Former Assembly Member and current New York City Council Member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. of Brooklyn is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to hold a special election to fill the vacant seats in the State Legislature that leave a large number of Brooklyn residents without representation. Joined by fellow former Assembly Member and now Council Member Inez Barron, Espinal draws attention to the many communities that are currently underrepresented.
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The 82-year-old Democratic congressman from The Bronx, Charlie Rangel, received Tuesday a major boost in his tough primary fight to secure a 23rd term. Former President Bill Clinton endorsed Mr. Rangel in his June primary against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and the Rev. Michael Walrond, saying the New York congressman is “what his district and our country need now.”
”I’m happy to endorse my good friend Charlie Rangel for Congress,” Clinton said in a statement. “Charlie has been a champion of more good jobs, successful small businesses, and strong families for more than 40 years. That’s what his district and our country need now.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s rating among New York voters has slipped for the third straight month, but he still leads his only Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by 30 points, according to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday.
Cuomo leads Astorino 58-28 percent, a three point drop for the Democratic Governor and a two point increase for Astorino, since March.
For Shneur Odze, the first Haredi/Orthodox Jew to become a member of the Europe Parliament, the hope that he’ll be able to serve as an advocate for Jewish causes, overshadows the fact that he is running as a candidate of the right-wing UK Independence Party.
“I’m standing for all the reasons every UKIP candidate is standing. But of course I have a vested interest in Jewish issues — shechita, brit milah. These are EU-related issues,” the 31-year-old father of four told The Jewish Chronicle, in an extended interview ahead of next month’s election. “In the European Parliament there are very few Jews. We get a poor hearing. I hope to be right in the forefront of the issues.”
Bruce Berger, the former head of Westchester’s Solid Waste Commission, who was fired by County Executive Rob Astorino ‘an hour before Passover,’ is asking potential Republican donors not to donate to Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign, The Daily News reported Tuesday.
Berger, a Democrat, wrote in a letter sent around to GOP donors that he was not only let go an hour before the Passover holiday began last week, but claims he was replaced by a Republican political crony – former Judge Daniel Angiolillo.
Where there’s votes, there’s political power, goes the saying. The power of the two Satmar factions in Williamsburg may not be reflective in the city’s ongoing day-by-day governing process, they may produce negative headlines from time to time, but their dominance in the political landscape is apparent.
Consequently, it comes to no shock that Rabbi Moshe David Niederman (Zalis) and Rabbi Moshe Indig (Ahronim) were selected as one of the most powerful politicos – in de Blasio’s New York – in the NY Observer’s Political Power 80 list, published Tuesday afternoon.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino came under fire on Friday for removing Bruce Berger from his job as executive director of Westchester’s Solid Waste Commission moments before the Jewish holiday of Passover came in, Capital NY reports.
Astorino terminated Bruce Berger—an appointee of former country executive Andy Spano, who Astorino defeated—to move in one of his own people, according to Westchester County sources.
On Friday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino seized the opportunity to blast Gov. Andrew Cuomo for this week’s Department of Labor jobs report that showed a 0.1 percent increase in the State’s unemployment rate.
“You don’t need yesterday’s jobs numbers to understand the answer. You just have to ask your neighbors wherever you live in New York. They know and so do you probably,” Astorino said in an online video. “New Yorkers continue to get hammered by government policies poisonous to economic growth.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to address bullying in schools after disturbing allegations of anti-Semitism in the Hudson Valley district of pine bush, fell through during the budget negotiations, Capital NY reported Friday.
The law, proposed by the governor earlier this year, would require school officials to report racial or religious discrimination. In his State of the State address, Cuomo said when he read the article published in November, he called the state education department, the division of human rights and the state police, and all three agencies said they hadn’t been contacted about the allegations. Cuomo said if a school official doesn’t notify the state of such discrimination, he or she should not be a school official.
Following Mayor de Blasio’s launch of a comprehensive recovery plan more than a year after Hurricane Sandy left many affected, Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm (R,C,I-NY) criticized the Mayor’s delay in communicating the necessary information to secure funding for unmet needs in the City’s Build it Back Program.
“We’ve been hearing multiple reports that Build it Back may require an additional $1 billion to cover rebuild and repair for one and two family homes ravaged by Sandy.” Rep. Grimm said in a lengthy statement on Thursday.
The embattled mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, kicked off Thursday evening his reelection campaign for mayor.
Mr. Ford, never short of scandals and controversies, was photographed greeting supporters while wearing a Jordanian/Palestinian ‘Kaffiyeh’ (headscarf) to his head. Apparently, the scarf was handed to him by a supporter, according to a tweet by a Toronto Star photographer.
Barack Obama’s most influential Jewish adviser during his two successful presidential elections has been hired to advise the British Labour Party in the country’s 2015 parliament election campaign. David Axelrod has been given the title of senior strategic adviser to the first-to-become Jewish Prime Minister hopeful, Labour leader Ed Miliband, The Guardian reported Thursday.
“I have had some long conversations with Ed Miliband over the course of the past year and it was less about politics, and more about this issue of how in the 21st century you create healthy economies in which opportunity is broadly available, and people can stay ahead of the cost of living,” Mr. Axelrod said in a press release.
Hillary is soon to become a grandma, as her daughter Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child.
