Gary Ackerman

Congressional Races: Cantor Still A Soloist

Republican Jewish hopefuls defeated, new faces for House Dems.

11/07/2012

Rep. Eric Cantor will remain the only Jewish Republican in the next Congress after several candidates fell short in Tuesday’s election.

Jewish Democrats seeking congressional seats fared better in Tuesday’s election, however.

Cantor is still the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives. Getty Images

Redistricting Shakes Up Jewish Map

Communities shifted to new House districts, but voting power seen intact.

03/27/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

The new map for congressional districts in New York represents a fairly substantial shakeup of the local Jewish political map, which will put some members’ outreach and coalition-building skills to the test.

For example, Rep. Edolphus Towns will likely need a Russian-speaking liaison to reach out to what he hopes will be new constituents in Brighton Beach, who are currently in Jerrold Nadler’s district.

A map of Brooklyn and Queens created by the JCRC shows vacancy created by Rep. Gary Ackerman’s decision not to seek re-election.

Bring Him Home: Gary Ackerman Gets A Great Photo-Op

It's not often that a politician gets to bring home a constituent who had been imprisoned in an unstable Arab country. But JTA reports that's just what Queens and Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman is set to do.

The carnation-sporting Democrat, who has been in office as long as anyone can remember, went to Israel late Wednesday to bring home Ilan Grapel, the dual Israel-American citizen held under nebulous circumstances in Egypt, where what passes for a government has accused him of being a spy.

Egypt, Iran Top Pols’ Concerns At JCRC Event

Reason for optimism in post-Mubarak era, says Schumer, at congressional breakfast; Tehran nuclear ambitions worry N.Y. delegation.

02/15/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

 The uncertain future of Israel’s powerful neighbor dominated the speeches at Sunday’s annual congressional breakfast sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, held less than 48 hours after the demise of Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade reign over Egypt.

“Being Jewish, I worry,” said Sen. Charles Schumer at the JCRC congressional breakfast Sunday, addressing the changing Middle Ea

J Street apologizes to Ackerman, doesn't back off from UN resolution position

 J Street's spat with Rep. Gary Ackerman took another turn today when it apologized for its strong reaction to the New York Democrat's statement last repudiating the pro-peace process group.

But J Street isn't backing away from the statement that touched off the fracas in the first place – its request that the Obama administration consider not vetoing a pending UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity.

Ackerman vs. J Street and the U.N. settlements flap

 What ticked off Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) so much about J Street's position on a pending UN resolution slamming Israel's settlements policies that he decided to break ties with the pro-peace process group?

According to sources in the group, J Street “reluctantly” called on the Obama administration not to veto a pending UN resolution labeling Israel's settlements in both the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem “illegal” and condemning activities “aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the territory.”

Ackerman Cuts Off J Street

01/25/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman severed ties with J Street over its call on the Obama administration not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution on settlements.

Administration dropping settlement moratorium haggling: some early reactions

Reading the early reports about the apparent U.S. decision to give up on its efforts to win a renewed Israeli settlement freeze in return for a big package of incentives, I can't help but wonder if what we're seeing here is simply an administration with absolutely no sense of direction.

J Street Fundraiser For Ackerman

10/13/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

J Street  founder and executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami  will be in New York tonight to host a fundraiser for three Democrat House members, including Queens/Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman.

Here's a copy of a letter accompanying the invite, forwarded to us by someone who is not a fan of Ackerman or J Street.

Ackerman Asks SEC to Warn About Iran Sanctions

07/20/2010

 (JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to make companies aware that they may be in violation of the new Iran sanctions law.

Ackerman, chairman of the House of Representatives subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, made the request in a letter sent Tuesday to SEC chairman Mary Schapiro.

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