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Can a Bearded Candidate Become Mayor? Yes and No

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Bill de Blasio is not a Hasid, although he represented Borough Park in the city Council. Nevertheless, the NY Post took issue with the mayoral hopeful getting rid of his beard as soon as he was considered a serious candidate for mayor.

“As a Brooklyn councilman, de Blasio sported a beard when elected in 2001, taming it to a rakish mustache and goatee by the time he was public advocate in 2010. Just a year later, he made his smooth transition,” the Post noted.

“I didn’t leave my beard — my beard left me,” de Blasio told The Post, explaining that it was vanity, not politics, that led him to shave it off. “I started to notice flecks of gray . . . and I didn’t like the look,” de Blasio admitted, adding he “immediately felt younger after the shave.”

Experts said de Blasio’s close call makes sense, because conventional wisdom says facial hair doesn’t cut it in politics.

“In modern times, it makes the general public wince,” said political consultant George Arzt, who worked on de Blasio’s campaign for public advocate. Voters find facial hair “untrustworthy,” he added.

However, Arzt cautioned, “you can’t keep switching off from beard to mustache and goatee to nothing — then you don’t have a steady image of that person. That could work against him.”

Which raises the question: can a candidate with a beard become mayor of New York City? Maybe that’s why Joe Lhota, the Republican favorite, is considered a long shot. Joe Lhota — is the lone bearded candidate in the race. The last bearded mayor of New York City was William Gaynor, who served from 1910 to 1913. He was also the only mayor targeted by an assassin; he survived being shot in the throat in 1910, but died three years later.

“Having facial hair is not a determent,” Lhota declared to The Post. “I have no desire to shave it. That’s not going to happen. Plus, Republicans can get away with it more than Democrats, because they have this image of being self-made people.”

And Arzt confirmed to the post: “if anyone can pull it off, Lhota can, because the beard is part of his personality.”

Mayoral Candidates Salute Israel and NY Jews

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

More than 35,000 marchers and 17 bands marched Sunday with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the city’s mayoral candidates in saluting Israel and the Jewish community in New York.

Mr. Weiner, who is the only Jewish candidate running in the Democratic primary, was cheered by many marchers and onlookers, but many also booed by some who still remember the Twitter scandal. “This is a great day,” the candidate said as he marched, according to Politicker. “Before I stepped aside, I had come to this parade every single year. It’s one of [the] real joys of my schedule, so it’s great to be back.”

“Am Yisrael Chai! Am Yisrael Chai!” he bellowed every few feet. “God bless America! Am Yisrael Chai! Welcome to New York!”

Bill de Blasio. Photo: Jacob Kornbluh

Bill de Blasio. Photo: Jacob Kornbluh

Joe Lhota. Photo: Jacob Kornbluh

Joe Lhota. Photo: Jacob Kornbluh

JPress Forum: Metzitzah B’peh, Vouchers, Weiner Charms the Crowd

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Appearing for the first time with all of his Democratic rivals on stage, Anthony Weiner sought to stand out, for the second time in a row, ahead of his competitors. At a Jewish Press mayoral forum in Manhattan Beach, Mr. Weiner claimed to be the first to oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s regulation on the traditional practice of Metzitzah B’peh.

“I first spoke about Metzitzah B’peh when I ran in 2005,” Mr. Weiner said at the first forum on issues relating to the Orthodox Jewish community. “I was trying to get anyone possible to talk about it in the context of that campaign because, you know, this didn’t start last week,” he said. ”This has been going on for years now, that this battle has been going on, and for me it comes down to my values as someone who believes in the ethos of New York.”

Adding, “Part of that ethos of New York is we all come from different places, we bring different cultures, we bring different ideas, and we are never too far from our mother country. We try to bring those traditions here and that’s very, very important and part of the fundamental structure of the frum community.”

