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A Voter Guide to the Midterm Elections – Endorsements from the Jewish Voice

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As the days leading up to the much pivotal mid-term elections on November 6 are fast approaching, most Americans have been exhorted to vote and exercise their civic responsibility to choose our congressional, state and local elected officials. Having said that, the media has for the most part focused on national races. While crucial in determining the balance of partisan influence in our federal legislature, many of us New York denizens and especially Brooklynites might find themselves in a perplexing quandary about who is on the ballot and who truly represents our interests.

Rep Dan Donovan of Staten Island has championed the issue of veteran’s rights. He said: “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the men and women in the armed services. Too often, the sacrifice they made on behalf of our nation is forgotten when they return home. The scandals that rocked the Veterans Administration are a stain on our nation. Our veterans deserve quality care near their home. I support the Veterans Healthcare Choice Improvement Act, which provides necessary funding to the VA to avert the potential for medical services cuts and hospital closures. The bill also provides up to $500 million for lifesaving Hepatitis C treatments for our veterans.”

Here are a number of candidates that the Jewish Voice is endorsing.

FOR NYS GOVERNOR – Marc Molinaro – Mr. Molinaro is the GOP candidate in the New York gubernatorial race and faces incumbent Andrew Cuomo at the polls on November 6th. Mr. Molinaro issued a full-throated condemnation of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and his vitriolic hatred of Jews on October 18th. Mr. Molinaro stated:

“Louis Farrakhan’s blatant anti-Semitism must be met with universal condemnation from all U.S. political leaders of good will. Mr. Farrakhan has long espoused hateful and dangerous views, and sadly, his type of destabilizing rhetoric is infesting too many on the left and right. Those of us who cherish civility and reason must band together and speak as one — even when we honestly disagree on an issue — to protect a civil peace that must never be taken for granted. This state and nation are better than this and each of us has a role to play, including me.”

 

Running against longtime incumbent Jerry Nadler (D) in Manhattan’s 10th Congressional district is GOP candidate Naomi Levin. A fresh face on the political scene, Ms. Levin brings with her a new perspective on the issues that are important to residents of the district that she is vying to represent in Congress.

FOR CONGRESS IN NY’s 10th Congressional District – Naomi Levin – Running against longtime incumbent Jerry Nadler (D) in Manhattan’s 10th Congressional district is GOP candidate Naomi Levin. A fresh face on the political scene, Ms. Levin brings with her a new perspective on the issues that are important to residents of the district that she is vying to represent in Congress.

On the follow of the Iranian nuclear deal that was supported by her opponent, Ms. Levin issued the following statement on her web site:

“Iran’s recent drive toward domination has caused much destabilization in the Middle East and threatens our National Security. We cannot allow Iran to become a state sponsor of terrorism with nuclear capability. The Iran deal, championed by Congressman Nadler, was deeply flawed. It released over $100B to the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism, guarantees that Iran will become a threshold nuclear power in no more than 10 or 15 years, and has allowed Iran to proceed with its proliferation away from the eyes of inspectors. It also allows Iran to develop ballistic missiles that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States, and likely will set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We need a plan to impose harsh economic sanctions on Iran. I would advocate for a sanctions timeframe and assess the efficacy. I will work with Congress to make sure we have a sound plan of action for Iran so that this problem can be resolved peacefully while we have the time.”

 

Dr. Jeffrey Ascherman would like to see our subways suffer fewer delays and malfunctions and be restored to a more peaceful environment where all users can enjoy their rides without disturbances or concerns for personal safety.

FOR NY State Assembly on Manhattan’s East Side in District 73 – Dr. Jeffrey Ascherman – Concerning his constituents’ interest in seeing a vast improvement in the NYC subway service, Dr. Ascherman issued the following statement on his web site.

“He would like to see our subways suffer fewer delays and malfunctions and be restored to a more peaceful environment where all users can enjoy their rides without disturbances or concerns for personal safety. To accomplish this, he believes in an increase in support for MTA police, a decrease in wasteful spending and regulation, and more efficient utilization of current resources. He would also like to see the New York State government and New York City leadership work more closely together on this issue.”

