2013 mayoral race

Lhota Sees Hope in Frum Vote

Badly trailing in polls, Republican candidate is a regular in Borough Park and Williamsburg.
10/21/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

As polls suggest the lopsided mayoral race is all but over, with Democrat Bill de Blasio a mile ahead, Republican Joe Lhota seems to be working overtime to pick up support in neighborhoods where Jews have been most willing to cross party lines.

Joseph Lhota speaks with shopkeeper Joseph Waldman during a visit to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shimon Gifter

JCRC Publishes Voter Guide In Russian

10/20/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Responding to a lack of voter information in Russian, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York has for the first time published an election guide in that language.

Many Jewish Thompson Backers Undecided

Some of runner-up’s key supporters may be up for grabs as de Blasio and Lhota face off; poll shows community more split than others.
09/16/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor


The long and bitter Democratic primary for mayor officially ended Monday with runner-up William Thompson, Jr. throwing his support behind frontrunner Bill de Blasio, who won around 40 percent of the vote on Sept. 10.

Republican Joe Lhota and Democrat Bill de Blasio: Fight for Jewish votes is on. Getty Images

City Council Bill Would Prevent Regulation Of Circumcision

Councilman Greenfield calls Board of Health interference "outrageous."
09/15/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

Citing freedom of religion, Councilman David Greenfield has introduced legislation prohibiting the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Board of Health from taking any formal action against the controversial practice of metzitzah b’peh. 

The legislation, introduced at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting, has since been referred to the Health Committee for hearings. It addresses the Board of Health's requirement last year that mohelim obtain written consent from parents before performing the oral suction practice, which has been linked to dangerous infection.

Cut it out: Consent requirement for circumcision practice intrudes on religious practice, pol says. Getty Images

In General Election, A More Traditional New York Clash

Stark contrast of ideas seen in de Blasio-Lhota showdown, with questions about ‘60s-style’ policies; Thompson hopes for runoff.
09/09/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In the first mayoral election in 12 years with a true Republican on the ballot, November’s race is likely to shape up as a clash more akin to New York’s past of liberalism vs. conservative ideas.

Joe Lhota, top, and Bill de Blasio exchanged veiled barbs in their victory speeches Tuesday night. Getty Images

De Blasio On Silver, Syria and Circumcision

At an Upper West Side campaign stop, Dem frontrunner runs a gamut of diverse questions.
09/08/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Enjoying the attention afforded by frontrunner status, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio faced questions ranging from local to international issues from a large scrum of press and a few voters during a campaign stop on the Upper West Side Monday.

Bill de Blasio took a pass on Syria and said he'd work well with the state Legislature. Adam Dickter

Al D'Amato To Stump For Thompson In Crown Heights

Ex-Republican senator turned lobbyist to campaign with Democratic mayoral hopeful at Sunday rally, friends say.
09/02/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Former Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, who has raised nearly $70,000 for Democrat William Thompson Jr.'s mayoral bid, will endorse Thompson and campaign for him in the Crown Heights Orthodox Jewish community on Sunday, sources tell The Jewish Week.

"It's exciting to know our good friend Sen. Al D'Amato is coming out for another good friend, whose father represented our community in the City Council," said Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, chairman of Community Board 9 in Crown Heights. He was referring to William Thompson, Sr., a now-retired poitician and judge who enjoyed strong support from Jewish Democrats.

Sen. Al D'Amato

Weiner’s Momentum Fades

Depiction as compulsive sexter demotes candidate to fourth place in mayoral primary as de Blasio, Quinn gain.
07/29/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

New revelations that former Rep. Anthony Weiner had at least one reckless relationship with a fan that included lewd photos more than a year after he left Congress have dealt a major blow his political comeback bid.

Anthony Weiner persisted in keeping in touch with Sydney Leathers, a woman who contacted him online.

Jack Hidary: Another Mayoral Longshot

Sephardic businessman says he'll increase focus on outer boroughs.
07/18/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Although he just entered the city’s crowded mayoral race this week, Jack Hidary believes that by running as an independent and as a businessman not beholden to any interest groups, he can easily separate himself from the others in the field, whom he described as largely “career politicians.”

“The career politicians running have had their chance to deliver for the people but have failed to do so,” he told The Jewish Week. “It is time for independent leadership that takes us forward and not backwards to machine politics. It got us into trouble in the ‘70s when we were on the brink of bankruptcy. Do we want to be the next Detroit?”

Yeshivah of Flatbush graduate Jack Hidary has launched an independent bid for mayor.

Mideast Policy Enters Mayoral Race

Anthony Weiner's path to a political comeback has detoured through the West Bank.
06/26/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

One day after a poll showed Anthony Weiner leading the field of Democrats for mayor, a testy exchange about Israel's territories is raising the question of whether Israeli politics will become an issue in the mayoral race for a candidate who as a congressman represented one of the most Jewish districts in the nation.

Anthony Weiner marches in Celebrate Israel Parade and greets Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Jacob Kornbluh
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