Leaders

But Seriously, Folks ...

05/28/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
When he’s doing stand-up comedy, puppet shows, juggling or voicing characters on “Dora the Explorer,” Marc Weiner’s only goal is to entertain. If he had to ask people to ponder their emotional state while he’s performing, that would mean he’s not doing his job well. But lately Weiner is engaging audiences in a different way, at schools, synagogues and other settings: asking them to reach into the depths of their hearts and souls to discover what they’re feeling and how it influences their actions.

'He Was A Good Friend'

04/04/2003
Staff Writer
In a state known for public officials who are staunchly supportive of Jewish causes, particularly its members of Congress, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan stood out in the crowd, friends and community leaders said this week. "He was the unique combination of a scholar and intellectual, but also a pragmatic political personality who was often ahead of his time," said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Green's Presidential Politics

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
He's still undecided about his own future prospects, but former Public Advocate Mark Green is back in the political limelight: as a local booster for Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry. "I'll be one of several co-chairs for Kerry," Green, who narrowly lost the 2001 mayoral race to Republican Michael Bloomberg, told The Jewish Week. One of the cityís best-known Jewish politicians, Green could be an ethnic asset to Kerry, who recently disclosed his own Jewish ancestry.

Mideast On Breakfast Menu

02/14/2003
Staff Writer
Developing a joint anti-ballistic defense system should be the "centerpiece" of strategic cooperation between the United States and Israel, Sen. Barbara Mikulski told Jewish leaders and elected officials Sunday. The Maryland Democrat, saying the Patriot batteries deployed during the 1991 Gulf war were not sufficiently accurate, said the two countries must work to develop "new smart weapons" such as the Arrow system or a tactical laser that would shoot down missiles, whether launched by Iraq or Hezbollah guerrillas on Israel's northern border.

Can Rockland Star Shine In Albany?

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
by Adam Dickter
Staff Writer In 1997, when he was 23, Ryan Karben was elected to the Rockland County Legislature during his second year at Columbia Law School. Four years later, 10 fellow Democrats named him majority leader. Last month he was elected to the state Assembly.

Can Rockland Star Shine In Albany?

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
by Adam Dickter
Staff Writer In 1997, when he was 23, Ryan Karben was elected to the Rockland County Legislature during his second year at Columbia Law School. Four years later, 10 fellow Democrats named him majority leader. Last month he was elected to the state Assembly.

Safir's Mixed Legacy

08/18/2000
Staff Writer
Police Commissioner Howard Safir is getting diverse reviews in the Jewish community as his sometimes turbulent reign ends this week. The NYPD's first Jewish top cop, who was to step down Friday, is being roundly credited for reducing crime overall and placing a high priority on investigating bias incidents. But many Jewish leaders are faulting his reaction to recent incidents of police violence against unarmed civilians, claiming he has not done enough to address tensions between the department and minority communities.

Being Bruce Teitelbaum

04/14/2000
Staff Writer
Before Rudolph Giuliani became mayor, the best a young campaign aide with no political experience could hope for after the election was a patronage job as a press aide, or perhaps a spot in the ethnic liaison office. But with the ascension of Bruce Teitelbaum, Giuliani's aggressive and dogged right-hand man, the bar has been raised for young aspirants to City Hall stardom. In recent political history, no Jewish aide has become more closely associated with his boss than has Teitelbaum with Giuliani.

Touching Down In Borough President's Office

03/17/2006
Staff Writer
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  Growing up in the 70s, Scott Stringer's icons included Bella Abzug, Robert F. Kennedy: and Joe Namath. Playing touch football on a sandlot team in Washington Heights, he once dreamed about being the first Jewish Super Bowl MVP. But the family business took him in another direction. His mother, Arlene, was a City Council member, his father Ronald, a politically active lawyer who served as counsel to Mayor Abraham Beame. Abzug, who served in Congress and ran for mayor, was a distant cousin.

A Unique Spirit

01/22/1999
Staff Writer
It was the third day of the Crown Heights riots in 1991, and a sense was growing among the besieged Lubavitcher community that members may have to take matters into their own hands. A meeting was planned that night between some of the community’s leaders and then-Mayor David Dinkins. Frustrated that violence against Jews seemed unabating while police were taking minimal steps to protect the chasidim, Rabbi Jacob Goldstein took a decidedly unorthodox tack: He urged chasidic businessmen who were licensed to carry firearms to attend, and to bring their weapons.
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