New York

Ferrer: No Minority Set-Asides

10/28/2005
Staff Writer
If elected mayor, Fernando Ferrer would not seek to shift the way the city contracts social services with non-profit community groups through quotas to include more minority-run agencies, the Democratic nominee told The Jewish Week in an exclusive interview. Ferrer said he was confident that Jewish organizations and others were effectively serving people of all ethnic groups. "When I was borough president of the Bronx, there were Jewish social service organizations that were serving not merely the Jewish community," he said.

Ognibene: I'd Downsize City Government

10/28/2005
Staff Writer
Tom Ognibene was knocked out of the Republican primary by petition challenges from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign, but he remains on the ballot as the Conservative Party candidate. Ognibene was a City Councilman for 10 years until 2001 representing Middle Village and other parts of Queens, and he was the Republican minority leader for seven years. He is currently practicing law. Ognibene spoke to The Jewish Week in a phone interview Monday about his campaign. Jewish Week: Without enough money to advertise, how are you able to get your message out?

The Politics Of Security

10/14/2005
Staff Writer
Whether or not politics was involved, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision this week to inform the public of a terror threat that was later discredited shifted the focus of the fast-moving campaign to security issues.

Spitzer Seeking Reform From The Outset

11/10/2006
Assistant Managing Editor
Eight years after he entered elected office by the narrowest of margins, Eliot Spitzer was elected New York's governor on Tuesday with an overwhelming mandate from voters, the state's first Democratic executive in 12 years and the first Jew to hold the office since Herbert Lehman 64 years ago.

Jewish-Muslim Incident Seen As Aberration

11/10/2006
Assistant Managing Editor
The brutal beating of a Pakistani man in Brooklyn that led to the arrest of five Orthodox youths on Oct. 29 is being viewed in both communities as an isolated incident, even as leaders intensify cooperation efforts. "It is shocking and disturbing that this incident happened," said Bob Kaplan of the Jewish Community Relations Council. "But there has been years and years of interface between the two communities without incident."

Spitzer Says He'll Share Power

11/03/2006
Assistant Managing Editor
Saying Republicans were "likely" to maintain control of the state Senate, gubernatorial frontrunner Eliot Spitzer told The Jewish Week that Democrats won't have absolute power in New York if they capture all the statewide offices next week, as polls predict. Asked why those voters who believe in the strength of a two-party system should support him and his running mates in the face of a potential Democratic landslide, Spitzer said there would be a "significant role for Republican leadership" in state politics.

Lieberman Battles Sharpton

10/13/2006
Assistant Managing Editor
Painting Sen. Joe Lieberman as hypocritical for first seeking his support and later attacking him, the Rev. Al Sharpton blasted the Connecticut pol on Monday for "open and flagrant race baiting" and "risking black-Jewish relations" through comments at a heavily Jewish fundraiser last week. But Lieberman's campaign is firing back, insisting he never asked Rev. Sharpton for his endorsement in the race against Ned Lamont.

British Bank Faces Terror Trial Here

10/06/2007
Assistant Managing Editor
In the latest challenge to banks accused of helping fund terrorists, a federal judge here has allowed victims of Palestinian attacks and their families to sue a major British institution, National Westminster, that does business and has assets in the United States.

Filling The Void

04/23/1999
Editor and Publisher
A few days into his post as acting president of the new national entity for Jewish communal activity, Stephen Solender apologizes to a visitor for not knowing his way around the organization’s headquarters in the block-long old Port Authority Building on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. His large office has no artwork on the walls and the bookshelves are bare.

Never Too Old To Laugh

06/04/1999
Editor and Publisher
After hearing several clever ideas from the elderly woman in his comedy workshop last Sunday, comedian Tim Davis told her approvingly, “you should have a Web site.” “I don’t even have a television,” she snapped back. “Gave it to my super.”
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