New York

Rudy's Public Affairs Problem

05/12/2000
Staff Writer
A recent poll found that 77 percent of New Yorkers think Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's private life and the status of his marriage have no impact on how they view him as a Senate candidate.

Hillary's Useful Enemy

05/05/2000
Staff Writer
In attacking radical Independence Party activist Lenora Fulani as anti-Semitic this week, Hillary Rodham Clinton has taken a step forgone by three previous Democratic Senate candidates: two of whom are Jewish.

Weiner Woos Dear Backers

03/31/2000
Staff Writer
As City Councilman Noach Dear contemplates a second bid to win one of the nation's most heavily Jewish congressional districts, incumbent Rep. Anthony Weiner is making inroads in Dear's political backyard. Angered by Dear's siding with the police after the controversial shooting of a disturbed Borough Park man in August, some of his former supporters are now backing Weiner for re-election.

Bias Bill Hopes Tied To Pataki Ambitions

03/24/2000
Staff Writer
As Gov. George Pataki intensifies his efforts to be seen as a moderate Republican on the national stage, Jewish activists seeking passage of bias crime legislation are hopeful he will make an unprecedented push for such a bill. Although the bill has been stalled in the Republican-controlled state Senate for years (while the Assembly has repeatedly passed its version) Senate Democrats are preparing to push for a vote on the measure in early April.

Pot Farm Raided

03/24/2000
Staff Writer
Acting on a tip from an Orthodox community source, narcotics detectives from the Brooklyn District Attorney's office raided a Midwood apartment last week and confiscated 66 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $50,000. After executing a search warrant, the detectives arrested Leopold Ostreicher, 35, at the scene and charged him with felony possession of marijuana, a first-degree felony punishable by two-and-a-third to seven years in jail. Ostreicher, who has lived in the seventh-floor apartment on Ocean Parkway for two years, told authorities he is an interior designer.

Heschel School Tied To Real Estate Suit

03/24/2000
Staff Writer
A Manhattan real estate broker claims she is being denied more than a quarter-million dollars in commission from the $20 million sale of a building for the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, according to a suit she filed recently in Manhattan Supreme Court. Although the Upper West Side academy is not named in the $1.2 million suit, an apparent agreement to shield the seller, developer Harry Macklowe, from commission and court costs could end up costing the school millions, just as it is about to launch an extensive capital campaign to fund a new high school.

Sharpton Blitz Vs. Gore: Next Tactic For GOP

03/10/2000
Staff Writer
With Democrat Al Gore's presidential candidacy surging, the Republican National Committee and its Jewish support group are hoping to erode his support among Jews and whites by linking him to the Rev. Al Sharpton. "Al Sharpton is a racist anti-Semite with blood on his hands," said Chris Paulitz, a spokesman for the RNC in Washington who is gathering information on controversial Sharpton statements on behalf of national chairman Jim Nicholson. "He is the David Duke of the Democrat Party. Why has Al Gore and most of the Democrat Party embraced this hate-monger?"

Gore Praises Hate-Spewing Station

02/25/2000
Staff Writer
In asserting that America is "better off" for having a local black-owned radio station like WLIB, Vice President Al Gore, in a presidential debate Monday night in Harlem, may not have realized how controversial the station is, particularly to the Jewish community.

The New Mike Forbes

04/21/2000
Staff Writer
Nine months after he bolted the Republican Party to become a Democrat, Long Island Rep. Mike Forbes is no longer viewed as the most strident pro-Israel hawk in the House, seeming to settle instead into the Clinton administration's peace camp.

'Pot Rabbi' Nabbed In Borough Park

02/18/2000
Staff Writer
Acting on a tip from rabbinic leaders, police and narcotics investigators have arrested a 50-year-old Brooklyn man they allege is known as the "pot rabbi" among Orthodox youth. Yitzchak Fried of Midwood, who has been the leader of a controversial congregation in Manhattan's East Village, was arrested outside the Munkaczer synagogue on 13th Avenue in Borough Park on Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with criminal sale of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and faces 16 months to four years in jail.
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