NYC Elects: In pitch to NYC Jewish voters, some of the mayoral candidates did the most costless, but appreciative, act to tweet a greeting to the Jewish community celebrating the holiday of Shavu’ot.
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NYC Elects reports: Following the latest social media problems within the Bill de Blasio campaign, with the resignation of two staffers who tweeted anti NYPD, racist and antisemitic tweets, the campaign is now cracking down on the remaining staffers.
According to information NYC Elects has gathered, a few weeks ago, Mr. de Blasio’s staffers at the Public Advocate’s office were asked to review their Twitter timelines and previous tweets to accommodate with the campaign’s need to overcome recent controversies and avoid such stories coming out in the future.
NYC Elects reports: If elected mayor, one of the tasks for Bill de Blasio would be balancing the funding of necessary programs for individuals and communities with the financial difficulty the city faces. “I have worked with some of the most disciplined folks in public life, people like Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo,” Mr. de Blasio told The Jewish Press editorial board.
Mr. de Blasio also criticized Bloomberg for axing important childcare vouchers from the budget and pledged to restore them. “I think voters are sick of not being heard by City Hall,” he said. “Too often the Bloomberg approach has been my way or the highway. I’ll do things differently.”
[CHART Below] 74% Jewish Children in NYC and likely a huge percentage elsewhere too, are Orthodox. There is nothing in the “Blueprint to Victory” of the Republican Jewish Coalition which shows their interest or strategy to make Orthodox Jews, especially Ultra-Orthodox/Hasidic Jews (the fastest growing and most politically conservative Jewish Group) part or central of their plan. To the contrary, the ad mentions that Jewish Voters in RJC polling had “real concern” about the GOP’s stance on special issues such as Gay Marriage. Really? The ‘Jewish Republican’ of 2016 and 2012 thinks the GOP is not liberal enough on these issues? What a joke.
New Jersey Jewish News Reports: A pro-Israel PAC fund-raiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker brought in $100,000, even though Booker has not yet made his intentions to run for United States senator in 2014 official. The April 21 fund-raiser at a private home in Englewood was hosted by NORPAC, a nonpartisan PAC that backs pro-Israel congressional candidates.
Its president, Ben Chouake, said 40 people attended the event, where the 43-year-old mayor spoke to “our key concern, Iran.”
NYC Elects reports: Surrounded by some 50 friends, family, community supporters and a pair of supporters from the Satmar community at the steps of Borough Hall, Stephen Pierson officially launched his campaign for a seat in the New York City Council to replace incumbent Steve Levin, who was elected in 2009.
Mr. Pierson argued that his opponent Steve Levin is embedded with the disgraced former Democratic County Leader, Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Pierson highlighted the fact that Levin, as a former Chief of Staff to Lopez, participated in supporting a non-profit organization in Bushwick, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, that has been under investigation and whose leaders received outrageous salaries – even while simultaneously working other jobs.
Here is some of it: In Eastern Europe and elsewhere in the Diaspora, where Jews were often barred from government positions, Jewish communities appointed middlemen to represent their interest before government officials.
“There’s always been some guy like that, a sort of court Jew,” said Samuel Heilman, professor of sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York and author of books on Hasidic Jews in America. “That’s not unique to the Hasidim. That’s always been an element of Jewish life.”
Please join us for a terrific weekend of poker, politics, and policy. Our amazing line-up already includes: peaker of the House JOHN BOEHNER; House Majority Leader ERIC CANTOR; Sen. KELLY AYOTTE; Sen. MARCO RUBIO; Gov. SUSANA MARTINEZ; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman ED ROYCE; Rep. TOM COTTON; Rep. SEAN DUFFY; Rep. BILLY LONG; ARI FLEISCHER; ARTHUR BROOKS; MIKE MURPHY – Republican Jewish Coalition website
Nathan Gutman wrote an extensive article: Some of the party’s biggest Jewish donors are taking the lead in pushing for a more moderate conservative party following the Republicans’ defeat in last year’s presidential election. At the same time, grassroots Jewish supporters, many of them Orthodox, are finding a new home among socially conservative Republicans who populate the Tea Party movement and the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Australian Jewish News Reports: Eearly voting facilities will be established in electorates which have high numbers of Jewish voters, Minister for Resources, Energy, Tourism and Small Business Gary Gray has confirmed.
Responding to a request from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) for the establishment of additional voting centres due to election day coinciding with Yom Kippur on September 14, Gray stated that 12 electorates with large Jewish populations will be equipped with pre-poll voting centres.
PBP Reports: President Barack Obama easily carried Democrat-tilted Palm Beach County in November, but he got 11,555 fewer votes than in 2008. About half of that drop-off can be attributed to Democrats in 45 “very Jewish” precincts who appear to have crossed party lines and voted for Mitt Romney, a numbers-cruncher for the county Democratic Party says.
Richard Ingman, a retired chief financial officer who serves as the local party’s director of data and statistics, included that estimate in a report on the 2012 elections at last Thursday’s Democratic Executive Committee meeting.
JTA Reports: The economy was the strongest determinant for Jews who voted for Barack Obama, according to an analysis of polling data, by Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring published Wednesday.
The survey showed that 68 percent of respondents voted for President Obama and 32 percent for Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, and that there were similar liberal-conservative splits on a range of issues, including the economy, abortion, gay rights, climate change and immigration.
