On Tuesday November 22, 2016, the newly-appointed Israeli Consul General in New York, Hon. Dani Dayan visited with elected officials and business and community leaders, culminating with an open dialogue at Wagner College on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. The tour of Staten Island, the first borough to be visited by the Consul General, was arranged by the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island by Mendy Mirocznik, President and Scott Maurer, CEO.
District Attorney Michael McMahon hosted the Consul General and his team for a presentation on efforts to combat the borough’s drug heroin epidemic. Joe Torres and Gina Gutman from the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation met with Dani Dayan to emphasize the integration of the local economy with New York City regional business and global initiatives.
The evening culminated in a Black Tie VIP Reception at Wagner College, where Mr. Ralph Lamberti, Former Staten Island Borough President, and Dr. Victor Avis, Chair of the Chai Society at Wagner College for serving as the Reception Chairs. The Host Committee consisted of Rabbi Michael Miller, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice-President of JCRC-NY, Richard Guarasci, Wagner College President, Romi and Melvine Cohn, Mordecai and Haline Schwartz, Marc Lebovics, Stephen Greenwald, Charles DeStefano, Esq., Paul Forster, Esq., Charlie Greinsky, Scott Maurer, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice-President, Prof. Lori R. Weintrob, Brian Laline, Executive Editor of the Staten Island Advance, Melissa Rabinovich, Executive Editor, NY-1and Marjorie Steinberg, Esq.
During the interview with Scott Maurer, Consul General Dani Dayan emphasized the importance of the relationship between America and Israel. Maurer proudly reminded the audience of the, “historic relationship between America and Israel.” Maurer emphasized and reiterated, “that Israel is the only reliable American ally in the Middle-East and that relationship will only become stronger as our bond of friendship continues to grow.”
Mendy Mirocznik thanked President Richard Guarasci of Wagner College for opening Wagner College and for hosting Ambassador Dayan. Mirocznik thanked Professor Lori Weintrob and Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon, Wagner College Vice-President for Internationalization and Intercultural Affairs and Campus Life for their hard work in planning and preparing the event. Mirocznik emphasized that, “COJO stands behind the day that the Holocaust Educational Center at Wagner College will have a home of its own and that COJO is committed to seeing that day and making it happen.” Mirocznik concluded by praising Ambassador Dayan for having, “a stellar 100 days” and wished him, “the best in his new capacity” and looks forward to continued collaboration with the Israeli Consulate.
Event held on Tues. Nov. 22 at 7pm in Spiro Hall 2.