Yossi Goldberg played soccer and basketball as a boy growing up in Israel, but figure skating was in his blood — his mother was a figure skater in Lithuania.
That, says Goldberg, founder and president of the Israeli Figure Skating Association, is why he has devoted a dozen years to a winter sport in a Mediterranean country.
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.
Have you heard about the chasidic guy who’s running for City Council in Williamsburg? Of course you have. He’s gotten a fair amount of press, including the front page of this paper.
What about the Council candidate who said some nasty things about Israel at his son’s bris and now wants to represent, of all places, part of Borough Park? Yeah, we did that one, too.
At 24, Mark Botnick is in charge of outreach to the Jewish community for Mike Bloomberg’s third mayoral campaign. The Yonkers native, an alumnus of Westchester Day School and Westchester Hebrew High School, worked on Bloomberg’s last campaign while still at Queens College and afterward went to work at the city’s Community Assistance Unit until this year. A Democrat, he lives on the Upper West Side.
Q: How does it look for the re-election? Do you think the mayor will pull it off?
As they toured the heavily Jewish summer vacation areas of the Catskills Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Councilman Simcha Felder appeared as they usually do — good friends with common interests.
They have developed a strong rapport over the years, with Felder, who represents Borough Park, often accompanying the mayor not only to Jewish events and areas in the city but to Israel and upstate.
Felder campaigned strongly for Bloomberg’s 2005 re-election, and is on board for the mayor’s third bid.
Now that alternate-side parking has been suspended on almost every conceivable festival, mass or fast day, there is a new front in the battle for religious political muscle in New York: School closings.
Muslim community groups, backed nearly unanimously by the City Council, are pressing for days off in honor of two of their holidays, which would be in addition to closures on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Christmas and Easter.
With Betsy Gotbaum declining to seek re-election, there is no incumbent in this year’s heated race for public advocate. Or is there?
Mark Green, the Democrat who narrowly lost the mayoral race in 2001 after two terms as public advocate, is looking for his old job back. In 1997, Green won more votes in his re-election bid in that job than did Mayor Rudy Giuliani in his.
It’s one of the top political questions in the city: Will Anthony Weiner run for mayor?
The Queens-based congressman who made a respectable Democratic primary run in 2005, forcing a runoff only to cede the nomination to Fernando Ferrer, has often spoken about his intention to run again, but recent developments have sown doubts.
The $24.6 billion in federal aid for New York, which will cover Medicaid reimbursement as well as spending on education and transportation, will offer a reprieve, if only temporary, of devastating cuts to hospitals and nursing homes.
With the state spending less on Medicaid, money will be freed up to keep nonprofit workers on the payroll.
“We have a two-year reprieve, and hopefully in that period of time the economy will perk up,” said Ron Soloway, UJA-Federation’s lobbyist in Albany.
As word of the carnage in London spread last Thursday, Anthony Weiner was faced with a quandary.
Proceeding with his campaign schedule for the day would demonstrate what he would later call "the aplomb" of citizens of England, Israel and New York in the face of terrorism. But on such a dire day, was it proper to hold a press conference on post-Olympics planning and an endorsement photo op with Brooklyn elected officials?
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