politics

‘Lesbian’ Letter Roils Senate Race

11/04/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Some Orthodox Jews in Borough Park received a letter last week purportedly from a Democratic state Senate candidate revealing that she is a “lesbian American.” But the letter, reminiscent of New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey’s announcement last summer that he is “a gay American,” was fraudulent, said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a supporter of Diane Savino. The letter claimed that Savino would be a “strong voice for gay rights” and that she favored same-sex marriages.

Nice Guy Finishes Second

11/07/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
He’s visited Israel several times and was the first state comptroller to invest state pension funds there. And he has been as staunch a supporter of Jewish causes as he has been an ally to top Jewish elected officials and community organizations. But on Tuesday, Democrat H. Carl McCall’s effort to win over the Jewish community was about as successful as his overall, uphill battle to unseat Republican Gov. George Pataki.

Mideast War In Gov’s Race

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In a continuing war of words over Israel, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is accusing his rival, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, of inaction as a United Nations diplomat in the early 1980s while the world body passed anti-Israel resolutions. “As a deputy ambassador to the UN, Carl McCall stood silently by while the U.S. repeatedly took decidedly anti-Israel positions,” said Cuomo campaign consultant Josh Isay.

Brooklyn GOP Seeks Jewish Converts

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
After taking control of Brooklyn’s Republican organization last summer in a messy coup, the new leadership is working to shatter the traditional bond between Jews and the Democratic Party.

Council’s Jewish Caucus Eyes Role

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer

It has no set agenda, an unclear number of participants and a history of inactivity, but the City Council’s Jewish caucus has no shortage of leadership.

When Brooklyn’s Michael Nelson called for a meeting of the Jewish Study Group following Wednesday’s meeting of the full Council, sources say David Weprin of Queens sprung into action, asking to co-chair the group.

As the senior Jewish Council member, some saw Nelson as a natural chairman.

Senate Smackdown Looms

02/21/2002 - 19:00
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

07/26/2007 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
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

06/28/2007 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
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

05/10/2007 - 20:00
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

03/24/2005 - 19:00
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.
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