De Blasio Creates ‘Clergy Council’ To Advise on Policy

NEW YORK -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday announced the creation of a clergy advisory board for religious leaders to have a direct line to City Hall when it comes to policy initiatives.

The Clergy Advisory Council is tasked with liaising between the administration and local faith communities. Forty-seven members have already been chosen — including Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, the executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America, and Rabbi Boruch Ber Bender, founder of Achiezer Resource Center in Far Rockaway.

Members of the panel will be able to bring their concerns to City Hall and will be deputized to hold local meetings on city policy matters.