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Speaker Trying To Make Noise

07/07/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It's 7:30 on an ordinary morning on the campaign trail, and Gifford Miller is at the 18th Avenue F station in Borough Park doing ordinary things like handing out fliers, trying to spend a moment or two with passers-by as they rush to catch their train. Each time he's wished good luck, the speaker of the City Council replies "You're my luck." An aide remarks about what a good line that is. After a while, Miller does something out of the ordinary when he bursts into song: "Kol od balevav, pnima, nefesh yehudi homiya ..."

Ties That Bind

06/09/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
As the tables were cleared at Sunday's breakfast of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Fernando Ferrer paused to chat with a pair of city Councilmen. Then, with barely a glance behind him, the former Bronx borough president and Democratic mayoral frontrunner said "OK, K-man, let's go." Minutes later, in a scene familiar to any observer of the campaign trail, Ferrer and Kalman Yeger were headed down the hotel stairs into Yeger's waiting minivan, off to march in the Salute to Israel parade and discussing the rest of the day's schedule.

Independence Day

06/02/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Despite growing controversy over the radical wing of the Independence Party, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems determined to run with its nomination, which party leaders announced on Saturday. Earlier this year a source in Bloomberg's campaign said that because an Independence leader, Lenora Fulani, in a TV interview refused to back away from her controversial writings about Jews mass murdering people of color he would seek "a different ballot line" to supplement his GOP standing. But this weekend Bloomberg's campaign told reporters he would accept the nod.

Green Light On Comeback Bid

12/12/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Calling his narrow defeat by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year a "fluke," Mark Green says he's often urged to return to public office. And while he insists he has made no decision about a 2005 rematch or a rumored bid the following year for state attorney general, the former public advocate seems happy to encourage speculation.

Social Services Spared: For Now

11/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Jewish communal groups that run social service programs breathed a collective sigh of relief this weekend when the City Council restored about $3 million in proposed cuts that would have severely curtailed their operations.

Schneiderman Survives, Dear Is Defeated

09/12/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
State Sen. Eric Schneiderman easily fended off a challenge in which his religion was made an issue in Tuesday's Democratic primary for a Senate district that includes parts of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. But another politician who often touted his Jewishness lost a five-way primary for a newly created Senate seat in Brooklyn.

A Fruitful Debate

08/26/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
If the supporters of the Likud Party have their way, the Golan Heights will be on the lips of every Jewish New Yorker next month. "Have the Golan on your table for Rosh HaShanah," is the theme of a new campaign the American Friends of Likud is launching to encourage New Yorkers to drink wine from the vineyards of the Golan Heights on the Jewish New Year. It is to remind New Yorkers of Likud's position against Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in any peace treaty with Syria.

Kassam Quandary

06/22/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The Israeli government struggled this week to find a way to end the barrage of Palestinian Kassam rocket attacks on the western Negev city of Sderot as beleaguered residents there staged a series of protests to compel the government to act. Although there were reports that Defense Minister Amir Peretz intended to permit a massive Air Force operation against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in an effort to end the rocket fire, observers said at midweek that no final decision had been made.
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