Jewish group fears City Hall’s prevention of New Year ritual sets precedent for religious obstruction; Jewish delegation to lobby for state RFRA bill.
The only fireworks connected with New Year festivities in Chinatown this year will be rhetorical, thanks to a decree by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and at least one Jewish group is denouncing what it considers infringement on a religious observance.
Stepping out of P.S. 193 in the Midwood section of Brooklyn Tuesday morning, Herbert Aronson gave H. Carl McCall “two chances” to win.
“Slim and none,” said Aronson in a hoarse voice as he walked down Avenue K. But Aronson, 58, who works for the city Housing Authority, said he had pulled the lever for the beleaguered Democratic candidate anyway because of McCall’s support of Jewish causes.
Blurring the lines of party affiliation, Republican Gov. George Pataki won broad support in his successful re-election bid Tuesday from traditionally Democratic constituencies, including a large share of the Jewish vote.
On what is arguably the most important day of the campaign home stretch — the Sunday before Election Day — Gov. George Pataki is planning a whirlwind tour of Orthodox communities in Brooklyn and upstate, demonstrating the key role he is expecting those bloc voters to play in his re-election bid.
With the election for governor headed into its final week, as much as a third of the Jewish community is believed to be uncommitted, and how they make up their minds is expected to be a key factor in the election.
Trailing by double digits in most polls, Democrat H. Carl McCall needs to beef up his standing among key constituent groups to prevail, say observers. And Jews make up a large share of the reliable turnout figure in a state in which Democrats outnumber Republicans 5 to 3.
Rochester billionaire Thomas Golisano, the Independence Party candidate for governor, is expected to launch a massive campaign targeting the Jewish community as the election enters the home stretch, The Jewish Week has learned.
“We have on the drawing board a specific outreach operation including phone calls, mailings and personal visits,” said Golisano’s campaign chairman, Steve Pidgeon.
As if he hasn’t enough problems, trailing by double digits in recent polls, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful H. Carl McCall was contending with charges of ethnic conflict within his campaign this week after the firing of top political consultant Hank Sheinkopf.
A resolution calling on the City Council to accept Palestinian statehood while acting as “facilitators of peace” was rejected by a committee Friday, ending a sometimes raucous round of Mideast politics at City Hall.
In making good on his threat to pull his right-wing party out of Israel’s coalition government, Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday started the “clock ticking” on the coalition’s future, according to a prominent Israeli analyst.
The collapse of Israel’s unity government after 20 months in office is seen as almost certainly paving the way for early elections even if Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon can put together enough support to adopt the 2003 state budget.
A vote of no-confidence is slated to be held Monday and Sharon has reportedly said he would call for new elections on Sunday to stave off such a vote.