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Albanese and Salgado Left Out of FJCC Debate on Jewish Issues

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

In an interview with Zev Brenner Saturday night, Josh Mehlman, the chairman of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition told the radio host that only the major five Democratic candidates, that stand a chance to become the next mayor of New York City, will participate in Tuesday night’s mayoral forum on Jewish issues. Sal Albanese and Erick Salgado, the host of the event said, were not invited due to the fact that they have not met the minimum criteria of being considered a viable candidate, at least according to public opinion polls.

“Our community is best served if we take the candidates who’re most likely to win – the major candidates who have any shot on winning – and force them to confront the issues and address our concerns,” said Josh Mehlman.

While it was rumored that the remaining serious candidates – Sal Albanese and Erick Salgado – were invited in the last minute to participate, the organizers of the event deny that claim.

In a conversation with this reporter, Mr. Mehlman confirmed that only the five major candidates were invited, since the issues at stake are too serious to waste the time given for filibuster.

“We have sent invitations to all of the candidates to meet with the members of our Coalition,” said Mr. Mehlman. “We intend to give all of the remaining candidates an opportunity to lay out their vision and plans to make New York City a better place to live in, and discuss with them their positions on the issues that are at great concern to our community.”

The date and format of the meetings have yet to be finalized, Mr. Mehlman added.

The forum will take place Tuesday evening, June 4, 8:30 PM, at Public School 193, Bedford Ave. & Ave L in Flatbush.

The Honorary Chairman of the Mayoral Forum is Malcolm Hoenlein, prominent Flatbush resident and Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, and talk show host at WABC 770 Radio.

“We are urging you to attend. It is very important that we have a diverse crowd that will positively represent our community. Your attendance is vital to our success. Please make sure your shul announces this community event on Shabbos and on Tuesday and sends out a reminder to the Shul email list as well,” Mr. Mehlman wrote in an email blast

This article was first published in Yeshiva World News

Flatbush Jews Form Civic Advocacy and Political Coalition

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Just weeks after a few Orthodox Jewish activists came out with plea a for creating a coalition of various community activists that would solidify the Jewish community’s voter base, a newly formed Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition of leading Roshei Yeshivot, Rabbanim, and community activists, was announced Thursday morning. The coalition, as noted in the press release, was formed to coordinate efforts by disparate segments of the Jewish community in Flatbush, to foster the growth and development of one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in the country.

The FJCC plans to address many of the civic and communal challenges that face the Jewish residents of Flatbush, including safety, zoning, quality of life concerns and emerging political issues. According to the organizers, the FJCC will also pursue the important goal of registering new voters, and encouraging everyone to vote in both the primary and general elections.

“Due to the recent citywide redistricting, it is more important than ever that our community’s voice is heard through a strong voter turnout,” said Josh Mehlman, one of the organizers. “It is imperative that we register and vote in the upcoming elections, which will have a significant impact on our lives for years to come. Elected officials pay particular attention to communities with large voter turnouts; many of our concerns will be directly affected by our participation in the electoral process.”

“Our goal is unity, because when we speak with one voice, it is a powerful and effective,” Mr. Mehlman added.

The Orthodox community in Brooklyn, which counts some 200,000 household, currently has only 3 Orthodox elected officials in government: Councilman David Greenfield, State Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Another open seat in the newly drawn 48th council district, which is highly contested in this year’s election, might get an Orthodox Jewish representative if the Russians split their vote among their three candidates and Chaim Deutsch emerges victorious in the primaries and in the November general election.

The FJCC already has more than 50 members from major shuls and yeshivas, including a group of well-known community leaders. The committee in formation includes: Avi Schron, Shimon Lefkowitz, Avi Schick, Menachem Lubinsky, Chaim Scharf, Leon Goldenberg, Abish Brodt, Elly Kleinman, Peter Rebenwurzel, Chaskel Bennett, Yechiel Landau, Yussie Zalmanowitz, Yanky Arem, Pinny Rand, Aaron Tessler, Dr. Simon Friedman, Rafi Treitel, Shmuel Kairy, Mendy Pomerantz, Yitzchok Fuchs, Lenny Wassner, Avrohom Poznanski, Ephraim Fruchthandler, Dudi Spira, Sruli Berger, Dr. Seymour Edelstein, Victor Shine, Ephraim Nierenberg, Avrohom Tikotsky, Dr. Israel Zyskind, and Josh Mehlman.

Many additional community activists are expected to join this growing coalition.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/flatbush-jews-form-civic-advocacy-and-political-coalition/2013/05/10/

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