Author Archives: Jacob Kornbluh
The 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 »
Republican 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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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 »
The 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 »
The 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 »
Former 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 »
As 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 »
Former 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 »
Israeli 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 »
If 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 »
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 »
Republican 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 »
Israeli 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 »
An 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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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 »
Over 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 »
(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 »
Republican 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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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, 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 »
Blakeman receives a blessing from Chief rabbi Harav Yitzchok Yosef during Israel trip
The Republican Jewish Coalition is coming to the aid of the campaign of Jewish Republican Bruce Blakeman, who’s running in the open seat to replace retiring Representative Carolyn McCarthy in NY’s 4th congressional district, according to an invite obtained by JP.
Blakeman, like Long Island’s Lee Zeldin, are being viewed as possible successors of former House majority leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a June primary, as the Republican’s house Jewish representative. Read more »
Former Republican presidential candidate is expected to address the inaugural IAC National Conference in Washington DC on November 7-9, 2014.
Romney, who is currently denying rumors that he’s considering a third run for president in 2016, will join an array of speakers over the weekend, such as Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor, former Senator Joe Lieberman, Israel’s minister of communications Gilad Erdan, as well as billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban.
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In the first likely voters’ measure of the 2014 gubernatorial election, New York Governor Cuomo leads his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, with a commanding 20 percentage point lead, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday morning.
Gov. Cuomo leads Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 51 percent to 31 percent, with 9 percent for Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. With Hawkins out of the race, Gov. Cuomo leads Astorino 55 – 34 percent. Read more »
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced he will undertake trade missions to Israel, as well as to Mexico, Canada, Italy and China in his second term (if reelected), as part of new “GLOBAL NY” initiatives.
The $35 million Global NY Development Fund and trade missions will help create new jobs in New York State and attract additional international business investment to New York, Governor Cuomo said during a speech at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, NY. Read more »