Scott Maurer

Chief Executive Officer
Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island Co-Chair, Staten Island Hate Crimes Task Force

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In 2019 when Anti-Semitism was reaching record numbers in New York City and for that matter around the country and the world. As the CEO and the Executive Vice President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island I called Mike McMahon, the Staten Island District Attorney, and ask what can we do? The great humanitarian that he is said “lets form a committee of leaders who can safe guard our borough.” With that the SIHTC was formed. Committed leaders joined with only one idea in mind “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (PEOPLE) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”I wear a multitude of hats in my community and here on Staten Island. I’m an ordained deacon of St. Philips Baptist Church and a Sunday School teacher. I serve on Community Board #1, and I chair the Local Area Committee which encompasses Port Richmond, Mariners Harbor, Elm Park and Arlington. I’m on the Board of Directors of Project Hospitality, and part of their Executive Committee. I am a co-founder of Occupy the Block, a group of committed men that stand on street corners where violence had occurred and redirect youth to alternatives. I’m also a member of Communities United for Respect and Trust, Staten Islanders against Anti-Semitism, Port Richmond Proud!, Building Bridges Interfaith Group, and the RCDA’s Hate Crimes Task Force. Trained by the US Department of Justice in Racial Dialogues, I participate in a multitude of efforts that increase community unity, religious understanding, and improving police/community relations. I’m a Community Partner with NYPD and the liaison of the sector I reside in and regularly attend Precinct Community Council meetings. I’m a passionate advocate of the committee to bring the Staten Island Justice Center to Staten Island.

All Americans (All Staten Islanders) should be proud of our nation’s diversity and we have to share a commitment to tolerance and respect for our fellow citizens, no matter their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. It is our job to perpetuate the truth that a hate crime against one is a Hate crime against us all. As a community we must never allow hate or permit it to exist in our society!
We need to stand up, shout, hold true, uphold our convictions and educate our community that WE ALL need to root out this disease, the disease of unjustified hate.

I am so proud to stand with the Hate Crime Task Force, Margaret Mead said it best “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Have no doubt that WE are that group!
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