Crown Heights was well represented at a meeting with the Democratic Candidate for NY State Attorney General and current Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James, hosted by the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce.
Crown Heights was represented by Rabbi Eli Cohen and Chanina Sperlin of Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Devorah Halberstam, Avi Lesches, Rabbi Yaakov Goldstein, Yaacov Behrman, and Yossi Rappoport, together with representatives of the Jewish Communities of Williamsburg, Boro Park, Flatbush, Staten Island, Rockland County, and many different Chassidic groups and Jewish organizations that are active on behalf of the Jewish community.
Several of the speakers at the gathering spoke of the special affection that the Jewish community has for Ms. James who has represented Crown Heights in the past.
In his remarks, Chanina Sperlin recalled working with her even before her having represented Crown Heights in the NY City Council, when she was on the staff of the Attorney General’s office.
The purpose of the meeting was to highlight concerns of the community that would be within the purview of the Attorney General.
Mrs. Halberstam and several others spoke of the need to make the terms of Homeland Security Grants more available and easier to use for shuls and organizations, including possible funding for security guards.
Several speakers addressed the need to better monitor hate speech on the internet and to know who is saying what and in which areas of the state in order to narrow the focus to potentially dangerous individuals.
Others spoke of the need to address anti-Jewish actions being taken by county officials in Rockland and further upstate to prevent the growth of Chasidic communities.
There was also a discussion of the onslaught on Yeshivah education that is being developed here and the importance of parental choice in selecting the education for children.
The Public Advocate committed to addressing all the issues highlighted, both in her remaining days in City Hall, and particularly, if as is widely believed, she will be elected to Attorney General in Tuesday’s election.