Stephen B. Kaufman, Man of all Seasons for all Albanians

Letter to the Publisher

 

August 29, 2017

Illyria Newspaper
481 8th Avenue #536
New York, NY 10001

 

Dear Mr. Barami:

The Albanian American Society Foundation, Inc., the Sons & Daughters of Albanian America, Inc. and the Albanian Community Center would like to express their sincere gratitude for the exceptional assistance of Stephen B. Kaufman, Esq., friend of the Albanians.
Since 1992, Mr. Kaufman has been the eyes and ears of the Albanian community as its faithful advisor.
Mr. Kaufman was a staunch supporter of the War of Independence of Kosova, valiantly demonstrating for its freedom. His efforts were acknowledged by the New York City Council at the Kosova celebration of independence when Mr. Kaufman received an award at City Hall.
In 1998/1999, Mr. Kaufman founded “Help-Us-Help-Them” to raise funds in support of the independence of Kosova.
Thereafter, Mr. Kaufman played a central role in renaming part of Lydig Avenue in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx to Mother Teresa Way.

In 2003, during Kosova’s darkest days, Stephen B. Kaufman, Esq. travelled to Kosova with Mayor Bloomberg to advocate support for the Albanian-American community for Kosova’s independence and met Dr. Ibrahim Rugova the first elected president of the newly independent Kosova.
Mr. Kaufman met with President Nishani of Albania, when he travelled to New York City in 2014.
Mr. Kaufman has been a very active advisor and supporter of the Albanian people. His law office is always open to the Albanian Community.
Mr. Kaufman has exemplified the teachings of Mother Teresa. In her words, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”
Through his actions, Mr. Kaufman has demonstrated his love for the Albanian community, and we will always be grateful for that and all he has done for our cause. We look forward to our continued collaborative partnership in the future.
In September 2016, Mr. Kaufman received a Proclamation from Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. in conjunction with the Albanian America Society Foundation, Sons & Daughters of Albania and the Albanian Community Center.
“UNE JAM STEPHEN B. KAUFMAN, MIKU I SHQIPTARVE”
“I AM STEPHEN B. KAUFMAN, FRIEND OF ALL ALBANIANS”
“STEPHEN B. KAUFMAN, MAN OF ALL SEASONS FOR ALL ALBANIANS”
Very truly yours,

Esad A. Rizai

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