Rabbi Chanina Sperlin, a leader in the Crown Heights Jewish Community said, “I am heartened by Councilwoman-Elect Cumbo’s apology. I look forward to closing this chapter and working together with Laurie toward a promising and productive relationship that benefits all of the people of Crown Heights.”
Assemblyman Hikind’s reaction to Laurie Cumbo’s apology
“After meeting Laurie and speaking with her, I applaud her remarks. Having gotten to know Laurie over the past week, I feel she will be a great asset to Crown Heights and the city of New York.”
After awkwardly suggesting that the Jewish community might be partly at fault for the recent wave of Knockout assaults against members of the Orthodox community, Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo apologized for those comments, here is her full statement.
“On November 5th, the voters in the 35th Council District conferred upon me the highest honor of representing them in the New York City Council. From the outset of my campaign, I have sought to be sensitive to the needs of all the residents in the District, regardless of their ethnicity, race or faith. I am proud that my supporters have come from virtually every segment of the communities present in the 35th CD. During the course of the campaign I knocked on hundreds of doors and had numerous conversations with local residents, learning more of the many issues on the voters’ agendas, as well as their hopes, fears and perceptions.
Unsurprisingly, former Presidential candidate Ron Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper, Monday evening, that he backs President Obama in the ongoing negotiations with Iran about the country’s nuclear program.,calling it a great breakthrough.
“I hope the President is going to be successful in this,” he said. “I’m cheering him on.”
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Congressman Micheal Grimm (R-Staten Island) released Monday a campaign a statement hitting his Democratic opponent Councilman Dominic Recchia for living in Brooklyn, which is only a small part of the 11th Congressional District.
“How can we expect a career politician who lives in Brooklyn to put Staten Island first, when his voting record says otherwise?” asked Mr. Grimm’s spokeswoman, Carol Danko. “The City is constantly dumping things on us that we don’t want – whether its toll hikes, property tax increases, a juvenile detention center or a landfill – and Domenic is part of the problem. It’s because of politicians like Domenic Recchia that Staten Island has become the forgotten borough, and why he is unfit to serve.”
In an interview with JNS.org, Former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate in 2008, Mike Huckabee predicted the downtrend trend in Jewish support for Democrats will continue in the 2016 presidential election.
“Why would anyone committed to the safety and security of the future of Israel be supportive of the policies of Barack Obama, which you can call the most frighteningly non-supportive [U.S.] policies on the state of Israel since its inception? I can’t imagine that somebody could look at those policies and say, ‘Boy, [Obama has] really got the Israelis’ back’—because he doesn’t,” Huckabee said.
Israel’s defense minister on Monday accused Iran of using its embassies as terrorist bases and transferring guns and bombs through diplomatic pouches, without providing evidence for the claims.
“Wherever there are Iranian embassies, they also serve as bases for espionage and terrorism,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in a statement after meeting with visiting Guatemalan President Otto Perez. “We know there are South American countries like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia where the Iranians maintain terror bases in their embassies and among the local Shiite Muslim population.”
Police are investigating after an aspiring fashion design student was assaulted by a group of over a dozen men in Brooklyn, leaving him with a broken eye socket and a torn retina. The 22-year-old victim, Taj Patterson, says he was out with friends in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Dec. 1 when a group of 15 to 20 men he described as Hasidic Jews wearing religious garb approached him.
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a vocal critic of the U.S. agreement with Iran last month, called for more sanctions against Iran if a deal is not reached. Appearing on CBS This Morning on Monday, he said the country has “cheated and lied” for the last 20 years on the nuclear issue.
NY Times: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the Iranian nuclear deal would be dead if the U.S. Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they do not take effect for six months, Time Magazine said on Monday.
In a transcript of the interview, which was conducted on Saturday and posted online on Monday, Time said it asked Zarif what would happen if Congress imposed new sanctions, even if they did not go into effect for six months.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo developed an early posture after his 2010 election of keeping his head down and ignoring national politics, almost never venturing beyond his home turf for the states that settle presidential races…
…Three years later, Cuomo’s political lens is just as narrow. And Democratic activists in early presidential states have come to conclude there’s no way he will run in 2016, whether Hillary Clinton is in the race or not POLITICO has learned.
By: Efraim Greenberg
The New York Post is out today with another hate piece this time by Josh Saul whose primary job seems to be to trash the Orthodox Jewish Community. Saul took the words of – by the Posts’ own account – a career criminal with a long rap sheet that ”includes 20 collars for everything from burglary to assault”, and reported it on face value against the words of four honorable volunteers that give away their time every day of the week, to protect the community they live in.
Brooklyn, NY – Following yet another ‘knockout’ assault targeting an innocent pedestrian this past Saturday, Councilman David G. Greenfield, Senator Simcha Felder and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch are calling on the NYPD to drastically increase its presence throughout the community, especially during Shabbos, which is when two of the most recent attacks targeting Jews have occurred.
This request includes additional officers, temporary lighting at trouble locations and other measures to help prevent these attacks and catch the person responsible should another assault occur. In addition, the elected officials are reminding the public to be especially vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times and to immediately report any suspicious activity to the NYPD.
New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who has been vocal about his interest in running for president in 2016, is ready to take on the big guys.
“You should ask Chris Christie if me being in the race disqualifies him,” King told City & State when asked whether the New Jersey governor’s likely candidacy will preclude his own.