New York

Passover Plea On Prisons

03/29/2002
Staff Writer
Calling on Lehman Brothers to “invest in freedom” this Passover, a grassroots Jewish group is taking on the powerful investment banking firm for backing a private company that builds prisons.

Black Reps Shun Lemrick Letter

03/29/2002
Staff Writer
In a sign that the Crown Heights murder case remains a racial and political hot potato, three black New York congressmen declined last week to sign a letter that calls the reversal of two convictions in the case “possible miscarriages of justice.”

Anything But Terrorism

03/29/2002
Staff Writer
Only in a world transformed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and spiraling Mideast violence could the possibilities of a business deal gone violent, or of a criminal complainant being brutally silenced, be embraced as reassuring. But that’s what has happened in the last two weeks as two violent incidents involving Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn provoked fears that terrorism could shatter a sense of security already weakened by the attack on the World Trade Center.

Mideast War In Gov’s Race

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
In a continuing war of words over Israel, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is accusing his rival, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, of inaction as a United Nations diplomat in the early 1980s while the world body passed anti-Israel resolutions. “As a deputy ambassador to the UN, Carl McCall stood silently by while the U.S. repeatedly took decidedly anti-Israel positions,” said Cuomo campaign consultant Josh Isay.

Days Of Angst In Rosenbaum Case

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
As federal prosecutors mull their next step in the Crown Heights murder case, the brother of Yankel Rosenbaum is vowing to stay in the United States until a decision is made while blasting both New York senators for what he considers disinterest in the case. A retrial of the two men convicted in the case appears increasingly likely, with a deadline for the decision extended to March 29.

Brooklyn GOP Seeks Jewish Converts

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
After taking control of Brooklyn’s Republican organization last summer in a messy coup, the new leadership is working to shatter the traditional bond between Jews and the Democratic Party.

Pataki Backs McCall On Settlements

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
Gov. George Pataki came to the defense of a potential Democratic rival Thursday, saying it was “appropriate” for state Comptroller H. Carl McCall to visit West Bank settlements. “I have gone to the West Bank, I do think it’s appropriate, and on the next trip if that opportunity presents itself I would have no hesitation at all,” Pataki told a gathering of Jewish leaders when asked about McCall’s plans by a reporter.

Council’s Jewish Caucus Eyes Role

03/01/2002
Staff Writer

It has no set agenda, an unclear number of participants and a history of inactivity, but the City Council’s Jewish caucus has no shortage of leadership.

When Brooklyn’s Michael Nelson called for a meeting of the Jewish Study Group following Wednesday’s meeting of the full Council, sources say David Weprin of Queens sprung into action, asking to co-chair the group.

As the senior Jewish Council member, some saw Nelson as a natural chairman.

Peace Now Hits Hillary

03/01/2002
Staff Writer and Israel Correspondent
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s whirlwind Israel visit, which scored points with citizens of the besieged Jewish state and New York constituents, has drawn criticism from an unlikely source. Americans for Peace Now, a group that closely supported the Oslo peace process championed by her husband, President Bill Clinton, rapped the senator and former first lady for not meeting with Palestinians.

Senate Smackdown Looms

02/22/2002
Staff Writer
Democratic state senators in two heavily Jewish districts in Brooklyn and Queens could find themselves duking it out this fall if proposed redistricting lines become law. But two of the senators insisted the proposals would be changed by Election Day. “This is a proposal by a technician who doesn’t understand the consequences,” huffed Sen. Carl Kruger, whose heavily white south Brooklyn district has been carved up under new lines released by a legislative task force in Albany last week.
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