Dov Hikind

‘Knockout’ Attacks A Concern

Meeting this week with Jewish leaders, pols and police about urban crime trend; police promise increased presence.

11/20/2013
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A new form of urban terror — the “knockout game,” in which one teen in a roving gang suddenly lunges at an unsuspecting pedestrian, often knocking the victim unconscious with a single punch to the face — has come to Crown Heights. The trend mimics such attacks elsewhere in the country.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police should arrest, not just educate, youth who perpetrate street attacks. Getty Images

New Revelation As Retrial Nears

Lebovits' exchange with alleged abuse victim, caught on a tape not used at trial, seen as damaging to his defense.

10/31/2013
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A “notorious” alleged chasidic sex abuser, who was sentenced to up to 32 years in jail but got that verdict overturned because of a prosecution violation, has all but admitted on tape to sexually abusing the young man who testified against him, The Jewish Week has learned.

The prosectuion of Baruch Lebovits has been plagued with problems. Photo courtesy New York Daily News

Lhota Sees Hope in Frum Vote

Badly trailing in polls, Republican candidate is a regular in Borough Park and Williamsburg.

10/22/2013
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As polls suggest the lopsided mayoral race is all but over, with Democrat Bill de Blasio a mile ahead, Republican Joe Lhota seems to be working overtime to pick up support in neighborhoods where Jews have been most willing to cross party lines.

Joseph Lhota speaks with shopkeeper Joseph Waldman during a visit to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shimon Gifter

Hynes Revives His Re-Election Campaign

After Democrat loss, Brooklyn DA to seek 7th term as Republican.

10/04/2013
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After conceding defeat to challenger Ken Thompson, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has decided not to pack up his office just yet. He'll campaign for a seventh term as the Republican and Conservative candidate.

Charles Hynes

Hikind-Greenfield War Heats Up After Primary

Days of Awe notwithstanding, politics get ugly between Jewish pols.

09/13/2013
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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.

Dov Hikind and David Greenfield chose different candidates for district attorney.

Hynes Defeat Welcomed By Jewish Activists Against Abuse

09/11/2013
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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.

Hikind Endorses Thompson For Mayor

Assemblyman's blessing could help swing Orthodox voting block in favor of former comptroller.

08/22/2013
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Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Borough Park has given his highly coveted endorsement for mayor to former city Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., a move that could prove decisive with Orthodox Jewish voters in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.

Hikind appeared with Thompson outside a kosher pizza store in his district Thursday afternoon and promised his support through the general election.

Dov Hikind's endorsement of Bill Thompson could secure him a crucial block of votes. Getty Images

Hikind Continues Support For Chasidic Whistleblower

Urges charges against Sam Kellner be dropped; takes up issue on weekly radio show.

07/16/2013
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Saying the case against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner “seems to have no witnesses,” Brooklyn state Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes “to drop all charges against” Kellner, a constituent of his Borough Park district.

Dov Hikind: “Recent revelations” tarnish DA’s case.

Hikind Calls For DA To Drop Charges

07/11/2013
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Saying the case against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner “seems to have no witnesses,” Brooklyn state Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes “to drop all charges against” Kellner, a constituent of his Borough Park district.

Frieda Hikind, Auschwitz Survivor And Assemblyman's Mother, Dies At 95

06/24/2013
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Shiva was completed Monday morning for Frieda Hikind, 95, a Holocaust survivor and mother of Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn.

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