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Many in Sea Gate, Coney Island Haven’t Seen Much Progress Since Sandy

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Josh Green

By: Jeanine Ramirez As we hit the two-year mark since Hurricane Sandy, NY1 is taking a look at some of the most devastated residential areas of the city. NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez revisits Sea Gate and Coney Island, where many haven’t seen much progress since the storm. A fire hydrant sits in the middle of the sand in Sea Gate after the street was washed away by Hurricane Sandy. Buried in the sand are fragments of a house. The storm did tremendous damage to the home. Now that it’ . >>> READ MORE ...

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Baby killed at Jerusalem train station; mom from Monsey

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Josh Green

  Thane Grauel, tgrauel@lohud.com  Couple had child after trying for 13 years; baby killed as Palestinian slams car into train station crowd JERUSALEM – A Monsey-raised woman and her husband tried for 13 years to have a child before Chaya Zissel Braun came into the world three months ago, friends in Rockland told The Journal News on Thursday. Joy turned to horror Wednesday when the infant died when a man described as a convicted Palestinian terrorist drove a car into a crowd of people a . >>> READ MORE ...

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Dryer vent sparks fire in Monsey

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Josh Green

Alex Taylor, artaylor@lohud.com MONSEY – More than 45 firefighters responded to a blaze that broke out Sunday morning at a multifamily dwelling at 25 Cedar Lane. The fire started shortly before 9 a.m. Officials said it appears to have begun in a lint-clogged dryer vent in the building’s basement laundry room, and then crept up into the walls and ceiling of the two-story, 2,698-square-foot structure. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries, according to Monsey Fir . >>> READ MORE ...

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Drought at the Brooklyn Independent GOP Fountainhead

Posted on 06 October 2014 by Josh Fallik

The Independent Brooklyn Republicans posted on their Blog-site an article by Galewyn Massey expressing hopefulness that “Nachman Caller’s Run in the 48th A.D. against Dov Hikind might be the best chance that the Brooklyn GOP has of getting a takeaway from the Democrats” Peculiarly, the individual who is inspiring all this optimism is an “annual” candidate, for one office or another, and who has never won a race in his life. Over the years he has been practicing Real Estate Law, pri . >>> READ MORE ...

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Charedi Influence At Play In Ramapo Referendum

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

    Issues will likely linger long after this week’s vote 10/01/14 – Amy Sara Clark, Staff Writer As voters in embattled upstate Ramapo went to the polls this week, at stake was the power of the growing population of charedi Jews in the Rockland County suburb. Tuesday’s referendum, led by a group of activists called Preserve Rockland, was aimed at lessening charedi political power in a town that has fought a years-long battle over Orthodox control of the . >>> READ MORE ...

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Jewish Ritual Chicken Slaughter Sparks Protest In Crown Heights

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

    (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Last night, as animal rights activists screamed “Murderers!” and waved signs of protest from behind a barricaded portion of Eastern Parkway, hundreds of Jewish families gathered to perform the atonement ritual of Kaporos— a process of waving a live chicken over their heads while reciting prayers. Kaporos is a ritual of atonement that symbolically transfers a person’s sins to the living chicken as it is held aloft. After the ritual, the . >>> READ MORE ...

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Views of Hasidic Jewish Community From 1990s Crown Heights Go on Display

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

By Rachel Holliday Smith on October 2, 2014 PROSPECT HEIGHTS — It was simple curiosity that brought Chie Nishio to Crown Heights in the early 1990s. The longtime photographer came to Manhattan from Tokyo in 1969, moving near the Diamond District. There, she remembers seeing Orthodox Jewish men with “long beards and wearing the black hats.” “I was always curious about them,” Nishio, 84, said. When she married a non-observant Jew, she became even more interested in New York’s Jewish . >>> READ MORE ...

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1199 SEIU Backs Golden Despite ‘No Republicans’ Pledge

Posted on 30 September 2014 by admin

By Will Bredderman | 09/29/14 Left-leaning healthcare workers union 1199 SEIU has endorsed Brooklyn GOP State Senator Martin Golden for re-election–in spite of a vow earlier this year to work exclusively toward helping the Democrats win control of the upper house of the state legislature. Mr. Golden said he was gratified to receive the support of 1199, the city’s largest union, in his re-election bid against long-shot Democratic challenger James Kemmerer. The labor organization has endo . >>> READ MORE ...

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Bidding War: City & State Explores New York’s 16 Casino Proposals

Posted on 30 September 2014 by moshe emes

    By Wilder Fleming | Sep 18, 2014 New York is looking to expand its gambling market at a time when many gaming analysts say the northeastern United States is facing market saturation. Four Atlantic City casinos have folded so far this year, and those that have survived have had to contend with the 26 other casinos that have opened in the last decade alone. As states like New York attempt to lure away the gaming dollars pouring into the coffers of neighboring governments, and reven . >>> READ MORE ...

