Jewish Voice Endorsements for Nov 7th Election
Make your voice heard – get out and vote!!
W2017 ith the 2016 elections behind us and
here, the focus in New York City is turning to this year's city election cycle. There will be dozens of races on the ballot in the general election on November 7th, including Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attempt at re-election.
The other citywide positions of Public Advocate and Comptroller will also be voted on, as well as all five Borough Presidents, all 51 City Council seats, and two District Attorney positions (Brooklyn and Manhattan).
Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer are running for re-election to their posts, as are all five of the other borough presidents — Queens’ Melinda Katz, Manhattan’s Gale Brewer, Staten Island’s James Oddo, Brooklyn’s Eric Adams, and Ruben Diaz Jr. of the Bronx.
The following is a list of all the candidates running for offic in the New York City general elections on November 7th.
For Mayor of the City of New York, the Jewish Voice Endorses: Nicole Malliotakis
As mayor of New York City, Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis will cap city spending to respect hard working taxpayers. She will enforce quality of life laws to clean up our streets. She will replace cash grabbing traffic cameras with Smart Lights to protect pedestrians and improve traffi fl w. She has vowed to improve transit by appointing MTA board members who will challenge the system. Nicole will support our veterans and seniors, promote environment in which small businesses can create jobs and ensure money spent on education gets to the classroom
The Jewish Voice endorses Michael O’Reilly on for Public Advocate
In addition to being a licensed attorney, Michael O'Reilly was also an airline pilot for Delta Airlines Express. He attributes any success he's had in life to two simple things - hard work, and perseverance. O’Reilly’s experience goes far beyond the court room and now spends his time as a Regulatory Attorney in the Financial District.
The Jewish Voice endorses Michel J. Faulkner For Comptroller
Mr. Faulkner, a former New York Jets player has vowed to keep the fin ncial industry in New York City. He has stated as part of his policy agenda: “NYC has lost thousands of jobs in the fin ncial services industry over the last decade. Excessively high taxes, high local cost of living and a regulatory system that creates disincentives to growth in this sector need to be addressed. If the fin ncial services industry continues to leave NYC, we will continue to lose our tax revenue base and we will absolutely, positively NOT be able to pay the bills that fund NYC’s massive social-welfare state.”
The Jewish Voice endorses Ruben Diaz, Jr for Bronx Borough President
As borough president, Ruben Diaz Jr. has led the implementation of a robust agenda—on economic development, housing, health and wellness, education, and public safety—in every corner of the borough. The Bronx has seen over $12.7 billion in new development of all kinds since Borough President Diaz took office in 2009. This includes more than 29,000 new units of housing, most of it built for lower-income families.
The Jewish Voice endorses Eric Adams for Brooklyn Borough President
Since the beginning of his fi st term as the highest-ranking elected officia in America’s fourth-largest city, Eric Adams has worked to make the popularity of Brooklyn’s brand translate into prosperity for the over 2.6 million Brooklynites that call the borough home. He is a big believer in the power of connections, of bringing together people in need of services with resources that have long existed but have been underutilized.
The Jewish Voice endorses Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President
Melinda Katz represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, South Elmhurst and Richmond Hill as City Council Member from 2002 to 2009. She rose to Chair the influential Land Use Committee which, under her leadership, secured private-sector partnerships that led to the creation of over 15,000 units of affordable housing. Melinda championed zoning measures that paved the way for redevelopment projects in all five boroughs, while safeguarding communities from overdevelopment.
Voice endorses Gale Brewer for Manhattan Borough President
Since she took offic in 2014, Gale Brewer’s bills to reform the deed restriction process and remove criminal history from initial employment applications have been enacted, and her preULURP ("Uniform Land Use Review Procedure") community planning groups have addressed development issues at the South Street Seaport and in East Midtown.
The Jewish Voice endorses James Oddo for Staten Island Borough President
James Oddo authored 19 local laws and brought back more than $165 million to improve his community in various ways. After working 15 years to make it a reality, in the final days of his tenure in the Council, Oddo joined EDC to announce an exciting redevelopment plan to turn the abandoned Farm Colony site into a senior citizen community. Thi project, one that took so long due to the global economic crisis, best personifies Oddo’s persistence and advocacy on behalf of his community.
The Jewish Voice endorses Eric Gonzalez for Brooklyn District Attorney
Eric Gonzalez was sworn in as Acting District Attorney in October of 2016 after the passing of DA Th mpson. Since then, he led the biggest gun trafficking takedown in Brooklyn history, instituted a new policy to prevent unintended immigration consequences from convictions of non-citizens for low-level offenses and enhanced opportunities for young defendants to avoid having criminal records by participating in meaningful diversion programs. His insight, enthusiasm, wise counsel and leadership have helped propel the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Offic to the forefront of criminal justice reform.
The Jewish Voice endorses Cy Vance for Manhattan District attorney
As District Attorney, Cy Vance’s many achievements include the takedown of numerous violent street gangs, dismantling of several major domestic and international cybercrime and identity theft operations, the fi st convictions of individuals on State terror charges in New York State Court, and the recovery of billions of dollars from international fin ncial institutions that had been engaged in violating international sanctions for the benefit of countries like Iran, Libya, and Sudan.
