Category Archives: Jewish Vote

NYGov – Cuomo’s Running Mate Kathy Hochul Tours Crown Heights Jewish Community [Photos]

2014-08-21 16.47.28Governor Andrew Cuomo’s running mate and candidate for lieutenant governor in the upcoming 2014 elections, Former congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Thursday visited the Jewish community in the Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn.

Accompanied by the governor’s Jewish liaison Dovid Lobl and Assemblyman Karim Camara, Ms. Hochul strolled the streets in the Jewish neighborhood, stopped to greet bypassing residents and visited the home of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Z”L, known as 770. Read more »

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Cuomo Grants 3/4 Million In Pre-K Funding To Two Schools In Borough Park

ou pre-k rallyAlmost $1 million in funds for full day pre-kindergarten was granted by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration to community based schools in the Hasidic neighborhood of Borough Park this week.

On Monday, Gov. Cuomo announced the preliminary recipients of $340 million in pre-kindergarten funding. The funding, included in the 2014-15 State Budget, is the first installment as part of the State’s commitment to invest $1.5 billion over five years to build a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten program. Read more »

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De Blasio Avoids Visiting Boro Park, South Brooklyn – Because They Voted for Lhota

DE BLASIO JEWISHAs reported exclusively by the New York Observer, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio clearly appears to be avoiding making any personal appearances in the neighborhood of Southern Brooklyn, whose residents overwhelmingly voted for his opponent, Republican Joe Lhota, in last fall’s mayoral election.

The proud Democrat, who has never hidden his disdain for the political right wing, has rarely held public events in Lhota-supporting neighborhoods, an Observer review of de Blasio’s public schedules has revealed. Read more »

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NYGov – Teachout Dodges Two Questions On Israel, Calls Cuomo’s Trip ‘Symbolic’ [Video]

20140819-110938.jpgWhile stressing her commitment to represent all New Yorkers in her bid to outseat Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Party primaries, Zephyr Teachout on Tuesday refused to address an issue important to 1.7 million Jews residing in the state of New York.

Speaking to reporters outside the NY Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in Brooklyn, Teachout dodged two questions directed at her to publicly state her where she stands on Israel and New York connection to the Jewish State.

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NYGov – Anti-Jewish Mamakating Supervisor Endorses Teachout For Governor

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Zephyr Teachout, a candidate for Governor in the September Democratic primary, added to her list of endorsement a controversial figure in her bid to unseat incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo.

On Saturday, Teachout traveled to Sullivan County to receive, among others, the endorsement of the Town of Mamakating Supervisor Bill William Herrmann. Read more »

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NYGov – Coumo Touts Israel Trip And Importance Of Supporting Israel

20140813-200214.jpgFollowing his well reported trip to Israel, Governor Andrew Cuomo took it to a rare national stage on Sunday chatting with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo via phone about his Israel visit.

During the interview, Governor Cuomo talked about his tour of the terror tunnels from Gaza and denied athat the trip was designed to look “presidential” ahead of 2016. Read more »

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NY GOP Congressional Candidate’s Car Ambushed by Arabs Near West Bank

Nick Di Iorio, 28, the Republican challenger to incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney, says his car was ambushed by Arabs during his visit to Israel last week.

Speaking to Arutz 7, Di Iorio said his car came under attack by a group of Arab boys “who hurled rocks at us and laughed,” while returning from a visit to Sderot toward Jerusalem.

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Roundup: Andrew Cuomo Kicks Off 2014 (ehm.. 2016) Campaign In Israel

For Andrew Cuomo this was more than a governor visiting another country in times of crises, or a bipartisan display of New York’s support of Israel. Nor was this 2-day trip part of his reelection bid, a charm offensive to court Jewish voters and donors, as some pundits had suggested.

A top foreign official visiting Israel and demonstrating a show of support is always a plus for the dignitary and the host. It brings positive headlines for both sides and it gives the two separates by ocean to get to know each other in a more personal manner.

