NEW YORK, NY, August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Cathy Guerriero, candidate for the city-wide office of Public Advocate, met with Miriam Lubling, the "real advocate" of the Jewish community in New York City, and received her singular blessing. Guerriero received her blessing while continuing to visit and meet with the Jewish leadership of Borough Park, Flatbush andWilliamsburg this week. ---
Dr. Guerriero, a Professor of Education Politics at Columbia and NYU, met with the 96-year-old Holocaust survivor in an emotional, lengthy visit to her home in Borough Park. The blessing was received in the presence of Rabbi Shlomo Braun. Mrs. Lubling, long considered the world reknowned advocate from Borough Park, has been helping those in need for over 60 years.
Guerriero said, "I feel blessed by having the opportunity to meet Mrs. Lubling. Her view of history is one that we all need to be aware of, and her works and words speak volumes as to the care we need to give to each other, and to those less fortunate. I am profoundly touched by her strength, courage and determination to help make this neighborhood, our city and the world a better place. These are the life lessons I am learning in this campaign, and I will incorporate them into practice and policy once I become Public Advocate."
Miriam Lubling commented: "Coming here to me already having the blessing of Rabbi Braun and Rabbi Oscar Ehrenreich is special enough. But yes, I give Cathy my blessing, and I also gift Cathy with the following advice: when you find someone in need, do not hesitate. When your heart is moved to help, move in quickly."
Of the visit, Rabbi Braun said, "Mrs. Lubling has been saving the most broken among us in Brooklyn, around NYC, and around the world for most of her life. I've known and admired her for over 40 years. Mrs. Lubling was honored at the Aleh Foundation Women's Chapter Awards Luncheon in 1999 where she raised thousands of dollars for the disabled children of Aleh. Friends from New York University Medical Center and Maimonides Hospital joined Aleh in honoring the Angel of Mercy, Miriam Lubling. We all take lessons from Mrs. Lubling, and for Cathy to have her blessing as the next Public Advocate of NYC is unprecedented."
Aleh Foundation's goal is to provide care, education, nourishment, medical assistance, rehabilitation and love to hundreds of Israel's most severely disabled children in four cities. Please visit our website atwww.alehfoundtionusa.org to learn more about our programs.
After the visit to Mrs. Lubling, Rabbi Braun accompanied Ms. Guerriero for a formal interview with Jerry Greenwald, Editor & CEO of the Jewish Press in the Jewish Press headquarters building. The editorial board of the Jewish press was most impressed with Cathy's vision of uplifting the office of public advocate.
Guerriero leads the way in this race with over 60 endorsements, from unions/locals, advocacy groups, faith-based leaders, political clubs and media. Recently Guerriero was endorsed by the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. She also has the endorsements from two dozen faith-based and community leaders.
A former star athlete and small business owner, Guerriero comes from a union family of teachers, police officers and firefighters. Both of her parents were public school teachers, and for 35 years her father worked two jobs: teacher by day and at night he worked as a longshoremen's security guard for the Port Authority, helping to provide for Cathy and her five siblings.
For a complete listing of Cathy Guerriero's many endorsements and more information on her candidacy for NYC Public Advocate, go to http://www.cathyguerriero.com.
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