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Jewish Press Endorsements – November 6 General Elections

In the congressional race in the 9th CD (Englewood, NJ) Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gets our support. There can be no doubt that when it will come to dealing with matters of concern to our community, he will be there for us.

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U.S. President

Last week we urged readers to support Governor Mitt Romney for president. Essentially we argued that Mr. Romney seems to be someone who can be relied on to nurture and enhance the special, decades-old U.S.-Israel relationship.

On the other hand, once freed from the dynamic of the American electoral process, President Obama, we fear, could well revert to his original stated position that “When there is no daylight [between the U.S. and Israel]…that erodes our credibility with the Arab world.”

For that reason, and because of the continued weak state of our economy, Mr. Romney is the preferred candidate.

U.S. Senate

In the race for the Senate in Massachusetts, we endorse Scott Brown (R) for reelection. He is a stalwart supporter of Israel and distinguished himself with regard to the Goldstone Report, calling attention to the deplorable human rights records of Israel’s enemies and urging severe and effective sanctions against Iran. In the Senate race in Wisconsin we support former governor Tommy Thompson (R). Thompson has long been vocal about his support of the Jewish state and has called for serious sanctions against Iran in order to thwart its nuclear program. Meanwhile, Thompson’s opponent voted as a congresswoman against the four major sanctions-expansion bills from 2006 to 2011. In the Ohio Senate race we endorse Josh Mandel (R), who in his currently position as state treasurer authored a law providing for the divestment of state pension funds from companies doing business with Iran and has been vocal in his support for an undivided Jerusalem and the right of Jews to build homes anywhere in that city.

U.S. House of Representatives (NY)

Grace Meng, 6th CD (Queens) deserves the support of Jewish voters. She is a vocal proponent of a strong Israel and will be a reliable friend in Washington. Though she is not prepared to completely dismiss President Obama’s record on Israel, she straightforwardly says he could have done more and been a better friend to the Jewish state and that she has problems with his “’67 lines” formulation. Hakeem Jeffries, 8th CD (Brooklyn, parts of Queens), in his interview with The Jewish Press editorial board, displayed a deep interest in foreign affairs and a keen understanding of Israel’s need for an undivided Jerusalem as its capital and why a return to the ’67 lines is not an option. He would be a valuable asset in Congress. Yvette D. Clarke, 9th CD (Brooklyn), has developed her views on the Middle East and has become a stalwart voice for accommodating Israel’s needs in Congress. Jerry Nadler, 10th CD (parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan) has always been there for Israel and the special needs of the Jewish community and is an important congressional presence. Elliot Engel, 16th CD (Bronx) has always been a staunch and key advocate in Congress for Israel and the Jewish community. In the congressional race in the 9th CD (Englewood, NJ) Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gets our support. Though he has gained notoriety as a celebrity rabbi, he possesses a formidable intellect and a deep grasp of a wide range of issues. There can be no doubt that when it will come to dealing with matters of concern to our community, he will be there for us.

New York State Assembly

Assemblyman Peter Abbate, 49th AD (Brooklyn), has delivered crucial services to the Jewish community in his district, including funding for senior centers and social services organizations. He has also been a leading advocate for giving rabbinical students access to the Tuition Assistance Program and has received an Outstanding Legislator award from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, 46th AD (Brooklyn), has more than earned reelection. He is the first Russian immigrant to serve in the Assembly and has been a great friend to the Jewish community in his district, helping to found the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations, which has been a crucial resource for immigrant families. He has also supported programs that have lowered the cost of prescription drugs and helped toughen penalties for criminals who victimize the elderly. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, 45th AD (Brooklyn), has long been a strong voice for us and a staunch advocate for Jewish social service organizations that provide legal and financial services and help feed the hungry. The son of survivors, he has been a leader in educating children about the horrors of the Holocaust and has been a great friend to survivors and their families. Assemblyman Charles Lavine, 13th AD (Nassau County), is president of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators. He has been a great friend to the Jewish community in his district and across the state on a variety of issues. A strong supporter of Israel, he helped lead the fight to pass New York’s Iran divestment law. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, 37th AD (Queens), is the chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee and is one of the state’s leading advocates for children, the elderly and the infirm.