Mr. Weiner was quoted in the Jewish Forward during his first run for mayor, in 2005: “It is not the place of the Department of Health to be deciding on a religious practice. I am troubled, based on the facts of this case, about whether or not the city has overreached here.”

In comparison to Mr. Weiner walking around the issue, the remaining candidates directly addressed the issue at great concern to the frum community. Sal Albanese and Bill de Blasio promised to review the issue and discuss the matter with the rabbis and community leaders in order to find common ground. Speaker Christine Quinn defended the consent form requirement as a balance between religious freedom and public health concerns. John Liu and Rev. Erick Salgado were the only candidates to pledge to discontinue the city’s anti-Metztitzah B’peh regulations.

There are not many issues the Democratic mayoral hopefuls agree on, especially when they are seated at one table. However, on the one issue that is of great concern to the Jewish community, amid the high cost of tuition and transportation, all of the candidates held hands together in opposing school choice vouchers or tax credit relief.

At The Jewish Press forum in Manhattan Beach Wednesday evening, none of the viable candidates seeking to succeed Mayor Bloomberg expressed their support for some kind of relief to struggling parents who are not willing to enroll in the public school system.

In a previous conversation with this reporter, Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota promised to fight hard for school choice vouchers if elected. “The mayor can use the bully pulpit to advocate in Albany for private schools,” he said. “It’s important that our children are properly educated. The role of the government and the role of the state is making sure they have the proper textbooks, making sure they are secure and making sure that they have transportation. The children that go to parochial schools and yeshivas are residents and the children of taxpayers in the city of New York, and they are not getting their fair share,” he asserted.

“On the issue of tax credits, I have been in favor of that. I have yet to find a way that it would cover the full tuition, but some form of a tax credit, to give relief to parents who pay for property tax as well and all the other taxes in New York, and are also paying tuition,” Mr. Lhota proclaimed.




In 140-Second Video, Anthony Weiner Jumps into Mayoral Race

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

He dropped the 140 character on Twitter, a tool that forced him to resign two years ago, for a much faster and well prepared 140 second video message. As if it were a secret, Anthony Weiner finally put all rumors to rest and jumped right into the mayoral race, just in time for petitioning season.

“Look, I made some big mistakes. And I know I let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor ‘cuz I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you,” Mr. Weiner says in the video. Second chances? It’s up to the voters this time.



An April 19, 2013 Quinnipiac University survey gives Weiner 15 percent of Democratic primary voters in the New York City mayor’s race, but he has a negative favorability of 41-33, and back then only half the voters thought it was a good idea for him to run at all.

Now that he’s running, those numbers could improve, at least initially.

In the same poll, Christine Quinn led the Democratic primary field with 28 percent, well short of the 40 percent needed to avoid a primary runoff. Her support included 31 percent of women and 24 percent of men. Results for other candidates were:

15 percent for Weiner, including 20 percent of men and 12 percent of women;

11 percent for Bill de Blasio, including 10 percent of men and 12 percent of women;

10 percent for William Thompson, including 14 percent of men and 7 percent of women;

9 percent for John Liu, including 9 percent of men and 8 percent of women.

Yori Yanover contributed to this report.

Clintons Staying Out of the Mayoral Race

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Sorry Mr. Weiner and Mr. Catsimatidis, we just can’t do it to Bill (BDB) or Chris. Bill and Hillary Clinton are making clear they are staying out of the New York City Democratic mayoral primary,Maggie Haberman reports.

The pair of stay-on-the-sidelines statements came as Anthony Weiner is set to declare his candidacy by video this week, likely on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Haberman. But the statements seem aimed at avoiding the appearance of taking sides in a race that includes the potential first female (and first openly gay) Democratic nominee, a potential  black New York mayor, and Hillary Clinton’s own former Senate campaign manager, Bill de Blasio.

“Secretary Clinton knows all of the candidates, she has worked with many of them, and is close with many of them, so won’t be weighing in one way or the other,” Hillary Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement to POLITICO.

