In his years as a prosecutor, Charles J. Hynes has racked up convictions against organized crime families, corrupt police officers, fraudulent nursing home operators and, in his most celebrated case, a gang of youths charged with the 1987 Howard Beach racial murder. He was elected district attorney of Brooklyn in 1989.
Peter Vallone has become one of the most visible politicians in New York in recent weeks as he locks horns with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani over the city budget and presses his campaign to unseat Gov. George Pataki.
Although he faces an uphill battle against a popular incumbent Republican at a time of economic prosperity, the Democrat from Astoria, Queens, insists important issues are being overlooked.
The City Council’s Jewish Study Group, founded in response to a rash of Jewish concerns in the early ‘90’s, will take on a higher profile in coming months, says its founding chairman, Councilman Herbert Berman (D-Brooklyn).
“We are planning a whole series of meetings to reinvigorate” the group, which has been virtually inactive since shortly after its inception, said Berman. “It’s important that members be educated as to the problems facing the Jewish people in city, state, federal [issues] and Europe and Israel.”
The only Jewish woman running for statewide office this year insists she has a lock on the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. “I believe I am well-positioned [to] win the primary,” says Sandra Frankel, supervisor of the town of Brighton, N.Y.
She may be right. Being the only Jew and the only woman on the ticket may have its advantages in a year in which a high turnout among Jewish women is expected. “The response of the Jewish community has been very positive,” she says of those she met while campaigning.
Initially thought to be a throw-away as far as the Republicans are concerned, the contest for state comptroller is shaping up to be a horse race after all with the nomination of Nassau County’s Bruce Blakeman to challenge Democrat H. Carl McCall.
The first African American elected to statewide office in New York, McCall was seen by many observers as a virtual shoo-in for re-election.
But Blakeman, the only Jew on an otherwise all-Catholic Republican ticket, has changed that assessment.
He’s a Catholic district attorney from Brooklyn who came in third in his last run for statewide office. She’s a Jewish former speech therapist from Monroe County who became the first woman supervisor of her Rochester suburb in 1991.
They may have little in common, but thanks to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Charles J. Hynes and Sandra Frankel are running mates in September’s Democratic primary.
Surrounded by Jewish communal officials last week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blasted Gov. George Pataki for what he considers politically motivated vetoes of budget items that impact Jewish communal organizations.
The race to fill a vacant Assembly seat this September has produced a rift between a powerful Brooklyn Democratic club and a Sephardic political action committee it helped form.
Egyptian-born Lena Cymbrowitz, who is seeking the seat now held by congressional candidate Dan Feldman, is expected to be backed by the recently founded, grassroots Sephardic Voters League.
Who is Art Beroff, and what makes him think he can win Rep. Charles Schumer’s congressional seat? That’s what a lot of people are asking as Beroff, a 38-year-old investment banker from Howard Beach, Queens, makes the rounds.
Senators’ need for extra votes said to fuel opposition; No love lost between Polonetsky and successor.
The New York State Conservative Party is emerging as an 800-pound gorilla among opponents of a state bias crime bill. Advocates of the bill have been told by key members of the Republican-controlled state Senate that they would support the bill if not for the objections of the Conservative Party.Opposition to treating crimes more severely if motivated by bigotry was No. 12 of 25 “legislative priorities” for 1998 recently listed by the party.