No Cakewalk For McCall

Staff Writer
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.

Shelly’s Shidduch

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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.

Silver: Pataki’s Cuts Harm The Neediest

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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.

Sephardic Power Drive

Staff Writer
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.

Spending Whatever It Takes

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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.

Conservative Party Threatens Bias Bill

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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.

Rudy Rapped On Chinese Fireworks Ban

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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.

Pulse Of The Pavement

Staff Writer
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.

Pataki’s Third Term May Not Be Charm

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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.

Pataki Counting On Orthodox Vote

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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.
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