Big year for UJA-Fed of NY

The UJA-Federation of New York raised a “record $290 million”:http://www.ujafedny.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ggLUI0OzGpF&b=1849975&ct=4191539 during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the group has announced.

Westchester, one of eight counties that make up the group, kicked in $15.8 million, a local record that beat last year’s figure by 13%. (Don’t forget that Manhattan is one of the counties.)

Wayne K. Goldstein of Mamaroneck, chair of the Westchester annual campaign, said the county’s contribution “clearly demonstrates the growing awareness among our families of how blessed we are, and the responsibility we have in bringing caring and compassion to the less fortunate among us.â€?

The UJA-Federation of NY spreads the wealth to support the work of 100 health, human-service, educational, and community agencies across Greater New York.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.