Sheldon Silver

Met Council’s Deeds Of Kindness

06/15/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Sheldon Silver had a good excuse for missing the 34th annual Met Council legislative breakfast at the Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday. “Only my grandson’s graduation keeps me from joining you in person” the state assembly speaker explained in a video message.

Met Council executive director/CEO William Rapfogel said the organization has been engaged in “deeds of kindness” by providing 100,000 New Yorkers with human services ranging from domestic violence counseling to kosher food pantries.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, William Rapfogel and Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Tim Boxer

Lazio Tops Ticket As NY GOP Chooses Candidates

06/04/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Eager to win back control of Albany, New York’s Republicans engaged in a spirited battle over the top of their party’s ticket Wednesday at their convention in Manhattan, with supporters of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, a Democrat, struggling to get him on the ballot.

Although Levy, who had the backing of GOP state chairman Ed Cox, had enough support to get on the ballot had he been a Republican, 28 percent, he failed to muster enough support in a second roll call to allow him on the ballot before switched parties.

MetroPolitics: Interview with Sheldon Silver

Adam Dickter interviews New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Produced and edited by Sharon Udasin.

Greenfield's Harvest

Newest City Council member marks his victory, but has some powerful enemies.

03/29/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

In his decisive victory in last week's hotly contested City Council race in Brooklyn, David Greenfield made good use of some powerful friends who helped him carry the day.

They included former Mayor Ed Koch, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose endorsements gave his candidacy credibility; Sephardic community leaders who quickly filled his campaign coffers; Brooklyn's Democrat chair, Vito Lopez, who provided ground troops to get out the vote, and Mark Botnick, a former aide to Michael Bloomberg, who helped corral the mayor's endorsement.

City Council winner has powerful friends, enemies

Tim Boxer: Providing For New York's Hungry

03/21/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

New York Sate Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is amazed how Pomegranate, the ultramodern kosher supermarket in Brooklyn, has inspired so many kosher shoppers.

"My wife gets her Shabbos food there every Friday," he told me.

Having made an impact on shoppers - with its valet parking, and aisles wide enough to navigate with a golf cart, never mind shopping cart - it's no wonder that the store's owner was one of four honorees recognized by Met Council.

Met Council CEO William Rapfogel honors Pomegranate owner Abraham Banda and American Express chairman/CEO Kenneth Chenault

State Funds Chernobyl Screening

04/13/2007
Special to The Jewish Week

 Amid the publicity given to Gov. Elliot Spitzer’s partially successful efforts to achieve significant savings in health care costs in the state budget, one little-noticed line item expanding state funding for health care was inserted with the support of the leadership of both houses of the State Legislature — $540,000 for thyroid cancer screening for New Yorkers who were exposed to massive amounts of harmful radiation during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.

For Jewish Politics, A Decade Of Declines

Civil liberties, Jewish power, unity on Israel, confidence in elected officials all took hits in a period scarred by 9/11.

12/24/2009
Assistant Managing Editor

At the end of the 1990s, the nation seemed to want nothing more than a scandal-free White House and reassurance that computers wouldn’t go haywire when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

But a decade later, the political landscape has been radically transformed, and several important narratives have unfolded that will change Jewish life in America forever.

Judge Strikes Down State's Kosher Laws

08/04/2000
Staff Writer
Declaring that New York State's kosher laws excessively entangle government with religion, a Brooklyn federal judge has struck down the 118-year-old statutes as unconstitutional. Orthodox kosher law advocates immediately said they would appeal the July 28 decision by U.S. Eastern District Court Judge Nina Gershon, who ruled in favor of a Commack, L.I., butcher whose 1996 lawsuit claimed that the state's kosher laws violated church-state separation.

Cops To Take Wiesenthal Sensitivity Course

04/14/2000
Staff Writer
The New York Police Department is planning to put its officers through a new police tolerance training center being launched in Manhattan next year by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Jewish Week has learned. Police Commissioner Howard Safir has held several discussions with Wiesenthal Center founder Rabbi Marvin Hier about using its Tools for Tolerance program to sensitize the nation's largest police force, which has been rocked by a series of tragic incidents involving ethnic minorities.

Scrutiny Of Hikind Intensifies

11/25/2008

Special To The Jewish Week
Ever since Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind revealed two months ago that he had assembled files on “hundreds” of people alleging sexual abuse at the hands of Orthodox rabbis and yeshiva employees, he has been under scrutiny both from inside and outside the Orthodox Jewish community. Now, two weeks after Hikind was served with a subpoena by an attorney representing alleged sexual abuse victims, that scrutiny has intensified.
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