By NYS Senator Matin J. Golden
New York State’s kosher laws date back to the 1800’s. With the Governor Paterson’s intended 95% budget reduction for the Division of Kosher Law Enforcement, he is effectively eliminating it. Imagine a police force that is restricted from doing regular patrols because of budget cut-backs. Would anyone seriously call it a police force?
Should Governor Paterson go ahead with his proposed Kosher Law Enforcement 95% cut back, New York States’ prominence in kosher food production will have lost consumer confidence. Kosher integrity is the result of kosher inspectors doing their job. Without that integrity, New York State’s kosher food manufacturers will lose their main appeal to the kosher consumer.
At this critical time in our economy, New York State cannot afford to lose its huge share of kosher food revenues. At a time when we should be looking to capitalize on the virtues of our State, we must not undermine our stature. We cannot diminish our envied position in the kosher market. A loss of sales will result in the loss of jobs, something that is totally unacceptable at this time.
New York State has been the home of kosher food manufacturing since 1654, when Jews first set foot in America, disembarking from ships that brought them specifically to then New Amsterdam, today the City of New York. I cannot accept that the Governor will choose, during his historic tenure, to relinquish our more than 350 year lead in kosher manufacturing. Together with all forward looking citizens of the State of New York, we encourage the Governor to maintain our meaningful position of kosher food
leadership and to restore, in full, the budget of the Division of Kosher Law Enforcement.