City Council Speaker Christine Quinn seems to stands alone among Democrat mayoral candidates in supporting the city’s effort to regulate the practice of motzeitzi b’peh.
At a mayoral forum sponsored by The Jewish Press, an Orthodox weekly in Brooklyn, five other Democrats either declined to take a stand on the issue or sided with haredi Jews trying to overturn the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s requirement that parents sign a consent form before allowing oral suction by a mohel during a circumcision.
Ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office by a scandal, announced his run for mayor of New York City in the Democratic primary early Wednesday morning.
“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down,” Weiner said in a two-minute YouTube video released early Wednesday morning. “But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”
Candidates reaching out for Jewish support as campaign builds momentum; potential Weiner bid is an x-factor.
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Former Comptroller Bill Thompson has Jewish friends in Borough Park and Manhattan. Christine Quinn is likely to find some backing from chasidim who respect her positions on crime and her support for nonprofit groups and city services.
Former congressman Anthony Weiner, who represented one of the most heavily Jewish districts in the nation before his fall from grace, is still considering a run in this year’s Democratic primary for mayor, he told The New York Times Magazine in Sunday’s edition.
How far we’ve come from the 70s, when we had back-to-back Jewish mayors, Abe Beame and Ed Koch. And the 80s, when we had one Jewish mayor, Koch, the whole time.
And the 2000s, when we had another Jewish mayor (a sorta Republican) for three terms in Mike Bloomberg. When you think about it, Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins can be seen as aberrations through the 1990s to 2002 – 12 years out of nearly 40 in which Jewish senior citizens ran the city.
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