By COLlive reporter in Crown Heights
As primary elections in New York draw near, State Senator Eric Adams of Brooklyn was in Crown Heights Sunday to deliver happy new year wishes to the Jewish community and meet the new communal leadership.
At the offices of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC / Vaad Hakohol), Adams met with the recently elected members Zaki Tamir, Yossi Hackner and Fishel Brownstein.
Following the wishes for a “Shana Tova,” Adams said he was looking to see how his office can better work with theirs to help each other.
Adams came along with his Chief of Staff Ingrid Lewis-Martin and Lubavitch aide Reuven Lipkind. Chanina Sperlin attended at the request of both parties.
Adams – who represents the 20th Senate District, which includes Flatbush, Crown Heights and Park Slope – expressed his wishes to further unite the Jewish and black communities “for the benefit of both.”
He said many initiatives are being organized and more are planned but there needs to be a way to communicate it to the public and get the word out.
Tamir, Chairman of the CHJCC, mentioned the Crown Heights employment project, as Adams has recently met with independent Crown Heights organizations about helping with funding.
Businessman and venture capitalist Sam Chanin has joined to assist with the employment project, Admas was told at the meeting.
The Democratic State Senator asked to be updated on the developments of the project and said he will look into the possibility of government funding for it.
Tamir thanked him in the name of his colleagues, but pointed out that the involvement of the residents was also crucial.
“We need volunteers and we need the people to pay the Mas Hakohol (community tax) so we can make this work as a community,” Tamir told COLlive.com.