 

Congressman Lee Zeldin’s (GOP) top priorities in Congress include protecting America’s security at home and abroad, helping grow our economy and create more good paying jobs, supporting our veterans and first responders, improving the quality of education, repairing our nation’s infrastructure, improving healthcare in America and safeguarding our environment. He is one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress

FOR CONGRESS IN NY’s 1st District–Rep Lee Zeldin – Congressman Lee Zeldin’s (GOP) top priorities in Congress include protecting America’s security at home and abroad, helping grow our economy and create more good paying jobs, supporting our veterans and first responders, improving the quality of education, repairing our nation’s infrastructure, improving healthcare in America and safeguarding our environment. He is one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress

 

Congressman Eliot Engel (D) has consistently opposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare, fighting Republican attempts to weaken these programs. For his dedication to these issues, he has received a 100% for his voting record from the Alliance for Retired Americans.

FOR CONGRESS IN NY’s 2nd District–Rep Peter King – Concerning his position on the threat of domestic terrorism, Rep King has stated:

“The threat of homegrown terrorism and violent Islamist extremist radicalization is the most prolific threat facing the Homeland. The people of New York were again reminded of this on Halloween when Sayfullo Habibullaveic Saipov killed 8 people in the name of ISIS and in December when ISIS-inspired would-be suicide bomber, Akayed Ullah, set off a homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station. In the 112th Congress, in my capacity as Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, I held a series of hearings examining the extent of this threat. Since then, I have continued to try to shine a light on the problem of radicalization in the United States. With the multiplication of al-Qaeda-affiliated and jihadist groups worldwide, and the growth of ISIS, the threat of radicalization has worsened.”

 

Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries said: “Public housing residents have been forced to live in conditions that are inhumane, unacceptable and immoral in a civilized society. It is time for that to change. Every American deserves to live in housing that is safe, decent and affordable, with heat, hot water, functional electricity, elevators that work and buildings that do not subject children to lead poisoning. That is why House Democrats are proposing an unprecedented $70 billion investment in our nation’s public housing.”

FOR CONGRESS IN NY’s 8th DISTRICT – Rep Hakeem Jeffries

Rep Jeffries position on housing for New Yorkers in his district:

Rep. Jeffries said: “Public housing residents have been forced to live in conditions that are inhumane, unacceptable and immoral in a civilized society. It is time for that to change. Every American deserves to live in housing that is safe, decent and affordable, with heat, hot water, functional electricity, elevators that work and buildings that do not subject children to lead poisoning. That is why House Democrats are proposing an unprecedented $70 billion investment in our nation’s public housing.”

 

An outspoken advocate for responsible neighborhood development, State Senator Simcha Felder worked to transform empty city-owned lots for community uses such as new housing and a Hatzolah Volunteer Ambulance garage and headquarters. Simcha fought to secure City funding to add new playgrounds, open up and renovate schoolyards for public use, and plant thousands of new trees on city streets.”

FOR STATE SENATE in BROOKLYN’s 17th DISTRICT – Senator Simcha Felder

The Jewish Voice offers a full-throated endorsement of Senator Simcha Felder for re—election as the state senator in Bklyn’s 17th district.

“An outspoken advocate for responsible neighborhood development, Simcha Felder worked to transform empty city-owned lots for community uses such as new housing and a Hatzolah Volunteer Ambulance garage and headquarters. Simcha fought to secure City funding to add new playgrounds, open up and renovate schoolyards for public use, and plant thousands of new trees on city streets.”

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FOR STATE SENATE- NEW YORK DISTRICT 22- 

                                           State Senator Marty Golden  

The Jewish Voice endorses longtime incumbent State Senator Martin Goldin (Rep). As a lifelong Brooklynite, Goldin has his finger on the pulse of his constituents and has a stellar record in passing legislation that directly addresses the needs of those in his district. Goldin’s record of service is incomparable and he comes to the job with impressive credentials and vast experience in different offices in the public service capacity.

