NYCHSRO/MedReview’s CEO & President, Joseph Stamm, received a special invitation by the Honorable Mayor Bill de Blasio, to join him at a VIP Reception prior to the Mayor addressing his loyal supporters after his landslide victory.
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Legislation with sponsors from both parties are proposing to award assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat the nation’s highest honor for his courage in signing a peace agreement with Israel. The Congressional Gold Medal would be handed over to Sadat’s widow in 2018 to mark both 40 years of the peace accord and the centennial of his birth.“These two milestone dates,” Ezra Friedlander, the lobbyist behind the effort, told Hamodia, “should serve as a reminder to the world that peace needs the bold and courageous leadership that Sadat had.”
Mr. Friedlander, who heads The Friedlander Group, founded the Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Commission that is spearheading the advocacy effort to secure the two-thirds support needed in both houses of Congress to secure passage of the legislation.
Sponsors in the Senate are Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland. In the House of Representatives, sponsors are Republican Christ Stewart of Utah and Democrat Grace Meng of New York.
Egypt led the Arab states in their hatred of the Jewish state from its establishment in 1948, refusing to recognize its existence. In a dramatic turn-around, then-President Sadat visited Yerushalayim in 1977 and declared his desire for peace with Israel, sparking outrage throughout the Arab world.“Together,” he proclaimed, “we might build a durable peace based on justice, to avoid the shedding of one single drop of blood from an Arab or an Israeli. It is for this reason that I have proclaimed my readiness to go to the farthest corner of the world.” In a series of meetings arranged by then-President Jimmy Carter and held at Camp David, Sadat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin negotiated the peace treaty that came to be known as the Camp David Accords.
Sadat and Begin received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 for their efforts. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad upset at the peace deal.“Sadat took countless personal risks to achieve a society grounded in peace and diplomacy — an endeavor that ultimately cost him his life,” explained Sen. Hatch. “Thus, awarding Sadat with the Congressional Gold Medal celebrates and gives homage to Sadat’s courageous, remarkable and enduring imprint on history.” The Congressional Gold Medal was coined in 1776. Its first recipient was Gen. George Washington. Others include the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, Mr. Raoul Wallenberg, and Mr. Elie Wiesel, z”l.
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On September 14, 2017 , representatives from NYCHSRO-MedReview attended an Inaugural Luncheon of the Anwar Sadat Gold Medal Congressional Commission in the Kennedy Room of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, NYCHSRO-MedReview CEO Joseph Stamm served as a co-chair of the luncheon.
The luncheon was organized to support bi-partisan bills to commemorate the 40th anniversary of President Sadat’s courageous and historic visit to Israel in 1977 and the 100th anniversary of President Sadat’s birthday in 2018. The Sadat visit was the first step in a process that led to a peace treaty negotiated at Camp David with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and hosted by former President Jimmy Carter between Israel and Egypt. Some 200 members of Congress have co sponsored legislation introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ben Cardin (D- MD) and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Grace Meng (D-NY) to award the Congressional Gold Medal to President Sadat. Ezra Friedlander CEO of the Friedlander Group has helped coordinate the legislative effort to Award Anwar Sadat the Congressional Gold Medal and organized the luncheon. A special guest at the Luncheon was Egypt’s Ambassador to the US, Yasser Reda who spoke warmly about his previous experiences as Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel. Also speaking at the Luncheon were Sen Ben Cardin (D_MD), Rep Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep Joseph Kennedy (D- MA) who was introduced by Joe Stamm, Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Debbie Wsserman-Schultz (D-FL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Gerald Connelly (D-VA).
The luncheon was organized to honor the late Dov Lautman,an Israeli businessman who invested in Egypt after the Israel-Egypt Peace treaty was signed and whose firm has announced the opening of its 4th plant in Egypt.On the evening proceeding the luncheon at a special dinner former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, spoke in praise of the initiative to recognize President Sadat’s pathbreaking work for peace in the Middle East. Mr Stamm was accompanied by Drs. Richard Bonforte and Dr. Marvin Lieberman, members of the NYCHSRO-MedReview Board and Staff member Maurice Bortz, Director of National Physicians Review division of MedReview Inc.
NYCHSRO/MedReview is pleased to announce that our CEO and President, Joseph Stamm, is one of this year’s honorees at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Second Annual 9/11 Commemoration Honoring Heroes for Tolerance to be held at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2017. The ceremony takes place at 11:45am in Luxury Suite #2, followed by the Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays game at 1:05pm.
