What do Jewish voters need to know about the New York elections?

Tuesday is Election Day in New York City, where the Democratic primary can often be more decisive than Election Day itself. Many key careers were essentially decided in June, including that of mayor, comptroller, and public defender. However, there are still races to be learned, including some close City Hall races. The polls are open from 6:00 a.m. M. At 9:00 p. M.

Mayor: Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and former NYPD officer, made it through a packed field in the Democratic primary, including several prominent progressives. He will become the second African-American mayor of New York, after David Dinkins. He faces Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels community patrol and radio host.

City Comptroller: Brad Lander is considered a candidate to replace Scott Stringer, who has been the city’s top financial official since 2013. Lander, who is Jewish, previously served as a member of the City Council for District 39, representing the city’s neighborhoods. Park Slope, Gowanus in Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, and parts of Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington. Lander, a progressive, was the first citywide candidate endorsed by The Jewish Vote, the political arm of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, where he volunteered and then served as co-chair in the 1990s.

Manhattan Borough President: Mark Levine, a former public school teacher and current member of the City Council for District 7 in northern Manhattan, will likely succeed Gale Brewer as president of the Manhattan borough. He served as chair of the Council’s Health Committee during the pandemic and is a member of the Progressive Caucus and chaired the Council’s Jewish Caucus. Levine is an active member of his Jewish community and a member of the Hebrew Tabernacle, a Reformed synagogue in Washington Heights.

The sun is shining behind the United Nations Secretariat building at United Nations Headquarters. New York City, New York, USA, June 18, 2021 (Credit: REUTERS / ANDREW KELLY / FILE PHOTO)

City Hall District 5: Julie Menin, a Democrat, is expected to become the next Council member to represent the Upper East Side. He will succeed Democrat Ben Kallos, an active member of the district’s Jewish community and a member of the Park East Synagogue and Congregation Or Zarua. Menin is the former commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs and most recently served as the city’s census director.

City Hall District 6: Gale Brewer, who has served as Manhattan Borough President since 2014, is expected to fill her old seat on the City Council on the Upper West Side. Brewer, who has served as president of the Manhattan borough since 2014, will replace Helen Rosenthal, who was a member of the Jewish Caucus.

City Hall District 29: Lynn Schulman, who is the New York City Council Senior Community and Emergency Services Liaison, will replace limited-term Karen Koslowitz in her central borough of Queens. Schulman, who grew up in Forest Hills, also hopes to replace Koslowitz on the Jewish Caucus. It has been endorsed by The Queens Jewish Alliance, a coalition of Orthodox activists.

Town Hall District 32: Although District 32 in Queen has a majority of Democratic voters, it is currently the only district in New York City outside of Staten Island that is represented by a limited-term Republican Eric Ulrich. In one of the only races contested in this election, Democrat Felicia Singh faces Republican Joann Ariola. Singh has been endorsed by The Jewish Vote, whose members have been calling for her among Jewish and progressive voters across the city. Singh, a high school teacher and Peace Corps alum, is running on a platform to raise funding for public schools and fight for climate justice. Ariola, who has served in various political positions in the borough of Queens in her career, is prioritizing public safety.

City Hall District 33: Likely replacing limited-term Stephen Levin in Brooklyn’s 33rd District is progressive candidate Lincoln Restler. Restler is a lifelong member of the district and has served as a district leader. In the primaries, Restler received the endorsement of activists from a coalition of Hasidic groups in Williamsburg, where Hasidic residents primarily voted for Donald Trump in 2020 and where Andrew Yang gained the endorsement of local leaders.

City Hall District 47: Ari Kagan will likely replace another limited-term Jewish Council member, Mark Treyger, in District 47. Kagan immigrated from Belarus in 1993 and has been endorsed by the Federation of the Sephardic Community and JewishPress.com. He previously worked as a journalist and political activist, and this would be his first successful candidacy for office. He plans to focus much of his work on recovering the city from COVID-19.

City Hall District 48: The expulsion of Democrat Chaim Deutsch from the City Council following his conviction for tax fraud this spring left the seat free for the November elections. The race is between Jewish candidates Steven Saperstein, a special education teacher endorsed by the New York City Police Benevolent Association, and Inna Vernikov, a lawyer and immigrant from Ukraine. Vernikov, a Republican, is backed by former state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, and has been outspoken about her support for Donald Trump for his treatment of Israel. Although 45% of the district is registered as a Democrat, compared to 20% as a registered Republican, Trump surpassed Biden there last November. District 48 has the city’s highest concentration of Russian speakers and a significant Orthodox Jewish population.


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