Jewish Voice En­dorse­ments for Nov 7th Elec­tion

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The Jewish Voice - - FRONT PAGE - Edited by: JV Staff

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.

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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

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