Likewise, Bill Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna said, “President Clinton has too many friends in this race who have been good to him and his family. He wishes them all well, but won’t be getting involved.”

Mayoral Candidates Tweet Holiday Greetings to Orthodox Voters

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Last week, in a pitch to NYC Jewish voters, some of the mayoral candidates opted for the least expensive, but often most appreciated, gesture, and tweeted a greeting to the Jewish community celebrating the holiday of Shavu’ot.

Sal Albanese impressed with an extraordinary tweet in Hebrew:

Sal Albanese

Republican hopeful Joe Lhota tweeted his greetings from his private account, receiving a lot of Retweets:

JOE LHOTA

Public Advocate and mayoral hopeful Bill de Balsio tweeted, this time not the first, a short message pronouncing Shavuos in Chasidish:

Bill de Blasio

2 de Blasio Racist Aides Resign, Rest Must Lay Off Twitter

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Following the latest social media problems within the Bill de Blasio campaign, with the resignation of two staffers who tweeted anti NYPD, racist and antisemitic tweets, the campaign is now cracking down on the remaining staffers.

Mr. de Blasio’s wife is African American.

“If Bill de Blasio is the company he keeps, his mayoral campaign could be in serious trouble,” Lauren Evans wrote last month in the Gothamist. “Only a few weeks after one of his campaign aids was caught bashing the police and NAACP on Twitter, another staffer was revealed today to have similarly poor judgment when it comes to “Things Not to Say on the Internet… Naturally, the mayoral hopeful was quick to denounce tweets, saying that “nothing can excuse” the remarks. Still, unless he does something about the unruly social media tendencies of his staffers, de Blasio’s prospects for Gracie Mansion are at risk of vanishing faster than a deleted tweet. Maybe the NYPD was on to something with that social media crackdown after all.”

According to information this reporter has gathered, a few weeks ago, Mr. de Blasio’s staffers at the Public Advocate’s office were asked to review their Twitter timelines and previous tweets to accommodate with the campaign’s need to overcome recent controversies and avoid such stories coming out in the future.

During the internal meeting, the staffers, who volunteer for the mayoral campaign, were told to reduce their presence on twitter and hold of from commenting on issues that might come back to haunt the campaign.

After a brief review of the Twitter feed of several staffer in the Public Advocate’s office, their presence on Twitter has been reduced to minimum over the past few weeks.

Last week, Sal Albanese, a former city councilman and a Democratic candidate for mayor, accused two of his rivals, Christine C. Quinn, the Council speaker, and Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, of having hired political operatives at taxpayer expense as they readied their own campaigns.

“From bribery-by-paper-bag to straw donor schemes, taxpayers feel like they are drowning in a sea of corruption this year. But while we are focused on the sensational scandals, another kind of corruption is casually occurring every day in this building behind me,” said Albanese while standing outside of the Public Advocate’s office at 1 Centre Street in Manhattan. “For the past year and a half, Bill de Blasio has been fleecing the taxpayers by putting his campaign operatives on the public payroll.”

According to Albanese, the Public Advocate has hired at least nine staffers whose previous positions were primarily as campaign operatives. In total, their salaries cost New York City taxpayers $576,000 per year. All of the hires occurred within the last 18 months, concurrent with the building of de Blasio’s campaign infrastructure.

“Many of these folks are smart young people with bright futures,” Albanese pointed out. “Unfortunately, they are being used just to further Bill’s career.”

Albanese, who spent fifteen years as the City Council’s top reformer, called for a hiring freeze for elected officials seeking citywide office. His proposal would bar officials like the Public Advocate, Comptroller, and City Council Speaker from adding new positions to their payrolls during the 18 months preceding a primary election. Officials would still be allowed to replace employees to maintain the integrity and workload of the office.

“Padding a government payroll like this is an intolerable abuse of power,” declared Albanese. “It forces taxpayers to foot the bill for an employee whose job is to advance their boss’s political ambitions, not help the public.”

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