On Wednesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a sizeable $2.6 million in funding provided by the FY 2023 Enacted Budget to support the Holocaust Survivors Initiative.
Doing her part for the Jewish members of the community, Hochul declared that this funding will be administered by the New York State Office for the Aging, and will be used to increase access to healthcare-related services, provided by community-based organizations for those who suffered in the Holocaust.
During her announcement, Hochul said, “Survivors of the Holocaust endured tragedy beyond the imaginations of the average person – we owe them a lifetime of care and with this funding, we can ensure they receive just that. In New York, we will never forget and we will do everything possible to honor the memory of the millions of lives lost, and ensure survivors will always be safe, protected, and supported. Today we are reaffirming our commitment to supporting survivors as is our duty, and this funding will serve to widen access to services and lift them out of poverty.”
In reaction to the announcement, Senator Simcha Felder said, “Caring for Holocaust survivors who withstood the most diabolical genocide in civilized history is the moral duty of decent people everywhere. As a representative of the largest population of Holocaust survivors in the nation, I consider it a profound honor and responsibility to ensure that those who suffered the worst atrocities live the rest of their lives with dignity and respect.”
He added, “Our Holocaust survivors are our greatest treasure, the crown jewels of our community. They survived the horrors of the past and went on to become outstanding and productive citizens of our society. I thank Governor Hochul, Speaker Heastie, and Leader Stewart-Cousins for their commitment to supporting these precious survivors and ensuring their well-being.”
Meanwhile, Boro Park Jewish Community Council CEO Avi Greenstein said, “Holocaust Survivors are the most inspirational people in the world today. We thank Gov. Hochul for her generous support that allows Boro Park Jewish Community Council and other organizations to assist and dignify Survivors. It is our collective responsibility to give them the love and support in their older years that they were so brutally deprived of as children.“