By COLlive reporter
Photos by MM Navon & Avrumi Blum
A large crowd of Crown Heights residents and representatives of Flatbush, Boro Park, Williamsburg and other New York Jewish Communities were on hand today in Razag Banquet Hall for the Legislative Brunch of Crown Heights Jewish Community Council.
Chairman Zaki Tamir opened the festivities, coordinated by Executive Director Eli Cohen and Chanina Sperlin, intergovermental liason.
The event was attended by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, State Assembly Members Diana Richardson and Walter Mosley, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.
The New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito was presented by her colleagues, Council Members Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, Darlene Mealy, and David Greenfield.
Representing the New York City Police Department were NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill, and Chiefs of Brooklyn North and South, Jeffrey Maddrey and Steven Powers. CO of Hate Crime Unit, Inspector Steven Griffith CO of Community Affairs and the Commanding Officers of 71st and 77th Precinct as well as other senior police officials.
Deputy Inspector Mark Magrone, CO of the Hate Crimes Unit gave a report on the status of the investigation into the stabbing of Leiby Brikman. He reported that the police department had many officers working on the case and there were some very strong leads, but they still do not have a successful conclusion to report.
The gathering was also addressed by two City Commissioners, Dr. Ram Raju, CEO of the NYC Health and Hospitals, and Bill Chong, Commissioner of DYCD and by the Host of Cable News program Inside City Hall, Errol Louis.
A special moment was the award made to the family of recently deceased Reverend Clarence Norman, who led a nearby congregation and had always worked very closely with the Jewish Community in promoting harmony in Crown Heights.
Reb Sholom Ber Drizin and his wife Shoshana were recognized for the tremendous assistance that they provide to the community, especially the hundreds of thousands of dolars a year in Summer Camp scholarships they provide to needy children.
Recognition was also given to Reb Abba Paltiel, Shmuel Malamud, Yosef Boruch Spielman, Betzallel Rotter, Shloime Drimmer, Yankel Spritzer, Boruch Bush, Chaim Broner, Leibish Nash, Michoel Chazan, who received awards for their service in the early years of the elected Boards of the Council.