Steve Gold is a tireless supporter of the JCC Rockland and Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County. The list of his leadership and volunteer activities is impressive and lengthy. For the past two-plus years, Steve has chaired Federation’s Community Relations Council (CRC). He and his colleagues vigilantly seek out anti-Semitism and address incidents of vandalism, and racist and hate-filled comments. CRC members work with other religious groups, community organizations, government officials, educators and the media to inform and educate. They initiate dialogues to bring greater understanding and tolerance to our county.
Previously, Steve served the JCC as board president, fundraising vice president, and vice president. He brought worldwide attention to the 2012 online petition effort to recognize the Israeli Olympic team members slain at the Munich Games. He and the victims’ families led the campaign to have the Munich 11 Minute of Silence observed at the London Olympic Games. That effort, which was initiated by the JCC Rockland, did not result in a minute of silence at the Olympics but was commemorated at the Maccabi Games held that summer in Rockland. Steve co-chaired the opening ceremonies of those games.
He has been a member of the Board of the Rockland Jewish Community Campus. Steve and his wife, Helene, are JCC Legacy Society members and supporters of the Wall of Giving.
He is the co-founder of Skinny Burgers™ By Gold & Masters, a healthier alternative to traditional burgers. Steve is also the lead partner of Peace of Woodstock Stage, which is transforming the original main stage from the 1969 festival into unique 50th-
During her tenure as Principal of South Orangetown Middle School, the school was recognized as a National School-To-Watch and a NYS Essential Elements: STW Model Middle School. The staff and students worked collaboratively to earn this title and committed to establishing traditions to teach respect, leadership and build a sense of community. One example is the Butterfly Project. This project took flight two years ago at the middle school. On an annual basis students participate in various activities including the painting of new butterflies to represent the children who perished in the Holocaust and honoring the survivors. Last year the Executive Director, Cheryl Rattner Price visited the school. Ms. Rattner Price spoke to the students about being an advocate, a leader and thanked them for their hard work and dedication in keeping the project moving forward towards meeting the goal of 1.5 million butterflies and most importantly making a difference in today’s world.
Dr. Tesik has presented at local, state and national levels on various topics including advocacy, leadership and the power of collaboration. She recently completed her doctorate degree and was awarded the Scholarship Award for High Academic Achievement. She resides in North Rockland with her husband Michael.
Kenneth P. Zebrowski
Kenneth P. Zebrowski was first elected to the State Assembly in a special election on May 1, 2007. He was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
A native of New City and a licensed attorney, Ken Zebrowski graduated from Clarkstown Schools before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree Magna cum Laude in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and his Juris Doctor degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law.
Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Zebrowski was a member of the Rockland County Legislature for one year. Ken was active in the Rockland County community volunteering for several not-for-profit organizations and also serving as a youth sports coach.
Professionally, upon his graduation from law school, Zebrowski was a partner in the law firm Zebrowski & Zebrowski, PC with his father Kenneth Peter Zebrowski. After Ken’s father passed away, he joined the law firm Braunfotel & Frendel, LLC.
During his years of service in the State Assembly, Zebrowski has authored and passed numerous bills that affect the lives of New Yorkers. In 2013, Ken authored and passed a Hepatitis C testing bill that was the first of its kind in the nation. This bill, which has served as a template for numerous other States, has led to the testing of thousands of New Yorkers enabling them to get treatment for this life-threatening disease. Ken has been a leader in the Assembly majority by organizing coalitions of like-minded legislators to achieve real results for New York Families. Over the past several budget cycles, Ken was successful in capping the Medicaid costs of County governments, preventing reductions and changes to the STAR property tax relief program, restoring the GEA cuts to schools and protecting Rockland businesses from losing tax incentives. He led the charge to bring full day kindergarten statewide, authoring a bill that provided a model for the funding structure that was included and passed in the 2018-19 state budget.
Ken has been a reform minded legislator who has sponsored bills to ensure transparency in campaign material and co-sponsored measures to close the LLC loophole and strip corrupt public officials of their taxpayer funded pensions.
While working on significant state-wide legislation, Zebrowski has also been a strong advocate for Rockland County and its unique issues. There is no stronger voice against overdevelopment and illegal housing. Zebrowski’s dogged advocacy has exposed illegal building and fire code practices throughout the County that puts people’s lives and home values at risk. Due to his efforts, the Department of State and State Education Department have instituted extra-ordinary intervention within Rockland County and he has sponsored a package of legislation that overhauls the outdated inspection system of private schools.
One of Ken’s priorities is ensuring Rockland County is not overlooked in State Government. An example of his work was changing a statewide manufacturing incentive program to ensure Rockland would be included. In addressing some of Rockland’s more difficult problems: he co-authored the bill that gave unprecedented review power to the New York State Comptroller over Rockland’s budget and established oversight and additional funds for the East Ramapo School District. He has also authored and passed bills for Rockland County school districts and taxpayers that have had to deal with unique tax certiorari challenges.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Banks Committee and as a member of the following committees: Codes, Judiciary, Labor, Government Employees and Ethics. The 96th Assembly District includes the entire towns of Clarkstown and Haverstraw; the district also includes part of the Town of Ramapo.
The Rockland Jewish Community Campus (RJCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to secure the Campus as a central address of the Rockland Jewish Community today and for future generations. Enhancing Jewish life is at the core of its mission, and it plays a significant role in the wider community as an inviting and welcoming place for all.