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EXCLUSIVE: Both Satmar Factions Endorse AG Eric Schneiderman For Reelection

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Eric Schneiderman

For the second time in this election cycle, the two rival factions of the Satmar Hasidic community have united in an unprecedented manner to endorse a candidate for Statewide office. On Friday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman received the united backing of both Satmar factions in Williamsburg and Kiryas Joel, JP has learned.

“Our community will show strong support for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Election Day,” Rabbi David Niederman, representing the Zalis Satmar community, told JP. Read more »

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UPDATED: AD20 – Assembly Candidate Todd Kaminsky Says He’s Opposed To Education Tax Credit Bill

kaminsky goldfederA proposal to ease the burden of Yeshiva parents and lower the high tuition costs has met the emphatic opposition of the Democratic candidate running for the open seat in New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island, that includes the 5 Towns, JP has learned.

The past Monday evening, during a political debate in Long Beach, Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky said he would not support tuition tax credits for yeshivas, private and parochial school parents, despite the fact that many Democrats, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have expressed their support of the bill. Read more »

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Speaker Boehner to Obama: Condone Profanity and Get Your House in Order

Obama-BoehnerSpeaker Boehner added his name to the list of officials calling on the president to apologize for the profane statement that a senior administration official made in regards to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Boehner said that “The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not.” Read more »

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At Borough Park Event, Simcha Felder Says Gov. Cuomo ‘Has A Heart That Is Mush’

cuomo boro park 1NY Governor Andrew Cuomo got Wednesday a resounding endorsement by the three Statewide elected officials that represent the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn – Councilman David Greenfield, State Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Just six days before Election Day, Governor Cuomo held a roundtable with some 60 Orthodox Jewish leaders at the Beth Yaakov of Boro Park school in the Borough Park section of Borough Park. His speech was often interrupted by thundering applause and standing ovations, especially when he promised to push for passage of the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill “as a matter of justice.” Read more »

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NJDC Disappointed at Profane Language Towards Netanyahu, Rep. Lamborn Calls for Apology

obama netanyahuIn response to the profane and disrespectful language used by a senior Obama administration official when describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the National Jewish Democratic Council said it is “surprised and disappointed” for the use of “inappropriate” language.

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, a senior Obama administration official called Israel’s Prime Minister “Chickensh*t.” Read more »

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AD45 – Cymbrowitz, Akselrod Roll Out Bigwig Endorsments In 4th Rematch

agudath israel check cymbrowitzAssemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) on Wednesday announced the endorsement of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who once held the same assembly seat, as he continues to battle a challenge in the November 4th general election to represent the 45th Assembly District for an 8th term.

“Steven Cymbrowitz has delivered for the people of this district and I am proud to give him my support,” Senator Schumer said in a statement. “He has advocated consistently and passionately for the needs of seniors, children, families, small business owners and our vibrant immigrant community, and I know that he will continue to do so.” Read more »

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IN Sen Candidate: Businesses That Discriminate Based on Religion Should ‘Put Out Their Own Fire’

JD Ford at Indiana Jewish forumAn Indiana State Senate candidate is facing heat for comments he made during a recent political forum, where he stated that businesses that refuse customers based on religious beliefs should lose public services.

On October 21, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council held a political forum with the candidates for State Senate District 29, incumbent Mike Delph (R), and J.D. Ford (D). Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo To Hold Roundtable With Jewish Leaders In Borough Park

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With 6 days to go until Election Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to visit the orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Borough Park on Wednesday, a source told JP.

The governor is expected to hold a roundtable with Jewish community leaders at Beth Yaakov of Borough Park on 14th Avenue in Brooklyn, at around 5:45pm, the source said. Read more »

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Equally Pro-Israel Candidates in Chicago House Race Battle For Jewish Vote

SchneiderIn a competitive race for the House in Chicago, Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider and his opponent, former Rep. Bob Dold, a Republican, are both on record as being strongly supportive of Israel. The two, in a rematch fight for the north suburban 10th Congressional District seat, are engaged in a pitched battle for the 11 percent or 12 percent of the likely voters in the district who are Jewish.

