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NY18 – Rep. Maloney Leads GOP’s Hayworth In Rematch Election

nan hayworthIncumbent Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney leads Republican former Representative Nan Hayworth by 8 points (50-42) in a rematch election between the two, according to a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Research Institute poll of likely voters in NY’s 18th congressional district.

In Orange County – home to half the voters and to a large Orthodox Jewish electorate from Kiryas Joel – Maloney leads Hayworth by 11 points. Read more »

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NY04 – Jewish Republican Bruce Blakeman Trails Kathleen Rice By 47 Points Among Jewish Voters

rice shuk 2Jewish Republican hopeful Bruce Blakeman trails his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice by 18 points (55-37) in the open seat to replace retiring Representative Carolyn McCarthy in NY’s 4th congressional district, according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College Research poll of likely voters.

Blakeman, vying to replace former House majority leader Eric Cantor as the House’ only Jewish Republican, is still unknown to a majority – 52 percent – of voters in the district, while Rice is far better known. He is also unknown to 43 percent of Republican voters in the district. Read more »

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NY11 – Mayor de Blasio Predicts: Recchia Is Going To Win

domenic RecchiaDespite lagging in the polls behind Staten Island’s incumbent congressman, former City Councilman Domenic Recchia is expected to prevail, Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted on Thursday.

“I think Domenic is going to win,” de Blasio told reporters at an unrelated press conference. Read more »

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City Elected Officials, Community Leaders Call For More Action Combating Rise In Anti-Semitic, Hate Attacks

20140918-144859.jpgNYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Members, statewide elected officials and community leaders on Thursday gathered on the steps of City Hall to denounce the sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks across New York City and demand increased enforcement, in particular in time of the high holiday season.

Councilman David Greenfield, who organized the press conference, said more has to be done – by vocal condemnation and enforcement – than what is already being done to stop the spike in anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community.

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Ambassador Dermer: ISIS Threat Is An Opportunity For Israel On Iran, Peace Process

ron dermerIsrael’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer said Wednesday evening that the insurgence of ISIS in the Middle East gives Israel an opportunity to engage with the moderate Arab world and could help garner support among the International community to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons in a more serious manner than in the past.

In a speech to a bipartisan group of guests at a Rosh Hashanah reception at the Ambassador’s DC residence, Dermer remarked that because of the savagery of ISIS, “there is a growing understanding today of the threats posed by militant Islam.” Read more »

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NY01 – Jewish Republican Hopeful Lee Zeldin Trails Rep. Bishop By 10 Points

Lee ZeldinJewish Republican congressional candidate, State Senator Lee Zeldin is trailing incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop by 10 points (51-41), according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena Research poll of likely voters in NY’s 1st congressional district.

Despite running in the past, and profiled as a possible Jewish Republican successor of former House majority leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a June primary, Zeldin is still unknown to some 32 percent of voters in the district. Read more »

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Likud Darling Drops Bombshell: ‘I’m Resigning, Taking Break From Politics,’ Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar Announces

Gideon Saar Nexto to BibiInterior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, the number 2 on the Likud Party Knesset list, on Wednesday told supporters and party members that he would resign from both the cabinet and the Knesset after the Jewish holidays in order take a break of politics.

“I have decided to take a break from political life,” Sa’ar said to the astonishment of his colleagues and supporters, during a toast ahead of the high holiday season.

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VP Biden Apologizes For Offensive ‘Shylocks’ Comment

Biden Detroit Rally 9-28-08 Getty-thumb-180x270Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday apologized for using the word “shylocks” in a speech Tuesday, saying he made a “poor choice of words.”

In a speech at the Legal Services Corporation conference on Tuesday, Biden was trying to describe bankers that target servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks,” a term that some see as offensive to Jews. Read more »

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NYPD: Spike In Anti-Semitic Attacks Due to ‘Emotional Surge’ Over Gaza War

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An NYPD Hate Crime Task Force official admitted on Wednesday that anti-Semitic incidents against the Jewish community has dramatically increased by 40 percent, particular since since July 1st, 2014. The reason: Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip and the insurgence of ISIS terrorist group in the middle East.

