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NY04 – Kathleen Rice Pulls Out Of Islamic Event After Radical Imam Was Added To Speakers List

schumer riceNassau County District Attorney and a Long Island Congressional candidate, Kathlee Rice announced on Friday that she is pulling out from her initial intention to attend an event at the Islamic Center of Long Island on November 23, 2014, after it was revealed that she would be speaking alongside a controversial Imam, a co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Read more »

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Nassau County – Poll: Jewish Democratic Senatorial Candidate Trails Incumbent By 15 Points

adam haber senateTwo-term incumbent Republican State Senator Jack Martins leads his Democratic challenger Adam Haber by 15 points (52-37), according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll of likely voters in the 7th Senate District, located in Nassau County.

Haber, who’s Jewish, has a large lead among Jewish voters – who make up 17% of the electorate – by a 63-24 percentage margin. However, Martins lead with independent voters has increased from 57-30 percent to now 68-19 percent, the poll shows. Read more »

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UPDATED: Midwood – Hikind Charges Job Seekers Entry Fee To Joint OU Job Fair

dov hikind Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) charged job seekers a fee of $20 to attend a joint job fair on Thursday in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

The fair was organized by the OU Job Board in conjunction with Yachad, the Jewish Union Foundation (JUF), and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, in order to connect job seekers with employers and create a network of communication between those seeking to fulfill the skills they have and employers looking to hire. Read more »

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Gov. Cuomo Closes Door On 2016 Run, Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

cuomo hillaryFollowing his pledge during a televised debate on Wednesday to fill out a full 2nd term, if reelected in November, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday put to rest any speculation that he might run for president against Hillary Clinton, technically endorsing her candidacy.

“I hope she does something really, really, really big,” Cuomo told a crowd of a few hundred supporters at a ‘Women’s Equality’ rally in Manhattan aside former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller Hits Hikind On Education Tax Credit Bill: ‘You Had Your Time’

2014-10-21 21.28.25On Thursday, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for State Assembly issued a blistering attack on Assemblyman Dov Hikind for campaigning on a promise to fight in Albany for the Education Investment Tax Credit, thus admitting nothing has been done over the past 3 decades to solve the tuition crisis.

In recent campaign events and in print ads, Hikind touted his record of acquiring TAP and Special Education legislation as a reason to re-elect him in November. Read more »

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Bloomingburg, NY – RCC’s Lawyer Quits, Calls Them Liars For Refusing To Pay Owed Fees

chaseThe opponents of the Hasidic community in the village of Bloomingburg are struggling to scrap together some money to pay their attorney in the years long fight against the new developments and the incoming Hasidic community.

Last Friday, Jonathan A. Chase, the lawyer for the opponents of the Hasidic community, has asked to withdraw for the lawsuit they put in to force the community to vote by paper ballot and challenged all their registrations in the most recent referendum, because he hasn’t been paid his fees in the amount of $7,585, according to the papers that were filed in court. Read more »

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AG Hopeful John Cahill: Schneiderman Has Ignored The Orthodox Jewish Community In Brooklyn

2014-10-21 21.15.48Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General, John Cahill on Tuesday introduced himself to the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, as he fights an uphill battle to defeat the Jewish incumbent, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Cahill, a former chief of staff to the community’s darling – former Governor George Pataki, addressed some 50 activist at the Orthodox Jewish Political Club (OJPC) monthly meeting at the Seville Manor in Borough Park. Read more »

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NYGov – Poll: Astorino Gains As He Gets More Known To Voters, Still Trails Cuomo By 21 Points

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Courtesy of Astorino2014

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorinoi is gaining support with less than two weeks until Election Day, though he still trails incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo by 21 points (54-33), according to the latest Siena College Poll of likely voters. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received nine percent and 4 percent remain undecided.

