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Felder: Hikind Is Running Unopposed; Suggests Caller’s Supporters To Move Away

simcha hikind endorsementIn what seemed to be a full fledged endorsement of Assemblyman Dov Hikind in his tough reelection bid in the 48th Assembly District, State Senator Simcha Felder on Thursday dismissed the candidacy of Republican candidate R’ Nachman Caller as illegitimate.

During an interview on the Dov Hikind 2014 campaign radio program on 620AM, Mr. Felder told the 32-year incumbent that there’s no choice in this election, thus endorsing his reelection bid. Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn DA Thompson To Visit Israel In February

DSC08319Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is planning a trip to Israel next year, JP has learned.

During a fundraiser in Borough Park on Monday, Mr. Thompson announced that he’s expecting to travel to Israel some time next February, according to one attendee, who wished to remain anonymous. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller, Hikind Debate Housing Crisis In Borough Park

2014-10-13 17.46.51It’s is crunch time in Borough Park. The two candidates seeking to represent the Orthodox Jewish community in the 48th Assembly District, took it to the presses on Thursday, touting their plans to solve the housing and tuition crisis in the next few years.

The first indirect public debate between Assemblyman Dov Hikind and his Republican challenger R’ Nachman Caller took place on Wednesday over the latter’s plan to build 2,000 housing units in Borough Park in 4 years.

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UPDATED: AD20 – Assembly Candidate Todd Kaminsky Says He’s Opposed To Education Tax Credit Bill

kaminsky goldfederA proposal to ease the burden of Yeshiva parents and lower the high tuition costs has met the emphatic opposition of the Democratic candidate running for the open seat in New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island, that includes the 5 Towns, JP has learned.

The past Monday evening, during a political debate in Long Beach, Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky said he would not support tuition tax credits for yeshivas, private and parochial school parents, despite the fact that many Democrats, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have expressed their support of the bill. Read more »

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At Borough Park Event, Simcha Felder Says Gov. Cuomo ‘Has A Heart That Is Mush’

cuomo boro park 1NY Governor Andrew Cuomo got Wednesday a resounding endorsement by the three Statewide elected officials that represent the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn – Councilman David Greenfield, State Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Just six days before Election Day, Governor Cuomo held a roundtable with some 60 Orthodox Jewish leaders at the Beth Yaakov of Boro Park school in the Borough Park section of Borough Park. His speech was often interrupted by thundering applause and standing ovations, especially when he promised to push for passage of the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill “as a matter of justice.” Read more »

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AD45 – Cymbrowitz, Akselrod Roll Out Bigwig Endorsments In 4th Rematch

agudath israel check cymbrowitzAssemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) on Wednesday announced the endorsement of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who once held the same assembly seat, as he continues to battle a challenge in the November 4th general election to represent the 45th Assembly District for an 8th term.

“Steven Cymbrowitz has delivered for the people of this district and I am proud to give him my support,” Senator Schumer said in a statement. “He has advocated consistently and passionately for the needs of seniors, children, families, small business owners and our vibrant immigrant community, and I know that he will continue to do so.” Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo To Hold Roundtable With Jewish Leaders In Borough Park

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Via NYGovCuomo

With 6 days to go until Election Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to visit the orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Borough Park on Wednesday, a source told JP.

The governor is expected to hold a roundtable with Jewish community leaders at Beth Yaakov of Borough Park on 14th Avenue in Brooklyn, at around 5:45pm, the source said. Read more »

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AD48 – Hikind, Caller Tout Support Of Brooklyn Rabbis

caller casino 056With 7 days to go until Election Day, the campaigns of Assemblyman Dov Hikind and his Republican challenger R’ Nachman Caller for the 48th Assembly District both published letters of support by Gedolei Rabbonim in Borough and Flatbush.

On Tuesday, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for State Assembly published the names of Gedolei Rabbonim Shlit”a in Brooklyn, who have praised the lifetime community work of R’ Nachman Caller and wished him great success in his bid to represent the members of community, residing in the 48th Assembly District, in Albany.

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AD20 – Schumer Rallies The Troops For Todd Kaminsky In Open LI Assembly Seat

Todd KaminskyU.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Monday “strongly” endorsed former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky to represent New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island, that includes the 5 Towns.

Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, is running to succeed retiring Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg in the Assembly. As a community advocate, he organized free legal clinics for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and helped bring tens-of-thousands of dollars in relief funds to local residents Read more »

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Council Speaker Mark-Viverito To Lead Mission To Israel In Feb.

Rabbi Burg (seen standing from the left) officiating a Tu B'Shvat seder for City elected officials

Speaker MMV at a Tu B’Shvat seder for City elected officials

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is set to embark on a 9 day visit to Israel next year, JP has learned. She first announced the trip during a speech to the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition on Sunday.

The Speaker will be leading a City Council delegation that includes another 14 members on February 15, 2015 and will be returning on Monday, February 23, according to the initial initinary obtained by JP. Read more »

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NYS AG Eric Schneiderman Urges Orthodox Jewish Community To Unite In Combating Antisemtism

2014-10-26 12.00.44Leading his opponent by over 20 points, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman touted his effort to protect religious rights and vowed to combat antisemitism, in a reelection campaign pitch to the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Acknowledging there’s a race, Schneiderman told some 50 leaders of the Jewish community, gathered at the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition legislative forum, that “it’s good that I have a race, because you remind people the thing you have done. In this era of Twitter of Facebook, and everybody being distracted all the time, people forget.” Read more »

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Brooklyn Boro Prez Eric Adams Declares Mayoral Run In 2021

20141026-135241.jpgLess than a year into his first term as President of the Borough of Brooklyn, Eric Adams on Sunday declared his candidacy for mayor of New York City in 2021.

Addressing a crowd of some 50 leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community in Flatbush, at the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition annual candidate forum, Mr. Adams thanked the community for supporting him during his run in 2013, urging them to stick with him until he ends his tenure as Borough President and proceeds further with his political aspirations.

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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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