Jan 5, 2013
How Can We Help Our Community
From the COLlive Inbox: Yossi Stern of Crown Heights writes, "I have seen many community members raise the issue of problems facing our community, and then complain that our leadership is not doing enough to correct things."
Dear community members,
I am writing to you to discuss the concerns and issues facing our community.
Time and again, I have seen many community members raise the issue of problems facing our community, and then complain that the community leadership is not addressing it, or they are not doing enough to correct things.
Even when problems are addressed, we complain about the steps taken to correct them, and whether they are effective. I have watched this happen over and over again, for many years.
And our community needs are many. For example, how many affordable housing units are available for our community? How many police officers were removed from our local precinct to other precincts over the last few years? How much public funding does our community receive for our schools and kindergartens? How much funding is invested in our community for healthy living, healthy dieting?
And the list can go on and on... with some, but not enough, coming our way in terms of government assistance.
And the biggest question is, when you look at other Jewish communities, such as Boro Park, Williamsburg, and Flatbush: why are these communities receiving per capita a lot more city, state and federal funding for their communities' needs and municipalities?
Our community is growing and needs the help from our city, state and federal agencies. We CAN change the cycle of poor services and our complaints. We CAN start to receive what our community needs and deserves. How? By supporting our hard-working politicians (like they do in other communities) and start to see a real and lasting change in our community.
Because even though we are getting services, it is just not enough. The politicians who have worked hard for our community need to be recognized and supported so that they see we appreciate and support their efforts. By doing so, we will encourage them to advocate even more for our community.
This is why my wife and I have organized a beautiful fundraiser for Senator Eric Adams, to take place Wednesday, January 9, at our home, 1486 Union St., Brooklyn, NY.
NYS Senator Eric Adams has worked tirelessly in supporting our community over the years. Eric Adams is now running for Brooklyn Borough President, we need to come out and support him. We need to show Eric Adams we appreciate and acknowledge the hard work he has performed for us in the past.
We, as a community, cannot continue to watch the same cycle of poor services and then complain on the sidelines about it.
Join us at our event, and come out to support and encourage our hard working politicians - and start to see a real and lasting change in our community.
Yossi & Idii Stern