Santino & Hempstead Officials Congratulate Town Resident For Nomination As United States Ambassador To Israel

President-Elect Donald J. Trump Names Five Towns’ David Friedman to Major State Department Post

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino offered congratulations and warm wishes to Five Towns resident David Friedman on his nomination to serve as United States Ambassador to the State of Israel by President-Elect Donald J. Trump late yesterday.

“The Town of Hempstead is proud that one of our neighbors has been nominated as United States Ambassador to Israel by the President-Elect.  David Friedman and his family have a long history supporting and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship both at home and abroad,” said Supervisor Anthony J. Santino.

“My Town Board colleagues and I wish Ambassador-Designate Friedman the best of success in his upcoming United States Senate confirmation hearings.  We are certain that he will serve our nation with distinction and never forget his local roots,” Santino added.

Friedman, a graduate of Columbia College and New York University Law School, is an attorney working out of Manhattan, but still lives in the Five Towns with his family.  He grew up in Woodmere.

“David Friedman has been a valued member of our community for many years.  An experienced legal professional with deep ties to the Jewish State, Friedman knows first-hand that the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel runs deep.  There’s no question that the Ambassador-Designate will strongly support maintaining our nation’s relationship with Israel, as well as their right to defend themselves,” said Councilman Bruce Blakeman.

“David Friedman’s strong relationships in Israel and here will be able to form the foundation of his diplomatic mission.  They will be a tremendous asset to our country as the United States works for peace in the Middle East and stands with our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel.  We wish Ambassador-Designate Friedman much success with the Senate confirmation process,” added Councilman Anthony P. D’Esposito.

The father of Ambassador-Designate Friedman, the late Rabbi Morris Friedman of Temple Hillel in North Woodmere, served as president of the New York Board of Rabbis.  Rabbi Friedman had welcomed President Ronald Reagan to his Hempstead Town synagogue in 1984 and then to his home for lunch.  It was the first time a United States President was received by an American synagogue since George Washington visited Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island in 1791. 

Supervisor Santino was in the synagogue during that history-making visit by President Reagan.  To recently commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Reagan Presidential visit to Temple Hillel, Santino, Councilman Blakeman, Councilman D’Esposito, shul congregants and other joined with Temple Hillel Rabbi Steven Graber for a special ceremony in 2014.

Earlier this year, Supervisor Santino and the Town of Hempstead joined a nationwide effort to oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which seeks to demonize and cripple the State of Israel with economic sanctions and boycotts.  In fighting back against anti-Semitism and bigotry, municipal officials unanimously passed legislation prohibiting town government from engaging in business with individuals or companies openly boycotting America, Israel and other U.S. allies.  Friedman is also opposed to the BDS movement.