Walter talks about his struggles living in the high rent district of Crown Heights. He reveals that he lives in government-subsidized housing, is a single parent during the week, while his wife lives in New Jersey working in the medical field. Affordable housing is a major problem in Crown Heights. We also talk about dwindling interest in Jewish ceremonies at the Capitol such as the Rebbe’s birthday commemoration in March and a Tu B’Shvat ceremony in January over the past few years since there was a change of leadership in the Assembly with the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver. We talk about the state budget and the measures that were in the $153 billion spending plan that were issues pushed by lobbyists for the Jewish community. We also touch on anti-gun violence legislation, which leads to a poignant personal story by the assemblyman.