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Left, Right Spar Over De Blasio’s Speech

Open invitation for AIPAC to City Hall riles liberal Jews, spurs debate.

02/05/2014
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It was supposed to be a routine stop on the busy schedule of a new mayor. In and out, no one gets hurt. A pro-Israel speech at the Hilton, then back to Gracie Mansion.

DeBlasio: Steps into Israel quagmire. Getty Images

Liberal Jews Criticize Mayor's Comments To AIPAC

Supporting 'hard-line' lobby not part of job description, say boldfaced names in arts, philanthropy, academia, rabbinate.

01/29/2014
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Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent address to AIPAC has riled up a group of prominent Jewish liberals who feel it was wrong for him to roll out a proverbial red carpet at City Hall for the pro-Israel lobby group.

In an open letter to the mayor, which was emailed to The Jewish Week on Wednesday, the group took exception to de Blasio's remarks at the Jan. 24 Manhattan gala, which were meant to be limited to the dinner audience.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is one of the critical letter's signatories. Getty Images

The Year Ahead: Who’ll Have De Blasio’s Ear?

12/31/2013
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Heading into the home stretch of 2013, the administration of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is just taking shape. It remains to be seen who, if anyone, will be appointed City Hall’s liaison to the Jewish community. More than half of Jewish voters supported the lanky liberal, Massachusetts-born former public advocate and city councilman in his landslide win. But like most other registered voters in New York City, a large share stayed home in the low-turnout election. And 44 percent went with his opponent.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with incoming NYPD chief William Bratton. Getty Images

Summer Of Supplication

Two scandal-plagued Jewish pols seek forgiveness in a primary that falls during the Days of Awe.

07/10/2013
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New York’s primary election this year falls on Sept. 10, almost exactly between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, a period known as Aseret Ymai Tshuva, or the Ten Days of Repentance.

For Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, the political and spiritual calendars are in rare harmony. Michael Datikash

Member Item Funding Again Under Fire

After Quinn's grants tied to campaign donors, de Blasio says end the program; UJA-Fed. fears 'black hole.'

07/03/2013
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The City Council’s system of doling out millions of dollars to community organizations is once again under fire after Speaker Christine Quinn gave a hefty chunk of her share to groups whose officials support her mayoral campaign.

Christine Quinn gave $3.1 million to organizations linked to her donors, a report says.

Lhota Grapples With Giuliani Legacy

In mayoral bid, former deputy both embraces and distances himself from a controversial administration.

06/11/2013
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How much of Rudy Giuliani is just enough?

That’s the question facing Joseph Lhota, the city’s former budget director and deputy to the famously feisty mayor, as Lhota pursues the Republican nomination and victory in November’s City Hall race.

Image from Lhota campaign video shows him with former boss Rudy Giuliani.

Weiner Joins A 'Live Fire' Campaign

Despite the jokes, disgraced pol’s comeback bid puts him in second place in Democratic field.

05/28/2013
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In his first appearance alongside rivals vying for the Democratic mayoral nomination Tuesday, Anthony Weiner didn’t have to try to stand out in the field.

After one week in the Democratic primary, Weiner finds himself in contention with frontrunner Chrtistine Quinn. Michael Datikash

Anthony Weiner Declares Candidacy For Mayor, Asking For 'Second Chance'

05/22/2013

Ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office by a scandal, announced his run for mayor of New York City in the Democratic primary early Wednesday morning.

“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down,” Weiner said in a two-minute YouTube video released early Wednesday morning. “But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”

Anthony Weiner: "I've let a lot of people down."

Finding Common Ground

Council members bring Jewish and African American teens together for lunch at City Hall.

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