New York

Scaling The Pro-Israel Wall

11/18/2005
Staff Writer
Jerusalem: On a dusty, rock-strewn hilltop where the East Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood of Gilo faces the Arab towns of Beit Jala and Bethlehem, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled with Israeli Col. Dani Tirza Sunday morning to a point that overlooks the Middle East's most controversial chunk of concrete.

Mayor Mike's Mandate

11/11/2005
Staff Writer
Edmond Levy walked into his 93rd Street polling place on the Upper West Side with a strong sense of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's record. "He's done so much for the city," said Levy, 35, carrying a steaming cup of Starbucks coffee as he headed to cast his vote in the final hours of Election Day. Levy, who works in real estate sales and management, praised the mayor for "rezoning parts of the city to increase development and creating additional jobs for employers." He added, "Whatever he is doing is on the right track."

Bloomberg's Comfort Level

11/04/2005
Staff Writer
It should have been no surprise that Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose to make his first campaign appearance with his predecessor, Rudolph Giuliani, at a breakfast to which more than 1,000 Jews had been invited at the Hyatt last Friday. By packing the room with Jews, a great number of them Orthodox, Bloomberg was assured a hearty and enthusiastic response from a crowd that was enamored of him and his fellow Republican and erstwhile chief executive.

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.
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