Addressing Jewish community leaders ahead of the high holiday season at one Police Plaza Wednesday morning, Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, head of the Special Victims Division and Hate Crimes Task Force, said that the fact that the Gaza war dominated the headlines on a daily basis created the “emotional surge” in hate crimes. Read more »

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Nachman Caller Launches Bid To Unseat Assemblyman Dov Hikind

IMG_9733Rabbi Nachman Caller, a real estate attorney and the Republican district leader of the 48th Assembly District, formally announced Wednesday his run for Assembly in a bid to unseat 32-year incumbent Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

In a personal letter distributed to voters in the district, as well as a print ad in all of the Jewish weeklies, Rabbi Caller writes, “With profound gratitude and great humility, I present myself as a candidate for the State Assembly in the 48th District, because I feel we can do more for the community in Albany.”

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NY11 – Poll: Grimm Leads Recchia By 4 Points, Recchia Leads 55-33 Among Jewish Voters

Grimm GrimEmbattled Republican congressman Michael Grimm is behind the 50 percent mark with just seven weeks away from Election Day, yet he still leads his Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia by four points, according to a new NY1/Capital NY/Siena Research poll published Tuesday evening.

Grimm, who was recently indicted voter tax fraud, leads Recchia 44-40 percent, with four percent for Green Party candidate Henry Bardel and 12 percent undecided, according to the poll of likely voters in the 11th congressional district. Grimm has a negative 39/49 favorability to Recchia’s 32/23 positives. Read more »

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NYGov – Pro-Astorino Independent TV Ad Hits Cuomo For Going Negative Against Astorino

pro astorino adAn independent committee supporting Rob Astorino for governor released Tuesday their first TV ad in the general election.

The ad titled “Hope” was  released by Rescue New York, an independent expenditure committee formed to support the candidacy of Astorino for Governor. Read more »

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Borough Park – Hikind Celebrates Installation Of Security Cameras

dov hikind security cameraAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) on Tuesday celebrated the installation of the 320 surveillance cameras designed to protect residents of Borough Park and Midwood. At the launch, in Febuary, Hikind called the 80 units containing 4 (four) cameras each  “my babies.”

In a press release, the assemblyman said he has recently met with SecureWatch24, the company that designed and installed the cameras, to receive an update, and that some footage has already been useful to law enforcement. Read more »

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NYGov – Astorino’s Dante? Rob Astorino’s Son Sean Takes Cuomo To Task Over Doctored Photo

sean astorinoRepublican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino on Tuesday deployed his son Sean for a web ad after Governor Andrew Cuomo allegedly doctored an Astorino family photo last weekend for use in a negative TV ad run in the name of a local Democratic Party. Read more »

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NYGov – Analysis: Cuomo Fared Best Among Orthodox Jewish Voters in Last Week’s Primary

vote cuomoGovernor Andrew Cuomo’s outreach to Orthodox Jewish voters seems to have paid off, according to post primary analysis.

In a lengthy review of primary night rerun data by Capital New York, Stephen Romalewski, director of the Mapping Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, remarked that the governor performed better in election districts with significant Orthodox Jewish populations than in non-Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.

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NYGov – Cuomo Meets Agudath Israel Board Ahead Of Jewish Fundraiser in Flatbush

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was back in Brooklyn on Monday trying to secure a super majority in his reelection bid, by courting the Orthodox Jewish community’s support at the early stages of the general election.

The governor attended a fundraiser Monday evening at the home of Sol Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel of America’s board of trustees, in Flatbush.

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Bill Clinton Bashes Netanyahu During Hillary’s Iowa Trip

clinton netanyahuFormer President Bill Clinton was caught in a hot-mic moment bashing Prime minister Netanyahu while he was picketing with his wife Hillary in Iowa on Sunday.