Assemblyman Michael Miller, 38th AD (Queens), is a lifelong community activist who has made public safety and bringing resources to the mentally and physically disabled top priorities during his career in public service. He has also pushed legislation cracking down on drunk drivers and distracted drivers. Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, 20th AD (Nassau County), is a strong champion of the Jewish community in his district, helping many worthy organizations do their important work. He has sponsored legislation that would give local synagogues more opportunities to file for tax exemptions, given strong support to programs for children with special needs and supported the founding of the nation’s only day camp for children with cancer. Assemblyman Dov Hikind, 47th AD (Brooklyn), has long been a vocal advocate for our community and the state of Israel.

The Jewish community has no greater friend in government than Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, 65th AD (Manhattan). A lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, he has also delivered for his district for many years. Recently he passed Iran divestment legislation prohibiting local governments and New York State from doing business with companies that invest in Iran’s energy industry and a law helping New Yorkers who need fertility drugs. He has secured state assistance to many charitable organizations that help the needy and been a tireless advocate for our seniors and our children. He has championed religious freedom, provided crucial support to Jewish social services organizations and is a strong supporter of Israel.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, 16th AD (Nassau County), has made combating violence a top priority in her public service career, sponsoring legislation allowing police to better track guns used in violent crimes and fighting for tougher penalties for drunk drivers. She also traveled to Israel in the interest of furthering her efforts to establish a relationship between the Nassau County Health Administration and the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Center. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, 41st AD (Brooklyn), is a leading advocate for New York’s youth, helping make the state’s family law more responsive to children and mandating seat belts on school buses. In her district Weinstein has delivered crucial support for recreation programs and senior services. She has also been a staunch supporter of Hatzolah, helping the volunteer ambulance service significantly upgrade its communications equipment so it can further improve on its legendary response times. Assemblyman William Colton, 47th AD (Brooklyn), is an ardent supporter of Israel, introduced a law that makes it a felony to vandalize property with swastikas, and organized a program of presentations by Holocaust survivor groups in local schools. He has been honored by the Jewish Holocaust Survivors group and Ezras Torah Society. He has also been a champion of access to affordable medicine for seniors. Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, 96th AD (Rockland County), has made protecting children and seniors a priority. He sponsored one of the nation’s toughest DWI laws, making it a felony to drink and drive with a child under 15 in the car. He also co-sponsored the law that mandates insurance companies to cover autism spectrum disorders.

Gabriel Rosa, 72nd AD (Washington Heights, Inwood), is a lifelong community activist with a dedication to public service who has fought for quality education and better access to public transportation. Gerard McQuade, 98th AD (Rockland County, part of Orange County), is an experienced public servant who has been a strong supporter of his community, particularly the Jewish community in Kiryas Joel. As a councilman, he has been a tireless advocate for local taxpayers and a fighter for the middle class. Nily Rozic, 25th AD (Queens), was born in Jerusalem and moved to Queens as a child. She has always been engaged with local issues, serving on Community Board 8 and working as an active member of the Hillcrest Jewish Center. She is an advocate for improving access to healthcare, particularly for cancer screenings and early detection programs. She has also fought to expand neighborhood bus service and increase open space. Walter Mosley, 57th AD (Brooklyn), a longtime community activist in his Brooklyn community, is fighting to expand access to healthcare and support programs that strengthen local small businesses. He has worked with local youth organizations to help children succeed at school and in the workforce. He is committed to improving the quality of life for all families in the district.

New York State Senate

Eric A. Ulrich, 15th SD (Queens), has been endorsed by Jewish organizations in the district; as a member of the New York City Council he has been instrumental in getting financial aid to Jewish-oriented service agencies even though his district does not have a large Jewish constituency. He is also committed to tax credits and mandated services for parochial schools, key issues in our community. In our interview with him he impressed with his grasp of the issues and determination to make a difference. Simcha Felder, 17th SD (Brooklyn), has become a household name in our community by dint of his service as a member of the New York City Council for eight years and currently as deputy New York City comptroller. In a political world defined by self-aggrandizement, hyperbole, demonstrations and histrionics, he has been a model of self-effacement, understatement, hard work and competence – and has always championed the issues that are important to us. He would be an important addition to the New York State Senate. Martin J. Golden, 22nd SD (Brooklyn), has paid serious and faithful attention to the needs of his Jewish constituents and been an important “go to person” both in the State Senate, where he has served since 2002, and before that as a member of the New York City Council. He has visited The Jewish Press on many occasions and always speaks with passion of his plans for meeting the community’s needs. As a senior Republican senator and leader he plays an important role in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Judiciary

In the race for New York State Supreme Court for the Tenth Judicial District (Nassau and Suffolk) we endorse Judge Leonard B. Austen for reelection. He has been a member of the supreme court bench since 1998 and for the past three and a half years has had the added distinction of having been appointed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Second Department, the busiest appellate court in the country. It is noteworthy that appellate division judges are chosen from the pool of sitting supreme court judges. This speaks not only to the esteem in which he is held but also to the fact that he must be reelected to the supreme court in order to continue to serve on the appellate court.

