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Bill de Blasio Likely Democratic Winner, GOP Picks Lhota

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

As of 3 AM, NY time, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio stood to pick up a little over the 40 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary election, and so avoid the runoff. Otherwise, he’ll be facing the next best Democrat, Bill Thompson, who collected 26 percent. Christine Quinn, the obvious heir apparent to Mayor Bloomberg, who led in the polls since last Shavuos came in third with only 15 percent.

Indefatigable texter Anthony Weiner ended up with only 5 percent, after leading the pack in the summer—before he was exposed again, literally. So NYC Democrats, second in overall liberalism and promiscuity only to SF Democrats, still would not pick a perv for high office. There’s still hope for all of us!

No such confusion on the Republican side (with about a sixth of the number of registered voters the Democrats boast). Joseph Lhota has won the GOP mayoral primary, with 52 percent, ahead of John Catsimatidis who received 41 percent.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic city comptroller race, Scott Stringer beat the other perv in Tuesday’s primaries, former governor Eliot Spitzer, by 52 percent to 48 percent. Sigh of relief anyone? On my mark…

There will definitely be a runoff in the Democratic primary for public advocate between my state Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilwoman Letitia James. NY1 reports that, with more than 96 percent of precincts reporting, James had 36 percent of the vote and Squadron had 33 percent. May I express here my unabashed support for Squadron, a Democrat who combines two rare qualities in politics: he’s both honest and effective.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes was defeated by challenger Ken Thompson. Hynes, in his post as Brooklyn DA since 1989, received only 44 percent of the vote, Thompson slid over him with 45 percent. Those meetings with all those rebbes totally paid off.

That’s it for now. We’ll update this item as soon as we know in case the Dems are having a runoff, and where you should show up next to vote.

Election Eve Poll Gives De Blasio Possible First-Round Victory

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Bill de Blasio has turned around the election polls one day before the real vote and has a chance to win Tuesday’s election without a run-off, according to the new and last pre-elections survey conducted by Quinnipiac University.

De Blasio won 39 percent of the respondents’ support, one percent point short of the minimum 40 percent to avoid a second round. In number two place is Bill Thompson, with 25 percent, followed by former front runner Christine Quinn, with only 18 percent.

A Quinnipiac poll last week gave de Blasio 43 percent, and Thompson appeared to have won more backing at de Blasio’s expense in the election eve survey.

Anthony Weiner hardly ranks a mention, and former governor Eliot Spitzer is far behind Scott Stringer in the race for comptroller. Stringer has a seven-point percent lead.

Weiner’s Disgrace Boosts De Blasio in Pre-Election Polls

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Anthony Weiner’s entry in the race for New York City’s next mayor hurt the chances of Bill de Blasio, but the rapid tumble in Weiner’s ratings have turned things around for the liberal de Blasio, the city’s public advocate.

“When Weiner entered the race, de Blasio was the most hurt, since they were both outer borough candidates appealing to the same progressive voters,” Jeanne Zaino, a New York University political science professor, told the Gothamist. “Those people have now turned to him.”

De Blasio’s popularity doubled in the past four weeks, according to last week’s Quinnipiac University poll, and now is a virtual tie with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Weiner, who a month ago was in first place, now is in fourth. Ex-comptroller Bill Thompson, who has been endorsed by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, is in third place.

Weiner Looks Like a Winner in the Polls

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Anthony Weiner is leading the pack in a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday, with a three percentage point lead over City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. His 25 percent support still is far less than the 40 percent needed to prevent a run-off vote after the primaries elections in early September.

The same poll shows that former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s support for mayor dropped to 11 percent.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer also is on top for comptroller, with a solid 15-point lead over  Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 48 percent to 33 percent.

Pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement, “Notoriety has earned the ‘Tabloid Twins,’ former Gov. Eliot Spitzer as Client 9 and former Congressman Anthony (Tweets) Weiner, good initial numbers in the polls. Whether those numbers hold up in the real poll on Primary Election Day is the big question.”

Weiner on a Roll, at Top of the Heap in New Pre-Election Polls

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Anthony Weiner has soared in pre-election poll and now is sharing the lead with two other candidates, according to one poll, while a second survey puts him the lead.

Anew Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday puts Weiner in a statistical three-way tie with former frontrunner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former city comptroller William Thompson for the Democratic party nomination. The primaries will be held September 10, and there will be a run-off unless one candidate in the nine-candidate field can win a 40 percent plurality.

Technically, Quinn leads Weiner by two percentage points and is ahead of Thompson by three points, but the margin of error in the survey leaves all three of them in a more-or-less tie.

A new Marist/NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gives Weiner a five-point lead over Quinn, with 25 percent support from Democratic voters. Quinn received 15 percent support and Thompson was backed by only 13 percent of the respondents.

Four Years Late, Thompson Hires Sheinkopf as ‘Senior’ Strategist

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Four years after he left Bill Thompson hanging, in favor of Mayor Bloomberg, Hank Sheinkopf is back in the car with Bill Thompson. In key move, the Thompson campaign announced the hiring of Sheinkopf, 63 (now Rabbi Sheinkopf, after he received his ordination from Rabbi Yaroslavsky of Kfar Chabad), as a senior strategist, working together with team Thompson’s chief strategist Jonathan Prince.

“There was a time when he certainly was not happy with me, but there’s a larger issue involved, and the larger issue is getting him to Gracie Mansion,” Sheinkopf told The Daily News. “I’m emotionally very moved that he would want me back and working with him, and I hope that I can help to make him the next mayor of the city of New York.

