The NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund has joined with a coalition of Jewish groups seeking to uphold the federal convictions of two men in the 1991 killing of Yankel Rosenbaum.
Defense attorneys for Lemrick Nelson Jr., 25, and Charles Price, 47, are claiming that two Supreme Court decisions, in 1995 and this year, have invalidated the federal statute that led to the convictions and that the government had no jurisdiction in prosecuting the pair.
During their first campaign appearance together Friday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman's endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton had all the subtlety of a soft-money campaign commercial.
In Coney Island, Brooklyn, last week the two praised each other's records, shared grade school memories and (despite the fact that they were traveling in the same vehicle) publicly hugged and kissed hello and goodbye in front of the cameras.
Republican Senate candidate Rick Lazio came to the defense of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, at a Jewish Week breakfast forum Tuesday.
Asked about recent criticism that Lieberman, the first Jew nominated on a major party's national ticket, had injected too much discussion of God into his campaign speeches, Lazio said, "I encourage people to talk publicly about their spiritual beliefs and the meaning of their faith in everyday life. I think thatís absolutely fine."
The arrest of Rockland County's Democratic chair, Paul Adler, on corruption charges this week is an embarrassment to Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign and an organizational setback at a time when the Jewish vote in that region is seen as a crucial swing block.
As recently as two weeks ago Clinton appeared with Adler at the Orangetown Jewish Center, despite reports in the local press that Adler was under investigation.
Israel's senior envoy here has embarked on a decidedly undiplomatic path in his efforts to keep his job. Shmuel Sisso, who was appointed Israel's consul general in New York three years ago, is suing his own government in a bid to remain in New York.
The Morocco native, who was appointed by former Foreign Minister David Levy, learned last week through press reports that he was one of 11 envoys to be replaced by Prime Minister Ehud Barak as part of a post-Levy shakeup of the foreign diplomatic corps.
Police Commissioner Howard Safir is getting diverse reviews in the Jewish community as his sometimes turbulent reign ends this week. The NYPD's first Jewish top cop, who was to step down Friday, is being roundly credited for reducing crime overall and placing a high priority on investigating bias incidents. But many Jewish leaders are faulting his reaction to recent incidents of police violence against unarmed civilians, claiming he has not done enough to address tensions between the department and minority communities.
Democratic congressional primaries in New York, when they do occur, often are low-key affairs, with little drama and predictable outcomes. But this season is seeing an unusual share of hot races, and they are becoming increasingly nasty. Facing serious challenges in four races of interest to Jewish communities are Reps. Anthony Weiner, Major Owens and Ed Towns in Brooklyn and Eliot Engel in the Bronx.
Jewish professionals are moving on several new fronts in their war against drug abuse with the opening of two new treatment centers, while an upcoming conference on at-risk teenagers in the Catskills is expected to draw as many as 500 participants.
Wanted: Politically astute and respected Jewish activists, able to spend long hours on a Democratic Senate campaign. Contacts in diverse segments of community, from Williamsburg to the West Side, essential. Access to wealthy donors a plus.
In a bid to bolster her support and widen her political base in the Jewish community after a disastrous week, Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign is shopping for new advisers.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign was in full-blown crisis mode this week, rounding up Jewish leaders, organizations and politicians to denounce a report that the first lady called a former aide to her husband a "f---g Jewish bastard" in 1974.