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NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and Assembly Member Jon Rivera, announced they helped secure $350,000 from the 2021-2022 State’s Fiscal Year Aging budget for the Holocaust Survivors Initiative. As a result, the Assembly has chosen to allocate funding to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo as one of the seven organizations across the state that will receive a $50 thousand grant. This funding is a part of the greater record amount of state aid for this vital program totaling $1.5 million. “As a representative of the city of good neighbors, it is imperative in WNY that we look after our community’s Holocaust Survivors,” said Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “That is why I am proud to announce that the NYS Assembly Majority has secured record funding of $350 thousand in this year’s state budget. This grant will be imperative to aid care and health services to Holocaust Survivors across the state.” Michael Rawl, CEO of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, said, “This generous funding will help provide support for Holocaust survivors from Western New York to live with the services and socialization opportunities necessary for a fulfilling life. In order to provide the broadest spectrum of in-depth engagement possible, the Jewish Community Center will be working alongside our partners at the Holocaust Resource Center and Jewish Family Services. As the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, I have witnessed the pain and trauma that many of these survivors carry with them. Within this generation lies an essential connection to a world of Jewish culture and ancestry that will never exist again. Additionally, these individuals play an important role as living reminders of the frightening reality of growing worldwide antisemitism and that it is our duty to never forget.”