New York

Tisch's Lazio Nod Raises Questions

06/23/2000
Staff Writer
It's nothing new for one in a voluntary leadership position with a Jewish nonprofit group to take sides in a political race. But the endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Rick Lazio by Meryl Tisch, president of the city's leading Jewish anti-poverty group, raised a few eyebrows last week. Some who read the comments were surprised that Tisch made no apparent effort to distinguish her personal view from that of the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, a tax-exempt organization enjoined from endorsing candidates.S

Mixed Polls On Senate Race

06/16/2000
Staff Writer
How's Hillary Rodham Clinton faring with the Jewish vote? It depends on whom you believe. A Quinnipiac University poll taken between May 30 and June 5 showed no benefit for Clinton from the withdrawal of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a factor some predicted would return many of the popular Republican's voters to their Democratic roots. The poll placed Clinton at 44 percent of the Jewish vote, in a statistical dead heat with Suffolk Rep. Rick Lazio, at 37 percent, because of the large margin of error for poll subgroups.

Bias Eyed In Knifing Of Brooklyn Chasidim

06/16/2000
Staff Writer
The Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a post-Shavuot attack on a group of chasidic men on the Coney Island waterfront early Sunday morning. "We're looking at it as a possible bias crime," said Police Commissioner Howard Safir on Monday. But while the assailants, described by police as Hispanics, were said to have used anti-Semitic slurs during the attack, sources say the investigators are trying to determine whether the attack stemmed from a confrontation between the two groups, or a misunderstanding.

Up Close And Personal

06/09/2000
Staff Writer
Upon entering the Loew's Hotel ballroom in Manhattan last week, some guests at the breakfast of the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty were annoyed that an area surrounding the podium had been roped off, resulting in some tables being moved to the back of the room. The accommodation was made out of security concerns for Hillary Rodham Clinton, a surprise addition to the list of high profile political figures that annually flock to the event.

Lazio's Choice

06/02/2000
Staff Writer
Struggling to gain momentum in his fledgling Senate bid, Republican Rep. Rick Lazio faces a dilemma as he seeks support among Jews. His decision: focus on his own record and positions on Israel and other issues, or go for the political jugular by attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton on controversial positions she has taken.

Rumble In The Bronx

05/26/2000
Staff Writer
Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel is white and Jewish. His likely opponent in September's Democratic primary, state Sen. Larry Seabrook, is African American. Both candidates insist that difference should play no role in the campaign. But Seabrook, in numerous newspaper interviews, has been saying it is "time to elect a black congressman" to represent the heavily minority Bronx-Westchester district, leading Engel to accuse him of duplicity.

Will Lazio Play In The Jewish Community?

05/26/2000
Staff Writer
In 1993, when a delegation of Jewish leaders and elected officials visited Israel on a trip sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, William Rapfogel found himself in frequent conversation with Rick Lazio. A former Suffolk County prosecutor who had just been elected to Congress, Lazio had a lot to say about Israel and the Mideast peace process.

Hillary: No Aid Linkage On Israel-China Deal

05/26/2000
Staff Writer
The United States must not use foreign aid as leverage against Israel to thwart an arms deal with China, Hillary Rodham Clinton told The Jewish Week in a wide-ranging interview last week. "I don't think this should be a political football in the foreign aid debate," the first lady said in an hourlong meeting with editors and staff at the paper's Manhattan offices. "We have to take the attitude that we need to be using quiet diplomacy and use whatever intelligence we have available to persuade Israel of our position."

Hillary Shadow Tour Targets Skeptics

05/19/2000
Staff Writer
Over the past few months, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been quietly visiting Jewish communities that have traditionally supported more conservative candidates, seeking to address concerns about her record on Israel and other issues. The forays into areas of Brooklyn and Queens were described by one source as a "mini-listening tour" intended to offer the first lady and Senate hopeful a "different perspective" on Jewish issues than those of some of her longtime Jewish associates, who have ties to the dovish Americans for Peace Now and Israel Policy Forum.

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.
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