Carl Heastie, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, came to the Far Rockaway/Five Towns area during a local tour this past week. The Speaker made several visits around the community, including Kulanu. His visit culminated with a communitywide meet-and-greet at the offices of the Achiezer Community Resource Center. In addition to receiving a private tour of the Achiezer offices, Speaker Heastie met with various community leaders, senior rabbanim, and local elected officials. Mr. Heastie enjoyed meeting a true cross-section of our community and particularly appreciated the honest and open dialogue which he shared with many of the attendees. The Speaker made a strong on-the-record commitment to return to the community and personally help support the community and its specific needs. Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky spearheaded and coordinated this visit along with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. We thank them for their continued commitment to Achiezer and our community at large.
Attendees included Rabbi Boruch B. Bender (Achiezer); Rabbi Hershel Billet (Young Israel of Woodmere); Jason Bokor (HAFTR); Legislator Denise Ford; Michael Fragin (Village of Lawrence trustee); Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg (Congregation Sons of Israel); Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; Larry Gordon (Five Towns Jewish Times); Rabbi Kenneth Hain (Congregation Beth Sholom); Fran Hirmes (chairman of the board of Emunah); Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky (Yeshiva of South Shore); Avi Lauer (Yeshiva University); Jeff Leb (UJA vice president of government relations and Peninsula Library board president); Dr. Asher Mansdorf (Lawrence School Board member); Rabbi Baruch Rothman (Yeshiva Darchei Torah); Izzy Wasser (Village of Cedarhurst trustee); Mayor Benjamin Weinstock (Village of Cedarhurst); Trustee Myrna Zisman (Village of Cedarhurst and Kulanu board member).