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Voters in the East Ramapo Central School District decided on a $209.9 million Budget proposal which would mean a 3.13% property Tax Hike. In addition, the election decided three seats on the Board of Education.
10:52: As of now it seems the Jewish Community produced about 6,500-7,000 votes vs 4,500-5,000 for the other communities.
10:57: Tax Payers candidates seem to have won the election. Neither of them are Jewish but they had strong support among Private School parents, tax payers and also among the Jewish Community.
In a meeting today with orthodox Jewish community leaders Mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis suggested that the controversial Jewish custom be left alone by the government authorities, and additionally he suggested that he strongly believes that the city should provide some sort of tuition relief to orthodox Jewish families who send their kids to private schools. Watch Video Here
Crew of 42 picked this up From Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL): Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar), along with Representatives Henry Waxman, John Lewis, Eliot Engel, Ted Deutch, and Terri Sewell will host an important breakfast for Black and Jewish Members of Congress on Wednesday, May 22nd from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in HVC-200 of the Capitol Visitors Center.
The breakfast will include a discussion of the history of Black and Jewish relations, as well as how to increase engagement between these two communities.
In his response to a question on why crime is down in New York City, Mayoral Candidate John Catsimatidis credited the drop to the NYPD’s Stop & Frisk policy, and pledges to keep the policy in place if he gets elected mayor, he also suggested that the crime stats are probably tampered with, “none of us are fools, I’m sure they’re cooking the books” he said. Watch the Video Here
LoHud Reports: A developer’s plan to build nearly 500 houses on Patrick Farm faces another roadblock, in addition to lawsuits challenging the town’s approval of the project. The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a letter saying it intends to evaluate the extent of environmentally protected wetlands amid the 206 acres along the route 202-306 corridor outside Pomona.
“Based on our latest review … it appears that (builder) Scenic Development has proposed work in wetlands and/or waters … that may require a Department of the Army permit,” the agency said in a May 16 letter.
Former President Jimmy Carter met with Bolivian President Evo Morales and former President Eduardo Rodriguez in Georgia yesterday to discuss numerous topics, including Bolivia’s continued detainment of Brooklyn businessman Jacob Ostreicher. President Carter expressed his concern about Ostreicher’s five month house arrest in Bolivia during a discussion about U.S. – Bolivian relations and the inter American human rights system. – VINNews
JNO: Muslim religious leaders from the Middle East, US, Africa and Europe have joined Jewish scholars and rabbis on a visit to a former Nazi concentration camp in Germany. The tour group, led by US rabbi and Holocaust refugee Jack Bemporad, visited Dachau camp as part of an educational tour of concentration camps in Germany and Poland. See Video
In a meeting the morning with Orthodox Jewish community leaders, NYC Mayoral Candidate John Catsimatidis discussed his Jewish roots, or as he called it “My Jewish Mishpuchah”.
NYC Elects: With Anthony Weiner about to pop into the race for mayor any minute, one of his Democratic rivals demanded yesterday that he pay up $350,000 for the cost of the election required to fill his vacated congressional seat two years ago, after resigning for tweeting lewd pictures of himself.
NPR: After destructive tornados ripped through Oklahoma towns, President Barack Obama made a statement Tuesday regarding the federal government’s commitment to recovery efforts. He said, “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma and we will back up those prayers with deeds as long as it takes.” See Video
Haaretz reports: Justice Minister Tzipi Livni leveled criticism on Monday at the statements made by Yair Lapid on the topic of negotiations with the Palestinians in an interview for The New York Times.
“Lapid’s texts do not coincide with his party’s elections promises,” NRG quoted her as saying. “[His] comments, made on such a delicate week, do not promote the peace process. I hope Yesh Atid will eventually also join the push for peace,” she said.
The Washington Post reports: Rescue crews were searching Tuesday for survivors and victims of a massive tornado that had devastated a suburb of Oklahoma City, grinding up entire neighborhoods and pulverizing two elementary schools.
The swath of destruction in Moore, Okla., was up to a mile wide and 20 miles long. The state medical examiner’s office told the Associated Press early Tuesday that at least 40 more bodies were expected, in addition to the 51 people already confirmed dead as a result of Monday afternoon’s storm.
Via Under30CEO: Israel is widely known as the Start-up Nation. With countless incredible characteristics and statistics, this small and young country, surrounded by war, has produced more productive high-tech startups than everyone else. For example, Israel hosts more NASDAQ-listed companies per citizen than any country. According to PWC’s MoneyTree survey, in 2012, 660 Israeli high tech companies received $1.9 billion in venture capital. To put this in perspective, in 2012 that amount was 17% of the $10.9 billion funnelled to Silicon Valley start-ups and 59% of the $3.2 billion that New England startups received.
Stephen Pierson, candidate for City Council in the 33rd District, who raised more than 10 times as many dollars as Levin during the most recent campaign finance filing period, castigated his opponent for choosing to speak publicly against Vito Lopez only after Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had called for Lopez’s expulsion from the New York State Assembly due to sexual harassment of interns.
A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) May 20, 2013
BREAKING – KFOR-TV reporting some 2 dozen kids are dead at Plaza Tower Elem in Moore, OK
— Shawn Reynolds (@WCL_Shawn) May 20, 2013
The pair of stay-on-the-sidelines statements came as Weiner is set to declare his candidacy by video this week, likely on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Haberman.
The Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, founded by a 31-year-old Mr. Lopez in 1973, is a multi-service nonprofit providing everything from affordable housing subsidies to education to emergency shelter for homeless youth.
Excerpts via NYTimes Jodi Rudoren’s Facebook page: Lapid:”I’m a Zionist. I think the two-state solution is the only real idea on the table.”
“The issue on the table is not borders, it’s not Jerusalem, it’s not the right of return. The real issue is hatred, fear, anxiety, suspicion….What we need now is first and foremost to break this circle of suspicion and hatred.