BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser was honored on Monday by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston with one of two “Legislative Leadership Awards.”
The JCRC traditionally honors one Senator and one Representative with “Legislative Leadership Awards” each year. House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez of Boston was recognized along with Sen. Lesser.
Attorney General Maura Healey was also honored with an “Excellence in Leadership Award,” and Lon Povitch, Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Charlie Baker, received an “Executive Leadership Award.”
“We are honored to be presenting an award to a remarkable public servant—Senator Eric Lesser. He has demonstrated we must unite in our commitment to act on an urgent agenda; from civil rights to human services, economic opportunity supporting the vibrant MA-Israel partnership, and the protection of democratic values,” stated Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of JCRC. “A well-functioning society and a responsive government would not be possible without outstanding public servants like him.”
“It is humbling to receive this award, and I am grateful to my colleagues, Attorney General Healey, Chairman Sanchez and Lon Povich for their service. I am also grateful to the Western Mass Jewish community, which has built a number of organizations that serve the common good, from Rachel’s Table, which feeds thousands of hungry people across Western Mass, to the Springfield JCC, where my daughters go to preschool,” said Sen. Lesser. “What makes JCRC so unique is that it works to make Massachusetts a better place, not only for Jewish people but for all people. Its agenda is a universal agenda of justice and peace, and I look forward to continuing our work together toward these goals in our communities.”
Sen. Lesser was introduced by Ronda Parish, President of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.
The awards recognize the leadership of public officials in areas that reflect JCRC’s legislative priorities, including promoting and protecting democratic norms, defending civil rights and championing economic opportunity and consumer protection.
The awards were presented at JCRC’s annual Legislative Reception held at the State House.