politics

Conservative Party Threatens Bias Bill

02/19/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
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

02/05/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
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

11/07/2002 - 19:00
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

11/07/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
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

10/31/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
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.

Jewish Apathy Hurting McCall

10/23/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.

Golisano Launching Jewish Blitz

10/17/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.

Spin Battle Over McCall Firing

09/26/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.

Council Nixes ‘Evenhanded’ Measure

09/26/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.

Coalition On Shaky Ground

01/15/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
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.
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