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NYS Gov Andrew Cuomo, State Leaders on Israel Solidarity Visit

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and a bi-partisan delegation of state government and community leaders have spent the past three days packed back-to-back with briefings, meetings and tours of Israel.

Mostly, they have been expressing their solidarity with residents of the Jewish State. It comes in stark contrast to this week’s White House hold on a routine delivery of Hellfire missiles to its “closest friend and ally, the only democracy in the Middle East” — at a time when that ally is threatened by a foe receiving arms from Iran and Syria.

Cuomo and his fellow New Yorkers have done endless ‘meet and greets,’ especially in Jerusalem, where they stopped for the requisite snack at ‘Big Apple Pizza’ on the Ben Yehuda tourist walkway at the heart of the capital, and in the Old City of Jerusalem where the governor said a prayer at the Western Wall and was hugged by the leader of probably every represented faith, plus others.

Now Cuomo, Senate Majority co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are reaching the end of their three day solidarity visit. They’ve seen the people most affected by the current conflict: the millions of Israelis targeted by Hamas and allied terrorists in Gaza with their missiles and kidnapping plots and tunneling projects.

The state leaders arrived on August 12 to reaffirm “the State of New York’s support in light of the continued threat of attacks by Hamas and other terrorist organizations,” according to the media statement sent out by the governor’s office. Cuomo and his delegation met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, New York students living and learning in Israel and Israeli residents directly affected by the Gaza attacks.

“We are grateful for the Governor’s support and words of encouragement, and proud of the strong relationship we share with the people of New York, which is based on our shared values,” Consul General of Israel in New York, Ido Aharoni said.

“Friends stand together in times of crisis, and I am proud to lead this bipartisan delegation to Israel to reaffirm our friendship and support,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York has always had a special relationship with Israel. As Hamas and other terrorist organizations continue to threaten Israel, now is the time to deliver that message of solidarity in person.”

Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “During this important moment in history, it is incumbent upon New York to reaffirm its strong and unconditional support for Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas-led attacks and to take whatever action they deem necessary to protect their people from the brutal tactics of homicide bombers. I am pleased to join the Governor, Senate Co-Leader Klein, and Speaker Silver as part of the official New York State delegation visiting Israel this week, and look forward to bringing the good wishes of the people of my district and the state of New York to our nation’s most trusted and reliable ally.” Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein said, “As the grandson of Holocaust survivors the State of Israel is not only personally sacred to me but a beacon for the values and rights inherent in a Democracy which I hold dear. I am pleased to join Governor Cuomo, Senate Co-Leader Skelos, and Speaker Silver as part of the official New York delegation, as a show of support that we will always stand in solidarity with Israel.” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “Having visited many times, I am delighted to join Governor Cuomo and Senators Skelos and Klein in our mission to Israel to show New York’s solidarity with the people of the Jewish State. As a lifetime supporter of Israel, I cannot overstate the importance of this trip. I am proud that many New York businesses were started there and I believe it is essential that the Empire State’s leaders express our solidarity with Israel and its people, especially during these difficult times. I am certain our visit will reinforce the already strong ties that bind New York and the State of Israel.”

GOP Heavy-Hitters to Help Lhota Defeat de Blasio

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

A group of powerful Republican activists and donors with experience in campaigns across the country are ready to aid fellow Republican Joe Lhota’s underdog candidacy against Bill de Blasio, if the NYS law of a $150K contribution limit is lifted.

According to the Huffington Post, New York Progress and Protection PAC say multiple would-be donors are lined up to contribute more than $150,000 each. “It’s about free speech. Free speech is the reason why I’m doing lots of things,” Shaun McCutcheon, one of those would-be donors, told HP. “It’s about our rights as people under the First Amendment.”

McCutcheon says he thinks the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could pull out a surprise victory with the help of outside money. “If you get a little competition, we can win some races nobody thinks we can win,” he said.

The NYPP’s contention that New York state’s campaign contribution ceiling violates First Amendment protections will be heard in federal court on Oct. 8. Handling the legal strategy is Michael Carvin, a Washington-based attorney specializing in campaign law who represented George W. Bush during the 2000 recount. Last year, he appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to unsuccessfully challenge the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

“This is plainly unconstitutional,” Carvin reiterated.

