MAYOR OF NYC – – Eric Adams – The Jewish Voice endorses Eric Adams for mayor. Mr. Adams decades long experience as a NYPD captain will be invaluable in fighting the rising crime rate in the city and his knowledge of the legislative process as a state senator and as Brooklyn borough president will posit him in an excellent position to work well with the city council and to enhance the quality of life in the Big Apple.
Manhattan District Attorney – Republican Thomas Kenniff is the Jewish Voice’s choice for Manhattan DA. As a former state prosecutor, defense attorney and Iraq war veteran, Mr. Kenniff comes into this job with a wealth of experience under his belt. Unlike his opponent, Democrat Alvin Bragg who has committed himself to not prosecuting low level offenders and those committing non-violent crimes including those charged with shoplifting and prostitution, among others. New York City desperately needs to maintain a high quality of life and as such we need a prosecutor who puts public safety first.
NYC Public Advocate – The Jewish Voice endorses Dr. Devi E. Nampiaparampil for New York City Public Advocate. As a medical doctor for over 20 years, she has stated, “government should create an environment for people to thrive while providing a safety net for those who fall on desperate times. I am running for Public Advocate because our City government has failed to do that. Mismanagement and bureaucracy have polarized New Yorkers against each other and compounded a sense of mistrust and loss of confidence.”
NYC Comptroller – The choice for New York City Comptroller is beyond clear for all New Yorkers. The Jewish Voice is giving its ringing endorsement to Republican Daby Carreras of the “Save Our City” party. Mr. Carreras has stated: “The quality of life in this great city has degraded in many ways, and at the same time, the cost of living is increasing. Career politicians have forgotten what life is like for everyday New Yorkers. We need a more responsive government to improve the quality of life for our people in every neighborhood. I will fight for better education, less crime, more local jobs, rent stabilization, helping the homeless move into housing, protecting Seniors & lowering New York State taxes. I’m running because New Yorkers deserve a leadership that puts them first. I look forward to serving all New Yorkers.” We asked New Yorkers to throw their full throated support behind Mr. Carreras.
Brooklyn Borough President – The Jewish Voice understands the existential danger to our city that is represented by the bevy of candidates who are running on a socialist agenda. For that reason, the Jewish Voice is supporting Menachem M. Raitport for Brooklyn Borough President. If elected, Mr. Raitport will not only step into the shoes of Eric Adams but he will also fight for the rights of all Brooklynites. As a licensed emergency medical technician, a small business owner and a volunteer member of the Shomrim Society, Mr. Raitport is a father of eight children and a resident of Crown Heights. He is someone who can relate to the struggles of the average Brooklyn resident and can preserve the dignity and integrity of the borough.
Staten Island Borough President – Despite the fact that Democrats have an advantage in solidly blue New York, after careful consideration, the Jewish Voice is endorsing the best possible person to represent Staten Island as its president and that person is Vito J. Fossella. As a Staten Island elected official for 14 years and a member of the city council, Mr. Fossella also brings with him a trove of experience and the necessary leadership skills that Staten Islanders need in the years to come. His extensive business acumen and his international diplomatic skills will be invaluable in the office that he is running for.
City Council – District 1 – Staten Island – If the name Sal Albanese rings a bell, it definitely should. Mr. Albanese is running for city council in Staten Island and will bring with him his decades long experience as a city council member for the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst neighborhoods in Brooklyn. His political career began in 1982 and as city council member he was re-elected four times as his constituents tremendously benefitted from his leadership and savvy in the council. Now Staten Islanders will also have an opportunity to reap the many benefits of a skilled legislator.
City Council – District 51 – Staten Island – The Jewish Voice is endorsing Joseph C. Borelli for city council. As the incumbent, Joe Borelli was elected to serve the constituents of the 51st Council District in a special election held on November 3, 2015, and was re-elected to his first full term in November 2017. His district includes the South Shore of Staten Island. Joe serves as the Minority Whip, and is the current Chairperson for the Committee on Fire and Emergency Management at the New York City Council. Joe also currently serves as a member of the Committee on Education, Committee on Parks and Recreation, and the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations. He has gained the trust and confidence of his constituents through his bold leadership and his ability to get legislation passed that has vastly improved the lives of all Staten Island residents.
City Council – District 32 – The Jewish Voice has joined with the New York Post in its endorsement of Republican Joann Ariola for city council. Ms. Ariola’s opponent represents yet another example of someone who not only identifies as a socialist but one who is driven by its dangerous political agenda. Ariola represents common sense, safer streets, school choice and investment in critical infrastructure. New Yorkers NEED Ariola!!
City Council – District 48 – Having worked assiduously for the needs of Brooklynites, Republican Inna Vernikov has earned the ringing endorsement of the Jewish Voice. It appears that voters feel the same way and as such, she has a definite shot in the race of the South Brooklyn city council district once held by Chaim Deutsch. The 37- year old lawyer is not only a Trump Republican who opposes Covid-19 vaccine mandates, but she has the wholehearted support of former Brooklyn assemblyman Dov Hikind. There is no doubt that Ms. Vernikov will represent the people of Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Homecrest with the same drive and devotion as Mr. Hikind.
City Council – District 47 – The Jewish Voice endorses Ari Kagan for city council in Brooklyn. In 2012, Ari Kagan was elected to a volunteer position of Democratic District Leader in the 45 Assembly District. He founded the Bay Democrats club that became an influential voice for diverse communities in Southern Brooklyn. Having worked with Congressman Michael McMahon, Comptroller John Liu, Scott Stringer and most recently Council Member Mark Treyger, Ari has a long record of serving our community as an advocate and in government. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ari Kagan has been hard at work supporting our communities and small businesses. He has organized food drives, delivered meals to those in need and distributed masks and PPE to local businesses.
VOTE NO ON BALLOT PROPOSALS 1-5
Voters across New York will be asked to decide the fate of five ballot measures this year. There are no state or federal races on the ballot this year, but all New York voters will be given five opportunities to change the state constitution.
In order to change the constitution, back-to-back, separately elected sessions of the Legislature have to approve the proposal first. Then it goes to the voters, who have final say on where the proposal should be approved.
Vote NO on Ballot Proposal # 1 – This proposal amends the redistricting process.
Vote NO on Ballot Proposal # 2 – This proposal concerns environmental issues and furthers the agenda of the radical climate change activists.
Vote NO on Ballot Proposal # 3 – The proposed amendment would delete the current requirement in Article II, § 5 that a citizen be registered to vote at least ten days before an election and would allow the Legislature to enact laws permitting a citizen to register to vote less than ten days before the election.
Vote NO on Ballot Proposal # 4 – The proposed amendment would delete from the current provision on absentee ballots the requirement that an absentee voter must be unable to appear at the polls by reason of absence from the county or illness or physical disability.
Vote NO on Ballot Proposal # 5 – The proposed amendment would increase the New York City Civil Court’s jurisdiction by allowing it to hear and decide claims for up to $50,000 instead of the current jurisdictional limit of $25,000.