On August 28, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester} announced a total of $400,000 in federal funding to protect nonprofits in Rockland and Westchester Counties. The awards are: $100,000 for JCC Rockland in West Nyack, $150,000 for JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown, and $150,000 for JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale.
The funding for JCC Rockland was awarded as part of a new homeland security grant program secured by Lowey in the Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill 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 funding for JCC on the Hudson and JCC of Mid-Westchester was awarded as part of the UASI Program’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NPSG) for which Lowey secured $50 million in Fiscal Year 2018, an increase of $25 million from the prior year.
“As the senior Democrat in the House Appropriations Committee, I fought tooth and nail to create this new investment in critical homeland security funding so that nonprofit organizations have the resources to protect against acts of hate and terror,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This new funding for Rockland, in addition to continued investments in Westchester County, will improve the safety of our community. Together, these grants are a major victory to protect residents and community organizations in Rockland and Westchester.”
Rabbi Andrew Ergas, executive director of JCC on the Hudson, said, “Given the rise of antisemitism and acts of hate in our area and a general amplification of troubling, violent voices throughout the country, coupled with the importance of federal funding to help community facilities such as ours to protect children and adults in an appropriate and strategic manner, we cannot thank Congresswoman Lowey enough for her voice and vigilance in regard to these import concerns and her support in helping direct these critical funds to the Shames JCC and the broader community we serve.”
Karen Kolodny, executive director of JCC of Mid Westchester, noted, “In today’s world, JCC MidWestchester, along with other public facilities, find ourselves in need of increased security infrastructure. We are grateful to Congresswoman Lowey for her perseverance in getting our community much needed funding for this purpose.”
As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey was instrumental in securing this funding along with other funding critical for Fiscal Year 2018 to enhance regional preparedness and security capabilities.