Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein Partners With BPJCC to Distribute Free Car Seats in Boro Park
By M.C. Millman
Brooklyn, NY— Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, together with the Boro Park Jewish Community Council, partnered to offer eligible Boro Park parents free car seats. The distribution was funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. It helped parents eager to keep their children safe while riding in vehicles by providing them with brand-new car seats for children up to 65 pounds.
Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein participated during the distribution along with Deputy Commissioner Owen McShane, Avi Greenstein, BPJCC CEO, and BPJCC staff. DOT car seat technicians were on hand throughout the morning, giving final training, demonstrations, and testing to make sure parents knew exactly how to safely utilize the car seats they received.
Shomrim volunteers assisted as well in a very significant way that went well above and beyond the usual crowd control and event coordination that was flawlessly executed. Another major player in the success of the distribution was Community Board 12 Member Yidel Perlstein, proprietor of Lucky Truck Rental, who made a truck available for storage and distribution.
"The safety of our youngest New Yorkers should be our top priority," Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein shared. "That's why I'm delighted to collaborate with the Boro Park Jewish Community Council to distribute these FREE car seats for those who are eligible."
"The BPJCC is pleased to partner once again with Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein in offering this initiative which will help save lives," Avi Greenstein, BPJCC CEO, shared. "Not only are we providing free car seats to qualified Boro Parkers, but we also provided fundamental training in car seat installation and safety as a prerequisite to receiving the brand-new car seat today."
"We are so grateful so Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee for partnering with us in making today's event possible," says Greenstein.
"We look forward to increasing our ability in helping even more Boro Park residents to receive free car seats. To join our waiting list, go to https://www.bpjcc.org/free-car-seat. We will reach out when the next round becomes available."
The response to the initiative was tremendous. It exceeded the original funding capacity, demonstrating the community's immense need to help parents keep their children safe. The funding included educational activities, awareness, and installation training as part of the car seat education and distribution program.
"Children are generally the most vulnerable passengers in motor vehicles, yet so many are not in the correct seat for their size, so we are proud to sponsor child safety seat events like this throughout the state," said Mark J.F. Schroeder, Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Chair. "Parents and caregivers should not have to worry about safely transporting their children. Our hope is that through events like this, we will give them greater peace of mind and help to keep the youngest New Yorkers safe on the roads."