Bill de Blasio

Liberal Jews Criticize Mayor's Comments To AIPAC

Supporting 'hard-line' lobby not part of job description, say boldfaced names in arts, philanthropy, academia, rabbinate.

01/28/2014 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent address to AIPAC has riled up a group of prominent Jewish liberals who feel it was wrong for him to roll out a proverbial red carpet at City Hall for the pro-Israel lobby group.

In an open letter to the mayor, which was emailed to The Jewish Week on Wednesday, the group took exception to de Blasio's remarks at the Jan. 24 Manhattan gala, which were meant to be limited to the dinner audience.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is one of the critical letter's signatories. Getty Images

De Blasio: Israel Support Part of Mayor's Job

01/26/2014 - 19:00

Bill de Blasio, New York’s newly installed mayor, said defending Israel was part of his job.

“Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel,” de Blasio said at a private New York event of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee first reported Friday by the Capital New York news website.

De Blasio: No greater ally on earth than Israel. Michael Datikash

Sharpton-De Blasio Ties Bring Back Old Wounds For Some

As a mainstreamed reverend enjoys access at City Hall, community leaders recognize change; but some still nurse grudges.

01/21/2014 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Two decades ago, Rev. Al Sharpton was the ultimate civic iconoclast, speaking what he called truth to power, organizing rallies and attacking the establishment on behalf of the oppressed.

Rev. Al Sharpton enjoys a light moment with Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Getty Images

De Blasio Pledges To Catch Killers Of Menachem Stark; Captors' Van Found

01/13/2014 - 19:00

Mayor Bill de Blasio said finding the killer of Menachem Stark is a priority and condemned the New York Post’s coverage of the incident.

Menachem Stark: Killers may have been trying to scare him.

De Blasio Meets With Shimon Peres

Mayor-elect's tweet generates anti-Israel backlash online.

11/25/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Israel's president, Shimon Peres, in his Manhattan hotel Monday. De Blasio, who takes office Jan. 1, sent out a photo of the meeting Tuesday via Twitter.

"Had the honor of meeting @PresidentPeres today and discussing the close ties between New York City and Israel," de Blasio tweeted.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, with President Peres of Israel. Photo via @BilldeBlasio

Jewish Advice For de Blasio

Recognizing diversity a common theme as panel suggests priorities for mayor-elect at 'Talking Transition.'

11/14/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio should work with faith leaders and neighborhood groups to find the best way to help the needy in their communities, UJA-Federation's president said at a public forum on the city's transition of power Thursday night.

"We believe non-profits, in partnership with synagogues, churches and mosques, are essential building blocks in communities," said Alisa Doctoroff, noting that the city continued to face unprecedented challenges in fighting poverty and other ills.

Prominent Jewish New Yorkers spoke out on priorities for the next administration at Talking Transition. Adam Dickter

In City’s Progressive Revolution, Jews Seem Unenthused

Faced with a lopsided race, many apparently chose protest vote against de Blasio, or stayed home.
11/11/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

At the culmination of Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” mayoral campaign, there was also a tale of two Jewish communities, it seems.

Joseph Lhota, left, and  Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Jewish Voters More Divided Than Other Groups

Exit polls show a strong return to the Democrats in backing de Blasio, but 44 percent were with GOP's Lhota.
11/04/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Democrat Bill de Blasio won a resounding and historic victory to become New York's 109th mayor Tuesday night, with an estimated 73 percent of the vote, scoring high across ethnic, religious, age and gender lines. 

Bill de Blasio, bottom, won more Jewish support than other recent Democrats, but lost 44 percent to Joe Lhota. Getty Images

De Blasio's Challenge: Don't Screw Up

From nomination to Election Day, Democrat’s gaffe-free campaign was a classic “Rose Garden” strategy.
11/04/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

On Sept. 9, hours before he would leave the Democratic field in the dust with his decisive mayoral primary win, Bill de Blasio stopped on the Upper West Side to greet some neighborhood residents.

Bill de Blasio: Limited press access, maximized family images. Adam Dickter

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
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