Senate Smackdown Looms

Staff Writer
Democratic state senators in two heavily Jewish districts in Brooklyn and Queens could find themselves duking it out this fall if proposed redistricting lines become law. But two of the senators insisted the proposals would be changed by Election Day. “This is a proposal by a technician who doesn’t understand the consequences,” huffed Sen. Carl Kruger, whose heavily white south Brooklyn district has been carved up under new lines released by a legislative task force in Albany last week.

Adviser Sees Rudy As Tough On Saudis

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Rudolph Giuliani’s most prominent foreign policy adviser hinted this week that the Republican presidential hopeful would break from the Bush administration’s policy of close ties with terrorist-linked and oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

He’s In Tune With Politics

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Over the past few weeks, Danny Ross’ life has revolved around two events. First came this week’s congressional hearings probing the Environmental Protection Agency’s response to 9-11. Then, there’s his appearance Saturday night at the Bitter End in the West Village, where he’ll premiere his debut album, “Introducing Danny Ross!”

Dishing Politics, With A Grain of Salt

Assistant Managing Editor
It starts with a jazzy beat, followed by student-film quality titles. And then there’s a stubbly guy in street clothes standing next to a door or bookcase talking about politics.

Democrats Ready To Rumble

Staff Writer
Trying to whip up some partisan fervor in advance of upcoming city and state elections, Democratic operatives on Sunday belittled Republican gains among Jewish voters, even as others expressed concern over them. “Republicans made scant progress” in the last election, Rep. Jerrold Nadler told the crowd at the National Jewish Democratic Council’s breakfast, held at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan in an apparent bid to reinforce the party’s longstanding traditional ties to the community.

Curbing Their Enthusiasm

Staff Writer
In 1999, far in advance of the 2001 mayoral race, Chanina Sperlin and his Crown Heights Political Action Committee gave their blessing to Fernando Ferrer, then the Bronx borough president seeking the Democratic nomination. This year, with barely nine months to go until this year’s election, the jury is still out in Crown Heights.

Feingold: Bill Of Rights Not Suggestions

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Taking his campaign to censure President Bush to Brooklyn this week, Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin — who may be the next Jewish candidate for the White House — called on “the weak of heart in Washington” to join his cause. Support thus far has been underwhelming. Only two other senators, both fellow Democrats, have backed Feingold’s resolution to reprimand the president for authorizing wiretaps in anti-terrorism surveillance without federal warrants “and then misleading the country about the existence and legality of the program.”

Taking Rudy Personally

Staff Writer
It’s not every day that City Council members win a victory against Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. So Ronnie Eldridge can be forgiven for gloating a bit last week when the mayor reversed his policy of banning press conferences by Council members on the steps of City Hall. “It was impossible for him not to let us do it,” said the Upper West Side Democrat, who led a group of Council members in a defiant City Hall photo op two weeks ago, declaring that the mayor has overreacted to the threat against City Hall following recent U.S. action against terrorism.

Steps In Jewish Outreach

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Mark Green mentioned that his grandfather, Nathan, escaped Czarist Russia in a wheelbarrow. Alan Hevesi noted that had his father remained in Hungary, he would have been born in a Budapest ghetto where “a substantial number of my family was killed” in the Holocaust. Fernando Ferrer spoke about bringing the Bronx back from the brink, while Peter Vallone boasted that “nothing happens in the City of New York unless I’m involved in it.”

The Betrayal Of Borough Park

Staff Writer
Check the registration rolls, and the people of Borough Park will turn out to be overwhelmingly Democrats. But if you have walked around the most densely Jewish community in the five boroughs during recent major elections, you are likely to have seen mostly signs and bumper stickers reading “Pataki” or “D’Amato,” “Giuliani,” or “Bloomberg,” Republicans all.
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