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Posts Tagged ‘Governor George Pataki’

Judge Fisch’s Reappointment

Friday, August 1st, 2003

We take this opportunity to applaud Governor George Pataki’s appointment of Judge Joseph Fisch to the New York State Supreme Court. As we reported last week, Judge Fisch has
been a distinguished member of the Court of Claims since 1990 and a dedicated public servant for 40 years. However, under the rules of the court of claims, he would have had to retire by the end of 2003 because of his age. As a Supreme Court justice, Mr. Fisch will be now be able to serve an additional six years and happily the public will continue to benefit from his expertise, talent and commitment.

Passover Observance Is Not Grist For Anyone's Political Mill

Sunday, May 25th, 2003

We recognize that in the high-stakes, often take-no-prisoners budget negotiations in Albany, leverage is at a premium. And we also appreciate the particularly exquisite dilemma now facing Governor George Pataki with the advent of both houses of the legislature having united against him and their probable ability to override his vetoes of their budget proposals. This plainly has the potential of relegating the Governor to “lame duck” status and to diminish his attractiveness in Washington. But, having said this we are sorely disappointed that in making his public case against the legislature last week, he chastised Jewish legislators for their impending absences over the Passover holidays. “[I]n the face of a fiscal crisis you set aside some of those personal things and get the job done,” he said in part.

The governor was just wrong in his statements about availability. But in any event, his current problem with members of the legislature does not lie in any absence from Albany. Rather it is their sharp disagreement with him when they have been present.

The governor had no cause to inject our beliefs into a political battle of which they are no proper part.

Dramatic Show Of Solidarity

Friday, January 11th, 2002

It is altogether fitting and proper that New York State's Governor George Pataki, New York City's Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Mayor-Elect Michael Bloomberg chose Chanuka for their solidarity visit to Israel. Chanuka symbolizes Divine deliverance and the triumph of good over evil, themes that have particular resonance now that both the United States and Israel are waging war against terrorism. Indeed, the presence of these three politicians in Israel at this time sharply underscores the parallel challenges presented by the events of September 11 and the more than year-long Intifada. Coming as well, in the context of President Bush's no-nonsense support for Israel's anti-terrorist efforts, it is an indication that American appreciation of Israel's plight is not only broad, but deep as well.

In an interview with The Jewish Press this past Monday with Governor Pataki in Jerusalem, the Governor spoke glowingly of the sense of mission and commitment he observed amongst among the people of Israel he met. He went on to say that the United States and Israel are fellow targets of terrorists who are intent on destroying our shared way of life.

He noted that he was humbled by his tour of the Kotel tunnel and the various holy sites and the thousands of years of history that literally leapt out at him. He said it reminded him that the world owes Israel a debt of gratitude for the great care it took in ensuring the rights of all religions.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/dramatic-show-of-solidarity/2002/01/11/

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