According to Haaretz’ Chemi Shalev, Bill Clinton was overheard clearly agreeing with an interlocutor from the audience who said that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is “not the man” who would make peace with the Palestinians and  concurring with the statement “If we don’t force him to have peace, we won’t have peace.” Read more »

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Netanyahu Speaks to Almost Empty Hall, While Likud Members Attend Packed Central C’ttee Meeting

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarrassed himself Monday night, talking to an almost empty hall, when at the same time party leaders and activists convened in Ashkelon to pass a resolution that calls on the Likud-led government to topple the Hamas regime in Gaza.

The event, held in Petah Tikvah, was part of several events that Netanyahu has organized in order to regain his grip over party activists in anticipation of early Knesset elections the coming year. Read more »

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Former Veep Dan Quayle Rips Obama’s ‘Weak’ Foreign Policy Approach

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Former Vice President Dan Quayle on Sunday criticized President Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy approach, claiming it had turned more friends into enemies.

During a radio appreacrence on the ‘Cats Roundtable’ radio program, Quayle told radio host John Catsimatidis that nations “have more problems being a friend of the United States than being an enemy of the United States” because of Obama’s inconsistent statements and his inability to stick to his promises. Read more »

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Dov Hikind Not Impressed With The Primary Day Voter Turnout In Borough Park

Are our vote2014-09-09 12.16.23s being counted? Are Orthodox Jews being taken for granted? How are politicians relying on the Orthodox Jewish electorate? – Are the questions asked ahead of the general election in the fall.

Tuesday’s primary day turnout was relatively low statewide – 9.7 percent. In the Borough Park/Midwood section of Brooklyn, some 2,500 people turned out to vote, compared to the around 15-20 thousand voters in the general election. Read more »

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At Jewish Fundraiser, Obama Vows To Defeat ISIS

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President Barack Obama on Friday received the backing of one of the most influential Jewish leaders in America, following his declaration of war against the brutal terrorist group ISIS.

Howard E. Friedman, a former president of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and a leading supporter of Jewish political causes, hosted a $10K-32.4K fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Friday afternoon with the attendance of President Obama.

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Cuomo: ISIS, Hamas & Hezbollah Threat Is Serious, Could Target New York

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said that the events in the Middle East could escalate and arrive in New York, but argued that the authorities are being prepared to ensure the state remains safe from terrorist attacks.

“The president has, rightfully, in my opinion, said that ISIS is a major threat,” Cuomo told reporters after the 9/11 memorial service at the WTC. “This country is going to be taking affirmative military action with air strikes. I was in Israel a few weeks ago, and they make the point correctly that the threat is now in the Middle East but what Israel says time and time again is that the threat is going to migrate to Europe, and from Europe it will migrate to America. I believe we should expect that, as a precaution, if nothing else.” Read more »

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Zogby: Romney Would Win Jewish Vote In Rematch Against Obama

mitt romney in israelAlmost two full years after losing badly in the 2012 election, and amid the buzz of a third run, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is rebounding in the polls. Most significantly, in a rematch against President Barack Obama or if the 2012 election were done again, Romney might have prevailed, a new poll shows.

According to a Zogby poll, Obama and Romney are tied with 40% each, 14% choosing an “other” candidate, and 6% not sure.

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Report: Kiryas Joel Is The Youngest Place In The United States

kiryas joelThe village of Kiryas Joel, in Orange County, NY, is the youngest place in the entire country, according to data compiled from the American Community Survey.

The survey, run annually by the Census Bureau, measured the median age of the US population. Using estimates from the 2008-2012 ACS for all places with more than 10,000 people, the Business Insider found that the Satmar village of Kiryas Joel is in first place with the lowest median age in the entire country: 11.4 Read more »

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Opposing Ground Troops, Mayor de Blasio Wants Debate Over Obama’s Campaign Against ISIS

de blasio obamaNYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that while he supports President Barack Obama’s measured approach in his campaign against ISIS, there ought to be a debate about the authorization of airstrike’s in Syria and Iraq.

On Wednesday, during an address to the nation, the president vowed a “relentless” campaign against ISIS extremists, but without deploying U.S. combat troops. Read more »

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