OU’s Allen Fagin Appointed Co-Chair of New York-Israel Commission by Governor Cuomo; Joins Cuomo on Solidarity Mission to Israel in Wake of Rising Anti-Semitism
Jerusalem, Israel –Â Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Jerusalem today in an expression of solidarity with the Jewish community, accompanied by the Orthodox Union’s Executive Vice President Allen Fagin.Â
Following a meeting with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, the Governor announcedÂ the creation ofÂ a New York-Israel Commission,Â charged with assisting in theÂ creation andÂ promotionÂ ofÂ opportunitiesÂ for thedevelopment ofÂ new programs and economic partnerships celebrating the relationship between New YorkÂ StateÂ and theÂ State of Israel.Â GovernorÂ Cuomo appointedÂ Mr.Â Fagin as co-chair of theÂ Commission.Â
“New York and Israel have always shared a deep cultural, social and economic bond and I am proud that we are working to make our partnership stronger than ever before,”Â Governor Cuomo said. “These individuals will help continue to strengthen our relationship with the Jewish community and reaffirm our commitment to Israel, and I look forward to seeing the impacts of this partnership resonate across the state and the globe for years to come.”
“The positive impact of NewÂ York State’s strong relationship with Israel on each ofÂ theirÂ respectiveeconomies is abundantlyÂ evident, rangingÂ from exports to imports to jobs,”Â said Allen Fagin.“Through the launch of the New York-Israel Commission, Governor Cuomo is once again working to deliver results for two global powerhouses by further strengtheningÂ theirÂ economic ties. I applaud the Governor forÂ hisleadership, andÂ IÂ look forward to working togetherwith the Governor and othersÂ Â toÂ advance these objectives, includingÂ settingÂ a global example for international cooperation.”Â
TheÂ Governor’s Israel visit is only the latest in his effortsÂ applauded by the Orthodox Union.
On February 23, at an interfaith meeting at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, theÂ Governor proposed a $25 million grant to strengthen security staff and equipment inÂ New York StateÂ schools and community centers,Â an issue which Teach-NYS, a project of the Orthodox Union, has been at the forefront of championing.
On March 1,Â theÂ Governor spoke to the Orthodox Union’s 500-person delegation to Albany, emphasizing his commitment toÂ the equal funding ofÂ religious day schools. Teach NYS urgedÂ theÂ Governor and the legislature to invest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education funding for all schools — including nonpublic schools — to ensure all students have the tools they need to succeed in a shifting economy. Â
Addressing the students, parents and supportersÂ at the March 1 rally, theÂ GovernorÂ deliveredÂ a stirring speech in defense of nonpublic schoolÂ entitlements, andÂ alsoÂ announcedÂ his solidarity trip to Israel. “I aggressively support the religious schools, my budget reflects that,” he said. “I’ve given the religious schools in my budget more money than ever before in history. We did that last year, and we’ll do it again this year, where we propose even more funding than ever before for the religious schools.”
“We hope thatÂ the actions being taken byÂ Governor Cuomo will serve as a precedent for other states nationwide,” said Moishe Bane, President of the Orthodox Union. “We applaud hisÂ recent effortsÂ on behalf ofÂ the security of the Jewish community, the interests of the New York State non-public school community, and the State of Israel.”