The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Last week we expressed our support for William C. Thompson in the Democratic mayoral primary, Scott Stringer for comptroller, and Charles J. Hynes for Brooklyn district attorney. For City Council we endorsed Alan Maisel (46th District, Brooklyn), Mark Treyger (47th District, Brooklyn) and Chaim Deutsch (48th District, Brooklyn).
Here are more of our choices:
Mayor, Republican Primary
In the Republican mayoral primary, Joe Lhota is our choice over his closest rival, John Catsimatidis. Mr. Catsimatidis is a passionate advocate and his desire to change the city for the better seems quite genuine. He is also a wildly successful businessman, presiding over an empire measured in the billions. But his governmental experience is nil and New Yorkers can hardly afford a mayor in need of on the job training.
Mr. Lhota, on the other hand, is the quintessential municipal government technician with broad experience in the nitty gritty of large bore municipal government, having served under Rudy Giuliani as budget director, finance commissioner and deputy mayor of operations.
Thus, Mr. Lhota managed a city operating budget of $36 billion, oversaw a $45 billion capital plan, and directed the nuts and bolts response to the 9/11 attacks. More recently, he headed the massive Metropolitan Transportation Authority (though to mixed reviews).
During his recent interview with The Jewish Press, Mr. Lhota exhibited an impressive intelligence and it quickly became obvious why he was so valuable to Mr. Giuliani. Yet it’s an open question as to whether an intimate knowledge of the city’s labyrinthine operations is enough. The job of any big city mayor – especially mayor of New York City – requires great political and motivational skills in order to successfully navigate a system dotted with many ferociously independent players who have powerful constituencies and fiefdoms of their own.
Above all, there is that key dimension of leadership that former president George H.W. Bush described as “the vision thing.” Mr. Lhota deserves the opportunity, over the next two months, to demonstrate that he is, in fact, up to the task.
Of the five candidates running for public advocate in the Democratic primary, The Jewish Press endorses State Senator Daniel Squadron, who currently represents parts of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in the Senate. Mr. Squadron impresses with his sharp intelligence and easy command of the issues. He has a clear vision of the role of the public advocate in monitoring the workings of city government, primarily in identifying issues involving bureaucratic stagnation, and ascertaining whether policies are being implemented as intended and providing a voice for those who find themselves outside the ostensible purview of the political system through no fault of their own.
For Bronx borough president in the Democratic primary, The Jewish Press endorses the incumbent, Ruben Diaz, Jr. who was elected in April 2009 in a special election following President Obama’s appointment of Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. to the position of director of the White House Office on Urban Affairs. A former New York State assemblyman, Mr. Diaz pursued a broad agenda of issues in Albany, including health care, insurance fraud, pedestrian safety, school bus safety and accountability of gas and electric companies, in which he continues to show interest. He has been a model borough president and should certainly be given the opportunity to run for reelection in the November general election.
In the race for borough president of Queens, The Jewish Press endorses Peter Vallone Jr., currently a member of the New York City Council representing the 22nd Council District. Mr. Vallone has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for public safety. He has led efforts in the City Council to increase the number of police officers and fought against effort to cut the NYPD budget. He also wrote the law placing security cameras in all New York City public schools and was a sponsor of a bill to require the Department of Education to assist nonpublic schools with their security problems. He has been a strong advocate of the value of a vigorous stop and frisk policy as a law enforcement tool but does not oppose efforts to ensure that it is implemented in a legal and courteous manner. As borough president of Queens he will have an even stronger voice to pursue his all-important signature issue of public safety.
New York City Council
24th Council District in Queens
(St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, parts of Jamaica and Rosedale):
We urge Democratic voters in the 24th Council District to vote for Rory Lanceman. He has expressed strong support for legislation requiring reasonable accommodation to religious needs in such relatively new problem areas as the public display of mezuzahs and the construction of sukkahs and has represented individuals who faced these and related problems.
35th Council District in Brooklyn
(Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant):
In the 35th City Council District in Brooklyn we endorse Olanike Alabi to replace the term-limited Letitia James. Ms. Alabi is a well-known and respected advocate for housing and other quality of life issues in the area. During her recent visit to The Jewish Press she displayed a deep knowledge of the pressing problems facing the 35th District that will have to be faced in the coming years. Her passion for resolving problems is impressive, as is her knowledge of how the City Council works. She has earned the strong support of the Jewish community in Crown Heights.
44th Council District in Brooklyn
(Bensonhurst, Boro Park, Flatbush):
We support David Greenfield in the 44th District. In the three and a half years since his election to the Council, Mr. Greenfield has emerged as a premier spokesman on a broad range of Jewish issues. He is respected by his colleagues for his mastery of the New York City budgetary process, and has developed a reputation as a serious legislator focused on finding real solutions to problems rather than making grandiose statements on public issues that bear little relationship to the legislative process.
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The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
Pentecost, derived from the Greek word for 50, is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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