Category Archives: Jewish Vote

Netanyahu Meets With Reps Rohrabacher, Meeks In Jerusalem [Video]

netanyahu meeksPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with yet another bipartisan congressional delegation, which included US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who represents a significant Jewish population in Queens and Nassau County.

“I think the UN would do itself a great favor if instead of the automatic Israel bashing, they actually turn their attention and their investigative committees Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo Eyeing Jewish Vote In Bid To Overcome Teachout/WU Challenge

2014-08-21 16.33.42The insurgence of Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachouut and her running mate Tim Wu is causing some headaches in the campaign offices of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.

While hoping (or rather praying) Teachout doesn’t garner more than 30% on Election Day, the growing momentum in support of her running mate Tim Wu, who’s challenging Kathy Hochul for lieutenant, is raising the possibility of the rather unknown progressive candidate beating the governor’s running mate in the primaries. Read more »

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Disclosure Report: Cuomo Charged Reelection Campaign $27,000 For Solidarity Trip To Israel

20140813-200137.jpgNY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reelection campaign spent nearly $2.5 million over the past three weeks, including more than $27,000 toward his solidarity trip to to Israel, his recent campaign finance disclosure shows.

The Governor’s Cuomo’s campaign spent $23,599 on airfare through El Al Airlines for 7 tickets, $1,224.91 for his stay at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, and another $2,254 to Laufer Aviation Ltd., which lists a P.O. Box in Israel. Read more »

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Romney: Israel Has A ‘Duty’ To Defend Itself From Hamas Rockets

mitt romney in israelFormer Presidential candidate Mitt Romney added his voice of support for Israel on Sunday, saying Israel had the right and in fact the duty to defend itself from Hamas rocket fire.

Appearing on the ‘CATS Roundtable’ with host John Catsimatidis, Romney stressed that the fact that Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel, “it is clearly within [Israel's] rights, it is clearly the right course” to take military action against Hamas terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Read more »

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Reps Royce, Engel To Embark on Bipartisan Mission To Israel

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, announced on Saturday they will travel to Israel next week.

Royce and Engel are scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, as well as Palestinian Authority officials.

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Rabbi Potasnick Slams Teachout For Refusing To Take Stand On Israel

With 10 days to go to primary day, one of NY’s most recognized Jewish individuals says Fordham Law professor, Zephyr Teachout would not earn the Jewish vote in her primary challenge against NY Governor Andrew Cuomo due to her refusal of taking a stand on Israel.

“They [Jewish voters] want to know if someone who aspires to be governor stands with the state of Israel, even though she is not a foreign-policy architect,” Rabbi Potasnick told the NY Post.

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AD45 – Flatbush Rabbanim Endorse Ben Akselrod For Assembly [Photos]

IMG_6737“It is time to have another one of our own in the State Assembly in order to tackle the issues dear to our community,” Rabbi Shlomo Braun from Aleh Foundation told a group of local Rabbis on Tuesday.

The candidate they were asked to endorse, was Ben Akslerod, who is running in a rematch election against the incumbent Assembly member Steve Cymbrowitz in the 45th Assembly District that has a strong Orthodox Jewish electorate from Midwood and Flatbush. Read more »

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NY04 – GOP Congressional Candidate Bruce Blakeman Gets Engaged In Israel

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There is one thing to visit a country during war, and there’s another thing to blend that visit with a moment of happiness, as a Jewish Republican congressional candidate did during a visit of solidarity to the Jewish State.

Bruce Blakeman, who is running for Congress in NY’s 4th congressional district that includes the Five Towns with a prominent Jewish population, was visiting Israel when he proposed to his girlfriend attorney Segal Magori. Read more »

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Like in NYC, The State of California Also Has An Active Jewish Caucus

blockWhile the State of New York is blessed with a Jewish Assembly speaker, a Jewish Senate co-leader, along with New York City’s 14-member Jewish Caucus, a similar pattern is being developed in the State of California.

The last time an ethnic Caucus was formed in the state’s legislature was in 2001, when a group of legislators formed the Asian and Pacific Islander descent Caucus, years after the Latino Caucus was formed (1967). This year in January, State Senator Marty Block (District 39) decided to assemble members who were born Jewish to join the Jewish Caucus after he became chair of 2008’s Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. Read more »

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Pataki: The United States Has Not Been As Supportive As It Should Be Of Israel

Pataki PhotoThe United States has not been as supportive as it should be of Israel, former NY Governor, and a rumored to be a presidential candidate, George Pataki charged on Sunday.

Speaking to billionaire John Catsimatidis on the ‘Cats Roundtable’ Sunday morning radio program, Pataki said that the administration should not have been just supportive “in our rhetoric, but certainly not slowing down or stopping arms sales to Israel at a time when they are under attack.” Read more »

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NYGov- Rob Astorino Warmly Welcomed By Orthodox Jewish Voters Residing In The Catskills

2014-08-24 11.33.41 Jacob Kornbluh, Sol Rieger – Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino on Sunday visited the Jewish community residing for the summer in the Catskills, a tradition never skipped by candidates seeking the Orthodox Jewish vote.

Astorino, who was upstate New York over the weekend for a jobs campaign tour, visited Sunday morning the popular B’nai Israel Synagogue (Nikleshburg) in Woodbourne during the morning prayers’ prime time hours.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Zephyr Teachout Tweets Picture Of Anti-Israel Poster

anti israel garner rallyZephyr Teachout, a candidate for governor in the September 9th Democratic primary, on Saturday tweeted a picture of an anti-Israel poster at the rally protesting the NYPD’s involvement in the death of Eric Garner on Statan Island.

Teachout joined some 2,500 expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

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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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