.
Commissioner..finish your sentence "NYC is the greatest city in the world, because I'm here."
Commissioner...'Love truth/G-d and hate evil.' Now is a good time to start.
(5/21/2017 9:28:21 PM)
2
Boruch N. Hoffinger
Basically this government is the Jewish enemy.
This government does NOT observe 'The 7 Noahide Laws' and is ruining America.
There are thousands of examples, of how the weak, ineffectual laws here wreak havoc on the public.
The recent Times Square ramming attack is a good example. According to CBS (fake news?) the driver was arrested numerous times for drunk driving.
Look commissioner, etc. 'You can fool all of the people some of the time...etc.
Perhaps the people don't care?
Thanks
(5/21/2017 9:31:04 PM)
3
Behrman
Where is Yaacov Behrman? The one true askin that actually cares about the people in Crown Heights.
(5/21/2017 9:51:22 PM)
4
Kol Yisroel
Yacov of was there networking, as were many leaders from the community Who do thier part to advance e the needs of the community.
(5/22/2017 6:26:41 AM)
5
Funny they
The entire city was on show and still our CHJCC cannot stop homeless shelters from opening all around us. They get zero for the community in grants and funds.
(5/22/2017 8:58:59 AM)
6
Citizen of crown height
Nice pictures and wonderful awards ,but when someone needs help with food stamps, medicaid, section 8,jobs, we need to go to a different neighborhood to get that help,maybe less pictures and more action to help our community
(5/22/2017 12:48:49 PM)
7
To # 6
Be careful, very careful…..

Someone may yet hack the CHJCC computers and make the files public…..

And “LO and Behold”, you or a member of your family, have benefited from the council” !!!

Let’s not be ungrateful (Kofio Tovah) to those that give of their time and of their resources to the community.

(5/22/2017 2:00:09 PM)
8
yankel
What a bunch of ungrateful people you live in section 8 housing and complain about everything,935 Eastern Parkway is a one of a kind in all of NYC it doesn't come by it self. The CHJCC does a lot but yes could do more .Support don't tear down
(5/22/2017 2:45:01 PM)
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