Today, the Orthodox Union hosted former U.S. Representative Rick Lazio, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, at their New York headquarters. Synagogue rabbis, day school leadership and community leaders had the opportunity to dialogue with Mr. Lazio on key issues facing the community.
Mr. Lazio was introduced by the OU Director of Public Policy, Nathan J. Diament, who worked with Mr. Lazio in his time in the House of Representatives on issues ranging from education to housing. Referring to the current crisis in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Mr. Lazio stated, “I can’t believe how bad things are … the relationship with Israel is critical and is at risk right now.” Mr. Lazio further said, “Israel is among the U.S.’ most important bilateral relationships.”
Then, Mr. Lazio and the community leaders discussed a range of topics: aid to nonpublic schools and families, including those in yeshivot or Jewish day schools; defending religious liberty; ensuring the safety and security of Jewish institutions in the face of terrorist threats; and increasing energy efficiency efforts, especially those aimed at nonprofits, such as schools and synagogues.
Howie Beigelman, OU Deputy Director of Public Policy stated:
“As a community with real needs and concerns we look to engage our elected officials and candidates in substantive discussions. We appreciate Mr. Lazio’s time and his candor. We look forward to continuing the conversation with him as well as with Democratic candidates for governor.”