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Hasidic Legislator Aron Wieder Concedes Assembly Race in Close Primary Election

Ahron WiederAfter an absentee ballots count left him no hope, Hasidic Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder conceded the election in the Democratic primaries for the 98th State Assembly district on Wednesday.

Despite a low-key campaign that was profiled in the New York Times, Wieder, majority leader of the Rockland County Legislature, lost the election to his primary opponent Elisa Tutini by a mere 61 votes, election officials said on Wednesday.

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VP Biden Apologizes For Offensive ‘Shylocks’ Comment

Biden Detroit Rally 9-28-08 Getty-thumb-180x270Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday apologized for using the word “shylocks” in a speech Tuesday, saying he made a “poor choice of words.”

In a speech at the Legal Services Corporation conference on Tuesday, Biden was trying to describe bankers that target servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks,” a term that some see as offensive to Jews. Read more »

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Nachman Caller Launches Bid To Unseat Assemblyman Dov Hikind

IMG_9733Rabbi Nachman Caller, a real estate attorney and the Republican district leader of the 48th Assembly District, formally announced Wednesday his run for Assembly in a bid to unseat 32-year incumbent Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

In a personal letter distributed to voters in the district, as well as a print ad in all of the Jewish weeklies, Rabbi Caller writes, “With profound gratitude and great humility, I present myself as a candidate for the State Assembly in the 48th District, because I feel we can do more for the community in Albany.”

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NY11 – Poll: Grimm Leads Recchia By 4 Points, Recchia Leads 55-33 Among Jewish Voters

Grimm GrimEmbattled Republican congressman Michael Grimm is behind the 50 percent mark with just seven weeks away from Election Day, yet he still leads his Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia by four points, according to a new NY1/Capital NY/Siena Research poll published Tuesday evening.

Grimm, who was recently indicted voter tax fraud, leads Recchia 44-40 percent, with four percent for Green Party candidate Henry Bardel and 12 percent undecided, according to the poll of likely voters in the 11th congressional district. Grimm has a negative 39/49 favorability to Recchia’s 32/23 positives. Read more »

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NYGov – Pro-Astorino Independent TV Ad Hits Cuomo For Going Negative Against Astorino

pro astorino adAn independent committee supporting Rob Astorino for governor released Tuesday their first TV ad in the general election.

The ad titled “Hope” was  released by Rescue New York, an independent expenditure committee formed to support the candidacy of Astorino for Governor. Read more »

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Lawrence, NY – Dem Congressional Hopeful Kathleen Rice Attends ‘Shuk’ for Southern Israel

rice shuk 2On Sunday, Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice (NY-04) attended the ‘Shuk’ (marketplace) for Southern Israel at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway in Lawrence.

The Shuk brought in vendors and merchants from Israel who are struggling because of the crisis in the south and the lack of tourism associated with it, which gave local residents the opportunity to support the Israeli economy from right here at home. Rice, who traveled to Israel in July, was in Tel Aviv when the FAA banned American flights from flying to Ben Gurion Airport. Read more »

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AG Race – Cahill Leaks Internal Poll That Shows Schneiderman With 7 Point Lead

john cahillIn an effort to rally donors and support ahead of the general election, Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill’s campaign sent donors a memo citing internal polling that shows the race against incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman a dead heat, The Daily News reported.

According to the internal poll, not released to the press,  Schneiderman leads Cahill by a 7 point margin (36.8-29.7). Read more »

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NYGov – Astorino’s Dante? Rob Astorino’s Son Sean Takes Cuomo To Task Over Doctored Photo

sean astorinoRepublican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino on Tuesday deployed his son Sean for a web ad after Governor Andrew Cuomo allegedly doctored an Astorino family photo last weekend for use in a negative TV ad run in the name of a local Democratic Party. Read more »

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NYGov – Analysis: Cuomo Fared Best Among Orthodox Jewish Voters in Last Week’s Primary

vote cuomoGovernor Andrew Cuomo’s outreach to Orthodox Jewish voters seems to have paid off, according to post primary analysis.

In a lengthy review of primary night rerun data by Capital New York, Stephen Romalewski, director of the Mapping Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, remarked that the governor performed better in election districts with significant Orthodox Jewish populations than in non-Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.

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NYGov – Cuomo Meets Agudath Israel Board Ahead Of Jewish Fundraiser in Flatbush

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was back in Brooklyn on Monday trying to secure a super majority in his reelection bid, by courting the Orthodox Jewish community’s support at the early stages of the general election.

The governor attended a fundraiser Monday evening at the home of Sol Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel of America’s board of trustees, in Flatbush.

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Bill Clinton Bashes Netanyahu During Hillary’s Iowa Trip

clinton netanyahuFormer President Bill Clinton was caught in a hot-mic moment bashing Prime minister Netanyahu while he was picketing with his wife Hillary in Iowa on Sunday.

According to Haaretz’ Chemi Shalev, Bill Clinton was overheard clearly agreeing with an interlocutor from the audience who said that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is “not the man” who would make peace with the Palestinians and  concurring with the statement “If we don’t force him to have peace, we won’t have peace.” Read more »

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Jewish Independent Senator Bernie Sanders Considering Anti-Clinton Presidential Run

Sanders-021507-18335- 0004Fresh off his first appearance on ‘Meet The Press’ Sunday morning, Vermont’s Independent Senator, Bernie Sanders presented himself as the anti-Hillary Clinton Sunday night in Des Moines.

Hillary was in Iowa earlier in the day, for the first time since 2008, where some 10,000 people cheered her at the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry, as she hinted that she may just run again. “Hi, Iowa,” Clinton yelled. “I’m baa-aack!” Read more »

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Hillary Clinton in Iowa: ‘It’s True I Am Thinking About’ Running For President

Hillary Rodham Clinton(AP). Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive.

