As a strong supporter of increased security funding for institutions that may be at risk for hate crimes or attacks, I was very pleased to see the JT’s “Jewish Institutions to See More Security Funding” (Sept. 1) highlight the important piece of legislation the Maryland General Assembly passed in our 2017 session.
One of government’s primary roles is to ensure the safety of its citizens, which is why I supported the bill and why I wrote Gov. Hogan a few weeks ago urging him to include funding for this legislation in his upcoming budget. Our community, along with other vulnerable communities that are experiencing an uptick in threats and actions during these precarious times, can only purchase the technology and personnel to ensure safety with increased funding. I am proud to work in partnership with communal leaders like Yehuda Neuberger and the Baltimore Jewish Council to advocate for these important communal needs.