web analytics
April 24, 2014 / 24 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



The Mayor-Elect’s Welcome Appointments

Share Button

The Jewish Press raised some eyebrows with its endorsement of Bill de Blasio in the New York City mayoral election. After all, the editorial positions we’ve taken over the years are not particularly compatible with Mr. de Blasio’s liberal track record. Indeed, we acknowledged in our endorsement that we had several concerns with his campaign platform, though we noted that he had been speaking in significantly more moderate tones since securing the Democratic nomination.

So we were happy with his choice of Anthony Shorris as first deputy mayor in charge of operations and William Bratton as police commissioner – appointments that touch on areas of primary concern to all New Yorkers: the economy and public safety.

The Shorris and Bratton picks lend real support to our observation that Mr. de Blasio, for all his vaunted progressive inclinations, appreciates the financial crunch facing our city (including billions of dollars in new union contract agreements) and that, contrary to what some were saying, he is not indifferent to New Yorkers’ fear of an increase in violent crime.

Mr. Shorris comes with impressive credentials as a top official in several city and state agencies. He served as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is a former deputy schools chancellor, and served as deputy budget director and city financer commissioner. He is currently a senior vice president at NYU Langone Medical Center and is highly respected for his budgetary skills and ability to get things done.

We believe the choice of Mr. Shorris points to the mayor-elect’s realization that he must temper his wish list with a responsible concern for a ballooning budget. In fact, Mr. de Blasio spoke often during the campaign of having to act in a fiscally prudent manner but this was largely obscured by the almost total focus on his “tale of two cities” narrative and “tax the rich” sloganeering.

Similarly, many found in Mr. de Blasio’s position on “stop and frisk” portents of a return to the lawless pre-Giuliani days. Yet he said countless times that “stop and frisk” was an invaluable anti-crime tool – while insisting that it be implemented in a constitutional way. His choice of Mr. Bratton, the architect of stop and frisk in New York, as police commissioner, should more than meet the concerns of skeptics in this regard.

It is noteworthy that Mr. de Blasio has always received significant support from many in the Jewish community in recognition of his sensitivity to our needs. Indeed, The Jewish Press supported him over the years in his campaigns for City Council and public advocate. His inclusion of several Jewish leaders in his circle of advisers is an indication that the relationship will continue to thrive during his tenure as mayor.

Share Button

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

No Responses to “The Mayor-Elect’s Welcome Appointments”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
America Joins Israel in Canceling Talks with PA
Latest Indepth Stories
Rabbi Auerbach seen at a ceremony for the students who have finished the reading of the Babylonian talmud, at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on July 31, 2012.

Since Torah is the great equalizer, the great reconciler of divergent but valid opinions, this is also the place where common ground is reached.

Dueling Shofarim

Some American Jews feel their community has been hijacked from within by groups waging war against Israel seemingly in the name of the Jewish people.

Al-Aksa Mosque was claimed to be the site from which Mohammed ascended to Heaven, but it was built nearly 50 years after Mohammed died.

Jerusalem only seems important in the Islamic world when non-Muslims control or capture the city.

Israeli police enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian protesters.

Jordan’s king is adding fuel to the fire on the Temple Mount, blaming Israel for violence by Muslim Arab rioters.

At Brandeis, much of what counts as Western civilization got cold feet and won’t stand with Hirsi Ali.

But the lesson from this meditation is that hidden behind the anti-semitic act is the greatest light.

As support of their messianic dream, Halevi and Antepli approve dishonoring Hirsi Ali as a ‘renegade.’

If itis a mitzva to eat matza all Pesach, then why is there no berakha attached to it?

When we are united with unconditional love, no stone will be raised against us by our enemies.

The reporter simply reports the news, but it is greater to be inspired to better the situation.

The Big Bang theory marked the scientific community’s first sense of the universe having a beginning.

Freeing convicted murderers returns the status of Jewish existence to something less than sanctified.

“The bigger they are the harder they fall” describes what God had in mind for Olmert.

We, soldiers of the IDF, who stand guard over the people and the land, fulfill the hopes of the millions of Jewish people across the generations who sought freedom.

How much is the human mind able to grasp of the Divine?

Jews have brought the baggage of the galut (exile) mentality to the modern state of Israel.

More Articles from Editorial Board

It’s finally happened. New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan reported on her blog that “many readers…wrote to object to an [April 2] article…on the breakdown in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians,” claiming “[they] found the headline misleading and the article itself lacking in context.” Ms. Sullivan provided one such letter, quoted the […]

Nor did it seem relevant that according to widely circulated media reports, Rev. Sharpton was caught on an FBI surveillance video discussing possible drug sales with an FBI agent.

To be sure, American policy had long opposed the growth of Israeli settlements, but at the same time U.S. policymakers acknowledged that in any negotiated agreement there would be land swaps between Israel and the Palestinians to accommodate the large numbers of Israelis living in the settlements.

The issue of affordable infertility treatment has long been one of particular importance to the Orthodox Jewish community and we support the leadership of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who again successfully championed this significant cause.

So it always struck us as hypocritical that Israel was expected to release cold-blooded killers almost as a matter of habit while the U.S. balked at letting Pollard go.

The Department of Justice acknowledges that individuals can claim an exemption if they can demonstrate an adverse impact on their religious beliefs.

In the larger sense, Mrs. Lubling came to epitomize an Orthodox community dedicated to taking care of its own.

There may not have been much else President Obama could have realistically done, but the headline writers at the Times obviously felt the need to massage a front-page story that took a less than giddy approach to Mr. Obama’s policymaking; how else to explain the story’s headline – “As Sanctions Start, Russia Feels a Sting”?

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/the-mayor-elects-welcome-appointments/2013/12/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: