How far we’ve come from the 70s, when we had back-to-back Jewish mayors, Abe Beame and Ed Koch. And the 80s, when we had one Jewish mayor, Koch, the whole time.
And the 2000s, when we had another Jewish mayor (a sorta Republican) for three terms in Mike Bloomberg. When you think about it, Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins can be seen as aberrations through the 1990s to 2002 – 12 years out of nearly 40 in which Jewish senior citizens ran the city.
"The definition of chutzpah," Tom Allon tells us, "is when the New York Times tries to decide who's Jewish and who's not, and who is a major or minor candidate."
Expect Allon to use lots of Yiddish and Hebrew words as he ramps up his campaign for mayor -- which we are reluctant to characterize for fear of being called chutzpahdik -- now that Allon is the only Jewish declared candidate in next year's race for City Hall. (Manhattan Beep Scott Stringer dropped out.)