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Freier Scores Historic Victory In Brooklyn Judicial Primary

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Attorney Rachel (Ruchy) E. Freier last week won the highly contested Democratic primary for Civil Court judge in Brooklyn’s fifth judicial district. She is the first Orthodox woman from a chassidic background to win a primary for a judicial position.

Endorsed by The Jewish Press, Ms. Freier essentially ran against the Jewish political and organizational establishment.

“She had an overwhelming outpouring of support from the entire district,” said communal and political activist Rabbi Shlomo Braun.

“There was a feeling among the people who voted for her that she would certainly be an outstanding asset,” he added. “She has the proper judicial temperament for being a judge, and her background encompasses understanding, humility, common sense, and good moral judgment.”

In an Aug. 12 editorial The Jewish Press announced it was “enthusiastically” endorsing Freier, noting that in addition to being a successful attorney she serves as director of Ezras Nashim, the first all-female volunteer EMT corps, which responds to emergency calls from women, and was the founder of B’Derech, a GED program for chassidic young men.

“Ms. Freier’s activism,” the editorial stated, “stems from her admiration for Sarah Schenirer, the pioneer of the Bais Yaakov movement. Her election to the civil court would be an inspiration to all frum girls, from chassidic as well as non-chassidic backgrounds.”

Jewish Press Staff

Vote On September 13 In The NYS Primary Elections!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

It is imperative for Brooklyn readers not only to vote in the upcoming primary elections but to get family, friends, and neighbors to do so as well. As we noted a couple of weeks ago, most of the individuals we’ve endorsed are being challenged by candidates politically beholden to Councilman Charles Barron, who is notorious for making grossly anti-Semitic comments and who has been condemned by no fewer than 12 independent communal groups.

We cannot stand by and allow his influence to grow. A small turnout is expected this coming Tuesday, September 13. Therefore, your votes could very well make the difference.

The candidates listed below are capable, bright, personable, and enthusiastic –and have shown they work well with the Jewish community and the many other ethnic and religious communities that comprise or will comprise their districts.

 

New York State Senate

Roxanne Persaud for the New York State Senate in the 19th Senatorial District, Brooklyn.

 

New York State Assembly

Pam Harris for the New York State Assembly 46th Assembly District, Brooklyn. 

Darlene Mealy for the New York State Assembly 55th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Tremaine Wright for New York State Assembly 56th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Jamie Williams for New York State Assembly 59th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Alice Cancel for New York State Assembly 65th Assembly District, Manhattan. 

 

State Committeeman/Committeewoman/District Leader

Mark Treyger for State Committeeman/District Leader 46th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Dilia Scach for State Committeewoman/District Leader 46th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Charles Ragusa for State Committeeman/District Leader 47th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Linda Minucci for State Committeewoman/District Leader 50th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Darlene Mealy for State Committeewoman/District Leader 55th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Olanike Alabi for State Committeewoman/District Leader 57th Assembly District, Brooklyn.

Sue Ann Partnow for State Committeewoman/District Leader 59th Assembly District, Brooklyn..

 

Civil Court Judge

Rachel (Ruchie) E. Freier for civil court in the 5th Municipal District in Brooklyn.

Connie M. Melendez for Kings County Civil Court, countywide in Brooklyn.

Editorial Board

Endorsements For The September 13 New York State Primary Elections

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

New York State Assembly

Pam Harris in the 46th AD, which encompasses portions of Sea Gate, Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, and Bath Beach in Brooklyn.

Alice Cancel in the 65th AD, which encompasses portions of the Lower East Side, Wall Street district, and Battery Park City in Manhattan.

Walter T. Mosley in the 57th AD, which encompasses portions of Crown Heights, Prospect Park, and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. Mr. Mosley is also running for the district leader position in the same district.

 

New York State District Leader/State Committee Person

Darlene Mealy for New York State district leader in the 55th Assembly District, which encompasses portions of Crown Heights, Brownsville, and Ocean Hill in Brooklyn. She is also the City Councilmember for the 41st council district.

