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Christine Quinn Attends Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

In yet another indication Christine Quinn is targeting the Orthodox Jewish vote, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accompanied Christine Quinn, Friday night, to an Orthodox Shul on the Upper West Side – Ohev Tzedek. According to the WSJ’s Michael Howard Saul, Ms. Quinn sat in the women’s section of the synagogue – called the Ezrat Nashim.

(h/t Robert Adler)

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Thompson, de Blasio Ditch Charter School Talk Fearing Teachers Union

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio, desperately vying for the teachers union endorsement scheduled for next week, on Tuesday ditched a mayoral forum that was largely focused on charter schools, leaving the stage to the more moderate candidates in the race – Anthony Weiner and Christine Quinn.

Mr. de Blasio dropped out less than an hour before he was supposed to appear on stage, and Mr. Thompson pulled his RSVP Tuesday afternoon, according to an event organizer.

“We are disappointed that the more than 800 families who came from across the City tonight didn’t get to hear a diversity of opinions because some candidates weren’t able to talk about where they agree and disagree with school reform,” Jeremiah Kittredge, the Executive Director of Families for Excellent Schools who hosted the forum, said in a statement.

“I think they showed a lack of courage. And it’s also insulting to the people who organized this,” said fellow candidate and former City Councilman Sal Albanese, who called the cancellation showed a “lack of class.”

“Unless there’s real extenuating circumstances … I think they’re afraid of facing charter school parents because they may alienate the United Federation of Teachers that is going to make an endorsement very soon,” he concluded.

During the debate, Weiner, the son a school teacher, reveled that he failed freshman math in high school. (“I was forced to walk with my tail behind my legs and ask my mother for help,” he recalled.)

(Via Jill Colvin – Politicker)

Nate Silver: Quinn the Most Likely Democrat

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Take it from Nate. If there’s one pundit that has a record of predicting election outcomes accurately, it is Nate Silver of the NY Times Five Thirty Eight Blog. In the 2012 presidential elections, Silver was the only pundit who confidently predicted the election outcome, based on his analysis of public opinion polls.

In this year’s mayoral election, while it may be seen as a wide open race, Nate Silver already presumes City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn will very likely win the Democratic nomination in September, or in an October runoff. The early Democratic front-runner in recent New York City mayoral races has a near perfect record in going on to win the party’s nomination, according to an analysis of public opinion surveys conducted since 1989.

In five of the past six Democratic primaries for mayor, the candidate who led in an average of polls conducted in the first six months of the election year advanced to the general election, Silver writes. The only exception was in 2009, when Anthony Weiner led Bill Thompson Jr. by five percentage points but decided to quit the race.

In this year’s mayoral race, Ms. Quinn has a lead of 17 percentage points in an average of the seven primary polls conducted so far. Although her level of support has fallen 39% percent in January, to 24% in the most recent Marist poll, she has managed to maintain a lead over her opponents, including Mr. Weiner.

Based on historical precedent and poll analysis, Nate Silver predicts: “Ms. Quinn is likely to win the Democratic nomination, even if she has to face a runoff election first.”

Silver has one glimpse of hope for the top four candidates polling in double digits. “While the early front-runner virtually always secures the nomination, underdogs have leapfrogged over other candidates to finish in the top tier (although never to win). In 2005, Mr. Weiner was barely in double digits in the first 15 polls of the year, but secured 29 percent of the primary vote, finishing in second place. In 1997, early surveys showed the Rev. Al Sharpton with just 9 percent of the vote, but he, too, went on to finish second in the primary, winning 32 percent of the vote.”

Video: Quinn’s ‘Jerusalem Is the Capital Of Israel’ Moment

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Speaking to NY1′s Josh Robin at the MET council legislative breakfast, ahead of the Celebrate Israel parade, mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn boosted her pro-Israel credentials with the common phrase: “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.” Ms. Quinn urged the US government to immediately recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State.


Weiner Misses Queens Memorial Day Parade to Speak at Church

Monday, May 27th, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner passed up the annual Memorial Day parade in his former Queens district on Sunday in order to speak at a half-empty church.

“I was, like, ‘Where’s Weiner?!’” Forest Hills resident Frankie Esposito told the New York Post.  “I figured he’d come out to see his constituents. I don’t know if I support him as mayor. Taking a shot of his package and sending it out is questionable judgment for a public figure.”

While mayoral candidate Christine Quinn basked in the limelight along with Queens residents who were marching in the parade, Weiner was preaching, or more accurately, confessing in church. He spokes about his sexting scandal at a half-empty church in St. Albans, Queens, where he told 35 listeners, “I’ve made mistakes and done things that might make people say, ‘You know what? I will never trust that guy again. I will never vote for him in 100 years.’ And I get that, too. But in the course of the last two years, I’ve had some incredible blessings.” He cited his forgiving wife and his 17-month-old child who he said “doesn’t care much about the stuff that I’ve been through.”

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.

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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