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Rep. Peter King To Visit Israel Later This Month

On the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Rep Steve Israel’s trips to Israel, Republican congressman from Long Island, Peter King, said Wednesday he is planning to travel to Israel later this month for a two-day visit.

King told the NY Times he was invited by Malcolm I. Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, who said members of Congress had been reaching out to him.

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TEXT: Statements by PM Netanyahu and Gov. Cuomo Before Meeting in Jerusalem

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Gov Cuomo Concludes First Day of Israel Trip With Prayer At The Western Wall

Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with Speaker Shelly Silver, Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, visited the Western Wall on Wednesday evening, after meetings with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as a roundtable with students from New York and a tour in the old city of Jerusalem.

The governor stood at the wall for a few minutes, saying a prayer and posing for photos with participants of the delegation.

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Gov. Cuomo Lands In Israel On A Solidarity Unity Mission

Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived in Israel on Wednesday afternoon (local time) for a 30-hour marathon of meetings, offering the support of New Yorkers to the people of Israel, as the head of a unity mission – a bipartisan delegation of State leaders and businessmen.

Upon landing at Ben Gurion International airport, the governor was greeted by NY Consul General, Ambassador Ido Aharoni.

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Georgia Gov. to Challenger Carter: Don’t Fundraise off Grandpa and Disassociate from Policy

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Georgia’s Republican Governor Nathan Deal is facing a tough reelection against his Democratic challenger, State Sen. Jason Carter, and he’s using everything possible to shift voters, including talking about foreign policy, something not usually mentioned during a governor’s race.

Deal is trying to paint his opponent, a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, as someone who’s tied to his grandfather’s position. Read more »

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Gov. Cuomo to Critics of Israel Trip: It’s Israel That Is Under Attack

Cuomo-IsraelNY Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with State Assembly and Senate leaders, is expected to board the plane momentarily in what he called a unity mission to express New York’s solidarity with Israel during these difficult times.

“Our message is simple and clear: we stand with Israel and support Israel’s right to defend itself in this conflict,” Cuomo told reporters at a press conference before his departure.

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Gov. Cuomo To Meet With Netanyahu, Rivlin During Jerusalem Visit

cuomo and leadersNY Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders are scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin and visit the Western Wall during their 2-day solidarity visit to Israel.

The delegation, which includes Assembly Speaker Shellly Silver, Senate co-leaders Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos will also meet wounded Israelis and Palestinians, as well as new yorkers living in Israel, according to sources knowledgeable of the details.
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NYGov – Astorino: Hey, It’s An 8 Point Race

NYGov Astorino CuomoWestchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino on Monday sought to pump in some air into the wheels of his bandwagon as yet another poll shows him trailing incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo by 32 percentage points.

The poll, released by Siena Research early Monday morning, showed Gov. Cuomo leading his Republican challenger 58-26 among likely New York State voters, despite weeks of negative headlines with regard to the governors interference in the disbanded Moreland Commission.

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Jewish Orgs Applaud Gov. Cuomo For Leading Unity Solidarity Mission To Israel

Andrew CuomoMajor Jewish organizations on Monday rushed to praise Governor Andrew Cuomo for using his first international trip overseas as Governor as a gesture of support to the Jewish State of Israel.

According to the plan, Gov Cuomo and a delegation of state legislative leaders are scheduled to leave New York on an El Al flight to Israel Tuesday evening for a 2-day solidarity mission, expressing support to the people of Israel during the continuing conflict between the nation and Palestinians.

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Charges Fly In 45th Assembly District Between Cymbrowitz and Challenger Akselrod

IMG_8968The race for the 45th Assembly is heating up, with a rematch between the incumbent Steve Cymbrowitz and Ben AKeslrod turning into a boxing match and flying accusations.

