Bloomingburg, NY – Results Of Dissolution Referendum Could Take Up To A Month

IMG-20140930-WA042Voters in the eastern Sullivan County Village of Bloomingburg cast Tuesday their vote in a referendum on whether or not to dissolve itself and merge with the Town of Mamakating.

The results will only be known in about a month. Due to a court order, everyone voted on affidavit ballots placed into sealed envelopes. The results could take up to a month, Time Warner Cable news reporter Eva McKend noted. Read more »

JP Business: EBay and Paypal Part Ways



(AP). PayPal’s impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division.

The move marks a 180-degree turn for eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe, who had been adamant in spurning activist investor Carl Icahn’s call months ago to spin off PayPal. Read more »







What Would A Partisan Shift In Control Of The Senate Mean For Jewish Issues?

the capitol(By Dmitriy Shapiro for JNS/Washington Jewish Week). As the Republican party pushes to retake the majority of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming November midterm elections, which would give it control of both houses of Congress, a partisan shift in power may significantly affect a broad range of foreign policy and domestic social issues that are prioritized by American Jews.

Midterm elections in the Senate and House of Representatives have been historically difficult for the party holding the presidency.

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FLGov – Poll Conducted During Rosh Hashana Puts Crist Ahead

Charlie CristAre Jewish voters in the Sunshine State the important voting bloc that could keep Governor Rick Scott in office for another 4 years? The answer lies in two new conflicting polls in the Florida governor’s race.

A state Chamber of Commerce poll, conducted between Septemeber 18-21, shows Republican Gov. Rick Scott with a narrow but statistically significant lead against Democratic challenger and former Gov. Charlie Crist 943-39). Read more »







Authorities Investigating Fire on New Jersey Rabbi’s Vehicle on Rosh Hashanah



Authorities in Atlantic City, NJ are investigating the cause of a fire that engulfed and ultimately destroyed a local Rabbi’s SUV, and caused damage to a nearby synagogue.

Fire officials responded Thursday morning around 2:00am to a call of a vehicle engulfed in flames. Thursday marked the first day of the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah, which is in celebration of the start of  the Jewish new year. Read more »

Ramapo – Hasidic Community Voting ‘NO’ In Referendum Over Town Ward System

IMG_0268Ramapo residents are voting today ‘yes’ or ‘no’ whether to increase the number of Town Board members from four to six, and whether to separate the town into geographical districts (wards) to elect a Town Board member from each district.

Some confusion was reported at some polling places as Ramapo poll employees were not aware that all residents can vote, whether or not they are registered voters, The Journal News reported. Read more »







Israel Arrests Suspected Islamic State Supporter

Israeli police ISISIn one of the first of its kind, Israeli police arrested on Monday an Israeli citizen for his support towards the militant group that’s wreaking havoc across Iraq and Syria, known as the Islamic State group.

Police have not released the name of the suspect, but described him as a 24-year-old Arab-Israeli from the village of Kfar Kana. Read more »

Bloomingburg – Hasidic Community Voting ‘NO’ In Referendum Over Village Dissolution Plan [Photos]

IMG-20140930-WA042Voters in the eastern Sullivan County Village of Bloomingburg are voting today in a referendum on whether or not to dissolve itself and merge with the Town of Mamakating.

Supporters of the dissolution include the Rural Community Coalition and the Superviser of Mamakating, who are opposed to the 396-home Hasidic development being built by Shalom Lamm. Read more »

Marathon Bombing Suspects’ Sister Charged For Threatening To Blow up Bomb



(AP). A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations that she threatened to “put a bomb” on a perceived romantic rival, which her lawyer called “an uncorroborated claim.”

Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was held on aggravated harassment charges. She is accused of threatening a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her husband. Read more »

NYPD Aviation Unit Takes Down Private Laser, Drone Users Against Helicopters

nypd helicoptersTwo New York City residents have been arrested and charged with felonies for interfering with the actions of NYPD helicopters while they were conducting critical searches in several incidents in September, the NYPD announced Tuesday.

In one incident, a Brooklyn man flying an unmanned drone reached within 50 feet of a police helicopter operating above Greene Avenue in Brooklyn searching nearby rooftops and courtyards for a reported missing person.  Read more »

Fervently Pro-Israel Senator Cruz to Address ZOA Dinner

Ted CruzTexas Senator Ted Cruz – who is increasingly mentioned as a potential Republican presidential nominee in 2016 - will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America in late November. The slot will give Cruz the opportunity to address some of the most influential Jewish leaders in the United States, including casino magnate and prominent Republican financial supporter Sheldon Adelson. Read more »

El Al Response to Hareidi Seat Switch Flap: ‘We Have No Policy’

El-Al El Al IsraelDespite many complaints from members of the public after an El Al flight from New York to Israel last week was disrupted when a number of male Haredi Jewish passengers refused to be seated next to women, the Israeli airline stated that it has no official policy for dealing with the issue and has no intention of implementing one, according to Haaretz.

According to an El Al spokesman, the airline’s “policy in general is to try to accommodate any customer request,” and that it handles special requests on a case-by-case basis.

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PA Confers ‘Martyr’ Status on Murderers of Three Israeli Yeshiva Students

kidnapping suspectsThe Hamas terrorists Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu Eisha, who abducted and almost immediately murdered teenage Israeli yeshiva students Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah, and Gilad Sha’ar on June 12, were given the highest status in Islam – martyrdom – by official Palestinian Authority (PA) press and leaders.

The PA news agency WAFA lauded the two men as martyrs last Tuesday after the IDF killed them earlier in the day in Chevron, when the terrorists engaged Israeli forces in a gun battle.