 

Civil Court Judge

Rachel (Ruchy) E. Freier for civil court in the 5th Municipal District in Brooklyn, which encompasses Boro Park, Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Bensonhurst, Kensington, Sunset Park, and Flatbush.

Connie M. Melendez for Kings County Civil Court, countywide, encompassing all of Brooklyn.

Editorial Board

Wasserman Schultz Defeats Sanders’ Candidate in Florida Primary

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

In a snub to Bernie Sanders’ supporters who are enraged at the fact that leaked emails showed how then DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) advised their man’s opponent Hillary Clinton on how to best win the nomination, the Congresswoman’s Miami-area district voters rebuffed her primary challenger who enjoyed the financial and campaign support of Bernie Sanders. With 81 percent of the vote counted, Wasserman Schultz had 57 percent to her challenger Tim Canova’s 42 percent, according to the AP.

Hillary Clinton won the same district by just under 40 points in the Florida presidential primary. Besides Clinton’s endorsement, Wasserman Schultz received the support of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

It should be noted that besides fighting Sanders for the nomination, Wasserman Schultz had a lot to do with quashing the Senator’s efforts to turn the DNC platform into an all out attack on the Israeli “occupation.” Sanders picked James Zogby, a long-time pro-Palestinian activist, and Cornel West, a racial justice activist, to be his representatives on the Democratic party’s platform committee. The 15-member platform committee included six Clinton-picked members, five for Sanders, and four for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman. If not for the latter’s strong influence on the proceedings and her commitment to Israel, there could have been a platform agenda item condemning Israel.

The six-term congresswoman Wasserman Schultz was forced to leave her DNC post as a gesture to Sanders’ voters, and her own primary campaign this summer had been a fight for those same progressive voters in her district. Sanders did a lot, save for an actual personal appearance (Canova admitted he was disappointed), against the Florida Congresswoman, and his support for Canova boosted his national profile and helped him raise more than $3.5 million with small donations averaging $22 each. Wasserman Schultz only raised $3.4 million.

Wasserman Schultz faces a Republican challenger in November, but no one doubts her chances of winning Florida’s 23rd district.

JNi.Media

Ousted DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Facing Florida Primary Challenge Tuesday

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Former DNC chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl) who was forced to resign on the first day of the Democratic convention in July because of leaked emails showing her conspiring against then presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign, is facing off Sanders-backed, law professor Tim Canova. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has given her support to Wasserman Schultz, saying she needs her “in Congress, by my side, working day after day.” Especially should the need arise to block Senator Sanders, presumably.

Wasserman Schultz could be in for a tough election Tuesday, with predictions of a low turnout combined with Canova’s Sanders-backed fundraising. A recent public poll gave Wasserman Schultz 50% of the vote, compared with Canova’s 40%, but a Canova camp internal poll shows him trailing by 8 point. Meanwhile, Wasserman Schultz’s internal polling gives her 59% to Canova’s 26%.

In her role as DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s proxies on the party platform committee combined forces with Hillary Clinton’s proxies to block Sanders’ proxies anti-Israel proposals.

David Israel

Endorsements For The September 13 New York State Primary Elections

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

It is imperative for Brooklyn readers to not only vote in the upcoming primary elections but to get family, friends, and neighbors to vote as well.

Most of the candidates The Jewish Press endorses below are being challenged by candidates politically beholden to Councilman Charles Barron, who is notorious for making grossly anti-Semitic comments and who has been condemned for them by no fewer than 12 independent communal groups.

We cannot stand by and allow his influence to grow. The candidates we have endorsed are capable, bright, personable, and enthusiastic, and have shown they work well with the Jewish community and all the many other ethnic and religious communities that comprise or will comprise their districts.

In the coming weeks we will be meeting with other candidates running for elected office and more endorsements will follow.

 

New York State Senate

Roxanne Persaud for New York State Senate in the 19th Senate District which includes sections of Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Flatlands and Mill basin.
New York State Assembly

Tremaine Wright for New York State Assembly 56th Assembly District which includes sections of Crown Heights and Williamsburg.