On Monday, the campaign of the 7-term incumbent Steve Cymbrowitz charged that his Democratic primary opponent Ben Akselrod’s campaign issued dozens of subpoenas to Cymbrowitz’s supporters on the evening of Friday, August 8th – “hours before and during Shabbos in neighborhoods largely comprising observant Jews, Holocaust survivors and seniors.”

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Poll: Cuomo Maintains Solid Lead Following Morelandgate; Astorino Picks Up More Jewish Votes

NYGov Astorino CuomoGovernor Andrew Cuomo seemed to have overcome the intense three weeks of negative coverage, leaving him with a scratch and a cloud over his head, but still with a comfortable lead over his Republican challenger, a new Siena Research poll published Monday morning showed.

Despite media reports about United States Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s now disbanded, Cuomo continues to lead Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino by 32 points, down 5 points from a 37-point lead three weeks ago, according to the Siena College Poll of likely New York gubernatorial voters. Read more »

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Borough Presidents Adams, Brewer To Visit Israel Next Week

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer are set to travel to Israel next week as part of a 3-day solidarity mission in support of the Jewish State, JP has learned.

The delegation, sponsored by COJO of West Side, will leave New York Sunday night and leave Israel Wednesday night, a person with knowledge of the details said.

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Hillary Clinton: Critics of Israel’s Gaza Op Are ‘Uncalled For and Unfair’

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Former Secretary of State and potential frontrunner for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton, on Saturday offered one of her strongest defense of Israel to date. Defending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military’s actions in Gaza, Hillary also called critics of Israel’s ground operation “unfair.”

“I think Israel did what it had to do to respond to the rockets,” Clinton told Jeffrey Goldberg in a long range one -on-one interview. “Israel has a right to defend itself. The steps Hamas has taken to embed rockets and command-and-control facilities and tunnel entrances in civilian areas, this makes a response by Israel difficult.” Read more »

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Bergen County, NJ – Dem Challenger To Rep. Garrett To Visit Israel

roy choWant to oust the incumbent? Travel to Israel! Roy Cho, the Democrat challenger to Republican Congressman Scott Garrett of New Jersey, is embarking on a 60-hour visit to Israel next week, The Star Ledger reported Friday.

Cho, a 33-year-old corporate lawyer, is seeking to unseat New Jersey’s most conservative congressman in the Bergen County 5th Congressional district that has a large Jewish population. Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE – JP INTERVIEW [Part 2]: Rob Astorino On Israel’s Gaza Op and First Israel Trip

2014-07-30 15.47.17As reported two weeks ago,Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he received an invitation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel. The governor said he is considering to travel to Israel, his first overseas visit since he became governor, especially in these challenging times for Israel.

During our conversation with Westchester County Executive and Republicans gubernatorial hopeful, Rob Astorino, we asked whether he is considering a visit to Israel during the campaign season. Read more »

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Will Elan Carr Stimulate The Rise of Jewish GOP in Wake of Cantor Departure?

elan carrAn analysis on breitbart.com has taken note of the rise of observant Jewish – and Republican – Congressional candidate Elan Carr, positing that his rapidly increasing political prominence in California could well serve to offset the GOP’s diminished Jewish reputation with the unexpected defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia this past June.

As the article by marketing consultant Emily Schrader explains, the failure of President Obama’s policies in the Middle East is quite likely to generate an increase of Republican votes, and even Republican candidates for office, from within the Jewish community.

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Conservative Columnist: Republicans May Have To Wait For Growing Orthodox Jewish Vote

jewish-voteOn Sunday, The Hill sought to suggest that Republicans believe that the deepening crisis in Gaza could ultimately loosen the grip that the Democratic Party has traditionally held upon American Jewish voters.

Conservatives contend that the overall attitude of the administration has created an atmosphere of skepticism within the Democratic base toward Israel. They took  note of a succession of recent polls as backup of their case. A Gallup survey last month determined that only 31 percent of Democrats felt Israel’s actions against Hamas were justified, whereas 65 percent of Republicans did take Israel’s side in the conflict. Read more »

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