Bill de Blasio

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.

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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


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.

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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.'

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

New Lhota Ad Invokes Crown Heights, Other Violence

De Blasio policies would return city to high crime, says Republican.
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On the day after the first debate pitting him against Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio, Republican mayoral contender Joseph Lhota unleashed a dire-sounding ad warning that New York will fall into criminal chaos if de Blasio prevails.

The commericlal features video of the recent FDR Drive motorcyclist attack on a driver and other images of mayhem, including one from the 1991 Crown Heights riots.

Lhota's former boss, Rudy Giuliani, made the riots a centerpiece of his successful campaign to unseat Mayor David Dinkins two years later. De Blasio was an aide in the Dinkins administration.

Hamodia Column Cites Nazis In de Blasio Critique

Rips Democrat over support for Sandinistas in the 80s, amid concerns about Nicaraguan Jews.
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For the second time this election season, the Nazis have made an appearance in New York's mayoral race.

Citing Bill de Blasio's now well-known travels in Nicaragua and his expressed support for its repressive Sandinista government in the late 1980s, a columnist for the Orthodox newspaper Hamodia's web site lamented that he appears likely to be New York's next mayor, evoking support for the Third Reich to make his point.

Bil de Blasio: Visited Nicaragua as an activist in 1988. Michael Datikash
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