Goldin served as a member of the NYC Council from 1998-2002. He has served in the New York State Senate representing district 22 since 2002. From 2010-2015, Goldin served as assistant majority whip in the New York State Senate. He was also a former majority conference secretary in the New York State Senate. From 2017 to the present, Goldin is the majority conference vice chair in the New York State Senate. From 1973-1983, Mr. Goldin proudly served as a police officer in the NYPD.

Goldin has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business and by the New York League of Conservation Voters and by the New York State Public Employees Association

FOR CONGRESS IN NEW YORK- DISTRICT 19-  John Faso 

The Jewish Voice endorses Rep John Faso (R-Kinderhook) for re-election to the House of Representatives. Faso was elected to represent the 19th District of New York in the United States Congress on November 8, 2016. The 19th District encompasses all or part of eleven counties in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Catskills and Central New York regions of the Empire State. In Congress, Rep. Faso is advocating policies to increase opportunity for families and supports reforms to boost the economy and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. He has championed ideas to combat the heroin epidemic, treat Lyme disease and help our local economy. As a first-term member of Congress, Mr. Faso has been appointed to the House Budget, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Agriculture committees.

On the topic of explosive devices being sent to leaders of the Democratic party and others who have gone on record in their opposition to the policies of President Trump, Rep Faso said on October 24, “Justice will be served for those responsible for the attempted attacks against President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and others. Actions like these run counter to our core American values and serve to do nothing more than divide and terrorize our country. I am grateful for the Secret Service and local law enforcement who work tirelessly to keep our country safe.”

FOR CONGRESS NEW YORK- District 11- Dan Donovan

The Jewish Voice endorses Congressman Dan Donovan for re-election. As one of the few GOP members of the House of Representatives, Mr. Donovan has represented his constituents in both Staten Island and Brooklyn with integrity, guts and dedication.

Mr. Donovan endorsed President Trump in the 2016 presidential election. He has called Trump a “personal friend”. Trump endorsed Donovan’s 2018 re-election bid, but in the announcement of his endorsement mistakenly claimed that Donovan had voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Donovan introduced legislation that would require post offices to display Trump’s portrait.

In June 2017, Mr. Donovan voted in favor of Kate’s Law, which would increase penalties for undocumented immigrants that return to the United States after being deported.

In September 2018, Mr. Donovan co-sponsored, together with Elise Stefanik and Seth Moulton, the “Cyber Ready Workforce Act” advanced by Jacky Rosen. The legislation would create a grant program within the Department of Labor to “create, implement and expand registered apprenticeships” in cybersecurity. It aims to offer certifications and connect participants with businesses in order to “boost the number” workers for federal jobs in said trade.

Mr. Donovan has also voiced his condemnation of virulent Jew haters such as the murderer of 11 Jews at the Eitz Chaim synagogue in Pittsburgh.

 

New York State Senate- Chele Farley 

The Jewish Voice endorses Chele Farley for New York’s next United States Senator. Ms, Farley will provide every New York family with the opportunity to succeed. Specifically, Chele is focused on recapturing the $48 billion dollars more that New Yorkers pay in federal taxes each year than the state receives. By addressing the unfair treatment of New York taxpayers, Chele intends to invest in the state’s crumbling roads and bridges and to fix the nation’s largest mass transportation system. Chele recognizes that these infrastructure improvements will create jobs, promote the state’s long-term economic health and ease the crushing burden placed on property taxpayers.

While incumbent US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand seems to assign blame for all the woes in NY state to President Trump, Farley has concrete suggestions as to how she will help improve life for New Yorkers. Her idea to make rent tax-deductible, just like home mortgages, is just one. Gillibrand promotes the removal of ICE and Farley stands in opposition to that. When Gillibrand did an about face on Israel, following the Democratic party line in not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital and moving the U.S. embassy there, Farley strongly supported the embassy relocation. When Gillibrand voted against the Taylor Force Act, denying U.S. funds to Mahmoud Abbas as long as he continues to reward PA terrorists who murder Jews, Farley was a strong supporter of the bill

Attorney General: Keith Wofford

The Jewish Voice endorses Keith Wofford to New York State Attorney General. In terms of taking on the issues of jobs and the economy, Wofford knows that New Yorkers are the some of the highest taxed people in the nation. He does not want New Yorkers to be beholden to special interest groups. He is also of the firm belief that undue regulations and bureaucratic red tape make it almost impossible to expand businesses and create new jobs. He feels that career politicians are strangling our economy, thus incentivizing people and jobs to flee New York State.