However, a statistical analysis of the results showed that the predictive power of economic issues was the largest, according to Steven Cohen, a professor at New York University’s Berman Jewish Policy Archive who analyzed the data with Samuel Abrams, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College.
Brooklyn, NY – In this exclusive video obtained by Gestetner Updates, recorded at a reception for New York City Mayoral contender and current New York City comptroller John Liu, the candidate starts off by wishing L’chaim!, then goes on talking about many different political issues, during which he expresses happiness about the upcoming republican mayoral primary at which he comments “let them kill themselves first”.
On Metzitza B’peh he says “I would defer to the Rabbi’s”.
Watch full video for much more.
Brooklyn, NY – Tuesday, Dec. 25 – NYS Senator-elect Simchah Felder who ran as a Democrat and said he will caucus with the GOP, performed the highly sacred Chasidic Act of giving a “Kvitel” (note with a petitionary prayer similar to the notes people place in the cracks of the western wall) to a visiting Rabbi from Isreal. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager who is one of the two heirs to the throne of the worldwide chassidic sect know as Viznitz-Israel came to visit the US for a couple of weeks to celebrate the Bar-Mitzvah of his twin grandchlidren. Senator Eric Adams with aspirations of becoming Brooklyn Borough President also visited Rabbi Hager wearing a large yarmulka, making a point in wearing a velvet one primarily worn by chasidic men rather than sporting one made of knit or leather that is common by Modern Orthodox Jews.
If you live in New York City and you are registered to vote, but not as a republican or Democrat, you might unknowingly be a member in the Independence Party (which can be misconcieved as an Independent). The Independence Party in New York City was founded by an anti-semitic Jew.
His name was Fred Newman. Until his death last year, he was an avowed Marxist, a Jew who was given to anti-Semitic ravings.
Ari Goldman Writes in the Jewish Week: There’s an old saw in American politics, usually attributed to the sociologist Milton Himmelfarb, that goes like this: “Jews live like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.” That comment, made a generation ago when Episcopalians were a symbol of American power and wealth, indicated that Jews, by and large supporters of liberal causes, often voted against their economic interests.
In analyzing the 2012 vote, I’ve come up with a twist on Himmelfarb, this one about Orthodox Jews: “Orthodox Jews live like Puerto Ricans and vote like billionaires…”
The NYT Reports: Take a four-square-block slice of Gravesend, Brooklyn, a warren of high-priced residences dotted with Sephardic temples and yeshivas that happens to be the deepest single bloc of Republican support in all five boroughs. On Election Day, 97 percent of the voters there supported Mr. Romney, who beat Mr. Obama 133 votes to 3…
Mr. Romney enjoyed strong support from a range of neighborhoods with large populations of Orthodox Jews, regardless of income level: Mr. Romney won more than 90 percent of the votes in many precincts in the Borough Park and Sheepshead Bay neighborhoods in Brooklyn and in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens. Some Romney supporters from those areas were surprised to learn their candidate had performed so well.
Colin Campbell Reports: This morning, a small army of elected officials and Jewish advocates amassed on Second Avenue, not far from the United Nations, to press their case that Israel is completely justified in its forceful reaction to the rocket attacks against it. In New York City, of course, support for Israel is an almost universally acknowledged political principle with very few deviations. Indeed, so many elected officials crowded together that they had trouble squeezing into the allotted area.
Naturally, all four of the likely Democratic candidates for mayor were present and more than eager to burnish their foreign policy credentials in light of the burgeoning international controversy. In order to profess their unyielding belief in the righteousness of Israel’s military response in Gaza, each pol described personally visiting the Jewish State, three of them to the exact same small town. We decided to simply transcribe their remarks in the order that they spoke.
Mira Sucharov Writes in The Daily Beast: we do know that Canadian Jews have recently seen a striking shift in their traditional party allegiances. In the last Canadian federal election, the Liberal Party—long the party of choice for Canadian Jewish voters–lost significant ground to the Conservatives, with 52% of Canadian Jews voting Conservative. Even longtime Liberal MP Irwin Cotler lost the Jewish vote for the first time in his Montreal riding, thanks no doubt to the kinds of scare-tactic campaigning that Republicans would use in the 2012 U.S. election…
According to Morton Weinfeld, Canada has a higher proportion of Holocaust survivors than does America, as well as a higher proportion of Jewish immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa…
Nathan Gutman Writes: Jews had a bad year in terms of winning seats in Congress, falling from 39 members in both chambers in the 112th Congress to only 32 in the next one. Catholics stand out as the religious groups making the greatest gains, with 161 members in the 113th Congress, compared to 156 in the 112th, a trend that may be linked to the increased clout of Latino voters.
Catholics and Jews are all over-represented in Congress compared to their share in the population. This is especially true for Jews, who hold 6% of the House and Senate seats while only having a 2% share of the American population, Episcopalians who are also only 2% of the population and make up 7.2% of Congress and Presbyterians (8.1% of Congress and 3% of population.) Pentecostals, on the other hand, are under-represented and there are no members of Congress that are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Mr. Fidler, who yesterday criticized Senator-elect Simcha Felder for vowing to cross party lines and caucus with the Republicans, took another pass this afternoon in a lengthy statement where he demanded Mr. Felder himself answer questions about the decision. Here’s the statement:
Yesterday, I expressed my disappointment in my friend and former colleague Simcha Felder’s decision to caucus with Republicans and asked for an explanation. Through a spokesman, Simcha issued a statement which on its face lacks any substantive credibility.