Charles Schumer

Helen Mirren Goes To Bat For Survivors, Heirs On The Hill

‘Woman in Gold’ actress urges passage of art recovery legislation.

06/08/2016 - 14:11
Staff Writer

The U.S. Congress took steps last week to help aging Holocaust survivors and their heirs. 

Helen Mirren poses during a photo-call for the release of the movie ''Woman in Gold" on October 2, 2015 in Rome. Getty Images

Applications Now Open For French Rail Restitution

Those transported to camps by national railroad, and their heirs, eligible for $60 million in payments.

11/02/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The U.S. State Department began accepting applications this week for restitution payments to Holocaust survivors who were transported to Nazi concentration camps by France’s national railroad. Nearly a year ago, France negotiated an agreement with the U.S. to pay them $60 million.

US lead negotiator and the Secretary of State's Special Adviser on Holocaust Issues Stuart Eizenstat. Getty Images

State Department Rebuffs Schumer On Iraqi Jewish Artifacts

10/24/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The State Department has rebuffed the request of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) not to return to Iraq the treasure trove of Jewish artifacts found by American troops in Baghdad in 2003. Schumer said the items were “stolen” from the Iraqi Jewish community.

Satmar Factions Back Democrat In Brooklyn DA Race

Thompson adds chasidic endorsements as Hynes tries to build GOP Joe-mentum.
10/06/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The two feuding factions of the Satmar chasidic movement seem to be able to easily agree on one thing: Who should be the district attorney of Brooklyn.

Ken Thompson will face Charles J. Hynes in November's general election.

James Wins Public Advocate Race

Squadron grounded as Crown Heights councilwoman is poised to be first African American woman to hold citywide office.
10/01/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Letitia James, a City Council member representing Crown Heights, easily won the city's only runoff election yesterday to become the Democratic nominee for public advocate. With no Republican opponent and only minor opposition in November's election, she is likely to become the the first African American woman to hold citywide office.

Letitia "Tish" James

$3.4 Million In Homeland Security Funds To Protect Area Jewish Institutions

09/08/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

A wide range of Jewish organizations and institutions will benefit from $3.4 million in security funding secured for the greater New York area from the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The agencies include synagogues of several denominations, volunteer ambulance chapters, several Chabad centers, a JCC on Long Island and numerous area yeshivas and day schools.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

'A Custodian Of The Jewish People'

The son of poor immigrants, Sen. Frank Lautenburg remembered as a giant of liberal and Jewish causes, and critical advocate for Soviet emigrés.
06/03/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

About a dozen years ago, Frank Lautenberg, then the senior U.S. senator from New Jersey, was invited to serve as keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony for new citizens that New Jersey’s Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest was hosting.

Retiring from the Senate in 2001 was a "big mistake," Lautenberg said. He was re-elected the following year. Getty Images

In Eulogies, Koch Remembered As Outspoken 'Moses' Who Led City Out Of Darkness

'We are doing a lot better because you lived and served,' says President Clinton.
02/03/2013 - 19:00

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who died on Friday, was remembered by his current successor, Michael Bloomberg, as a legendary figure akin to Moses, who “restored the arc of the city’s history."

Noting that this week's Torah portion depicts Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, Bloomberg said " Ed, in his own way, was our Moses ... He led us out of darkness and he gave us hope. And while he may not have parted the Red Sea, he did break a subway strike by standing on a bridge and shouting words of encouragement.”

Senate Amendment Penalizing Palestinians For U.N. Status Does Not Pass

12/05/2012 - 19:00

An amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not included in a defense bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate.

Tim Boxer: Political Plaudits for Met Council

06/04/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The Celebrate Israel Parade on Fifth Avenue got off to a rousing start Sunday in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel where a score of politicians mounted the podium to outdo each other in praise of the Jewish homeland.

It's become a tradition for politicos leading the parade to come first to the annual legislative breakfast of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, now known as Met Council .

Under the direction of board chair Merryl H. Tisch, 16 individuals received leadership awards for their support of the council's efforts to alleviate poverty in New York.

Met Council chair Merryl Tisch, Sylvia Hiat and Sen.Kristen Gillibrand at the legislative breakfast. Photo: Tim Boxer
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