“To unlock the greatness of our state, we need a government that spends money honestly, and wisely—and supports policies that make New York a place for entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. In some of New York’s most underserved communities, I have seen talent that equals or exceeds that which I saw at Harvard. To create jobs and grow our economy, we need to energize that talent and give them the opportunity to succeed, “ said Wofford.

Voters are tired of dirty career politicians who engage in this behavior – it’s time for a change. We need to elect an independent Attorney General to ensure that no one is above the law. Keith Wofford is the only candidate in the race for Attorney General that has the independence to stop the looting and lousy deals that are done across this State out of the taxpayers’ pocket

State Assembly- 48th district Brooklyn

The Jewish Voice endorses Simcha Eichenstein, a lifelong resident of Boro Park and well-known member of the community, is running on November 6th to replace Dov Hikind in Brooklyn’s 48th assembly district.

The son of a prominent rabbi and from a scholarly Talmudic family, Eichenstein, 35, is also a pioneer in that if elected as expected in November he will become the borough’s first Hasidic lawmaker at any level.

Eichenstein’s professional life makes him well-suited to serve in the state assembly. This includes a stint working as a senior advisor to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for several years, and then working for several years in the de Blasio Administration as part of the mayor’s intergovernmental team.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Richard B. Feinberg

    10/30/2018 at 5:47 pm

    It’s sad that you have become a mouthpiece for a racist, bigoted, and Anti-Semitic party that collaborates with those who want to hurt us. This is not the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan for which I voted. It was a party of the big tent. There are some deluded Jews who run under their banner, it has always been so. I hope they can live with themselves knowing that they are not acting in our best interests. They belong to a Party that steals from us and wants to take away our health insurance, limit our Medicare and cut back our Social Security.

    • David Levine

      11/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

      If there are “racist, bigoted” anti-Semites in politics, 95% of them are in the Demonic Rat party of Obama, Clinton Ellison and Gillibrand. The above endorsements represent a decent package of candidates and office holders who have supported out Community. I don’t agree with all of them but I see the logic to them. Mr. Feinberg thinks that our best interests including voting for the same candidates of the same Party in all elections. That’s just stupid!

    • Analytical Chick

      11/09/2018 at 11:07 am

      Richard Feinberg,
      The “Alt-Right” is not part of the Republican party. You are listening to the left. First off, the Steyer Brothers are left wing Alinsky agitators. They are behind the “GDL” or “Goyim Defense League” that has ramped up the “Alt-Right.” I also urge you to look up Patrick Little. He is part of this group. He did sneak into the Republican party, but is now running as a Democrat. I debate these “Alt-Right” all the time. They do not like Trump and they are mostly high school and 20 something led astray by faceless, voiceless comments being dropped on YouTube and Discord. The mainstream media cannot be trusted to give information on politics and on this, they are actively trying to convince the country to vote on the left when the left is actually behind this. Against, learn about Saul Alinsky tactics and the Steyer brothers, Jim and Tom.

  2. MafterG

    10/30/2018 at 8:17 pm

    Nice guide! Though I would urge people to consider Larry Sharpe over Marc Molinaro:) His grassroots campaign has been amazing!

  3. LibsRstupid

    10/30/2018 at 9:53 pm

    Obviously you never read this publication, it’s conservative and Trump didn’t invent Nazis in America, join BDS while you are at it, you are a fake, phony , fraud

  4. AmaniSch

    11/01/2018 at 2:53 am

    I would like to second that people look at Larry Sharpe. He has been crisscrossing the State meeting and talking with voters. Independents, Republicans and Democrats. He is in a much better position of removing Coumo and bring a fresh air to the whole state and it’s neighbors.
    Speacking of neighbors is this publication not read of Jews other than New York. Don’t Jews of New Jersey read this publication? Is there a separate guide for them?

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