WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- In the waning days of the Obama White House, a White Plains resident has been re-appointed by the president to a serve as a member of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.
Herbert Block has worked with the commission since 2011 that operates as an independent Federal agency established to help preserve cultural sites in Eastern and Central Europe associated with the heritage of U.S. citizens. These include synagogues, cemeteries, and other historic Jewish places, as well as sites of other faiths, and Holocaust memorials in the region.
With just days left before president-elect Donald Trump takes the reins from Obama, the current president made several key administrative appointments including Blocks.
President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I know they will serve the American people well.”
Block is the Principal at Montrose Strategies, a position he has held since 2015. He was Assistant Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee from 1999 to 2015 and served as Assistant Director for Intergovernmental and Public Affairs for the New York City Independent Budget Office from 1996 to 1999.
The Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School graduate also was Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Relations at the Corporation for National and Community Service from 1994 to 1995, and Assistant to the Mayor of the City of New York from 1990 to 1993.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Free Burial Association and the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Trump, who owns an estate in Bedford, also owns Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Stormville and Trump National Westchester in Briarcliff Manor. The Trump name also adorns Trump Tower At City Center in White Plains, Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, Trump Park Residences in Yorktown and the Donald J. Trump State Park on the Westchester/Putnam border.