Tisch's Lazio Nod Raises Questions

06/22/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It's nothing new for one in a voluntary leadership position with a Jewish nonprofit group to take sides in a political race. But the endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Rick Lazio by Meryl Tisch, president of the city's leading Jewish anti-poverty group, raised a few eyebrows last week. Some who read the comments were surprised that Tisch made no apparent effort to distinguish her personal view from that of the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, a tax-exempt organization enjoined from endorsing candidates.S

Mixed Polls On Senate Race

06/15/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
How's Hillary Rodham Clinton faring with the Jewish vote? It depends on whom you believe. A Quinnipiac University poll taken between May 30 and June 5 showed no benefit for Clinton from the withdrawal of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a factor some predicted would return many of the popular Republican's voters to their Democratic roots. The poll placed Clinton at 44 percent of the Jewish vote, in a statistical dead heat with Suffolk Rep. Rick Lazio, at 37 percent, because of the large margin of error for poll subgroups.

Lazio's Choice

06/01/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Struggling to gain momentum in his fledgling Senate bid, Republican Rep. Rick Lazio faces a dilemma as he seeks support among Jews. His decision: focus on his own record and positions on Israel and other issues, or go for the political jugular by attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton on controversial positions she has taken.

Will Lazio Play In The Jewish Community?

05/25/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In 1993, when a delegation of Jewish leaders and elected officials visited Israel on a trip sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, William Rapfogel found himself in frequent conversation with Rick Lazio. A former Suffolk County prosecutor who had just been elected to Congress, Lazio had a lot to say about Israel and the Mideast peace process.

Hillary's Useful Enemy

05/04/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In attacking radical Independence Party activist Lenora Fulani as anti-Semitic this week, Hillary Rodham Clinton has taken a step forgone by three previous Democratic Senate candidates: two of whom are Jewish.

Weiner Woos Dear Backers

03/30/2000 - 19:00
Staff Writer
As City Councilman Noach Dear contemplates a second bid to win one of the nation's most heavily Jewish congressional districts, incumbent Rep. Anthony Weiner is making inroads in Dear's political backyard. Angered by Dear's siding with the police after the controversial shooting of a disturbed Borough Park man in August, some of his former supporters are now backing Weiner for re-election.

Bias Bill Hopes Tied To Pataki Ambitions

03/23/2000 - 19:00
Staff Writer
As Gov. George Pataki intensifies his efforts to be seen as a moderate Republican on the national stage, Jewish activists seeking passage of bias crime legislation are hopeful he will make an unprecedented push for such a bill. Although the bill has been stalled in the Republican-controlled state Senate for years (while the Assembly has repeatedly passed its version) Senate Democrats are preparing to push for a vote on the measure in early April.

The New Mike Forbes

04/20/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Nine months after he bolted the Republican Party to become a Democrat, Long Island Rep. Mike Forbes is no longer viewed as the most strident pro-Israel hawk in the House, seeming to settle instead into the Clinton administration's peace camp.

Voucher 'Bundler' Eyes Day Care Centers

02/10/2000 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The politically connected Brooklyn rabbi who has steered most of the city's day care vouchers toward Orthodox neighborhoods is now setting his sights on contracts for Head Start and day care centers, he told The Jewish Week. "We are still experiencing an imbalance, if not in the voucher area, then in the day care and Head Start area," said Rabbi Milton Balkany, dean of the Bais Yakov of Brooklyn in Borough Park. "I want to correct that imbalance."

King Tributes Roil Senate Race

01/20/2000 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The commemoration of Rev. Martin Luther King's legacy brought anything but harmony this week to the U.S. Senate race, as the campaigns of Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton waged a war of words. And again, Jews were in the eye of the storm. Clinton, apparently employing lessons learned from her recent West Bank foray, promptly denounced a controversial remark about Jews made during her visit Monday to the Harlem headquarters of Rev. Al Sharpton.
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