Comptroller

MetroPolitics: Adam Dickter Interviews John Liu

Adam Dickter interviews John Liu, comptroller-elect of New York City and NYC councilman from Queens.

Hillary Eyeing Move On Pollard

09/22/2000
Staff Writer
Hillary Clinton is holding top-level discussions to determine whether to call for the declassification of a damning secret memo that led to spy Jonathan Pollard’s life sentence, The Jewish Week has learned. It was also learned that Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman recently asked President Clinton to consider declassifying secret documents about the Pollard case, days before being chosen as Al Gore’s running mate.

The ‘Putzhead’ Factor

11/06/1998
Staff Writer
As Jewish supporters of both Sen. Alfonse D’Amato and Rep. Charles Schumer milled around their respective campaign headquarters Tuesday night, they all spoke of the “defining moment” that cost D’Amato his Senate seat — his now-infamous “putzhead” gaffe. “It was a defining moment,” said former Democratic Deputy Mayor Abraham Biderman at the Schumer victory party at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown.

‘A Cohesive Voice?’

04/03/1998
Staff Writer
When the Synagogue Council of America — the only national rabbinic group representing Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jewry — broke up in 1994 after 68 years, observers said it underscored the growing rift between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews. “Maybe it has outlived its usefulness,” mused member Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld of the Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills at that time.

Begging For Forgiveness

09/22/2006
Staff Writer
A man who likes extinct languages, Mel Gibson had a chance to practice his Latin this summer — he made several mea culpas.   Following his drunken, sexist, profane, anti-Semitic tirade in Malibu in July, the actor-director apologized to the police officers who arrested him. He apologized in a general public statement for saying “despicable” things. He apologized “specifically to everyone in the Jewish community,” to “those who have been hurt and offended by those words.”  

Can A Jewish Democrat Still Get Elected In This Town?

10/08/2009
Assistant Managing Editor

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?

Mark Green and David Yassky

Can A Jewish Democrat Still Get Elected In This Town?

10/06/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
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.

Down To The Wire For Candidates

09/08/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
Long-shot Democrat mayoral candidate Tony Avella is hoping to cash in on some bad publicity for frontrunner William Thompson in the run-up to next Tuesday’s primary. Thompson, the city comptroller, has taken some hits for his management of the city pension system since a New York Times article found the performance of four of the five funds dropped under his tenure.

Comptroller Race A Council Clash

04/08/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
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.

McCall Vote A Black-Jewish Test

09/06/2002
Staff Writer
Now that H. Carl McCall is the uncontested Democratic candidate for governor, the extent of Jewish support for his candidacy is expected to come under close scrutiny at a crucial moment in black-Jewish political relations. McCall, the state comptroller who would be New York's first African-American governor (and the second in the nation's history) was expected to win overwhelmingly among Jews in Tuesday's Democratic primary, making what some viewed as an important statement in the wake of two divisive congressional races in the south.
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