New York

Schumer: Don't Prejudge Hillary

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Sen. Charles Schumer pleaded with Orthodox leaders here this week not to prejudge Hillary Rodham Clinton's positions on Israel, predicting that "her voting record will be just like mine." Speaking with board members of the Orthodox Union at their Manhattan offices Monday night, the freshman Democrat, who has a strong pro-Israel record, urged the leaders to give the first lady and likely Senate candidate a chance to more fully explain her positions, rather than oppose her because of her statement last year in support of Palestinian statehood.

'Hottest Neighborhood In Brooklyn'

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When real estate broker Abe Podolsky approached the owners of Dagan's Kosher Pizza about relocating to Mill Basin, the negotiations took on all the drama of a major-league scout trying to sign a star pitcher.   "He offered us a long lease, good rent, whatever we want," recalls Ayala Dagan, who had operated her pizzeria on Ralph Avenue in Canarsie for 16 years.  

Frum War On Drugs Has Many Fronts

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As the Orthodox community grapples with increasing drug use, attention is shifting to the question of who will provide much-needed prevention and treatment services. There is no problem identifying groups to attack the problem. There are an estimated eight to 12 grassroots and professional agencies, most of them Brooklyn-based, taking different roles in the frum war on drugs. They range from a grassroots mother's support group to professional counseling to a "kosher" pool hall in Flatbush where at-risk kids can hang out in a supervised setting.

No Jerusalem Bounce For The First Lady

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Hillary Rodham Clinton began a series of meetings with Jewish leaders this week amid signs that her recent proclamation that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel has yielded dubious benefits and a new poll that showed her Jewish support plummeting.

Rudy Camp Denies Chasidic Shakedown

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The head of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's Senate exploratory committee is vehemently denying a published report last week that chasidim are being pressured to cough up campaign contributions, or lose the grants and programs on which many of their communities depend.

Everett Raps CUNY Board

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The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York has become a "rubberstamp" panel that will not debate serious matters of higher education, but carry out the will of the mayor and governor, says Edith Everett, who spent 23 years as a trustee.

Silver Pressed On Stalking Bill

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Despite calls from women's rights advocates to endorse a bill that would create new criminal codes against stalking, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says a measure passed in March by the state Senate and now languishing in the Assembly is "overbroad" and does not stress the intent of the perpetrator. "Every criminal statute has to define intent," said Silver. "This [law] does not define intent, so that if someone sends flowers to a woman he is guilty of a crime if that person feels upset about it."

Hikind's Second Wind

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Before a crowd of 400 at a Brooklyn catering hall last week, Assemblyman Dov Hikind had difficulty staying off the podium. Presiding over a fund-raiser for his newly minted political club, Hikind often upstaged the emcee and, during his own speech, lingered for more than 20 minutes, covering everything from local judgeship races to his own political ambitions. "We have a lot of important things coming up," Hikind told the crowd of club members and local elected officials, citing upcoming elections. "All of us are going to work together."

Museum Lands On Political Battlefield

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A dispute between City Hall and Albany over funding for New York's Holocaust museum has placed the institution in an uncomfortable political spotlight, making some Jewish leaders uneasy. "People are embarrassed by the bickering between the mayor and governor over the museum," said one official of a major communal organization, who requested anonymity to avoid friction with either official. "As much as they admire and respect this institution, they are uncomfortable that government dollars are required for its expansion."

Charter For Controversy

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A foreshadowing of the debate that could result from the state's recently passed charter schools bill, and proposed tuition voucher programs, played out last week in a free-wheeling panel discussion that touched heavily on issues of race and religion.
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