By Jacob Kornbluh
June 23, 2015
The newly agreed upon $78.5 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016 , finalized Monday night between NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark, includes $25,185,585 to expand services to New York City’s aging community. This includes $1.5 million as part of an initiative to assist Holocaust survivors living in poverty.
City Council Members, led by Councilmembers Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn) and Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) recently called on the administration to secure in the FY2016 budget the amount of $1.5 million in public investment to help all Holocaust survivors living in poverty, as part of the Survivor initiative...
“There is a clear moral imperative to provide a measure of dignity to the thousands of Holocaust survivors in New York City who live in poverty,” Councilman Mark Levine, Chair of the NYC Jewish Caucus, told JP. “I’m thrilled that the budget agreement recognizes our responsibility to meet this challenge and will help ensure Holocaust survivors in our city live out their final days comfortably.”