The majority of the Jewish voters in the 10th District are Democrats or left-wing Independents, or swing voters. Since a solid stance in favor of Israel is a given in the district, the support of many Jewish voters tends to be determined more by domestic policy concerns.

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AD20 – Schumer Rallies The Troops For Todd Kaminsky In Open LI Assembly Seat

Todd KaminskyU.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Monday “strongly” endorsed former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky to represent New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island, that includes the 5 Towns.

Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, is running to succeed retiring Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg in the Assembly. As a community advocate, he organized free legal clinics for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and helped bring tens-of-thousands of dollars in relief funds to local residents Read more »

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NYS AG Eric Schneiderman Urges Orthodox Jewish Community To Unite In Combating Antisemtism

2014-10-26 12.00.44Leading his opponent by over 20 points, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman touted his effort to protect religious rights and vowed to combat antisemitism, in a reelection campaign pitch to the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Acknowledging there’s a race, Schneiderman told some 50 leaders of the Jewish community, gathered at the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition legislative forum, that “it’s good that I have a race, because you remind people the thing you have done. In this era of Twitter of Facebook, and everybody being distracted all the time, people forget.” Read more »

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AP Profiles Carter Grandson’s Race for US Senate

Carter(AP). Ah, the family. They can be a candidate’s sounding board, worthy surrogates and an attractive image for a television ad.

Or they can be a massive headache to rival any uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner.

In Arkansas, former Sen. David Pryor and his wife, Barbara, campaign for son Mark, the incumbent Democratic senator, while onetime elected officials – Georgia’s Sam Nunn, Florida’s Bob Graham and Louisiana’s Moon Landrieu – are lending a hand to their daughters. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller Pushes Back Against Critics Of Housing Plan

IMG_9908The issue-oriented campaign, especially the detailed plan to build 2,000 housing units in the district, has surprised many outside observers, but has also come as a breath of fresh air to members of our community, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for State Assembly stated on Monday.

The ‘My Plan’ booklet that was distributed in the district over the past few week, has first and foremost brought awareness to a crisis that existed for years but was never coherently addressed. Read more »

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Brooklyn Boro Prez Eric Adams Declares Mayoral Run In 2021

20141026-135241.jpgLess than a year into his first term as President of the Borough of Brooklyn, Eric Adams on Sunday declared his candidacy for mayor of New York City in 2021.

Addressing a crowd of some 50 leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community in Flatbush, at the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition annual candidate forum, Mr. Adams thanked the community for supporting him during his run in 2013, urging them to stick with him until he ends his tenure as Borough President and proceeds further with his political aspirations.

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NY04 – Kathleen Rice Pulls Out Of Islamic Event After Radical Imam Was Added To Speakers List

schumer riceNassau County District Attorney and a Long Island Congressional candidate, Kathlee Rice announced on Friday that she is pulling out from her initial intention to attend an event at the Islamic Center of Long Island on November 23, 2014, after it was revealed that she would be speaking alongside a controversial Imam, a co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Read more »

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Nassau County – Poll: Jewish Democratic Senatorial Candidate Trails Incumbent By 15 Points

adam haber senateTwo-term incumbent Republican State Senator Jack Martins leads his Democratic challenger Adam Haber by 15 points (52-37), according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll of likely voters in the 7th Senate District, located in Nassau County.

Haber, who’s Jewish, has a large lead among Jewish voters – who make up 17% of the electorate – by a 63-24 percentage margin. However, Martins lead with independent voters has increased from 57-30 percent to now 68-19 percent, the poll shows. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller Hits Hikind On Education Tax Credit Bill: ‘You Had Your Time’

2014-10-21 21.28.25On Thursday, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for State Assembly issued a blistering attack on Assemblyman Dov Hikind for campaigning on a promise to fight in Albany for the Education Investment Tax Credit, thus admitting nothing has been done over the past 3 decades to solve the tuition crisis.