In a Jewish Week interview with Adam Dickter, Hank Sheinkopf called himself “a warrior,” saying both his chosen vocations, rabbi and political consultant, required a love of fighting.

The Thompson campaign also announced the hiring of John Collinsr, a former staffer for Anthony Weiner, as Communications Director, and Amber Greene as Policy Director.

Thompson also brought on more Obama veterans, including Senior Advisor Karine Jean-Pierre, who’s worked on both the campaign side—helping run battleground state ops— and in the White House. Another ex-Obama staffer, Will Leaverton, who ran GOTV ops, will serve as Thompson’s field director. Deputy Campaign Manager Frank Thomas, who managed Rep. Kathy Hochul’s re-election bid last year, and Political Director Kim Ramos, a strategist and lawyer with a network of contacts particularly among elected Latinos in the city and state Legislatures.

“We are proud to be building an experienced team that will aggressively campaign in every community in every corner of the city,” said Prince. “New Yorkers have benefited from Bill’s career in public service, including his leadership of the Board of Education and his successful tenure as the City Comptroller. As Mayor he will use his experience and leadership to deliver for all New Yorkers.”

Incidentally, Rabbi Yaroslavsky, who gave Rabbi Sheinkopf his smicha, speaks no English, and so Sheinkopf completed his exam in Hebrew, which he has been studying at home on the Upper West Side.

“I studied very hard,” Sheinkopf told Adam Dickter, “I had to learn the four portions of the Shulchan Orach.”

So now you can ask Rabbi Sheinkopf which candidate to vote for and whether or not you can eat your chicken.

Yori Yanover contributed to this report.

Few Mayoral Candidates Stand Up to Chassidim on ‘Metzitzah B’peh’

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

When it comes to the mayoral candidates’ stances on the controversial Jewish circumcision practice known as metzitzah b’peh, Rev. Erick Salgado and City Comptroller John Liu pledged to outright abolish the city’s regulation of the practice, The Forward reported.

“For thousands of years, this has been a practice that has been observed by people,” Liu said. “As with most procedures, some risk is inherent. But I would certainly defer to the rabbis on this, as opposed to thinking that, well, we know better after thousands of years of this practice.”

The metzitzah, translated as suction, is one of the steps involved in the circumcision rite, and is intended to renew blood flaw in the traumatized organ. But in recent years several babies became sick and at least two died, and it has been strongly suggested that the culprits in those cases were ritual circumcisers suffering from herpes simplex – and the NY City Dept. of Health is seeking to curb the practice, if not through legislation then through education.

In a meeting with an Orthodox Jewish crowd in Brooklyn that was posted online in March, Democratic candidate Bill Thompson was told by one of the attendees that any mayoral candidate who didn’t take a stand against regulation of MBP would be a candidate for whom people wouldn’t feel comfortable voting. In response, Thompson said, “The government needs to respect the religious beliefs of people.”

Thompson added that he had heard there was no discussion between members of the Orthodox Jewish community and the city, and that he would be “absolutely willing to sit down and talk” about balancing safety and religious practice.

Another Democratic candidate, Erick Salgado, in a speech to the Rabbinical Alliance of America, called MBP “a practice that was commanded by God,” one that had been practiced “since God told Abraham to do so.”

Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota, was reportedly quoted by The Forward as a supporter of the regulation. Based on a video taken by Photo Journalist Shimon Gifter, the Forward concluded that Mr. Lhota’s assessment that the signed consent forms was “a reasonable approach” to tell parents what the risks are, was an expression of supporting the regulation.

However, in a phone conversation with this reporter, Mr. Lhota claimed The Forward took his words out of context. Pointing to the video, in which he says he is opposed to the government regulation or banning religious practices or tradition. Mr. Lhota also said it was the first time he was asked about the issue, and that he intended to study it, and meet with religious leaders in order to solve the issue.

“Look, it requires education,” Mr. Lhota told Jewish students in April, according to the video posted. “Originally the mayor wanted to outright ban it. Now he wants you to sign a piece of paper that acknowledges that you understand it. That’s a reasonable approach. Banning it, no. It’s a reasonable approach to tell you what the risks are. If you understand the risk, and you sign that you understand the risk, then the burden is on you. That a good thing to do. Government shouldn’t tell people what to do, but direct you,” he said. Adding, “I Follow the issue. I have an enormous respect to religion, tradition and culture and all of that.”

Mr. Lhota’s Republican challenger, John Catsimatidis, apparently supports the regulation. A representative for the campaign told the Forward that Catsimatidis “believes a mohel’s work should be regulated by the health department, just like a variety of other procedures are,” and that “we understand the religious implications, but there also has to be a balance with the health implications.”

When this reporter called the Catsimatidis campaign for a response, we were told that Mr. Catsimatidis himself didn’t come clear on the issue yet.

In a statement to the Forward, Democratic front-runner Christine Quinn said the use of signed consent forms to perform MBP “protects religious freedoms” and is the “right policy,” but that the city’s health department “must do a better job in the future with its outreach on sensitive issues in which public health and religious practices intersect.”

Democrat Bill de Blasio said that while the city “has a solemn duty to protect the public health, and we will never compromise on that.” He added that Mayor Michael Bloomberg “was wrong to simply dictate to a community on a matter of religious tradition.” De Blasio added that he would find a solution “that protects the health of newborns and allows freedom of religious practice.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/few-mayoral-candidates-stands-up-to-hasidim-on-metzitzah-bpeh/2013/05/05/

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