Category Archives: Elections

NYGov – Astorino Rips Into Cuomo For Slow Employment Growth Rate In Upstate NY

rob astorino govOn 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.” Read more »

NY – Cuomo’s Pine Bush-Motivated Anti-Bullying Law Falls Through During Budget Season

Cuomo OHELGovernor 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. Read more »

Staten Island – Grimm Rips de Blasio For ‘Endangering’ Federal Aid for Sandy Recovery

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)

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. Read more »

Toronto – Mayor Ford Kicks Off Campaign With Arabic Keffiyeh

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.

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UK – Labour Leader Ed Miliband Hires David Axelrod As Senior Campaign Advisor

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.

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Bubbe and Bubba Clinton Soon-To-Be!

20140417-181455.jpgHillary 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.

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Happy Passover Phone Call, By Obama To Cantor, Turns Into Clash On Immigration

Eric-Cantor-Tefilin-ChabadA 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. Read more »

Passover Greetings By NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

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.

Passover Greetings By NYGOV Candidate Rob Astorino

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.

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Passover Greetings By NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

“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.”

GOP Donor Ken Langone: Jeb Has More Baggage Than Christie

b4901_jebandmittHome 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. Read more »

GOP Darling, Rand Paul: US Shouldn’t Rule Out ‘Containment’ Of Nuclear Iran [Video]

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. Read more »

Coalition Crisis? Bennett: Pollard Swap Deal = Elections; ‘The Ball’s In Bibi’s Court’

bibi bennettNetanyahu’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. Read more »

‘Don’t Forget About G-d,’ Says Republican Rob Astorino In Passover Greetings [Audio]

rob astorino“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.” Read more »

Miliband, Who Aspires To Become UK’s First Jewish Prime Minister: ‘I Don’t Believe In G-d’

ed miliband meets NetanyahuBritain 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.” Read more »

Poll: Netanyahu Improves Public Standing Amid Peace Talks Crisis

bibi selfie with IDFPrime 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. Read more »

Brooklyn – Hikind on Passover Food Distribution: ‘Our Community At Its Best’

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.

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NYGov – Cuomo Does Major Ad Buy In The Jewish Passover Newspapers; Astorino A No Show

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.

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Staten Island, NY – Report: GOP To Use De Blasio As Poster Boy In Grimm’s Reelection Bid

recchiaRepublican strategists have figured out a new strategy to a keep Staten Island’s lone congressional seat in GOP hands: tie Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia to Mayor de Blasio at every turn.

“We intend to hang de Blasio around Recchia’s neck like the albatross that he is,” Ian Prior, an official with the National Republican Congressional Committee, told The Daily News.

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RJC Head Pushes Back Against Perception Of Org. As An Adelson Entity

matt brooksThe Republican Jewish Coalition is pushing back against the media describing the RJC’s weekend retreat last month in Vegas as the ‘Sheldon Adelson primary.’

“Because of their obsession with one man, the media’s depiction of our meeting was exaggerated and ignored the real news story here: the warm relationship between the GOP and the American Jewish community,” Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, wrote in an Op-Ed for The NY Observer. Read more »

Poll: Christie Stuck At The Bridge; Seen As A ‘Bully’

Christie-Lecturing-600x400The internal panel clearing New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie of any involvement in Bridgegate was seen as a “whitewash” mission, Garden State voters, as they give the 2nd-term governor a thumbs down on his job performance so far, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

New Jersey voters are divided 48 – 48 percent on whether Gov. Christie is more of a leader or more of a bully.  Read more »

Huckabee on Opposing Same-Gender Marriage: I’m Just ‘On The Right Side Of The Bible’ [Video]

Huckabee at CPAC 2014Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told a Conservative-Christian crowd in Iowa on Tuesday that he’s “not homophobic” in opposing same-gender marriage, just “on the right side of the Bible.”

Delivering the keynote address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Huckabee said, “I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic.” Read more »

Rubio: Obama’s Foreign Policy Standing Has Made America ‘Less Safe’ [Video]

rubio-waterSen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned Wednesday that the United States is less safe today than when President Obama took office. “I think on the issues of national security around the world, we are less safe today than we were when President Obama took office,” Rubio told Fox News Wednesday.

“In Asia our allies are increasingly unsure about our ability to counter both North Korea and Chinese expansionism. In Europe you’ve begun to see real tests of the NATO alliance given Russia’s aggressiveness. In Latin America you’ve seen the retreat of Democratic order,” Rubio noted. Read more »

Former Likud Minister Announces Political Comeback; Bashes Likud Party

moshe kahlonA highly popular former Likud minister credited with revolutionizing prices in Israel’s communications market, Moshe Kahlon announced Tuesday he is returning to politics, forming a centrist-socioeconomic party to run in the next Knesset elections.

“I have decided to return to politics,” Kahlon, 54, told Yediot Ahronoth on Tuesday. “I just don’t know with which framework yet… I have an issue with returning to the Likud as it is today.” Read more »

Christie, Adelson To Attend Shmuley Boteach Philanthropy Event in NY

09.02-Shmuley-BoteachNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson are expected to meet once again next month at a Jewish philanthropy event in New York City.

Christie is listed as the featured keynote speaker at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards gala, organized by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, on May 18 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Adelson and his wife, who were honored at the event last year, are also expected to attend the second annual event, according to the invitation. Read more »

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