Bill de Blasio Nabs a Satmar Sect

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

They might not claim to be worth 11,000 votes, but, in an increasingly feisty Democratic primary, their votes could still matter quite a bit.

After much internal debate, the Aaronite Satmar sect—the smaller of two Jewish communities that tend to bloc-vote in Williambsurg—have decided to back front-runner Bill de Blasio in the mayor’s race, according to Satmar sources and confirmed by Mr. de Blasio’s campaign.

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De Blasio Brandishes Boro Park Roots in Bid to Win Orthodox Jewish Votes

Bill de Blasio posing for a photo next to his trash can.
Bill de Blasio next to his trash can.

It’s good to be back home, or at least in your former City Council district.

Bill de Blasio took his mayoral campaign down a busy business strip in the heart of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community this afternoon, where he was warmly received as he hugged babies, schmoozed with voters and listened to the concerns of small business owners.

And along the way, he frequently pointed out that he used to represent a sizable slice of the Boro Park neighborhood before he was elected public advocate in 2009.

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Chilly Reception for Anthony Weiner in Jewish Flatbush

Anthony Weiner got a chilly reception at Masbia of Flatbush today.
Anthony Weiner got a chilly reception in Flatbush today.

Anthony Weiner and his media circus descended on Jewish Flatbush this morning, as the comeback candidate attempted to revive his embattled mayoral campaign with a photo-op volunteering at a kosher food pantry.

But Mr. Weiner’s presence, in the wake of revelations that his sexting continued long after his resignation from congress, riled many in the conservative neighborhood of modest, below-the-knee skirts, kosher delis and yarmulkes.

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Anthony Weiner Uses Yiddish and Hebrew to Woo Jewish Voters

Anthony Weiner stands at a Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition forum on Tuesday.
Anthony Weiner stands at a Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition forum on Tuesday.

Anthony Weiner is the only Jewish candidate in the mayors race, and he’s been going out of his way to remind voters of this, speaking at Jewish group forums, planning meetings with high-profile rabbis and dropping Yiddish and Hebrew words and phrases into his speech.

Mr. Weiner’s word-dropping has become so prominent that even Jewish listeners may need translation when he speaks.

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LGBT Conversation Causes Mayoral Heckling at Flatbush Forum

New York City Mayoral Candidates Attend Political Forum
Bill de Blasio. (Getty Images)

Two mayoral candidates, Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn, responded aggressively after a heckler berated Mr. de Blasio last night for defending gay rights.

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Mixed Weiner Views Displayed on Dov Hikind’s Radio Show

Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)

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.

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Anthony Weiner May Receive Boost as the Lone Jewish Candidate

The city's newest mayoral candidate: Anthony Weiner (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The city’s newest mayoral candidate: Anthony Weiner (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Back in November, the New York Times noted this year’s mayoral race is historically significant because it lacked a Jewish candidate.

“The likelihood that no major Jewish candidate may seek to run for mayor is also the consequence of the extraordinary undoing of the political career of a man who could very well have been the Democratic front-runner at this point,” the paper argued. “Anthony D. Weiner.”

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