Jun 10, 2002
Press Release

New York, N. Y. - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, (D-Manhattan, Queens) received the National Legislative Leadership Award from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, this Sunday, June 9, 2002, at their Twenty-Sixth Annual Legislative Breakfast: "The Challenges of Transition and Change."

The startling revelation almost 30 years ago that over 300,000 impoverished Jewish New Yorkers had no one to turn to in their changing neighborhoods prompted the city's Jewish leadership to establish The Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty. From the council's inception, isolated elderly, immigrants, the homeless, and other Jews living in poverty have had an organization that is fully committed to the alleviation of social, economic, and housing problems of the Jewish poor. The Met Council has been instrumental in establishing communication and fostering cooperation between Jewish groups, non-Jewish groups, and governmental agencies and has expanded its operations serving as a hub for services to all the needy. The council helps to stabilize and preserve neighborhoods with substantial Jewish populations by assessing needs and bringing resources to these areas. Congresswoman Maloney, (D-Manhattan, Queens) said she was "honored to receive an award from such a distinguished and valuable organization."

William E. Rapfogel, the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer commented, "We're very proud to have given the National Legislative Leadership award to Congresswoman Maloney for all the support and advocacy that she gives on a regular basis to the services that we provide to New York City's neediest population. We expect to continue to work very closely with Congresswoman Maloney in the future to make a difference in the quality of life of the people to whom we serve."

In her remarks at the event, Congresswoman Maloney, (D-Manhattan, Queens) congratulated the Met Council for their leadership after September 11, 2001 saying: "You have truly risen to the occasion after September 11th, helping thousands of New Yorkers who were pushed into poverty by the disaster and the economic downturn that accompanied it." Rep. Maloney added that she will continue to fight to make sure New York receives the federal aid it needs to continue to recover after the tragedy.

Also recognized at the Met Council's Annual Legislative Breakfast were, the Honorable Joe M. Allbaugh, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; the Honorable Marc V. Shaw, Deputy Mayor for Operations; the Honorable Rhoda Jacobs, New York State Assembly; the Honorable Virginia Fields, Manhattan Borough President; the Honorable Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President; the Honorable Gifford Miller, Speaker for the New York City Council; the Honorable David Weprin, Chair of the Finance Committee, New York City Council; the Honorable James Oddo, Minority Leader for the New York City Council; the Honorable Richard Sheirer, Former Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management; Lieutenant David Nadel, New York City Police Department; and Rabbi Avrohom Hecht, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council of Canarsie.