Judge Austen is widely respected by attorneys and colleagues for his scholarship and knowledge of the law, his talent for legal analysis and above all for a judicial demeanor consistent with fairness and open-mindedness. In the course of his judicial career his decisions and opinions have had a significant impact on the development of the law in several areas. It is important that he be reelected in order to continue his important service.

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156 Responses to “Jewish Press Endorsements – November 6 General Elections”

  1. I see you are right wing rag-supporting the party of homophobs, racists and anti-semities I am cancelling my subsription.

  2. Bob Bobson says:

    Really? So constantly voting for tax hikes to the tune of increases above 18 precent, hiding in the bathroom during a Christine Quinn vote, voting for budgets that cut money to religious schools, backing Obama in 08, saying we should forget about vouchers, is what exactly? How does this guy and the media just wash over his pathetic record? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFuMbfAzp4U

  3. Bob Bobson says:

    felder has no spine…who hides in a bathroom during a vote?

  4. Edward Lobel says:

    Bob, You are un-American! I will not allow my tax dollars to be spent on sending your children or any other children to religious schools when there are good public schools! You want to send you children to private schools, religious schools, pay for them yourself but do not ask me to pay for them. You ae talking about tax hikes, name one tax hike that President Obama passed on the general public, The answer is NOT A SINGLE ONE! BTW I sent my children to Jewish schools and I paid for them without so much as saying why isn't the government paying to educate my children. You want free Jewish education, move to Israel!

  5. Edward Lobel says:

    your support of willard is greatly misleading and totally unfounded! President Obama has followed the identical course on Israel that every other president before him has. Willard has NO experience with Israel, NO KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN POLICY, DOES NOT KNOW WHERE THE MIDDLE EAST IS (HE CERTAINLY HAS NO IDEA WHERE IRAN IS AND THIN IT HAS TO GO THROUGH SYRIA TO GET TO THE SEA!) He will not help Israel at any time because he hates Jews! He wants all Jews to be baptized into the mormon faith!
    You think he was joking or LYING when willard in his last debate said President Obama was 100% correct in his dealings with Israel and would do exactly as he did!

  6. Edward Lobel says:

    ? what has this got to do with anything, all heard was his support of Israel!

  7. Bob Bobson says:

    Did you hear the head of hamas say that? amazing…look..go back to the daily kos an rachel maddow an leave the normal people alone k?

  8. Bob Bobson says:

    Oh I know you herd what he said…did you happen to see where he was sitting and who he was with?

  9. Steve Ladd says:

    Bravo, all good choices.

  10. Norka Mejia says:

    I am with you David Stoller

  11. Corey Breier says:

    The US Congress needs a man of the caliber of Rabbi Shmuely Boteach..I am so happy that your newspaper has endorsed him in the NJ 9th District Congressioanl race.

  12. Joyce Pustilnik says:

    It is sad to see that you support such extreme right wing candidates. Mittens has no world experience, he is anti-woman, anti-ggay, anti-gunregulation, anti-pollution and pro Koch brother industries which despoil the air we breathe and water we drink. Shame on you. Also, you conveniently left out the party affiliation next to each candidates name.
    WHat has Mittens done for Israel- the answer is- nothing, zero , zip. Also look how anti-semitic the Mormon religion is. He will keep on with the laughable "trickle down economy" for our country. IT HASN'T WORKED.
    He doesn't even believe in equal pay for equal work. He and his religion believe that a woman's place is at home. Wake up

  13. Edward Lobel says:

    you consider yourself normal? that's the funnist thing i'e heard in a long time!

