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Met Council’s 36th Annual Legislative Breakfast

Posted by on June 3rd, 2012 with 0 Comments


It was nice to revisit the Roosevelt Hotel for a worthy cause. It brings back fond memories since my father was sales director. The Met Council’s 36th Annual Legislative Breakfast Honored Secretary Napolitano  and 14 others event was held in the renovated Grand Ballroom where nearly 500 of New York’s most influential policymakers, Jewish community advocates and leaders on Sunday June 3, 2012 showed their support for the 100,000 New York City clients served by Met Council each year.

Some of noted attendees were Sec. Napolitano, Mayor Bloomberg, Comm. Kelly, Sen. Schumer, Rep. Rangel, Rep. Maloney, Rep. Velazquez, Rep. Turner, Rep. Nadler, Speaker Quinn, Assembly Speaker Silver, Majority Leader Senator Skelos, Brooklyn D.A. Hynes, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, DYCD Commissioner Mullgrav; NYS Comptroller DiNapoli; There were over 50 other members of Congress, State Senate, Assembly, and City Council; Major philanthropists and community leaders


Hats off to the staff of hotel for the service and were more upbeat given the hotel constant renovation. The organizers of the event were constantly available for their help especially dealing with many as 60 famous elected officials. The short video was informative that showed some of many acts of charity and deeds of kindness.

The Met Council honored Secretary Napolitano who received the National Leadership Award presented by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly  . This award honors national officials who support Met Council’s core mission and who have taken an exceptional leadership role in advocating and defending the rights of New Yorkers. She strongly emphasized that homeland security begins with home-town security, and you can’t have home-town security without organizations like Met Council.

The Met Council honored fifteen outstanding national and community leaders, including organizations, for their ongoing commitment to fighting poverty throughout New York City.


·         Honorable Janet Napolitano; Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

·         Honorable Jerome Hauer; Commissioner, New York State Division of Homeland Security

·         Honorable Jack M. Martins; New York State Senate

·         Honorable Charles D. Lavine; New York State Assembly

·         Honorable Joan L. Millman; New York State Assembly

·         Honorable Margaret Chin; New York City Council

·         Honorable Robert Jackson; New York City Council

·         Honorable Mark Weprin; New York City Council

·         Jewish Communal Fund

·         Abby Jo Sigal; Vice President and Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners

·         Louise Greilsheimer; UJA-Federation’s former Senior Vice President for Agency and External Relations

·         Robin Mehl; Co-Chair of Met Council’s 2011 Food for Life Event

·         Debbie Hes; Director of JCC of Washington Heights-Inwood

·         Russell Freyman; Strategic Partner Lead, Publisher Solutions at Google

·         Rachel Jonas; Met Council Board Observer

Many gave credit to Met Council as the first charity organizations to address Jewish Poverty. The Met Council provides many other important services as described below.

  • The organization has crisis services especially concerning job losses, eviction,utility turnoff, medical needs and other emergencies.
  • They provide non perishable food and fresh product to food pantries along with emergency food vouches and meal deliveries.
  • There is a family violence program to provide crisis counseling, short term therapy, legal advocacy and safety planning.
  • Met Council helps with benefits enrollment along with education for low income individual for government benefits such as Child & Family Health Plus, Medicaid and food stamps.
  • Clients can get legal and immigration services help especially guiding immigrants on naturalization and immigration issues.
  • The organization has been to obtain grants for affordable housing for low to middle income seniors, the formerly homeless and the mentally ill.
  • They provide career services like resume, cover letter and interview prep and job search strategies.
  • Clients can get home services through their Handyman Services so seniors to remain in their homes.
  • There is extensive home care for elderly clients with bathing, dressing, shopping, cooking and  other essential daily tasks  along with free training for home care attendants.
  • Met Council helps smaller agencies with infrastructure through funding, technical assistance and workshops.

Many including myself are not aware of all Met Council’s functions. I am glad to see Met Council in my neighborhood.


-Written by Mitchell Acks, One Source Resource (OSR)

-Photos with permission from Met Council

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