Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo–who caused a national controversy after writing a letter on racial violence that blamed recent attacks partially on “Jewish success” and “Jewish landlords”–is sorry.
A week after the controversy first emerged, Ms. Cumbo is out with a new statement apologizing “for any pain I have caused” and insisting she meant to help bridge the gap between the African-American and Jewish communities as a purported “knockout game” continues in city streets.
Love from Dov
Assemblyman Dov Hikind wanted every last soul in Midwood to vote for Bill Thompson.
The Brooklyn pol, a powerbroker in the Orthodox Jewish community, aggressively escorted the mayoral candidate Mr. Thompson through a Midwood shopping strip today, buying him gefilte fish, low-carb muffins and even enticing the typically demure mayoral candidate to rush into traffic and shake hands with an idling bus driver.
“Things are different, things have changed, the support now is absolutely amazing,” said Mr. Hikind, comparing Mr. Thompson’s support in the Jewish community today versus four years ago, when he narrowly lost to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “You can see it on the street, from all people by the way, not just the Jewish community … The bottom line is this: I support people who I think are going to be best. I don’t look at poll numbers.”
The Whole Megillah
Turns out there are at least two people in New York who don’t know who Lena Dunham is.
“Who was that girl with the two house tattoos on her back?” a couple of security guards asked the Transom as we walked into the Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory last week. “The Read More
A look at the forces working against NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, from Matthew Shaer:
Bike-lane opponents are now hoping that the Prospect Park West bike lane could be the place where … the “unstoppable force” of Sadik-Khan meets an “immovable object.” The immovable object in this case is Iris Weinshall. The knock on the Read More
ALBANY—State Assemblyman Dov Hikind has revived his proposal for racial profiling by security personnel, in light of the attempted bombing of a passenger jet landing in Detroit.
“I think this is a unique situation,” said Hikind, who introduced a similar bill in 2005 after the London subways were attacked and NYPD Read More
A source in the city comptroller’s office said staffers there were told nearly all of them are going to be replaced starting December 31.
Staffers with “protected titles” will not be replaced, according to this source.
The news was delivered to current staffers by Bill Thompson on Friday, according to this source. A spokesman for Read More
ALBANY—Assemblyman Peter Abbate walked out of the member’s lounge in his chamber and tried to snag a seat on a bench when someone asked him what was going on.
“Nothing,” he replied.
It’s a classic hurry-up-and-wait situation here at the Capitol. The Assembly was scheduled to go into session at 3 p.m. I saw Abbate Read More
ALBANY—The debate on the same-sex marriage bill in the State Assembly began at 4:52 p.m., with bill sponsor Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell calmly answering questions from Assemblyman Jack Quinn.
Their exchange was respectful, and at times funny. The first strong position was taken by Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick, a Long Island Read More
Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn is not endorsing the only comptroller candidate from his borough, David Yassky, and instead backing David Weprin of Queens.
Hikind made the announcement on his weekly radio show Saturday night. In a brief telephone interview this morning, Hikind elaborated.
“I know he’s qualified based on his experience, Read More
Orthodox Jewish Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn is endorsing John McCain for president, and says he's crossing party lines because of comments made by Barack Obama's former minister.
According to Vos is Neias, Hikind said:
"It's about character, and Barack Obama can not look the American people in the eye and Read More