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The Art Of Budget Cuts

03/04/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In what one arts advocate called the "ritual mating dance" that starts off months of fiscal back-and-forth, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has recommended slashing 6.2 percent from the Department of Cultural Affairs, a decrease that arts advocates calculate will translate into much larger cuts for some institutions and groups. Gov. George Pataki recently proposed slashing 15 percent from the New York State Council on the Arts, while New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey has proposed a temporary freeze on all grants to arts groups.

Williamsburg Housing Scandal Hits Home

12/16/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Chasidic leaders in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were scrambling this week to find homes for some 40 residents evicted from their apartments Monday night: the latest, and most ironic victims of an expanding, politically charged probe of alleged safety violations by local developer Chaim Ostreicher. The homeless chasidim, from seven families, were doubled up in the homes of other families and sheltered in local synagogues on an emergency basis. But community leaders stressed this was only temporary.

Jews Step Into ‘Dung’ Wars

09/30/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Next time, it could be a Sefer Torah with elephant dung dabbed on it. That vision is what the head of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations says motivated him to denounce the “Sensation” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this week and, as he said in a press release, “support those civic leaders who have questioned whether public funds should support this exhibition.”

SPECIAL REPORT A Tale Of Two Cities

09/04/1997 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.: Francelia Morales, a 36-year-old Mexican immigrant living in a roach-infested, leaky apartment with mildewed walls, has been thinking a lot about the crisis in the Middle East lately. "I feel a link to the Palestinians I never knew before," she said as she sat with her husband and three children amid the cardboard storage boxes, children's toys and English-language instruction video cassettes that crowd her small living room. Her neighbor from just a few doors down feels similarly.

Olmert Emphasizes His Efforts For Arabs

12/17/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert last week staunchly rejected Palestinian vows to make east Jerusalem their capital while declaring his commitment to equal rights for Palestinian city residents under Israel’s exclusive rule.

It’s The Schools

11/13/1997 - 19:00
Staff Writer
What next? As Mayor Rudolph Giuliani basked in his smashing election victory, New Yorkers, a famously demanding bunch, already were considering what they expected of his second term. For Jews, at least, it appears that more of the same will not be enough. For all their enthusiasm for the huge drop in crime during Giuliani’s first four years, Jews appear to be more adamant than most among the growing constituency calling on Giuliani to make education his priority this time around.

Juror: Hikind Acquittal Was Easy

07/16/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Once it went to the jury, Dov Hikind’s fate was never in doubt. “We decided pretty quickly he was not guilty” of the bribery charge against him, Lucille Muscarella, a juror in the federal corruption case against the Brooklyn assemblyman, told The Jewish Week. And the jury dispensed quickly, too, she said, with the charge that he had misapplied federal funds.

Defense Targets Media In Hikind Finale

Jewish Week stories invoked in closing arguments in Brooklyn assemblyman’s federal corruption case; judge narrows charges
07/02/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman launched his summation this week in the Dov Hikind federal corruption trial. One of his first targets was The Jewish Week. “The evidence is incontrovertible this case began with a series of articles in The Jewish Week,” he told the jury. “Are they fair? Or are they simply an organization that didn’t like chasidim, or an Orthodox organization?”

Hikind Fights For Political Life As Trial Opens

05/21/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
One side painted the charity and the assemblyman as partners in a complex web of corruption, deceit and political manipulation. The other side cited their partnership as the instrument that lifted up the lives of hundreds of thousands, Jews and non-Jews, helping them find jobs, housing and training.

Heightened Alert At Rosh HaShanah

08/29/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
For years, the New York Police Department's annual pre-High Holy Days security meeting had become little more than a big coffee klatch. With crime down and bias crimes reduced, the gathering became better known as a chance for Jewish leaders from all walks of life and all parts of the city to renew acquaintances and trade stories with each other and police brass. Since the drill was the same every year, discussion about security became routine. Then came Sept. 11, 2001. Which made this year's meeting more serious than it has been for a long time.
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