Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) honored New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer; New York City Public Advocate Letitia James; New York State Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz; New York City Council Members Rafael Espinal, Alan Maisel, and Eric Ulrich; Commissioner of New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Bill Chong; and volunteers from the Orthodox Union and Allen Fagin Executive Vice President, for championing Met Council’s mission to aid, sustain, and empower vulnerable New Yorkers. More than 300 elected officials, policy makers, Jewish community leaders gathered to show their support for the tens of thousands of poor New Yorkers served by Met Council each year.
“Met Council’s Legislative Breakfast is a wonderful celebration of the partnership between Met Council and our elected officials,” said Met Council Board of Directors President Abe Biderman. “The honorees embody the most important qualities of public servants: they are fierce defenders of the most vulnerable and creative problem solvers in addressing our community’s most pressing challenges.”
“The honorees are embodiments of Met Council’s mission of tzedakah v’gemilut chasadim, acts of charity and deeds of kindness,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director Alan Schoor. “In their leadership roles in the halls of government and as champions of our communities, Met Council’s honorees ensure that vulnerable New Yorkers are clothed, fed, housed, cared for, and listened to with respect and dignity.”
While proudly serving all New Yorkers in need, Met Council is a unique provider to the Jewish poor. There are more than 500,000 people in poor and near-poor Jewish households in New York City. Met Council services are a lifeline to these vulnerable populations, providing immediate relief and lasting solutions to the problems they face.