David Paterson

Hikind Hijinks Test His Political Influence

Purim costume causes race flap; showed lack of sensitivity, colleagues say.

02/27/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

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.

This photo of Dov Hikind, posted on Facebook by his son, caused an uproar. Via Facebook

Gov. David Paterson Interview Part 2

 New York Gov. David Paterson discusses tuition loans for rabbinical students, Eliot Spitzer, his own political future, black-Jewish relations and Saturday Night Live in part of the the Jewish Week's MetroPolitics vlog interview.

Kosher Inspectors Seek Help As Shutdown Looms

Paterson says layoffs regrettable; enforcement law faces litigation.

12/14/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The state’s last remaining kosher inspectors are looking to legislators for support and gathering petitions in a bid to keep jobs that will be eliminated on Dec. 31.

“I hate having done that,” Gov. David Paterson told The Jewish Week regarding the need to cut state-employed kosher inspectors.

The Jewish Week Interviews Gov. David Paterson

Gov. David Paterson frankly discussed his tenure as governor in an interview with The Jewish Week on Dec. 8, 2010.

Paterson Apologizes For Kosher-Enforcement Cut

12/09/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Eliminating the state’s kosher food inspection unit was a regrettable, but necessary decision forced by the state’s $10 billion deficit, Gov. David Paterson told The Jewish Week on Wednesday.

Gov. David Paterson

New York State Cutting Last Kosher Inspectors

11/21/2010

(JTA) -- New York is about to lose its last two state kosher inspectors.

The state's Department of Agriculture and Markets will eliminate the jobs as part of a statewide effort to achieve $250 million in work force savings, according to the Times Union in Albany. The department once had 11 kosher inspectors.

Explaining its decision to lay off the final two inspectors, the department told reporters that the jobs have become obsolete since a 2004 change in the state’s kosher law prevented state inspectors from enforcing Orthodox standards of kashrut.

COJOs Hard Hit Without Earmarks

Governor’s veto of member-items costing agencies millions.

08/25/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

 Lately, when clients show up on Fridays at the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush for help with social services, they are asked to come back on Monday.

“We’re running with a skeleton crew,” said the agency’s director, Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus. “There’s no one around to help them [on those days].”

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