Mayor Bill de Blasio

Competing For Jews ‘I Have More Jews Than You’

04/20/2016 - 10:56
Special To The Jewish Week

On his two-day visit to Israel in October, New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio met face to face with the mayors of Israel’s two largest cities. He looked them both in the eye and bragged, “My Jewish population is bigger than yours.” In fact, he noted, New York has the biggest Jewish community in the world.

Ido Aharoni, Michael Miller and Mayor Bill De Blasio. Courtesy of JCRC

NYC To Spend $20M For Security At Private, Parochial Schools

01/07/2016 - 10:57

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill providing up to $20 million for security at non-public schools.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Wikimedia Commons

An Open Letter To Mayor Bill de Blasio On Syrian Refugees

12/23/2015 - 19:14

Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio:

Guided by our history and values, Jewish organizations from across the political and religious spectrum are rallying in support of refugees, regardless of religion, race, or nationality. On behalf of HIAS, the global Jewish non-profit organization that was established here in New York City in 1881 to protect refugees, we want you to know that we share your commitment to welcoming refugees as part of the core values of both the United States and New York City. The U.S. has offered protection to the world’s most vulnerable people and time and time again, this included protecting Jews. Today, this is more important than ever with unprecedented numbers of refugees unable to go home, in need of protection, and hoping to be resettled.

Mark Hetfield (left), Dale Schwartz

De Blasio Support Plummets Among Jews

Approval rating down to 28 percent, despite nods to community.

11/24/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio jumped on a plane last month to make a 48-hour solidarity trip to Israel amid the wave of Palestinian knife, car and shooting attacks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is drawing criticism from both liberal and conservative Jews.  GETTY IMAGES

Retired Jewish Officers Back PBA President, Criticize Mayor

Two former NYPD cops and a volunteer weigh in on current tensions in city.

12/30/2014 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

Wilton Sekzer, a retired sergeant in the New York Police Department, joined 25,000 other current and former cops last Saturday as they mourned Rafael Ramos, one of two patrolmen gunned down Dec. 20 in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

As Bris Policy Nears, Mayor Seen In Bind

With new infant herpes cases emerging, clash of politics, religious freedom and public health.

08/05/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

As the de Blasio administration grapples with the church-state implications of its push for full-day, government-funded prekindergarten, another such thorny issue — this one with potential life-and-death consequences — looms: How, and whether, to regulate the controversial ritual circumcision practice known as “metzitzah b’peh.”

Mayor de Blasio: Vowed during campaign to regulate metzitzah b’peh ritual. Getty Images

Parents Hopeful New Special Ed Rules Will End Yearly ‘Torture’

Deal between de Blasio and Silver shows new attitude toward private school tuition reimbursement.

07/01/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

For Hillel Adelman, the sweeping changes Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week to New York City’s special education reimbursement means he won’t have to hire a lawyer every year to convince the city that the public school near his home is still not appropriate for his 8-year-old daughter with learning disabilities.

The new rules will streamline the process for placing kids in programs such as Yachad's IVDU school, above. Courtesy of Yachad

The Year Ahead: Who’ll Have De Blasio’s Ear?

12/30/2013 - 19:00

Heading into the home stretch of 2013, the administration of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is just taking shape. It remains to be seen who, if anyone, will be appointed City Hall’s liaison to the Jewish community. More than half of Jewish voters supported the lanky liberal, Massachusetts-born former public advocate and city councilman in his landslide win. But like most other registered voters in New York City, a large share stayed home in the low-turnout election. And 44 percent went with his opponent.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with incoming NYPD chief William Bratton. Getty Images
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