Nachman Caller, an attorney and Republican district leader, is planning to run against Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, sources familiar with Mr. Caller’s plans tell the Observer.
Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who caused a national controversy after writing a letter on racial violence that blamed recent attacks partially on resentment of “Jewish success” and “Jewish landlords”—is sorry.
A week after the controversy first emerged, Ms. Cumbo is out with a new statement, apologizing “for any pain I have caused” and insisting she meant to help bridge the gap between the African-American and Jewish communities as a purported “knockout game” continues in city streets. Continue reading “Laurie Cumbo Apologizes for Controversial ‘Knockout Game’ Letter”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind wanted every last soul in Midwood to vote for Bill Thompson.
The Brooklyn pol, a powerbroker in the Orthodox Jewish community, aggressively escorted Mr. Thompson through a Midwood shopping strip today, buying him gefilte fish, low-carb muffins and even enticing the typically demure mayoral candidate to rush into traffic and shake hands with an idling bus driver.
“Things are different, things have changed, the support now is absolutely amazing,” said Mr. Hikind, comparing Mr. Thompson’s support in the Jewish community today versus four years ago, when he narrowly lost to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “You can see it on the street, from all people by the way, not just the Jewish community … The bottom line is this: I support people who I think are going to be best. I don’t look at poll numbers.”
The Brooklyn district attorney’s race is escalating rather quickly in Boro Park.
Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Orthodox Jewish surrogates for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and challenger Ken Thompson respectively, traded blows today after Mr. Greenfield said at a recent press conference that Mr. Thompson vowed to “target the Jewish community” for prosecution.
Mr. Hikind, no fan of Mr. Greenfield, was not amused. Continue reading “Hikind Blasts Greenfield for ‘Disgusting Lies’ and ‘Unconscionable Gutter Politics’ in Brooklyn D.A.’s Race”
Anthony Weiner’s newly-minted mayoral campaign is humming along and political observers are in constant discussion as to whether he can accumulate the necessary votes to win. In particular, some have wondered whether Mr. Weiner can secure support in the more socially conservative Orthodox Jewish community–some of whom reside in his old congressional district–or if the salacious details of his 2011 sexting scandal are simply too much.
Judging by the cross-section of callers who reached out to Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s post-Shabbos radio show Saturday night, Mr. Weiner still has some work to do–and not only because of the scandal.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind may have sincerely apologized for wearing face paint for his “black guy Purim costume,” but at the Inner Circle Show this weekend, reporters demonstrated they weren’t completely finished with the controversy. To wit, Bloomberg News’ Henry Goldman did a musical number impersonating Mr. Hikind for the charity event, singing a modified version of the classic blues song “Got My Mojo Working.” Fortunately, Mr. Goldman declined to wear face paint himself.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind may have offered his sincere apology for dressing up as a “black basketball player” for Purim, but that doesn’t mean The Daily Show can’t have a little fun with the incident. Accordingly, that’s exactly what happened last night.
“If you live in the New York area, you may be familiar with State Assemblyman Dov Hikind,” the show’s host, Jon Stewart, began as he ticked off allegations of anti-Semitism Mr. Hikind has leveled against others. “Some of this may seem like a bit of an overreaction, but the guy is standing up for a group, whenever he feels this group has been unfairly maligned or held up for ridicule. So what’s he been up to lately?”