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New York Rabbis Press For City To Fund Parochial School Security Agents


A group of New York City rabbis is urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to have the city pay for security at parochial schools.

Private Schools Get A Subcommittee

What Orthodox councilman’s new body can — and can’t — achieve for day schools.

Staff Writer

Private schools now have their own City Council subcommittee, chaired by an Orthodox councilman from Midwood.

There’s no doubt Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s subcommittee will give private schools of all stripes more attention at City Hall. But it’s not clear that will translate into cold hard cash.

Private schools now have their own subcommittee on the City Council. Photo courtesy of Mazel Day School

Orthodox Councilman To Chair New Subcommittee On Private Schools

Newly elected Chaim Deutsch called the subcommittee’s creation “overdue.”

Staff Writer

Day schools just got a leg up at City Hall.

City Council Bill Would Provide Safety Officers At Yeshivas

Assistant Managing Editor

The NYPD would provide a uniformed, but unarmed school safety officer at any non-public school upon administrators' request under a bill introduced by Councilman David Greenfield this week.

The city already provides at least one safety officer at each of the city's public schools. Greenfield, a Democrat who represents Borough Park and part of Flatbush in the Council, says the bill is a response to the Dec. 27, 2012 massacre of school children in Newtown, CT.

Uniformed school safety officers would deter most criminals, a Council member believes.

City Council Hopeful Apologizes To Jews


A City Council hopeful says he was “insensitive” when he called on minority leaders to oppose a “white/Jewish” candidate.

Thomas Lopez-Pierre

Jewish Council Candidate Uses Foe's 'Hate' For Fundraising


Mark Levine, the Upper Manhattan City Council Candidate who hopes to represent a heavily minority district, is hoping that a widely condemned email by an opponent highlighting Levine's race and religion will bring in some campaign cash.

Levine: Say no to hate by sending me money.

Council Members Defend Shomrim

Taxpayer funding of Orthodox patrols unlikely to be affected by recent criticism.

Assistant Managing Editor

Several City Council members who bankroll volunteer patrol groups in Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhoods with their discretionary funds say they will continue to do so amid some recent criticism of how such groups operate.

Councilman David Greenfield with members of Borough Park Shomrim and 66th Precinct cops after softball game last summer.

Bloomberg Says No to Voucher Program For Orthodox Kids

Assistant Managing Editor

Despite pleas from several City Council members and over 15,000 letters from their constituents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined to extend funding for a day care voucher program that heavily benefits Orthdox communities.

The Priority 7 funding, which allows payments of of up to $300 per week per eligible child for afterschool programs, will end this month.

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