Astorino leads Cuomo 43-41 among men and 46-44 in the suburbs. Cuomo has a large 65-25 lead among women  and a 72-16 lead in New York City. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller: Hikind Permitted ‘Unconcealed Discrimination’ Of Housing For BP/Flatbush Community ‘To Flourish’

2014-10-21 21.28.14The election for the 48th Assembly District – that consists of Borough Park, Midwood and parts of Flatbush – is in high gear. For the first time in decades, a sitting Assemblyman is being challenged by a member of the community, in what seems to be an exciting and competitive race in one of the largest Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods outside of Israel. Read more »

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Council Members Meet NYPD Commissioner Bratton Over Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks in NYC

greenfield nypdThe NYPD vowed to combat and put an end to the rise of antisemitism in the City of New York  after meeting a City Council delegation, Councilman David Greenfield said on Wednesday.

Last week, just hours before Shemini Atzeres, Council Members Greenfield, Mark Treyger and Stephen Levin, met with Police Commissioner William Bratton and his top staff to discuss the recent 39% rise in anti-Semitic crimes around New York City. Read more »

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Giuliani Slams De Blasio For Attacking His ‘First Amendment Right’ To Protest Klinghoffer Opera

giuliani met operaFormer Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Monday fired back at Mayor Bill de Blasio for criticizing his attendance at a mass protest outside the Metropolitan Opera, demonstrating against an opera about “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

The opera is based on the 1985 killing of passenger Leon Klinghoffer on the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship hijacked by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. The 69-year-old was shot in his wheelchair and pushed overboard. Read more »

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SHOCK: Mayor De Blasio Defends Showing Of Anti-Semitic Opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

Met opera klinghofferAs many jewish leaders and elected officials plan to protest the opening of the highly controversial Met opera outside the Lincoln center in Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio actually defended the Metropolitan Opera’s right to show “The Death of Klinghoffer,” and criticized former Mayor Rudy Giuliani for headlining a protest against the controversial opera.

“I really think we have to be very careful in a free society to respect that cultural institutions will portray works of art – put on operas, plays, that there will be art exhibits in museum,” Mayor de Blasio said Monday at an unrelated press conference. Read more »

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NYGov – Astorino Rolls Out John McCain’s Endorsement In Letter To Supporters

John McCainFormer Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain lent Monday his support for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino in his uphill battle against incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo.

In an email letter sent to supporters Monday morning, the Arizona Senator writes, “Rob Astorino is exactly what the Empire State needs, and right now he needs your support.” Read more »

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Defense Minister Ya’alon Tours 9/11 Memorial Museum During US Visit [Photos]

yaalon wtc 4Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon on Sunday paid a visit to Ground Zero, where he laid a wreath at the Tree of Survivors at the 9/11 site. He also toured the 9/11 museum with Port Authority Director Pat Foye and Michael Arad, Israeli born architect of the 9/11 memorial. Ambassador Ido Aharoni and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s staff accompanied the delegation.

Earlier in the day, Ya’alon met with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at his hotel in Manhattan. Read more »

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Elected Officials Grace Friedlander’s Annual Sukkoth Gathering In Borough Park [Photos]

DSC08313If there is one Sukkah in Borough Park that brings together Citywide and local elected officials to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth, it is the Sukkah of Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group.

Attending this year’s gathering were: City Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson, Assembly members Dov Hikind and David Weprin, Councilman Brad Lander and Assembly candidates Rodneyse Bichotte and R’ Nachman Caller. Read more »

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Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon, De Blasio Discuss Security Issues, Relationship During Meeting in NYC

Photo/Rob Bennett

Photo/Rob Bennett

Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon on Sunday met with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in Manhattan, at the start of his busy US visit.

The Mayor and Defense Minister discussed the extraordinary security cooperation between both the United States and Israel, and the NYPD and Israeli law enforcement, according to a readout provided to JP by the Mayor’s office. Read more »

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NY18 – Hayworth Jumps To 11 Point Lead Over Rep. Maloney In New Siena Poll

nan hayworthRepublican congressional hopeful, Dr. Nan Hayworth’s has jumped to a whopping 11 point lead against incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (52-41) in a new Siena College survey released on Wednesday. A poll published last month by the same pollster found Maloney leading Hayworth 50 percent to 42 percent.

