New York politics

Could Turner Threaten Gillibrand?

The Republican who parlayed Orthodox anti-Obama sentiment into a House victory, now has his eyes on the Senate.

03/13/2012
Staff Writer

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.”

Rep. Bob Turner announced Tuesday that he is challenging incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for her New York seat.

Will Next 9th District Race Again Hinge On Israel?

Democrat Lancman to push economic issues in bid to upend GOP’s Turner in area’s most Jewish congressional district.

02/14/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

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.

Assemblyman Rory Lancman, left, is exploring a run against freshman Republican Rep. Bob Turner.

Like Weiner, District’s Future Now Uncertain

UPDATE: Congressman's ouster could put 9th CD on chopping block, potentially weakening clout of Jewish communities.

06/14/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

UPDATED 6/16/11

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.

Rep. Weiner studying a bill during a markup session. getty images

Jerrold Nadler on Steve Solarz: Son Of Brooklyn, Foreign Affairs Expert

Remembering Rep. Stephen J. Solarz.

11/30/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Former Rep. Stephen J. Solarz, who died Monday night  at the age of 70 after a long battle with esophogeal cancer, was an outstanding public servant. Steve served the people of Brooklyn in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1992 with distinction, boundless energy, great intellect, and a true passion to pursue justice.

Stephen Solarz: “True passion to pursue justice.”

Andrew Cuomo: The Lost Interview

11/05/2010

In early September 2002, Andrew Cuomo, struggling to gain traction in a Democratic primary battle against state comptroller H. Carl McCall, visited The Jewish Week for an extensive interview. The interview was set to run alongside one with McCall when, on Sept. 3, Cuomo suddenly dropped out of the race, under pressure from fellow Democrats to avoid splitting the party and to present a united front against Republican George Pataki, who would defeat McCall to win a third term in office. As a result, the below interview was never published.

Candidates In Tight AG Race Spar Over Terrorism

11/01/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

With the threat of new al Qaeda terrorist attacks hanging over the nation, the contenders in New York’s dead-heat race for state attorney general are locking horns on the issue after the NY Post pointed out that Democrat Eric Schneiderman voted against three anti-terror bills in the state S

Anthony Weiner Challenger Claims Race Is Close

10/28/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Bob Turner, the Republican who wants to unseat Rep. Anthony Weiner, says his poll of 4,702 people in the district, which includes Flatbush and Park Slope in Brooklyn and Forest Hills, the Rockaways and other areas in Queens, shows less than a five-point difference between the two, 52.3 for the six-term congressman to 47.7 for the upstart, when the numbers are weighted to reflect actual party registration in the 9th District.

Paladino Asked About ‘Backdoor Deals With The Orthodox’

10/25/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

A host of Fox TV’s “Good Day New York” Monday morning asked Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino if he was “making any backdoor deals with the Orthodox to stay alive.”

Rosanna Scotto noted the candidate’s campaigning this week in Williamsburg and a previous appearance there on October 11th that caused a controversy over gay rights.

GOP gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino

Interview with Dan Donovan

 Adam Dickter interviews the GOP Attorney General candidate

 Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan discusses his campaign for New York Attorney General on the Republican ballot, Carl Paladino, Wall Street, school vouchers, Orthodox concerns, legislators' earmarks and more during a visit to The Jewish Week on Oct. 18, 2010.

Hikind Backs Republican In Staten Island House Race

10/20/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who has made no secret of his desire to see the Republicans retake Congress, endorsed Staten Island GOP challenger Michael Grimm on Wednesday.

Hikind said the decision had nothing to do with the “Jewish list” controversy last spring when Democrat incumbent Michael McMahon fired a spokeswoman who spoke in an interview about “Jewish money” collected by Grimm.

“He apologized for that,” Hikind said. “It was cleared up.”

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