  14. Edward Lobel says:

    You are a disgrace to the educators at Queens College! I would like to think the credits I received there would be of value, but with fools like you, they are probably worhless now. The rabbi is foolish and if yo actually listen to what he thinks he is going to accomplish, he would be laughed out of the repub party. They will mold him into an un-Jewish evangleical and force him to step in line or he gets nothing, and he will step in line. Have you heard him whine about how poor he is? Have you heard him whine about taking tax dollars to send his children to Jewish schools? Have you heard him whine about marriage and that he is going to iuntroduce legislation to make people go thru counciling? Have you seen him on Dr. Phil telling an orthodox woman who married someone her parents choosewithout ever meeting him that was not true! Jews do not do that? It is true! but the rabbi stated on national tv that it did not happen! the rabbii needs to spend more time writting his books and counting his millions and staying out of politics.

  15. David you are entitled to your opinions and feelings.

    I don't think a factual case could be made to paint the Republican party as anti-semetic. You could argue that the grandparents of today's Republicans were anti semetic.
    I would agree with you that that party is anti-gay.

    But David, in this year it was at the Democratic convention that Israel's connection to Jerusalem was booed not at the Republican convention.

    The overwhelming feeling and opinion among readers of this paper is that Romney is much more likely to protect Israel from a nuclear armed Iran.

    When the lives of millions of Israelis is at stake Jews do not have the luxury of considering the homophobia of the Republican Party.

  16. Charlie Hall says:

    Why no endorsements in the Bronx? There are Jews here, too! ;)

  17. Charlie Hall says:

    While I am voting entirely for Democrats this year (the Republicans are not running any serious candidates for US Congress, State Senate, or State Assembly where I live), with the possible exception of Ron Paul I do not see any anti-Semites among Republican elected officials anywhere. To call the Republican Party anti-Semitic is just wrong.

  18. Charlie Hall says:

    The Jewish Press has the right to make its endorsements, and I respect them. I do not agree with the choice of Mitt Romney for President, and here are the successes that are leading me to vote for Barack Obama. First, for foreign policy:

    1) OBL dead.

    2) 13 other Al Qaeda leaders dead. The rest are in hiding or on the run and the "organization" has pretty much ceased to function. Note that in 2008 both Romney and McCain explictly opposed the policy of going after terrorist targets without the permission of the government of the country in which they were hiding.

    3) Ghadafi dead.

    4) Pro-American government in Libya. And while the murders of the four Americans is a tragedy, we have to remember that the number of casualties up to that point was zero. Compare to what it took in money and lives to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

    5) Pro-American CITIZENRY in Libya — that is a miracle, as for decades the ONLY Arab country whose citizens were more favorable than unfavorable to the US was Lebanon.

    5) US combat forces out of Iraq.

    6) Strategic arms treaty with Russia.

    7, 8, 9) Free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea. The latter is particularly important given its history of protectionism.

    10) US-Israel military cooperation at highest levels in history.

    11) No Palestinian UN membership.

    12) Greek debt crisis contained. (This is probably the biggest one of all.)

    13) Mexican warlord terror stays on other side of the border. (Juarez had 3000 murders last year. El Paso had five.)

    14) US is now a net EXPORTER of petroleum products for the first time since 1949!

    15) Dollar strong against all major currencies. (It would actually help the US if it were to return to 2008 levels.)

    16) Iran faces the most draconian economic sanctions any country has faced in peacetime, ever.

    And for domestic policy:

    1) Economic stimulus plan ended recession in 2009.

    2) Affordable Care Act finally guarantees health insurance to all Americans. The effort to do this started a century ago with Theodore Roosevelt.

    3) Dodd-Frank Act finally puts some sense into financial sector regulation.

    I will not take time to criticize Mitt Romney right now, as there has already been too much negativity in this election. But based on his successes, Barack Obama deserves re-election.

  19. Shaila- can you take the Jewish Press into the bathroom?
    Answer – can you take the Jewish Press out of the bathroom?

  20. If you hadn't already decided to support Obama three years ago, I'd attach more weight to your endorsement. You don't seem objective when it comes to politics. I, in all honesty, am still undecided (and running out of time) because I am non-partisan and dissatisfied with both candidates. At the end of the day, almost nothing on your list of accomplishments has ANYTHING directly to do with the President, especially the killing of OBL, etc.

  21. Charlie Hall says:

    "almost nothing on your list of accomplishments has ANYTHING directly to do with the President, especially the killing of OBL, etc."

    To the contrary, rabbi, the President has a huge amount to do with all these. As an example, please see what I wrote:

    "Note that in 2008 both Romney and McCain explictly opposed the policy of going after terrorist targets without the permission of the government of the country in which they were hiding."

