Lawmakers Join Call to Sign Petition to Free Yanky Ostreicher


ostreicherAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), Councilman David G. Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), and Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn) are urging community residents who have not already done so to sign an on- line petition to President Obama urging his intervention with the Bolivian government to free Jacob Ostreicher. Ostreicher, a Brooklyn resident and U.S. citizen, has been held in a Bolivian prison for nearly one year without being charged with a crime.

“Eleven months behind bars without being charged-the thought boggles the mind,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “Jacob Ostreicher spends each day of his life in a Bolivian prison without even basic human rights. None of us can sleep easy while this terrible injustice continues. Please be part of the solution and urge everyone to do the same.”

“I urge all of my constituents to do everything they can to help free Jacob Ostreicher, including signing the petition immediately. We must rally as a community to fight for justice on behalf of our neighbor who is languishing in the world’s worst prison. We cannot rest until justice prevails and Mr. Ostreicher is back on American soil,” said Councilman David G. Greenfield.

Ostreicher’s plight was recently covered by “Nightline” on ABC News. The on-line petition is available at

For those who lack easy access to the Internet, Assemblyman Hikind coordinated the following locations where people can come during business hours to sign the online petition:

The Office of Assembly Dov Hikind, 1310 48th St., Brooklyn, NY 11219

The Office of Councilman David G. Greenfield, 4424 16th Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11204

The Office of Councilman Stephen Levin, 410 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217

United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg (UJO), 32 Penn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Copy Center of Crown Heights, 418 Kingston Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225

Midtown Camera, 185 Lee Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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