A similar sample of voters that were polled by Siena College last month were recontacted, according to Don Levy, a Siena College pollster. Read more »

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Defense Minister Ya’alon To Meet With De Blasio, Tour Ground Zero Before Heading To DC

yaalon hagelIsraeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is expected to meet with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and attend a ceremony at Ground Zero on Sunday, at the start of his US visit.

Ya’alon will also meet with US Ambassador Samantha Power, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, attend a meeting with US Jewish leaders, before heading to DC to meet with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, NRG reported Saturday. Read more »

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NY18 – Hayworth Touts Internal Poll Showing Her Trailing Maloney By 4 Points

nan hayworthAn internal poll conducted for Nan Hayworth’s congressional campaign in NY’s 18th District reveal that the former Republicans congresswoman is closing fast on her Democratic opponent, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, and now trails him by a mere 4 percentage points.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, shows Maloney leading Hayworth 39-43, with a third party candidate, Scott Smith, receiving 2 percent of the vote. Read more »

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NYGov – Astorino Offers Cuomo A Swap Deal Over Tax Returns

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Courtesy of Astorino2014

Bombarded with demands to release more of his tax returns, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astroni on Wednesday offered Governor Andrew Cuomo a swap deal: release more tax returns in return for a one-on-one televised debate.

“How about this: I agree to release four more years of tax returns, redundantly I might add — the information is already available on my financial disclosure forms — and you agree to one of the five one-on-one televised debates I agreed to a month ago,” Astorino said in a letter sent to Gov. Cuomo. Read more »

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Citywide Elected Officials, Interfaith Leaders Issue A Call To Action In Combating Anti-Semitic Attacks

2014-10-14 12.11.16Over a dozen interfaith leaders, elected officials and community organizations; heads rallied Tuesday in the rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall to denounce recent bias attacks against members and institutions of the Jewish community in Brooklyn,

The press conference, hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, was organized in light of a recent physical assault at a respected community leader outside the Barclays Center following an exhibition basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Read more »

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UN’s Ban Ki-Moon Shocked Equally As he Visits Gaza, Tours Terror Tunnels

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Photo/AP

(AP). The U.N. chief visited Gaza on Tuesday to give a push to international reconstruction efforts following a devastating summer war, saying the destruction was “beyond description” as Israel allowed the first shipment of construction materials to enter the coastal strip since the fighting ended in August.

Ban Ki-moon’s visit, along with the arrival of long-awaited building materials, gave Gazans a rare glimmer of hope in the wake of a 50-day war that flattened entire residential areas and left tens of thousands of people homeless. Read more »

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NYGov – Rob Astorino Joins Hundreds in Borough Park for Sukkoth Celebration [Photos + Video]

2014-10-13 22.27.00Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Monday joined hundreds dancing on the streets of Borough Park in a traditional ‘Simchas Beis Hashoeva’ Sukkoth celebration.

Accompanied by the Republican District Leader of the 48th Assembly District, and a candidate for the Assembly, R’ Nachman Caller, the Republican hopeful joined a ring of energetic Hasidic youths dancing on 13th Avenue in Borough Park.

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Greenfield Hosts Council Speaker Mark-Viverito at Boro Park Sukkah Gathering

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito visited the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn on Sunday to attend a special sukkoth gathering hosted by Councilman David Greenfield at the home of Renewal Chairman Mendy Reiner.

The Sukkah gathering in honor of the Speaker was attended by several elected officials and some 50 Jewish leaders, including heads of many community non-profit organizations.

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Ezra Friedlander To Host Citywide Elected Officials For Sukkoth Celebration

ezra sukkah 103Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, knows how to party. Moreover, he knows how to bring elected officials together on Jewish holidays and celebratory events.

Following an annual tradition, Friedlander is hosting this year a grandiose Sukkoth celebration at the in the Sukkah located outside the Lisker shul on 50th street and 14th Avenue in Borough Park, according to an invite obtained by JP. Read more »

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