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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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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.

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