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.
Alan Hevesi, the grandson of a chief rabbi of Budapest and a leader in the fight to recover assets of Holocaust survivors and gain restitution from Germany and Switzerland, pleaded guilty to a second-degree corruption charge in Manhattan on Thursday.