With all due humility, Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes said, “I’m a boy from Ohio—really a goy from Ohio—who’s introducing an African American woman for a Jewish award.”
Ailes introduced H. Mitsy Wilson, senior vice president of diversity development at the News Corporation, who accepted the corporate leader award from Janice Shorenstein, outgoing president of the Jewish Community Relations Council at the Pierre Hotel.
After a heated campaign in which Assemblyman Dov Hikind opposed the candidacy of Councilman David Greenfield, the two officials joined forces on Wednesday to fill out their census forms at a press conference in their Borough Park district.
The event was to encourage residents to submit their information to the Census Bureau so that their communities will maintain political clout and funding.
“We are both committed to making the residents of Brooklyn our No. 1 priority,” Hikind told the Orthodox blog Vos Iz Neias.
David Greenfield’s victory Tuesday by a wide margin in a special election for a heavily Jewish Brooklyn City Council district could be a sign of generational shift in local ethnic politics, observers say.
Greenfield, 31, defeated Joseph Lazar, 61, by more than 2,000 votes out of about 12,000 cast in a race many expected to be tight. The two men, both Orthodox Jews, had heavy backing from local political figures in the community and the wider region.
For decades they were a fixture on New York’s political landscape: names like Ed Koch and Abe Beame, Andrew Stein and Alan Hevesi, Harrison Goldin, Mark Green and Elizabeth Holtzman.
Now that landscape is shifting, leaving behind the question: Can a Jewish Democrat get elected in this town anymore?
In the Sept. 15 Democratic primary election, there were three Jews running for comptroller and two for public advocate. One of each made it into last week’s runoff. But none was elected.
Four City Council members are passing up the chance to run an easy race for re-election this year — a right they recently gained through term-limit changes — to run for city comptroller, arguably one of the toughest city jobs in this struggling economic climate.
Democrats Melinda Katz, John Liu, David Weprin, all of Queens, and Brooklyn’s David Yassky, will face off in September’s primary, with the winner almost assured victory in November. There is not yet a Republican candidate. Incumbent William Thompson is running for mayor.