New York

Can Rockland Star Shine In Albany?

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
by Adam Dickter
Staff Writer In 1997, when he was 23, Ryan Karben was elected to the Rockland County Legislature during his second year at Columbia Law School. Four years later, 10 fellow Democrats named him majority leader. Last month he was elected to the state Assembly.

More Hurdles For Hillary

10/27/2000
Staff Writer
Hillary Rodham Clinton's new link to a Hamas supporter threatens to rock the first lady's Senate campaign at a time when Clinton can least afford another controversy, and as Jewish voters are more focused then ever on Israel's security. Reports of a campaign fund-raiser for Clinton by the American Muslim Alliance, whose leader backs armed struggle against Israel, could upset the momentum she was seen as gathering among Jews. Her campaign had been hoping for a quiet two weeks until the Nov. 7 face-off with Republican Rick Lazio.

A Primary Primer

08/19/1998
Staff Writer
The hottest races in Brooklyn this year concern a variety of different offices and a multitude of issues. But almost all of them have one thing in common: The Jewish names on the ballots. In races from Congress to Assembly to Civil Court judge, the bumper crop of Jewish candidates for election and re-election reflects the boroughís bustling Jewish population and its growing political influence.

Mideast Violence Spills Into Brooklyn

10/06/2000
Staff Writer
Amid signs of a ripple effect of Middle East tensions in New York, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called on Jewish and Arab leaders to work together to keep the peace here. Some 45 Arab and Jewish leaders gathered at City Hall Wednesday morning in the wake of a series of suspected bias attacks that may be linked to the current violence in Israel and the Palestinian-controlled territories.

Hillary's New Comfort Zone

10/06/2000
Staff Writer
It was barely noticed, but Hillary Rodham Clinton took a significant step, albeit a clumsy one, while campaigning in Queens last week. Addressing a group of elderly Holocaust survivors, the first lady and Senate candidate noted that her friend and supporter, Rep. Tom Lantos of California, was always "kavelling" about his grandchildren. With a little coaching, Clinton might have properly pronounced the Yiddish word for boasting (kvelling). But the utterance was still a milestone in Clinton's long and tumultuous courtship with Jewish voters.

Lieberman 101

10/06/2000
Staff Writer
While speaking about the upcoming election, Ronen Khordipour can barely contain his excitement. "This opens doors," said the 20-year-old junior at New York University, referring to the history-making candidacy of Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman. "Before this, a Jewish student would never think they could actually run for high office." The selection of Lieberman as vice-presidential running mate to Democratic nominee Al Gore, said Khordipour, tells students that "you could lead any kind of Jewish life you want, and still succeed."

Blacks, Jews Join Vs. Crown Hts. Appeal

09/29/2000
Staff Writer
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.

Joe Stamps Hillary 'Kosher'

09/22/2000
Staff Writer
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.

Lazio Backs Lieberman On God-Speak

09/22/2000
Staff Writer
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."

Embarrassment Times Two

09/15/2000
Staff Writer
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.
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