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Netanyahu to Tell Obama: Keep Focus on Iran, Release Pollard



Senior Israeli officials have revealed that Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold a meeting with U.S. President Obama on Wednesday, at which the PM will tell Obama that the international war against the terrorist group Islamic State must not be offset by concessions to Iran in the ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program.

Netanyahu also informed United States Jewish leaders on Tuesday that he plans to raise with Obama the possibility of bringing Arab states into the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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Brooklyn Man Indicted For Posing As Police Officer & Threatening To Shoot Pulled Over Driver

NYPD officerBrooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Tuesday announced that a 20-year-old Brooklyn man has been indicted on charges including impersonating a police officer and menacing for threatening to kill a driver he had pulled over in a phony “traffic stop” in Crown Heights.

According to the investigation, on September 5, 2014, at about 7:40 p.m., a 30-year-old Brooklyn man driving a van with a female passenger in the vicinity of Utica Avenue and Lincoln Place made a U-turn and cut off the defendant Maurice Joiner’s vehicle, and the two drivers exchanged words. Read more »

State Department Response to Netanyahu UN Warning: ‘US Won’t Be Fooled By Iran’s Charm Offensive’

bibi diagramA spokesperson for the State Department offered a reassurance on Tuesday that the United States will not be fooled by what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu derided as Iran’s “manipulative charm offensive” regarding the Islamic regime’s intentions toward the West.

“I can assure anyone that an agreement reached would not be based on a charm offensive or how that impacts us, but on the facts and the details,” Jen Psaki decisively stated at a news conference. “And we’re not going to agree to a comprehensive agreement that doesn’t meet our standards and meet our threshold.”

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NYGov- Cuomo Meets Netanyahu At NY Reception With Jewish Leaders

cuomo bibi nyNY Governor Andrew Cuomo had yet another day to campaign over his recent Israel trip, just moments after he had landed from a weekend visit to Afghanistan.

Cuomo attended a reception for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hosted by the Israeli Consulate and the Conference Of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, at the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue Tuesday morning. Read more »

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Erekat: ‘Netanyahu Is Just Like ISIS Head’

Saeb ErekatA senior Palestinian official on Tuesday compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of the terrorist Islamic State organization, after Netanyahu stated that Hamas is similar to the radical fundamentalist group.

“Netanyahu is trying to disseminate fear of the Islamic State led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but Netanyahu forgets that he himself leads the Jewish state,” declared Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel. “He wants us to call Israel the Jewish state and supports terrorist settlers who kill, destroy and burn mosques and churches… like Baghdadi’s men kill and terrorize.”

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Twelve-Year-Old Yeshiva Student Finds TV Fame as Cooking Prodigy

Courtesy of the food network

Courtesy of the food network

He may be a mere 12 years old, but Eitan Bernath of Teaneck is such a talented chef that he has ended up appearing on the Food Network’s popular cooking show “Chopped.”

“He’s always been curious and he likes science,” explained Eitan’s mother, Sabrina Bernath, to the Jewish Standard. “He thinks it’s cool to mix flavors and watch things rise. He also likes to make people happy” by preparing delicious food items for them.

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Once Again, Former NY Governor George Pataki Mulling WH Run

Pataki Photo(AP). Former New York Gov. George Pataki is reportedly considering running for president in 2016, though a former aide says talk of a campaign is premature.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Pataki is privately weighing whether to enter the wide-open Republican field. The paper says Pataki recently met with Republican donor David Koch. Read more »

JP Business: Sitt Buys Upper West Side Building For $40M-Plus

Thor Equities – the company headed by Sephardic real estate magnate Joseph Sitt – has joined GreenOak to acquire the 10-story prewar Manhattan apartment building located at 150 West 82nd Street for a total of $41.5 million.

The 58-unit rental building, which is situated between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, contains 34 market-rate units.

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Ex-Majority Leader Cantor’s Passion For Finance Lands Him Top Wall Street Gig

alg-eric-cantor-jpgFormer Virginia Congressman and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor – whose recent surprise defeat by a Tea Party candidate prompted him to leave the political arena – has turned his loss into a highly profitable new career by becoming the managing director and vice chairman of New York-based investment bank Moelis & Co. (MC). Cantor’s new position will net him over $3.4 million by the end of 2015. Read more »

Pro-Palestinian Groups To Protest Nets/Maccabi Tel Aviv Game At Barclays Center

20140518-165421.jpgWhen the Brooklyn Nets open their pre-season against Maccabi Tel Aviv next Tuesday, a number of groups are expected to stand outside and protest Israel’s recent actions in Gaza and warrant an end to “hoops as usual” for Israel’s top team.

A Facebook page has already been set up by one of the groups, Jewish Voice for Peace. So far, only 67 people have confirmed their attendance. Read more »

Secret Service Head Acknowledges: WH Intruder Posed A Real Threat



(AP). Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged to Congress that an Army veteran who jumped the White House fence and made his way into the executive mansion was a threat.

Pierson said, “I think Mr. Gonzalez coming into the main floor mansion is a threat.” Read more »

NYGov – Cuomo Camp Mocks Perry Stumping For Astorino: NYers Will Get An ‘Oops’ Moment

perry astorinoGovernor Andrew Cuomo’s reelection campaign on Tuesday mocked Rob Astorino for deploying Texas Governor Rick Perry for a campaign event in Buffalo this evening, saying if New Yorkers take Perry’s advice and vote for Astorino, we will have an ‘oops’ moment in November.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino will be campaigning today with  Texas Governor Rick Perry in Buffalo. Tickets to the fundraiser costs $99, while couples are being asked to give $175 to attend and $500 if they want to get their picture taken with Perry. Read more »

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