    Under the Romney/McCain policy, OBL would still be alive in Pakistan.

    Another example is that the overthrow of Ghadafi would not have been possible without the No-Fly zone enforced by the US, UK, and France. Obama made the decision to participate.

    Another example is that Romney would have vetoed both the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.

    I could go on, but I hope my point is made.

  22. Mark Pelta says:

    Rabbi, I used to be a conservative, and was for McCain 3 years ago. Look at the facts: Charlie is right, and actually Obama prioritized going after bin Laden after getting into office.

  23. You are a fanatical treasoneous anti-American incestous moron!

  24. Corey: ignore this vacuous buffoon. He does this with everyone ehre. He is a brainwashed Obamarhoid pathetic ignorant troll. Ignore this shallow moron.

  25. Liad Bar-el says:

    This video stopped after 28 minutes.

  26. Edward Lobel says:

    Gabor Frankel, you ae still an idiot who has not learned anything!

  27. Edward Lobel says:

    Hey Gabor, do tyou even know what you said?

  28. Edward Lobel says:

    Joshua Maroof If you are truely undecided you may want to look at it like this: Stick with the person you know and dump the person you do not know.

    President Obama is a known quantity and you know what he is going to do, while you simply do not know what willard will do.

    You may want to look at the fact that willard talks about how he did so many thing in his state. Ask yourself if he did so well in his home state why is he behind in Massachusetts by almost 35% Afterall he claims they know him best! He is also behind in his "native" state of Michigan and behind in his vice presidential picks home state of Wisconsin. The fat that these people know these men the best should speak volumes.

    Lastly, willard keeps LYING and even though it has been brought to his attention, he continues to LIE thinking it will attrack the under informed voter. If he is continously LYING about Jeep, what will he do if he is elected!

  29. That from a Hungarian? You sound like an American liberal Democrat!

  30. Edward Lobel says:

    There is nothing wrong with being an American and it is especially good to be a liberal thinker.

  31. Willard is an immoral liar who is opposed to civil rights. He doesn't deserve any votes — especially Jewish votes.

  32. Bob Lewsen says:

    I support the indorsements above, obviously I do not know many of the people mentioned. I do know and have met Romney (worked for him at the SLC Olympics – he took a disaster and turned it into the most successful Winter Olympics) and Scott Brown – a good man and a great veteran (more than 32 years with the National Guard with at least one tour in Afghanistan).

  33. Charlie, the drone strikes are the number 1 reason the Pakistanis cite as the reason for their hatred of the US and the growth of terrorists. But the larger problem with Obama's approach is his refusal to associate Islamism with terrorism. Swatting terrorists like so many individual criminals is not working, and Al-Qaeda is more of a threat now than before BL's killing. Which is why the White House, with help from the liberal media, is trying to cover up the Benghazi story.

  34. There is no way I will vote for Romney. His economic policy is likely to bring back the recession because it is similar to Bush's regressive policies. We need more government stimuli and a President who will lead us to greater economic equality. The regressive Republican policies are precisely what ruined our economy. We are in a moderately strong recovery right now and I want to continue. On social issues I want a President who stands strongly for women's rights to control their own healthcare, including reproductive choices. There is no way I would back this anti-abortion "fetus is a person" nonsense. Abortion is an important medical procedure that is in many instances life saving. Contraception should be provided to all who need it. The Republican mindset is only slightly less regressive than that of Al Queda or the Taliban.

    Regarding Israel, Obama has given Israel strong support. It is difficult to think of any reasonable thing he has denied Israel. Obama has been a good President and he deserves re-election.

  35. I agree with you. I have already cast my vote for Obama and I have persuaded a number of people to do so as well. Our country does not need a return to the regressive policies of the Bush administration. "Take Back America" indeed. The Republicans want to take it back to the bad old days of the pre-civil rights, pre-sexual equality, pre-gay rights era. Deny global warming. Deny evolution. Promote the B.S. of "fetal personhood" The list can go on and on concerning the retrogressive stupidities of the Republican platform which fly in the face of the long standing Jewish committment to justice.

  36. Edward Lobel says:

    Rabbi, If you do not think President Obama was responsible for killing OBL who do you think was responsible? george bush, willard, ryan, mccain, mcconnell, boehner, cantor?

    It was President Obama who ordered the military to find him. When they found him, it was President Obama who gave the order to "get him" He was responsible!

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