Brooklyn, NY – Congressman Ed Towns, a twenty six year veteran of the House of Representatives, who represents a large part of Williamsburg and the tenth District of New York met with a number of Askanim today at the home of Mordechai Avigdor. Congressman Towns is on a number of important committees, including the Energy and Commerce Committee , the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Health , the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet . He is on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and serves on the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement as its Chairman.
Congressman Towns enjoys the support of the Satmar community. His district, after the recent expansion, now includes Flatbush as well. Mr. Towns is now up against a Hip Hop musician candidate by the name of Kevin Powell who is a former cast member of an MTV Hip Hop show.
Congressman Towns has come under some criticism from his own community for supporting Senator Clinton in her presidential bid against Barak Obama.
Dr. Bernard Frischman has worked with Congressman Towns extensively regarding preventing the desecration of cemeteries abroad. Congressman Towns was instrumental in galvanizing pressure against a number of governments bent on developing these sites. Towns assisted heavily regarding the Kever of the Vilna Gaon.
At the meeting, Mr. Towns spoke about issues that were dear to the Jewish community. Mr. Towns discussed grants with the Department of Homeland Security for Yeshivos and synagogues. Mr. Towns has a strong relationship with Governor Paterson and has in the past sent him a letter about furthering the voucher program. Present at the meeting, among others were Pearl Kaufman from Beer HaGolah, Mordechai Neustadt from the Vaad LeHatzolas Nidchei Yisroel, Leon Goldenberg from CoJo of Flatbush and Tomchei Shabbos.
The conversation then went on to discuss recent tension between the Black and the Jewish community. Mr. Towns spoke about Dr. Martin Luther King and his close relationship to Jews and his debt to Jewish thought.
as a result of the meeting the Congressman received the endorsements of prominent flatbush Askonim Mordechai Avigdor, Leon Goldenberg, Council Member Michael Nelson and community activist Chaim Deutsch .
After the meeting, Mr. Towns met with Dov Hikind and then went to visit the Pomegranate, the new kosher super- Supermarket in Flatbush. Dov Hikind also gave his endorsement to Congressman Towns