Councilman David Greenfield

City Council Bill Would Prevent Regulation Of Circumcision

Councilman Greenfield calls Board of Health interference "outrageous."

09/16/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent

Citing freedom of religion, Councilman David Greenfield has introduced legislation prohibiting the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Board of Health from taking any formal action against the controversial practice of metzitzah b’peh. 

The legislation, introduced at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting, has since been referred to the Health Committee for hearings. It addresses the Board of Health's requirement last year that mohelim obtain written consent from parents before performing the oral suction practice, which has been linked to dangerous infection.

Cut it out: Consent requirement for circumcision practice intrudes on religious practice, pol says. Getty Images

Next Day On NYC Parking-Suspension Calendar: Tisha B'Av?

07/18/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent

City Councilman David Greenfield will introduce legislation on July 24th to add Tisha B’Av to the city’s list of 26 days of suspended alternate-side parking, he announced Thursday.

Greenfield, a Democrat, represents the Bensonhurst, Borough Park and Midwood parts of Brooklyn, which have heavy Jewish and Orthodox populations.  While car owners would still have to pay for metered parking, they would not have to move their vehicles for street cleaning.

Under proposed bill, Jews would still have to feed the meter while fasting on Tisha B'Av. Getty Images
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