“Hello Iowa. I’m back!” Clinton declared as she took the podium at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fundraiser, a fixture on the political calendar in the home of the nation’s first presidential caucus. Read more »

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Schneiderman Kicks Off Reelection Bid With Statewide Tour

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman formally kicked off his reelection campaign on Sunday with a statewide tour that will include stops in Yonkers, Buffalo, Suffolk, Nassau, Syracuse and Albany.

The kickoff event took place at Park Row Plaza near City Hall. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James all expressed their support for the Attorney General and praised his record taking on tough fights to protect New York families and ensure the law applies equally to everyone. Read more »

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Poll: Israelis Divided On Country’s Situation, Optimistic About The Economy

Israel EconomyIsraelis are generally satisfied about the situation and in their country’s economy, a number far higher than in many other Western countries, according to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted in April and May.

According to the poll, 50% of Israelis think Israel’s general situation wasn’t good, compared with 49% who said the country was doing fine. Specifically, 59% said the economy was in good shape, up from 43% in 2013. Read more »

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Dov Hikind Not Impressed With The Primary Day Voter Turnout In Borough Park

Are our vote2014-09-09 12.16.23s being counted? Are Orthodox Jews being taken for granted? How are politicians relying on the Orthodox Jewish electorate? – Are the questions asked ahead of the general election in the fall.

Tuesday’s primary day turnout was relatively low statewide – 9.7 percent. In the Borough Park/Midwood section of Brooklyn, some 2,500 people turned out to vote, compared to the around 15-20 thousand voters in the general election. Read more »

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At Jewish Fundraiser, Obama Vows To Defeat ISIS

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President Barack Obama on Friday received the backing of one of the most influential Jewish leaders in America, following his declaration of war against the brutal terrorist group ISIS.

Howard E. Friedman, a former president of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and a leading supporter of Jewish political causes, hosted a $10K-32.4K fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Friday afternoon with the attendance of President Obama.

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Orthodox Jewish Power Broker Hosts President Obama For Dem Fundraiser

As he engages in efforts to help Democrats retain their hold on the Senate, President Obama is attending a fundraising event today at the home of a wealthy Baltimore hedge fund manager who has become a top American advocate for Israel.

Howard E. Friedman, a former president of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and a leading supporter of Jewish political causes, will host Obama for a dinner charging guests up to $32,400 — the maximum an individual may donate to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the calendar year.

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Long Beach Assembly Candidate Kaminsky Decries Oceanside Hate Crime

Todd KaminskyOceanside, New York – Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky released the following statement on Friday following news that anti-Semitic graffiti was sprayed on the side of a building in Oceanside, Long Island this weekend.

“Such a despicable act will not be tolerated by the people of Oceanside and Nassau County. Whenever anti-Semitism rears its ugly head, government must act swiftly to find those responsible and punish them to the full extent of the law. Cowards like these need to know that their hate will not remain anonymous, and that they will pay for their crime.” Read more »

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NYGov – Astorino Glides Into General Election With Optimism As Polls Show Cuomo Slipping

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While he is still not well known beyond his home base, Westchester County executive and Republican gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino remains convinced that incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo -  who just won the primary with more than 60 percent of the vote – can be beaten, and that he is the one who can do it.

But speaking with the New York Times on Wednesday, Astorino said he was used to triumphing over long odds. “I had a consultant tell me: ‘Don’t go there. They won’t vote for you,’ ” Astorino recalled about his 2009 bid to become executive of Westchester County, where Democrats outpoll Republicans. Read more »

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Withdraws From Race For Mayor; Brother Doug To Replace Him

rob-ford-1200Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew from his reelection bid on Friday, moments before the 2 p.m. deadline for candidates to add or remove their names from the ballot for the Oct. 27th mayoral election, local media reports.

The surprise announcement came as Ford was diagnosed this week for a tumor in his abdomen. Read more »

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Zogby: Romney Would Win Jewish Vote In Rematch Against Obama

mitt romney in israelAlmost two full years after losing badly in the 2012 election, and amid the buzz of a third run, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is rebounding in the polls. Most significantly, in a rematch against President Barack Obama or if the 2012 election were done again, Romney might have prevailed, a new poll shows.

According to a Zogby poll, Obama and Romney are tied with 40% each, 14% choosing an “other” candidate, and 6% not sure.

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Gallup: Republicans Hold An All Time High Edge Over Dems In Keeping America Safe From Terror

FDNY embracing BushThirteen years after the 9/11 attacks, Americas now think the Republican Party would do a much better job in protecting the U.S. from international terrorism and military threats, by the largest margin ever over the past two decades, a new Gallup poll shows.

At this point, 55% of Americans trust the GOP in fighting terrorism, while 32% have faith in the Democratic Party. Read more »

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Poll: 70% Of Israelis Don’t Trust President Obama To Lead Fight Against ISIS

Obama ISIS speechAs President Barack Obama vowed to defeat the growing threat of ISIS, as much as 70 percent of Israelis don’t seem to trust him to fulfill that commitment, a new poll published Wednesday morning showed.

According to a Panels politics poll conducted for the Knesset channel, only 26% of respondents said they trust President Obama to lead the fight against ISIS, while 70% don’t trust him. Read more »

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Cruz To Angry Christian Audience: ‘If You Will Not Stand With Israel, Then I Will Not Stand With You’

Ted CruzTexas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage Wednesday night during a speech at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians after saying that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.”

Cruz, the keynote speaker at the gala for the recently-founded non-profit In Defense of Christians, began by saying that “tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.” Read more »

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