MuBANY Board members joined other leaders in the Muslim community for an Eid breakfast with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Press Statement on Muslim Leaders Breakfast
Comptroller Stringer Celebrates Eid with Muslim-American Community Leaders of New York City
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer gathered with over 100 Muslim leaders from across New York City on Wednesday morning at the Municipal Building in lower Manhattan to celebrate Eid.
Highlighting the contributions Muslim New Yorkers have made for decades to the city, Stringer reflected on their citywide impact: “Today your community is speaking not only about issues of importance to Muslims, like school holidays and Halal food service at public schools, but about concerns essential to every New Yorker like affordable housing, job security and the education and future of our children.”
Comptroller Stringer urged attendees to continue to build and keep lines of communication open to all communities as a way to help further dialogue and understanding. Touching on the continuing strife in the Middle East, Stringer said to those gathered that, “In difficult times like these, it’s the strength of the community, respect for each other’s values and a common sense of responsibility that keeps New York City strong and united.”
Stringer emphasized his belief that it is wrong and unconstitutional for government to treat an entire community with suspicion based on their faith.
“We should build relationships with our religious communities instead of tearing them down,” the Comptroller said.
In his role as Comptroller, Stringer encouraged all Muslim-American New Yorkers to continue to expand their participation in civic life.
“I will ensure your tax dollars are spent wisely on programs that protect our city, while also respecting our fundamental liberties,” he said.
Thanking the attendees for their commitment to peace, tolerance and community, Stringer closed his remarks celebrating the end of the blessed month of Ramadan by stressing the need to be united against intolerance and prejudice.
“Acceptance has always been a cornerstone of this city where we speak more than 170 languages from 200 different countries. We must continue that proud tradition,” Stringer said.