Bill de Blasio, New York’s newly installed mayor, said defending Israel was part of his job.
“Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel,” de Blasio said at a private New York event of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee first reported Friday by the Capital New York news website.
Councilman Greenfield calls Board of Health interference "outrageous."
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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.
Mark Levine, the Upper Manhattan City Council Candidate who hopes to represent a heavily minority district, is hoping that a widely condemned email by an opponent highlighting Levine's race and religion will bring in some campaign cash.
Former Mayor Ed Koch, who is just short of his 88th birthday, has been admitted to New York Presbyterian-Columbia Hospital. He is being treated for pneumonia, his former communications director, George Arzt, said Wednesday.
"He has a lot of antibiotics in his system, but he is in good hands," said Arzt.
Close congressional race in unpredictable eastern Long Island pits Jewish Republican against Democratic incumbent.
In a state that’s the deepest shade of blue, the 1st Congressional District on Long Island’s East End has a different color scheme altogether. It’s gray — the political designation for a swing district that can just as easily go blue as red.
The Republican who parlayed Orthodox anti-Obama sentiment into a House victory, now has his eyes on the Senate.
The decision of Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens) to jump into the race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Tuesday caught many political observers by surprise and suddenly made Gillibrand’s quest for re-election anything but a cakewalk, according to analysts.
“It was like throwing a grenade into the race,” said one Republican insider. “It really shakes everything up.”
Democrat Lancman to push economic issues in bid to upend GOP’s Turner in area’s most Jewish congressional district.
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Will Assemblyman Rory Lancman be the Democrat who can recapture New York’s once-safe 9th District from the Republicans? Or will he be the latest Queens Jewish politician to fall to formidable freshman Bob Turner?
In a way, the nascent race in the Brooklyn-Queens district vacated last year by Anthony Weiner and won by Turner in a special election may be a mirror of the presidential election as far as the Jewish vote is concerned.
UPDATE: Congressman's ouster could put 9th CD on chopping block, potentially weakening clout of Jewish communities.
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Saying revelations of his online relationships with women involving lewd pictures had made it impossible to do his job, embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner gave in to pressure from Democratic Party leaders — including President Barack Obama — to leave Congress on Thursday.
The resignation, following three weeks of coverage of his online escapades and a failed cover-up attempt, is a stunning fall from grace for a polished politician who carefully cultivated his political ties to the Jewish community.