Security patrols, alerts in Jewish areas after latest attack.
Assistant Managing Editor
Volunteer security patrols are increasing in Orthodox neighborhoods following a new spate of so-called knockout attacks in Brooklyn. And the Jewish Community Relations Council is preparing to offer up to $5,000 for information on perpetrators of the “game” that has whole communities on edge but seems to target mostly Jewish victims here.
Councilman Greenfield calls Board of Health interference "outrageous."
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.
Days of Awe notwithstanding, politics get ugly between Jewish pols.
Assistant Managing Editor
The days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, generally a time of rapprochement and grace for observant Jews, turned particularly nasty between the city's best known Orthodox politicians this week as they supported opposing candidates in the race for Brooklyn district attorney.
The uspet defeat of long-serving Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes was celebrated Wednesday by activists for Jewish victims of sex abuse.
“Hynes had to go,” said Mark Meyer Appel, founder of Voice of Justice, who has waged a long campaign to see Hynes defeated, believing he has not adequately prosecuted child molesters within the politically powerful Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox community. “I’m very happy.”
"The election result sends a clear message that the people of Brooklyn want to see fairness, not special treatment, and that when the people choose to speak at the polls, the chasidic bloc vote -- which went to Hynes -- becomes irrelevant," said Ben Hirsch, co-founder of Survivors for Justice, an organization that advocates and educates on issues related to child safety.
"Hynes' record on Orthodox child sex abuse, combined with the growing prosecutorial misconduct scandals, cost him the election," Hirsch said. "Brooklyn's Orthodox community was cynically used by Hynes for political ends."
Hynes, in office since 1989, lost the Democratic nomination to Ken Thompson, a litigator making his first bid for public office, by a large margin, 55-45 percent. Although he is also on the Republican and Conservative ballots, he said he would not continue his campaign.
Councilman David Greenfield is offering a $1000 reward for confidential information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who defaced the headquarters of Community Board 12 in Borough Park. A source told The Jewish Week the messages included "Jewish pigs."
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.
Unwilling to accept the City University of New York's report last month on the handling of an anti-Israel event at Brooklyn College, five members of the City Council are demanding that an administrator at Brooklyn College be held accountable for her actions.
Faced with an embarrassing scandal that might make him “radioactive” — in the words of one consultant — to candidates, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s political clout could face a major test in the current political season.