The Former First Daughter, 34, revealed the happy news this afternoon at a Clinton Foundation event. “Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year,” Chelsea said at the end of the event, as her mother looked on.
A holiday phone call between President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, apparently turned into a boxing match over immigration reform, Politico reports.
According to the White House, President Obama was just trying to wish Cantor, who is Jewish, a happy Passover. However, a statement by Cantor following the phone call said the conversation was about immigration. “The president called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together,” Cantor said in the statement.
Tonight, across our state and around the world, people of the Jewish faith will gather in love and warmth to remember an important night in their long struggle against oppression. The story of Passover is a powerful reminder of the strength of faith, an enduring belief in better days ahead, and a reminder of the importance of communities sticking together to overcome adversity. And it is a day when families and friends gather to join in a ceremony that honors the Jewish community’s great victories, and prepares the next generation to carry on this faithful tradition.
I wish all of my friends a joyous Passover celebration.
On the eve of Passover 5774, I want to take this opportunity to extend greetings to all my friends in the Jewish Community.
Passover is a holiday rich in symbolism as Jews worldwide commemorate and celebrate their deliverance from bondage in Egypt centuries ago. Jewish tradition instructs Jews to observe the Passover experience as if they themselves were the ones liberated. As we look to the future, we also must constantly keep in mind the past.
“Tonight, members of Jewish communities all across New York will gather to celebrate the first night of Passover. Passover is a commemoration of the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery and oppression. It is an enduring narrative of fearlessness and determination which has instilled hope and inspiration across the world to this very day.
As New Yorkers join with family and loved ones to celebrate, let us redouble our efforts to continue this timely message ensuring a safe and secure society and brighter future for all. My best wishes for a happy and joyous Passover.”
Home Depot co-founder and prominent Republican donor Ken Langone is standing by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his choice for President in 2016, despite the recent buzz surrounding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
“Jeb would be a superb president, but I think Christie would connect better — we desperately need a president to connect to the people,” Langone told Buzzfeed on Friday.
Sen. Rand Paul (R) Kentucky told ABC News’ Jon Karl on Sunday that when it comes to the Iranian nuclear program, “all options should be on the table” and the United States shouldn’t rule out containment of a nuclear Iran.
“They said containment will never ever, ever be our policy. We woke up one day and Pakistan had nuclear weapons. If that would have been our policy toward Pakistan, we would be at war with Pakistan. We woke up one day and China had nuclear weapons. We woke up one day and Russia had them,” Paul told ABC News.
Netanyahu’s coalition partner is threatening to bolt the government and drag Israel into elections if 14 Israeli-Palestinian terrorists are released in a swap deal brokered by the US administration.
Last week, Economy Minister and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett announced that his party will leave the coalition if Israel agrees to release Israeli-Arab terrorists as part of a framework agreement to extend peace talks with the Palestinians. The crisis intensified Sunday evening as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a scheduled meeting with Bennett.
“Deepen your relationship with G-d,” was Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino’s message to the Jewish community celebrating the holiday of Passover, starting Monday evening.
“My message to anybody is: don’t forget about G-d. What is happening in our society today, G-d is being washed away from the public square or really from our lives,” Mr. Astorino said in his passover greetings on the Zev Brenner radio program. “Part of this is this generation, maybe, is not as religious as the previous, which is a shame. But just the whole secularism that is creeping in .. not even creeping in anymore but marching in quickly in our society. And that’s a frightening thought to me, and it should be a frightening though to Jews and Christians alike.”
Britain may soon have the first Jewish Prime Minister, but the guy to claim that title doesn’t believe in God. During a visit to Israel over the weekend, United Kingdom’s opposition leader and Labour Party chairman, Ed Miliband spoke about his religious beliefs in detail for the first time, according to British media. But he said his Jewish ethnicity doesn’t contradict with his belief that G-d doesn’t exist.
“I have a particular faith. I describe myself as a Jewish atheist. I’m Jewish by birth origin and it’s a part of who I am,” said Miliband. “I don’t believe in God, but I think faith is a really, really important thing to a lot of people. It provides nourishment for lots of people.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu may want to pursue the peace process, but amid the Palestinians balking the table over some list of terrorists expected to be released from jail, the Prime Minister and his right-wing partners are actually gaining public support.
The Dialogue Institute survey, published in Friday morning’s Haaretz newspaper, shows that Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi Party would tie with Labor as the second-biggest party in the next Israeli government, if elections were held today. Likud-Beitenu would receive 37 projected seats – compared to 32 in a poll released six weeks ago, Bayit Yehudi and Labor would each receive 15 seats and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party 14 projected seats, according to the poll.
The following are excerpts of an Op-Ed by Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) as it appeared in the Hamodia newspaper:
“I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in a number of food-packaging opportunities. Baruch Hashem, there are many organizations in our community whose sole mission is to help others, but before Pesach, these organizations kick into overdrive.
The campaign season has officially started. With 7 months to go for his reelection bid, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo did his first major ad buy of the election in the Jewish community, courting statewide Jewish voters, JP has learned.
The quarter-page ads signed by the governor, wishing the community a happy Passover, appeared in all of the major Jewish newspapers across the state. The ad, paid by Cuomo 2014 reelection campaign, also appears in the Orthodox Jewish weekly newspapers such as – Hamodia, The Jewish Press, Der Yid and Der Blatt.