Blasting "Zionists in the media" and "terrorists" in the White House earned the city's top prisons chaplain a two-week unpaid leave Tuesday after Mayor Michael Bloomberg (saying there was no evidence he was inciting prisoners) declined to fire him.
But Jewish leaders didn't have a problem with Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil keeping his job, despite the recently emerged comments attributed to him in a speech to Muslim students in Arizona last April. And a Jewish chaplain who works closely with the imam on Rikers Island is defending his reputation.
Growing up in the 70s, Scott Stringer's icons included Bella Abzug, Robert F. Kennedy: and Joe Namath.
Playing touch football on a sandlot team in Washington Heights, he once dreamed about being the first Jewish Super Bowl MVP.
But the family business took him in another direction. His mother, Arlene, was a City Council member, his father Ronald, a politically active lawyer who served as counsel to Mayor Abraham Beame. Abzug, who served in Congress and ran for mayor, was a distant cousin.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who may hold the key to a state education tax credit, sent the strongest signal yet on Tuesday that he will support the measure.
Silver said he was "sympathetic" to the proposal, but reportedly is concerned that a tax break for parents might be meaningless if private schools hike their rates or lower scholarships in response.
Faced with a proposed high school they believe will harm the character of their neighborhood, Borough Park leaders called on the city this week to instead send more intermediate school students to the underutilized facility slated to host the new academy.
A plan by the Bloomberg administration to house the Kingsborough Early College School at the 16th Avenue site of the Montauk School (an intermediate school capable of accommodating double its current enrollment) has drawn sharp protest from the area's dominant fervently Orthodox community.
Rarely do people have to speculate on where Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver stands on an issue of keen interest to Orthodox Jews.
But when it comes to mounting pressure to push through some form of tax relief for parents who pay private school tuition, Silver has said little publicly as observers and activists try to predict his eventual position.
Silver, an opponent of tuition vouchers for private schools, recently said he does not accept the position of opponents that tax credits are a back door or stealth voucher program.
Activists for Jewish, Catholic and independent private schools have founded a new lobby to make educational expenses, including tuition, deductible from state taxes.
But in a departure from previous efforts, the coalition is also advocating for public school parents by seeking tax credits for tutoring, mentoring, test preparation and other expenses.
Trying to raise three kids on a salary of $37,000, Aileen often faces tough choices about how to divide up her paycheck. After spending $1,100 a month for rent in a three-family home in Queens, $550 on day care for her 4-year-old and paying for other necessities she has little left over to cover incidental expenses.
"There's $100 left at the end of the month for me and my children," said Aileen, who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy.
Bernie Lazar dreads answering his phone these days if it rings in the morning.
The president of Bnai Zion of Midwood fears it will be news of another break-in at the 75-year-old congregation, which has been targeted seven times in less than two months, most recently early Monday morning.
"It's so heart-wrenching when I get these calls at 6 in the morning," says Lazar, a Bnai Zion worshiper for more than 50 years.