On Friday morning, December 5, executive directors and representatives of many of the Five Towns yeshivas met with Assemblyman-elect Todd Kaminsky for a working breakfast.
At the meeting, which detailed many of the issues facing yeshiva parents, the group collectively conveyed the major concerns of the financial burden facing Orthodox families and the yeshivas that serve them.
Mr. Kaminsky welcomed the opportunity to hear these concerns and pledged to address them when in office. In addition, he reiterated his pledge to serve all the constituents of his district and to focus on the citizens of the Five Towns and their needs.
Discussions ranged from the Education Investment Tax Credit to Homeland Security grants to capital investments. Todd was informed on all fronts and appreciated hearing the views of those around the table. He shared his contact information and asked each executive director to be in touch with him on any issue that he can be of help and looks forward to visiting all the schools in the near future.
Rabbi Dovid Kramer of YOSS expressed the sentiment of those present: “It was a breath of fresh air to meet with a government representative who is prepared to roll up his sleeves to work for our district.” Mr. Ruby Maron of HAFTR hosted the meeting at his offices.