When the owner of Suffolk County’s only kosher butcher successfully challenged New York State’s kosher law in 2000, Brian Yarmeisch won a victory for non-Orthodox Jews. The law, he claimed, had been tailored to Orthodox standards of kashrut, and Yarmeisch’s kosher certifier was a local Conservative rabbi.
The close race in the First Congressional District on Long Island’s East End may begin to become clearer Tuesday when the Suffolk County Board of Elections begins counting the approximately 11,000 absentee and affidavit ballots.
Incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop had initially been reported ahead of Republican challenger Randy Altschuler by 3,461 votes.
But after a miscount was discovered, Altschuler took the lead by nearly 400 votes. Should he retain that lead, Altschuler would become only the second Jewish Republican in the House.