In recent campaign events and in print ads, Hikind touted his record of acquiring TAP and Special Education legislation as a reason to re-elect him in November. Read more »

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NC6 — GOP Hopeful Mark Walker Promises Jewish Voters to Represent Them in Congress

Mark Walker North CarolinaAppearing on the Triade Today TV program together with his opponent for the North Carolina Sixth Congressional District, Republican hopeful Mark Walker, who’s a Protestant Minister, said that if elected, his votes in Congress will reflect the views of all his constituents, including Jewish voters.

Walker upset high-profile candidate Phil Berger Jr. in a bitter Republican runoff, even though retiring Congressman Howard Coble (R) endorsed Berger. Walker is now facing his Democratic opponent Laura Fjeld, but Walker seems to be the favorite candidate to win the general election, considering the district’s  heavily conservative tilt. Read more »

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AG Hopeful John Cahill: Schneiderman Has Ignored The Orthodox Jewish Community In Brooklyn

2014-10-21 21.15.48Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General, John Cahill on Tuesday introduced himself to the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, as he fights an uphill battle to defeat the Jewish incumbent, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Cahill, a former chief of staff to the community’s darling – former Governor George Pataki, addressed some 50 activist at the Orthodox Jewish Political Club (OJPC) monthly meeting at the Seville Manor in Borough Park. Read more »

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NYGov – Poll: Astorino Gains As He Gets More Known To Voters, Still Trails Cuomo By 21 Points

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorinoi is gaining support with less than two weeks until Election Day, though he still trails incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo by 21 points (54-33), according to the latest Siena College Poll of likely voters. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received nine percent and 4 percent remain undecided.

Astorino leads Cuomo 43-41 among men and 46-44 in the suburbs. Cuomo has a large 65-25 lead among women  and a 72-16 lead in New York City. Read more »

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Tight Georgia Senate Race Garners National and Jewish Communal Attention

nunn georgia senate(By Dmitriy Shapiro/JNS). As Republicans look poised to take control of the U.S. Senate after November’s midterm elections, Senate races in a couple of states have tightened, with both political parties re-directing their funds toward key toss-up races before Election Day. In Georgia, a state with a sizable Jewish voter block, the race to fill the open seat of retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is attracting truckloads of cash from outside the state for advertising buys. Read more »

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AD48 – Caller: Hikind Permitted ‘Unconcealed Discrimination’ Of Housing For BP/Flatbush Community ‘To Flourish’

2014-10-21 21.28.14The election for the 48th Assembly District – that consists of Borough Park, Midwood and parts of Flatbush – is in high gear. For the first time in decades, a sitting Assemblyman is being challenged by a member of the community, in what seems to be an exciting and competitive race in one of the largest Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods outside of Israel. Read more »

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Study: Miami’s Jewish Community Sees 41% Increase In Number Of Orthodox Jews

miamiFor the first time in four decades, the Jewish population in Miami is on the rise, according to a new study released Monday by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

The study shows that the Jewish population of Miami-Dade County has increased 9 percent over the last decade, to 123,000 from 113,000 in 2004, making it the eleventh largest Jewish community in the U.S. Read more »

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Four Midterm House Races Grab Spotlight With Jewish Components

Lee ZeldinThe imminent national midterm elections have yielded four races for the House of Representatives that bear specific Jewish interest, The Jewish Daily Forward highlights.

Los Angeles is witnessing a spirited fight between Ted Lieu and Elan Carr for the seat of retiring Democratic veteran Henry Waxman, while in the New York area, a Republican Jewish candidate is waging a tough challenge for a Long Island seat. A close race for an open seat in swing-state Colorado also features a Jewish element, while the suburbs of Chicago see Democrat Brad Schneider attempting to keep his seat.

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NY11- Grimm, Recchia Square Off In Fiery Televised Debate

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(AP). Republican Congressman Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia engaged in a combative debate Friday in their race to represent Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, with Recchia repeatedly bringing up Grimm’s federal indictment and Grimm insisting he is the best choice for the district.

Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent, is accused of evading taxes by allegedly hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages, while running a small Manhattan restaurant. He has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts and has a December court date. Read more »

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