As New York City residents gear up for the mayoral primary on June 22nd, the race is most certainly heating up with a bevy of Democratic candidates feverishly vying for votes across the length and breadth of the Big Apple. With crime reaching unprecedented levels and New Yorkers struggling to recover economically from the devastating coronavirus, we are now facing an unrelenting wave of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews throughout the city as well as anti-Asian attacks. Let’s not forget the fact that our public schools are still in turmoil and our morale in our police department is at an all time low due to threats of defunding.
After careful consideration, the Jewish Voice has given its endorsement to former police officer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Adams has developed strong ties to New York’s Jewish community over the years and has boldly spoken out against hate crimes being perpetrated against Jews. He is also in favor of school choice and wants to help preserve support for yeshivas across the city as a shining example of quality private education. This being said, Adams is the clear choice to be at the helm at City Hall for the next four years and it seems that New Yorkers in general agree as currently he has taken a significant lead in the polls.
There is no doubt that this is the most consequential election of our time. Our city is beset with a panoply of serious problems that directly affect the quality of life for all New Yorkers. As such, we need a leader who has the courage, vision and experience to effect that kind of positive change that is required for the preservation of this city.
It now appears that many more Jewish organizations and influential leaders are lending their support to Eric Adams. There are however, two prominent Jewish legislators that have chosen to endorse former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Brooklyn Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and City Council member Kalman Yeger have given their imprimatur to Yang.
While we all have the right to express opinions on candidates, right now, it is exceptionally harmful for the Jewish vote in New York City to be divided. In order to have the best candidate possible in the mayor’s office at City Hall and in order to have a mayor who has proven time and time again that he will champion causes that are priorities for Jewish New Yorkers, we all need to march lock step with Eric Adams. While some organizations have rallied their members to vote for Adams, others are following the ill-advised lead of Yeger and Eichenstein. Make no mistake about it. This is a recipe for disaster at the polls and these efforts are inimical to our own interests.
We call on all Jewish New Yorkers to band together and vote in a solid and totally unified block for Eric Adams. We call on legislators Eichenstein and Yeger to retract their endorsement for Yang and throw their support behind the one person who is best suited and supremely qualified to lead our city and protect our interests, our lives and our futures. And that person is Eric Adams.
Correction/Editor’s Note In an earlier version of this article, we mistakenly stated that State Senator Simcha Felder had endorsed Andrew Yang; this was an error on our part. We apologize for any confusion this error may have caused.
Primary Day June 22nd Polls open 6AM till 9PM
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Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the June Primary Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
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