U.S. senators Schumer, Gillibrand include numerous Haredi community projects in 2024 spending bill

The Kiryas Joel water pipeline, Camp HASC, and New Square village transportation are among various Haredi community projects to receive federal funding

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand at a 2020 rally against antisemitism. Photo: Lev Radin/Shutterstock

Mar 15, 2024 11:40 AM


A federal funding package will include significant funding for critical projects affecting various Haredi communities, according to press releases from New York senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

The funding, part of nearly $80 million earmarked for projects across New York State, is also supported by congressman Mike Lawler, whose Rockland County district includes one of the largest Haredi populations in New York State. Lawler’s district is set to receive the largest share of the total $80 million package, according to Lohud. Congressman Pat Ryan, whose district includes the Satmar village of Kiryas Joel, has also secured funding for his Haredi constituents.

The earmarks include $2 million for Kiryas Joel’s water pipeline, which is meant to solve a pressing water shortage within the Hasidic village by tapping into the New York City aqueduct. New York legislators previously allocated a separate $1.5 million for the pipeline in 2023, and the project also got a $3 million grant from the state, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Another $1 million will go toward a public transportation system in New Square, which would include improving bus shelters and purchasing three buses.

$1.5 million will go to the Vizhnitz village of Kaser, within Monsey, for widening the section of Route 306 between Maple Avenue and Rita Lane, as well as constructing turning lanes and improving traffic and crossing signals. Also in Rockland, the Haredi-run social services organization Community Outreach Center, which Gillibrand has visited, will get $1.6 million to improve its facilities.  

Another $1 million will go toward constructing new buildings at Camp HASC, a summer program that serves Haredi and Modern Orthodox Jewish children with disabilities. Schumer has visited both the HASC center and its summer camp.