Yosef (Yossy) Hershkop, a resident of Crown Heights wrote this open letter to the community urging them to make their presence felt at a local 71st precinct build the block meeting. A special guest will be at the gathering, and should hear from the community.
Dear Fellow community members,
Tomorrow evening is the bi-monthly 71 precinct build the block meeting (Sector D) which covers a nice part of the Crown Heights area. The officers who run the event really want to increase Jewish community attendance, they do their best to text people and put their flyers at our local businesses but unfortunately our turnout is usually very poor.
I am writing this because I believe in the importance of making our presence felt at these meetings if you don’t show up you don’t get to complain. Even if 25 Yidden show up, it’ll be a strong statement. At this meeting you have the opportunity to become known and engage high ranking officers and detectives in a very laid back setting. They actually give out their cell numbers to whomever wants. Their goal is to get to know the community.
Also at tomorrow’s event the regional administrator of HUD Lynne Patton will be in attendance. She has a direct line to President Trump and its important that she hear from us
a) How we are fed up with the crime and untreated mental health /homeless crisis that our neighborhood is experiencing.
b) That we (Jews) also pay high rent and many times are treated poorly by both the city and landlords (who get many tax benefits (a whole other discussion), even those of us who are homeowners /landlords probably don’t know about a lot of HUD programs that are available for them . We need her to hear and see that the housing crisis of Brooklyn affects us very much. If she doesn’t see us why should she think we are struggling.
Meeting is taking place tomorrow March 13th at 594 Albany Avenue from 5:30 pm till 8:30 pm
Hope to see you all.
Yosef (Yossy) Hershkop
Yosef Hershkop is a resident of Crown Heights Brooklyn. He is a healthcare executive and he’s been an organizer of many pro Israel rallies and is involved in several Jewish organizations. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter at @yossy770.