A leading pro-Israel lawmaker and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress will retire at the end of his current term.
In a statement on Wednesday Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a 14- term veteran, revealed he is being treated for cancer of the esophagus.
"In view of this development and the treatment it will require, I will not seek reelection," said the 79-year-old Lantos.
Stung by the delays that plagued last year’s Salute to Israel Parade — many groups were more than two hours late in marching — organizers this year hired a professional production company that kept the parade in proper step.
“It made a difference — there were a lot more happy people and the weather was idyllic,” said Rabbi Susie Moskowitz, associate rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, L.I., as she marched under sunny skies up Fifth Avenue from 57th Street to 79th Street.