De Blasio’s spokesman Dan Levitan criticized the PAC’s attempts to sway the election and upend the state’s campaign finance regulations in an email to HuffPost.

“Right-wing Republican operatives are suing to dismantle New York’s election laws so they can funnel millions trying to elect Republican Joe Lhota, but New Yorkers won’t let Tea Party extremists undermine our campaign finance system,” he said.”

Speaking to reporters after a hour-long visit Tuesday at Yeshiva University in Midtown, Mr. Lhota suggested the attempt by the de Blasio campaign to paint him as a Tea-Party extremist is just not going to work. “Anyone that wants to tag me with what’s going on in Washington, is making a big mistake,” he said. “I’ve not agreed with anything the Tea Party has done – where they’re going and what the want to do – and on top of all, I’ll stand with Pete King on his position.”

And as if to prove his point, Lhota didn’t mince words in describing right-wing Republican lawmakers in Washington as “extremists who’re holding the government and the people hostage to the positions they hold.”

Mr. Lhota also said he supports “major parts” of Obamacare but that there isn’t one perfect way to deal with healthcare and it isn’t an issue in NYC. “The hangup on Obamacare, in this particular case, is wrong. Using it as leverage is wrong. And shutting down the government is wrong,” Mr. Lhota stated.

He added that he had some issues with the individual mandate but would not further discuss it before he had made up his mind on it.

Mr. de Blasio’s campaign launched a tumblr Tuesday morning, painting Lhota as an extremist and saying Lhota extolled the virtues of the right-wing ideology, telling the SI Tea Party group in May, “My philosophical issues are very close to yours in many, many ways.”

But Mr. Lhota rebuffed that claim saying, “We had a huge ‘verbally violent’ discussion about gun control and what it means in New York City. You can take selected information about a meeting that took an hour and take one sentence and pull it out. It is not fair. I can’t tell you how much I disagree, and have consistently disagreed, with the Tea Party. And I thin they are a bad force for the Republican Party. They’re extremists and are moving the party in a direction that I think is wrong.”

“If Bill wants to run this race with character assassination, it makes me even more confident that I’m going to win,” he added.

The NY Times forgot to write some things he disagreed with Barry Goldwater, such as his position on the equal rights act and race issues, Mr. Lhota further claimed.

“If Bill wants to pave me in that position and not talk about the issues that are important to the people of New York, he’s making a very big mistake. He goes into one debate and he wants to tie me with that, I will go toe to toe with him. I’ll beat him on the issues,” he said.

Bill De Blasio Visits The Jewish Press

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Bill de Blasio, one of the Democratic front runner in the race for New York City mayor, met last week with the editorial board of The Jewish Press at the newspaper’s Boro Park office. De Blasio is the New York City Public Advocate.

Before becoming public advocate, de Blasio had been a two-term city councilman, representing the 39th district in Brooklyn. He’s also been the regional director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and campaign manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton during her successful Senatorial bid in 2000.

During the meeting, de Blasio said that the next mayor will have a Herculean task balancing the funding of necessary programs for individuals and communities with the financial difficulty the city faces.

“I have worked with some of the most disciplined folks in public life, people like Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo,” de Blasio said, adding that he’s well positioned to face these challenges.

“I predict the first few years of the next mayor will be very tight budget years – which will be made worse by the open labor contracts the mayor is leaving, something that will tarnish Bloomberg’s record.”

“The people of New York understand the choices are not easy,” he went on to say. “People have been sobered by the economy, and they want to see fairness.

He also said that early childhood education is one of the most important services the city can provide, and the one area he would expand city funding – not because it’s a handout, or even to be generous, he said, but because it’s an investment.

“I believe early childhood education is the key to everything we want to do in New York: maintaining the social fabric, keeping crime down, improving the economy – all starts by expanding early childhood education.” De Blasio also criticized Bloomberg for axing important childcare vouchers from the budget and pledged to restore them.

“I think voters are sick of not being heard by City Hall,” he said. “Too often the Bloomberg approach has been my way or the high way. I’ll do things differently.”

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