politics

D’Amato’s Farewell

12/10/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In what may be his last appearance at a Jewish event as a United States senator, Alfonse D’Amato received an honor from the Knesset last week while praising the Holocaust survivors for whom he has attained wartime restitution. “In the case of so many I spoke to, it was not a case of dollars and cents, it was a case of justice,” said D’Amato, speaking at the Manhattan offices of the World Jewish Congress Friday, where he was honored for his role in forcing Swiss Banks to settle the claims of Holocaust victims and their families.

Melinda’s Next Move

11/19/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Queens Assembly member Melinda Katz, who gave up her seat this year to run an unsuccessful campaign for Congress, is likely to assume a top job at the Queens borough president’s office, where she would be in charge of community board appointments, The Jewish Week has learned.

The Victors And The Vanquished

11/12/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Following his impressive victory last week, few people are remembering that in the early days of the Charles Schumer campaign, the buzz was that his Senate bid was “going nowhere.” Pundits predicted he would drop out of the race in time to hold onto his House seat.

Cheers And Jeers

01/01/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
It was a year of few surprises but plenty of drama. And as much as New York’s Jewish community hates to offer opinions, we’ve heard a few about the year’s political winners and losers, prompting this maiden roundup of achievement awards.

The Battle Yet To Come

10/22/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
While the candidates in the contentious battle for Senate wage all-out war for the Jewish vote, sparks have yet to fly in the governor’s race, in which Republican George Pataki is far outpacing Democratic challenger Peter Vallone.

The Goods On Golisano

10/01/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The more voters become disenchanted with the Democrats and Republicans in this year of political turmoil, the better Thomas Golisano likes it. The Rochester millionaire, who founded the state’s Independence Party chapter in 1994, draws his core support from those who are fed up with the status quo. Golisano won about 217,000 votes in his ’94 bid for governor, and enrollment in the party is on the rise, growing 13 percent last year in New York City.

Blakeman Blasts McCall As ‘Partisan’

10/01/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
When The Jewish Week first spoke with Bruce Blakeman in June, shortly after his nomination as the Republican candidate for state comptroller, he had difficulty making his case against Democratic incumbent H. Carl McCall, preferring to talk about his own qualifications.

Jews Out Front In Vallone Coalition

09/17/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In his suite high above the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Midtown Tuesday night, Peter Vallone was surrounded by numerous Jewish politicians, communal leaders and Democratic activists who came to wish him well. “He’s been a strong supporter of Jewish causes and a worthy candidate” said one official of a Jewish organization, who asked not to be identified, of the City Council speaker who was overwhelmingly nominated — with 65 percent of the Jewish vote — to challenge Republican Gov. George Pataki. “This is going to be a good race.”

Mensch Or Pit Bull?

09/10/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It’s 8 a.m. at the Sheepshead Bay Road subway stop in Brooklyn, and most of the commuters rushing to catch the D local get only a brief glimpse of the thin, young man handing out fliers from a Nobody Beats the Wiz shopping bag. “Good morning, ladies and gentleman,” says Anthony David Weiner, candidate for Congress, identified to the voters with a large placard borne by a young girl in a long skirt. “Welcome to the newly renovated Sheepshead Bay Road Station — newly renovated, thanks to your City Councilman.”

Davis: State Needs Watchdog AG

09/10/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Last May, Evan Davis angrily withdrew his name from the roster seeking delegates’ votes at the state Democratic nominating conference. Davis, who is seeking his party’s nomination for state attorney general, complained that money was poisoning the process and accused one of his rivals, Eliot Spitzer, of using personal funds to win the support of the county leaders who control many of the delegates’ votes.
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