The Jewish Voice endorses Rebecca Harary for City Council - District 4
Former New York Governor George Pataki said: "Rebecca Harary is a proven leader who can get things done. From autism to women's issues, Rebecca has decades of proven experience in fi hting to improve the lives of others. Mayor de Blasio has made the homelessness problem worse, allowed turnstile jumping, and urinating in public.
We need leaders like Rebecca Harary who will stand up to the far left progressive agenda which is destroying our quality of life. We need reasonable Republicans to bring real solutions facing all New Yorkers."
The Jewish Voice endorses Mark Levine for City Council – District 7
Councilmember Mark Levine has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City. As Parks Chair he has successfully pushed for greater equity for parks in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. He is also a leading voice on affordable housing issues, including the fi ht to get legal representation for all tenants in housing court.
The Jewish Voices endorses Rory Lancman for City Council – District 24
Th ough his chairmanship of the Committee on Courts & Legal Services, Council Member Lancman has advocated for a civil justice and criminal justice system that works for all New Yorkers. The committee has held hearings on the city’s summons courts, bail reform, access to counsel for immigrant children, the veteran’s treatment courts, the indigent defense system and other topics that address the fairness, transparency and efficie y of our legal process.
The Jewish Voice endorses Elizabeth Crowley for City Council – District 30
As Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, Council Member Crowley is a powerful voice against cuts to uniformed personnel, and led a citywide effort to save fi ehouses and improve the city’s 911 call-taking system. She additionally spearheaded the push on the administration to increase tours of Emergency Medical Services at a time when emergency medical calls and response times were higher than ever before.
The Jewish Voice endorses Eric Ulrich for City Council – District 32
During his tenure, Eric Ulrich has held hearings on important issues including veterans homelessness, employment access, mental health issues, and other important topics. Working with his colleagues, he has also been able to secure funding to support critical services for veterans and their families throughout the five boroughs.
The Jewish Voice endorses Allan Romaguera for City Council – District 38 The Jewish Voice endorses Mathieu Eugene for City Council – District 40
The reason for Dr. Eugene’s success is that he has dedicated his life to community service. In Brooklyn, he has been well known and respected for more than a decade as a community leader, educator, health professional, local media personality and founder of the non-profit organization, YES (Youth Education and Sports). Thi organization, which served thousands of Brooklyn youth and their families from diverse backgrounds, promoted self-esteem, discipline, respect, and skill development in preparation for success in school and life.
The Jewish Voice endorses John Quaglione for City Council – District 43
John Quaglione supports research funding and efforts to work to end premature births and support efforts to expand access to breast milk. He is working towards increasing express bus and train service, creating a graffiti removal program, creating new senior housing and is advocating for more cops on the street.
The Jewish Voice endorses Yoni Hikind for City Council – District 44
In the words of Yoni Hikind: “At the very foundation of everything I will ever do for our community is the continuation of my father’s visible legacy, which a majority of people in our district can attest to. I will receive EVERYONE with abundant patience and an unwavering commitment to putting all available resources to work for YOU. Whether you are dealing with personal housing issues, all types of government benefit programs, or unjustified civil penalties, my primary goal is to serve as a personal conduit between you and that impersonal bureaucracy which can be daunting for individuals. No issue will be too big or small”
The Jewish Voice endorses Alan Maisel for City Council – District 46 The Jewish Voice endorses Mark Treyger for City Council – District 47
Since his election to the Council, Mark Treyger has led the fi ht to make our city more resilient and environmentally conscious in the face of climate change and extreme weather threats, helping to secure federal funding to rebuild public housing and hospitals after Sandy. He also successfully advocated for the expansion of transportation options throughout the outer boroughs, investment in the maintenance and upkeep of public housing, and the upgrading and expansion of our school buildings.
The Jewish Voice endorses Steven Saperstein for City Council – District 48
Steven Saperstein is working to with the DOE to get paid maternity leave for working mothers. “The current policy is terrible. In order to get paid for up to six weeks, teachers have to use saved sick days,” Saperstein said. “We must value women in this city and stress the importance that parental presence has on child during those first few months.” Other problems he hopes to address are: homelessness, quality of life and investing in seniors.
The Jewish Voice endorses Steven Matteo for City Council – District 50
Focusing on improving the quality of life and providing better government services for his constituents, Matteo has had many accomplishments early in his fi st term, including: passing legislation that provides lifesaving Automated External Defi rillators (AEDs) to thousands of little league teams in the city free of charge; working with the Department of Sanitation to create the city’s fi st eWaste curbside collection program for Staten Island, which is slated to be made permanent and expanded citywide over the coming years
The Jewish Voice endorses Joseph Borelli for City Council - District 51
Dedicated to improving the quality of life on Staten Island, Joe Borelli was successful in coordinating the development of several Park and Rides here on Staten Island, securing funds to outfit nearly every classroom on the South Shore with a Smartboard and has worked with the Parks Department on the renovation and construction of several parks on Staten Island.
Nicole Malliotakis for mayor of the City of New York
Michel Faulkner for Comptroller
Ruben Diaz Jr for Bronx Borough President
Steven Saperstein for City Council – District 48
Rebecca Harary for City Council – District 4
Yoni Hikind of City Council – District 44
Eric Adams for Brooklyn Borough President