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NJCDC Board Member Victor Herlinsky Travels to Ukraine

NJCDC Board Member Victor Herlinsky Travels to Ukraine

March 20, 2023

In February, Governor Phil Murphy made a short trip to visit local leaders in western Ukraine. One of the people accompanying him on this trip was Victor J. Herlinsky, Jr., a lawyer and a member of NJCDC's Board of Trustees. Victor was responsible for facilitating meetings between Governor Murphy and Ukrainian leaders.

Victor first accompanied Governor Murphy to Poland, and then crossed over to Lviv Oblast in western Ukraine. They met with Maksym Kozytskyy, the Governor of the Lviv Oblast, and Oksana Pavusko, the Mayor of Shehyni, a Ukrainian village on the Polish border. After Governor Murphy left Ukraine, Victor stayed on, and met with several Ukrainian parliament officials and humanitarian aid organizations, including USAID, United Sikhs, and Razom (which means "together" in Ukrainian) to better understand the Ukrainian people's needs. In addition to Shehyni, he also visited the cities of Kyiv, Lviv, Bucha, and Irpin. In Irpin, he toured the local World Central Kitchen facility. World Central Kitchen is an organization working with local restaurants and volunteers to distribute hot meals and fresh food to refugees in shelters across Ukraine.

Helping the people of Ukraine in a time of crisis is personal to Victor, whose parents were both born in Ukraine and came to the United States as refugees after the end of World War II. In July 2022, Victor helped organize an event at NJPAC, which raised over $250,000 for organizations such as the United Sikhs and World Central Kitchen. In August 2022, he went to Ukraine with the United Sikhs to aid in their work. The United Sikhs is an NGO affiliated with the United Nations, which has been leading relief efforts at the Ukraine-Poland border since the outbreak of the war. They have been providing supplies and building bomb shelters, and also have a new program to train Ukrainians in emergency medicine.

Victor is an attorney at Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark with extensive public service experience. Over the course of his career, he served on the transition teams for several local politicians, including New York City's Mayor Eric Adams, former Governor Jon Corzine, and Newark's former Mayor, Senator Cory Booker. He has also held several political appointments, including the New Jersey Interagency Council to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness and the New Jersey State Ethics Commission. In 2017, he joined the Board of Trustees at NJCDC.

In Irpin, Victor visited a theater that was destroyed in bombings. In a music video for "2step by Ed Sheeran and Ukrainian music group Antytila, viewers can see scenes of this theater before and after the Russian invasion.

Bob Guarasci, NJCDC's CEO, lauded Victor's efforts, commenting that "Victor embodies the spirit of service to others, and is always willing to help those in need, whether in Ukraine or Paterson. We feel fortunate to have Victor as a member of our Board of Trustees."

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