New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney paid a visit to Lakewood, NJ, on Monday, meeting a group of businessmen, community activists and leaders of local mosdos. The reception was held at the home of Township Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein and was attended by representatives of the Lakewood Vaad, Igud Hamodos, Agudath Israel of New Jersey, and other community organizations.
Although Senator Sweeney’s Gloucester County district is quite a distance from Lakewood, he has long shown an interest in learning more about the community and assisting Lakewood children, both in public and nonpublic schools, in various ways. The Senator has been instrumental in the passage of last year’s school busing bill, as well as on behalf of increased funding for security, nursing and other services that benefit Lakewood children.
In order to gain a close-up view of the community, and its education system in particular, Senator Sweeney visited Yeshiva Ketana elementary school on Second Street and interacted with school administrators, faculty and students. He saw firsthand how successful and dedicated Lakewood education is, as well as how various initiatives he supported are making a real impact.
Senator Sweeney heard a heartfelt message of appreciation from community representatives for his principled support of Lakewood’s needs over the years.
“New Jersey is fortunate to have a public servant like Senator Sweeney in the halls of power,” said Mr. Ben Heinemann of The Lakewood Vaad. “He is a true mentch who is devoted to helping families across our state.”