SWC Director Michael Cohen explains the decision behind the award:
“Over your storied career,” he wrote in a letter to Mr. Stamm, “you have truly exemplified what it means to follow in the steps of Simon Wiesenthal and the mission of the center which bears his name. From the boardrooms of the health care industry, to the halls of government, to the issues facing your local community, you have consistently proved to be a fighter for fairness and justice for all, regardless of the consequences, and that is the definition of a hero of tolerance.”
Why Yankee Stadium?
“The Yankees are one of the institutions that help make New York what it is and one of the institutions that helped in the healing process following the September 11 attacks on this great city. It is therefore appropriate that the event ‘Heroes for Tolerance’ be held at Yankee Stadium on the day that we remember the innocent victims of terrorism and the citizens of this country who strive every day to make America a great place,” says Mr. Cohen.
NYCHSRO/MedReview’s President & CEO, Joseph Stamm, was invited to attend Assemblyman David Weprin’s Annual Community BBQ again this year. He attended with his wife, Anne Stamm, and had the opportunity to talk to the mayor and other elected officials.
In July, NYCHSRO/MedReview’s top brass named the company’s first two “Employees of the Month” from a pool of nominees picked by their colleagues. The April and May award winners were Systems Help Desk Analyst and Administrator Sergey Podkopaev and Data Analyst Curtilla Noel, both long-time staff in the MIS department. At a boardroom breakfast attended by all personnel, CEO/President Joe Stamm presented each honoree with a financial incentive award and unveiled the plaque engraved with the winners’ names to be displayed just outside the executive suite.
Sergey Podkopaev was awarded for his key role in configuring, implementing, supporting and troubleshooting our technology systems from onsite hardware through remote users. Valued by colleagues for his willingness to go out of his way, Sergey always comes to the rescue with a smile and the calm demeanor of a professional who knows how to solve the problem, whatever it is. He has degrees in engineering from the Ukraine and in computer science from NY’s Globe Institute of Technology.
Curtilla Noel, who is a data analyst in quality assurance and precertification, was recognized by all as a very hard worker who is the first to volunteer whenever anyone needs assistance. A native of Belize, where she studied business, Curtilla came to the US in 2008 and joined NYCHSRO/MedReview in 2011. “I have grown and learned a lot since I came here. I couldn’t do it without the support of the MIS team,” she says.
On June 27th on the lawns of Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bill De Blasio celebrated Jewish Heritage Month
First Lady Chirlane McCray, who co-hosted the outdoor barbeque, spoke about her own appreciation of the contributions of the Jewish people. “Among the many expressions I learned during my years working at Maimonides Medical Center, tikkun olam—heal the world—is my favorite,” she said. “Making the world a better place for all those who suffer from mental illness and for their families—that’s my mission!” she added, referring to a personal cause inspired by their daughter’s hard-won battle with depression and addiction.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray host a reception in celebration of Jewish Heritage. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is the honoree. Gracie Mansion. Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.
He ended the event by proclaiming the date as Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Day, in honor of the Rabbi’s leadership of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn, his work as FDNY chaplain, and his 35 years as co-host of “Religion on the Line” on WABC radio.
Along with CEO/President Joseph Stamm and Maurice Bortz from NYCHSRO/MedReview and numerous Chiefs of Staff from the Mayor’s office, attendees included City Council members David Greenfield and Chiam Deutsch; State Assembly members Dov Hikind and David Weprin; and Consul General of Israel Dani Dayan, among other dignitaries.
The New York Board of Rabbis Humanitarian Awards Dinner honoring Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York
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On June 19 at the Pierre Hotel, CEO and President Joseph Stamm attended the annual Humanitarian Awards dinner of the New York Board of Rabbis. Held this year in cooperation with the Mariano Rivera Foundation, the event recognized three New Yorkers for their altruism, among them His Eminence Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan. While Mr. Stamm had the pleasure to meet two fellow dinner-goers, former New York State Governor David Paterson and Major League baseball great Darryl Strawberry, his personal conversation with Cardinal Dolan was the evening’s highlight.
In that encounter, Mr. Stamm spoke about NYCHSRO/MedReview’s work to benefit the New York State Catholic Health Plan, which provides health insurance coverage to New Yorkers of every age under the banner of Fidelis Care New York. His Eminence and Mr. Stamm agreed that they should meet again to discuss MedReview’s services and explore further opportunities to improve care and reduce costs in the New York diocese.
The NYBR fosters interfaith understanding and presents its annual award in recognition of individuals dedicated to good works in their personal or professional lives. The Cardinal’s fellow recipients were Vincent F. Pitta and Robert S. Tucker.