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Ramapo leaders call for investigation over ward system

Posted on 29 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

Four minority leaders in Ramapo call for federal investigation over the proposed ward system, charging that the system would undermine minority representation on the Town Board. Akiko Matsuda, amatsuda@lohud.com 12:15 p.m. EDT September 24, 2014 RAMAPO – The debate over the proposed ward system reached the next level this week as four local minority leaders called for intervention from the U.S. Department of Justice. Town Board member Brendel Charles wrote to two assistant attorneys general wi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Referendums won’t fix Ramapo

Posted on 29 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

A ward system and larger Town Council won’t solve the issues that challenge Ramapo, and won’t weaken a controversial town supervisor. And both could drive up taxpayer costs. I mean no disrespect to the residents of our town of Ramapo who came up with these ideas, but I think the proposals will not have the intended effect, and will end up causing more harm than good. Why do I say the proposals won’t have the intended effect? The activists who came up with these proposals want t . >>> READ MORE ...

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Annexation foes, Kiryas Joel officials meet at forum

Posted on 23 September 2014 by Josh Green

Comments from audience grow heated By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM – 09/23/14 Last updated: 10:00 AM – 09/23/14 KIRYAS JOEL — Opponents of a proposed expansion of Kiryas Joel met the leaders of that community in a public forum for the first time and leveled a barrage of criticism at them on Monday, bristling at their past accusations of anti-Semitism and questioning the legality of the zigzagging annexation push. The setting was an ornate banquet hall ins . >>> READ MORE ...

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News Brief: Posters telling women where to walk removed from haredi London neighborhood

Posted on 22 September 2014 by Josh Green

September 21, 2014 8:50am (JTA) — Posters in English and Yiddish telling women which side of the road they can walk on were removed from a haredi Orthodox neighborhood in London. “Women should please walk along this side of the road only,” read the signs posted in the Stamford Hill area of north London, the Jewish Chronicle reported. The Hackney Council, the local government body, ordered the signs taken down following complaints from residents. They reportedly were removed on Friday. T . >>> READ MORE ...

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Haredi Meets Hollywood in Anti-Vaccine Debate

Posted on 18 September 2014 by Josh Green

By Sigal Samuel   If you had to guess which neighborhood — Boro Park or Beverly Hills — the following quote applies to, which would you pick? Parents in these schools are submitting a form called a “personal belief exemption,” which states that they are not vaccinating their kids due to “a diffuse constellation of unproven anxieties, from allergies and asthma to eczema and seizures.” If the “personal belief” language has you thinking Boro Park, the Brooklyn neighborhood kno . >>> READ MORE ...

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Memphis Orthodox Jews Recruiting Families

Posted on 17 September 2014 by Josh Green

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Press Release)– Faced with an uncertain national economy plus skyrocketing costs of housing and education, an increasing number of young Jewish families are choosing to move to the “vibrant, affordable, and friendly” community of Memphis, Tennessee. Sensing an opportunity to welcome a skilled, talented cohort of active Jews looking to establish roots, the local Orthodox Jewish community has just initiated a three year campaign to publicize the benefits of their city a . >>> READ MORE ...

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Are Liberal Jewish Voters a Thing of the Past?

Posted on 15 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

By JOSEPH BERGER  SEPT. 13, 2014 [caption id="attachment_1168" align="alignleft" width="300"] Reading the Holy Scrolls[/caption] FOR generations, American Jews, and particularly Jewish New Yorkers, have largely been identified as ardent liberals. Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe formed a substantial core of early 20th-century progressives and socialists. More recently, 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama in 2012, about the same as Hispanics, and were exceeded in their enthusias . >>> READ MORE ...

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JPUPDATES? S.O.S.

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

Dov Gordon (DG) is baaaaaaack!   In a September 10, 2014 posting JPUPDATES reported the resulting winners and losers of the various races in the NYS Primary Day elections. An examination of whom the author considers a winner or loser speaks volumes of their ignorance and intellectual dishonesty. Let’s analyze it name by name.   Listed “Winners”   Kathy Hochul – Is a winner, as she won the race despite a massive effort by the “progressives” to elect Wu.   Zeph . >>> READ MORE ...

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An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

An Inside Look The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in an ever changing world; a life . >>> READ MORE ...

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Brooklyn Boom Squeezes Buyers Pushing Into Crown Heights

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

By Prashant Gopal Aug 28, 2014 Julian and Danielle Katz budgeted $1.5 million to buy a home in their popular Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood of Fort Greene. The only places they could afford were smaller than where they already lived. [caption id="attachment_1141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg[/caption] The couple, who have three young daughters, instead bought a brick townhouse in nearby Crown Heights. They paid almost $1.2 million and are spending anoth . >>> READ MORE ...

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Two Years Later: Cuomo Announces $2.8M Sandy Relief Fund in Sea Gate

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

Governor Cuomo’s grant intends to rebuild sea walls By Nicole Puglise | 09/12/14 1:27pm Read more at observer.com [caption id="attachment_1136" align="alignleft" width="300"] Coney Island, located to the east of Sea Gate, just after Hurricane Sandy (Emily Anne Epstein)[/caption] Almost two years after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, Brooklyn’s southern coastal communities continue to rebuild. Coinciding with the upcoming anniversary, Governor Cuomo announced today that a project to . >>> READ MORE ...

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