Steve Cymbrowitz for New York State Assembly 45th Assembly District which includes sections of Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Gravesend, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach.

Jamie Williams for New York State Assembly 59th Assembly District which includes sections of Mill Basin, Marine Park, Bergen Beach, and Canarsie.

State Committeeman/Woman/District Leader

Olanike Alabie for State Committeewoman/District Leader 57th Assembly District, which includes sections of Crown Heights, Prospect Park, and Clinton Hill.

Dilia Scach for State Committeewoman/District Leader 46th Assembly District, which includes sections of Sea Gate, Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, and Bath Beach.

Charles Ragusa for State Committeeman/District Leader 47th Assembly District, which includes sections of Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Mapleton.

Sue Ann Partnow for State Committeewoman/District Leader 59th Assembly District, which includes sections of Mill Basin, Marine Park, Bergen Beach, and Canarsie.

Editorial Board

Arab Primary Voters Dump Terror-Supporting MKs Zoabi, Ghattas

Friday, June 17th, 2016

MK Hanin Zoabi, whose National Democratic Assembly (Balad) party is one of the three partner factions making up the Joint Arab List, has been the most frequent candidate for removal both from the elections list and, as MK, from the plenum, as well as defendant in court, all owing to her vicious attacks on Israeli values and on Israeli public officials—including, most recently, cursing out and spitting on Arab police. Now, all who trust in the wisdom of the voters are entitled to a big high-five, as Zoabi has been pushed in the primaries for her faction’s list of Knesset candidates down to spot number 9, well outside the realistic expectations for the 21st Knesset, Makor Rishon reported Friday.

The Joint Arab List, which has one Jewish MK, is a new political creature, a coalition made up of four different parties whose only common denominator is the fact that they are Arab and appeal to the Arab Israeli voter. Hadash, the United Arab List, Balad, and Ta’al, which make up the third largest faction in the 20th Knesset, were, essentially, the brain child of then Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who pushed for a higher vote threshold, requiring that a list gain close to four seats before it can claim any of its seats. Realizing that the new rule could wipe out the bulk of the Arab representation in the Knesset, the four parties, with communists, business leaders, ultra-nationalists and religious zealots, found a way to unite in order to stay alive. Ironically, Liberman’s own party, Yisrael Beiteinu, barely made it past the same threshold.

With the four factions sharing the 13 seats they were granted by the voter, it is unlikely for any one of them to get more than three or four MKs, so that Zoabi’s failure to get enough votes for the third or fourth spot in her faction means a resounding demotion by her party members.

But Zoabi did relatively well compared with her fellow Balad MK Basel Ghattas, who shared with her a much slammed ceremony honoring the families of Jerusalem terrorists who had died while murdering Jews. Ghattas was dropped to the 23rd spot, which is political death in the reality of Arab politics.

Another demoted Balad leader, also member of the honor guard to the killers, is Jamal Zahalka, who landed the fifth spot, which would only get him a seat should the Joint Arab List pick up between 18 and 20 mandates, a feat that would necessarily require direct involvement from Mohammed himself, if not an even higher authority.

Anonymous members of the Joint List told Makor Rishon they were pleased with the choices of Balad voters, who replaced their fanatical leaders with seemingly more pragmatic ones, including a woman, Nibin Abu Rahmoun, at the top of the list. The latest choices could revitalize the Balad faction as well as the entire Knesset list, possibly attracting one or two additional seats.

With MK Ghattas’ resounding defeat Balad voters have severed their ties to his uncle, former MK Azmi Bishara, who back in 2007 resigned from the Knesset through the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, following police investigation into his treasonous activities, aiding the enemy during wartime, passing information on to the enemy and contacts with a foreign agent, as well as laundering money received from foreign sources. With that shameful legacy out of the way, the new faces in Balad could devote themselves to improving the quality of life for Israeli Arabs.

David Israel

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