As a longtime friend and admirer of the organization, Joe
Stamm and Maurice Bortz joined COJO Flatbush for its 40th Annual
Breakfast on March 3 in Brooklyn. A
nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that helps the less fortunate with food,
sustenance, housing, health care, social support and financial security, COJO
works with diverse ethnic and cultural communities in coordination with
legislative offices, government and community agencies, and the public at large. Last year 25,000
clients received 58,000 services through the program.
“I am a proud supporter,” Stamm
On February 5, Joseph Stamm attended an invitation-only dinner at the official residence of Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York. The sit-down dinner for fifty included guest speakers American financier Anthony Scaramucci as well as Fox News host Pete Hegseth. “Israel: Looking Toward the Future” was the theme of the evening. The Bnai Zion Foundation sponsored the event.
On January 26, Joseph Stamm was at the Tony Bennett Concert Hall at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts to hear Queens Borough President Melinda Katz deliver her annual report on the county’s achievements and plans for the future. After being introduced by New York Senator Charles Schumer, Katz laid out an agenda that includes revamping the borough’s census count to its improve its participation in—and benefits from—the 2020 outcome; capital priorities such as education, housing, health centers, cultural institutions, technology, and security; and quality-of-life improvements such as “one continuous protected bike lane throughout Queens.”
NPR Director Maurice Bortz represented NYCHSRO/MedReview at
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2019 State of the City Address on January 10. Held at a theater on
Manhattan’s upper west side, the event included an invocation by New York
Police Chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass as well as a rendition of God Bless America sung by NYC Firefighter Regina Wilson. Both the
Mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray addressed the crowd.
The Mayor entitled his progressive platform for 2019 the
“Fairest Big City in America.” As he described in his address, that platform
includes guarantees of health care for every New Yorker; two weeks paid
personal time; protection for freelancers and independent workers; a new
Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants; legalization of marijuana “the right way;”
speedier bus service; expansion of the city’s ferry services; and a universal
The event also honored dozens of New York heroes, including men and women of the police and fire departments and others who risked their lives for the safety and well-being of others.
On January 1, all
New Yorkers of note in politics, government, business, and entertainment could
be seen on Ellis Island where they gathered for two historic inaugurations:
Andrew Cuomo’s third as Governor, matching his father’s record, and Letitia
James’s first as Attorney General. The newly sworn in James also made history
as the first woman and first African-American to hold this third most powerful
post in NYS. As a longtime supporter and friend of Tish James, MedReview’s CEO
and President Joseph Stamm had a prime seat at the event.
The inaugural setting of Ellis Island was the Governor’s personal
choice. Calling New York “the laboratory for the American experiment in
democracy,” Cuomo told the crowds, “It all started here. We are 19 million
people from every spot on the globe.” Washington’s “divide and conquer”
approach to government is “not just anti-New York. This is anti-American.” Repeating
the words inscribed on this country’s seal—E Pluribus Unum; Out of Many,
One—Cuomo said, “That’s the concept that founded this nation. Bring all these
different faces and people from all these different places together as one. I did my inaugural at Ellis Island
just to make this point.”
“It was thrilling to be there not only as Tish James’s friend, but also as a New Yorker and the son of immigrants,” Stamm said. He had a second opportunity to celebrate with James at her private inauguration party held at John Jay College on January 6.