Elected officials, business and lay leaders and members of the Jewish community were in attendance at the Skyline Hotel Ballroom for the annual Empowerment Breakfast sponsored by the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE).
The event, Chaired by lobbyist and political consultant Suri Kasirer, honors figures in government and business who have shown exceptional committment to the needs of New York’s Jewish communities.
Awards were presented to State Senator Eric Adams, City Council Member Darlene Mealy, T & S Protection Resources CEO Robert Tucker, The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, accepted by William Rapfogel and political consultants The Advance Group, accepted by lobbyist and political consultant Scott Levinson.
In attendance were Congressman Anthony Weiner, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, NYS Inspector General (and NCFJE past president) Judge Joseph Fisch, NYC Comptroller and Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Councilman Lewis Fidler, Public Advocate candidate Mark Green, as well as a number of lay leaders from communties throughout Metro New York.
Rabbi Shea Hecht took a moment to highlight the work of Crown Heights City Council Member Darlene Mealy, for her work to expand the Day Care Voucher program, to find city funding for a number of mosdos, and for her outreach to the Crown Heights Jewish community in general.