September 2019 -- Elul 5779-Tishri 5780,  Volume 25, Issue 9

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Lowey Announces $500,000 in Federal Terrorism Prevention Funding for Synagogues

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/ Westchester-Rockland) announced a total of $499,190 in federal funding to protect nonprofits in her district, which includes Rockland County and part of Westchester County. The awards are: $100,000 for Bet Torah in Mount Kisco; $100,000 for Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry; $100,000 for Hebrew Congregation of North Tarrytown and Tarrytown, Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown; $100,000 for Temple Israel Center in White Plains; $49,190 for YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester in White Plains; and $50,000 for Congregation Ohaiv Shalom of New Hempstead in Spring Valley.

 

The funding for Congregation Ohaiv Shalom of New Hempstead was awarded as part of a homeland security grant program secured by Lowey in the Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill, and continued in the Fiscal Year 2019 and 2020 spending bills, to provide critical security funding for nonprofit organizations located outside of designated Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdictions that are determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack. The non-profit grants program for non-profits located outside of UASI was $10M nationally for FY19, of which New York State received $350,000.

 

The funding for Bet Torah, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Hebrew Congregation of North Tarrytown and Tarrytown, Temple Israel Center, and YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester was awarded as part of the UASI Program’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NPSG) for which Lowey secured $50 million in Fiscal Year 2019.

 

Marc Berman, President of Temple Israel Center of White Plains, said, “Our new Senior Rabbi Annie Tucker, the entire membership and staff are incredibly grateful for receipt of this important security grant. Despite the increasing costs, strong security has always been a priority at TIC, and this grant will help keep our vibrant community, members and visitors, safe and secure.”

 

“As the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, I have fought tooth and nail to ensure investment in critical homeland security funding so that nonprofit organizations have critical resources to protect against acts of hate and terror,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Together, these grants are a major victory to protect residents and community organizations in Westchester and Rockland.”

 

Cantor Margot Goldberg of Temple Beth Abraham, on behalf of Rabbi David Holtz and the Board of Trustees, said, “The staff and members of Temple Beth Abraham are overwhelmed with gratitude to receive the DHS Security grant. We are grateful to Congresswoman Nita Lowey for all of her help in keeping Westchester safe. Keeping our doors open and our community safe is primary to our staff and membership and we are grateful to be able to enhance our present security measures with the funds provided by the grant. We know that this grant will help keep Temple Beth Abraham as a warm, welcoming and open community.”

 

As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey was instrumental in securing this funding along with other funding critical for Fiscal Year 2019 to enhance regional preparedness and security capabilities including: $700 million for firefighter equipment and staffing grants; $650 million for Urban Areas Security Initiative Grants, including $50 million for non-profit organizations; $525 million for the State Homeland Security Grant Program, a $18 million increase from the FY2018 enacted level; and $120 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

 

 In the House Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill, Lowey has secured robust investments that she will fight to ensure are enacted into law, such as: $750 million for firefighter grants, a $50 million increase; $700 million for Urban Areas Security Initiative Grants, a $60 million increase, including $50 million for non-profit grants; $625 million for State Homeland Security Grants, a $100 million increase, including $40 million for non-profit security grants; and $130 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, a $10 million increase.