Joel’s Corner

Joel is the consummate professional when it comes to government and politics, which has been his life for more than three decades. Joel joined the firm in 1998 after a decade as Deputy Director for AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the pro-Israel lobby. During his tenure, he coordinated a network of key community leaders to lobby Members of Congress, monitored nationwide Senate and House elections, served as liaison to federal, state and local officials and oversaw fundraising and programming for major AIPAC contributors. Prior to that, he served as a senior housing official in the three Koch Administrations and was on the campaign staffs of presidential, senatorial and municipal candidates and successfully secured government and foundation grants for national and local not-for-profit service organizations. Joel coordinates government relations, development and political consulting operations for SAI clients, is a registered lobbyist with both NYC and NYS and serves as a confidante of elected officials and their staff.

 

 

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More On The Hikind/Greenfield Divide

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Dear all: I have written before about “the changing of the guard” in the political fiefdoms of Boro Park and Flatbush Brooklyn neighborhoods. Well, seems that it just became more public and more raucous. While the sniping may soon approach the level of the Hatfields and the McCoys, it definitely will not last that long […]

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SO WHAT IS THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE FOUNDING OF THIS BORO PARK POLITICAL CLUB?

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Dear all: So what does one do when the local Assemblyman/District Leader doesn’t step down and no viable candidate emerges to challenge him in the upcoming September primary? Well if he is also the District Leader of the only long-standing political club in the neighborhood, you establish a new club to challenge his leadership, present […]

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Star Trek’s ‘Vulcan Salute’ Has a Fascinating Jewish Origin

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Thanks to SA So here is an email that combines an interesting fact of what has become a cultural symbol during the last 50 years with an ancient origin. Sort of a “bet ya didn’t know this” kind of thing Dear all: A good friend just sent me this. While I am aware of the […]

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Who Says Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I think they make a great couple and neither one is strange. And if you don’t know what I am talking about, ask someone who does. * State Sen. Diane Savino defended IDC Leader Jeff Klein, saying that Klein’s potential primary opponent, Oliver Koppell, was hypocritical in saying Klein has declared war on Democrats, State […]

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With Adriano Espaillat Poised To Announce, Charlie Rangel Extends A Welcome

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Dear all: So anyone want to take bets on this race? I don’t ever want to be accused of age discrimination because I, like all of you, am aging. It is better than the alternative, right? Sometimes people just don’t know when to pack it in and Charlie Rangel’s 4 decades plus should be the […]

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So What Is Really Happening With This Bronx Race And Some More Info That Only I Have :)

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

So let’s start with who might really be running against Joe aka Jose? The federal (congressional) races are in June and the State (Senate and Assembly) are in September. Neither Senator Diaz, Sr. nor Assemblyman Crespo would have to resign their seats in order to run for Congress. However, if they start collecting petitions and […]

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Dear Cats and Dogs…

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Tx to GS Best understood if you have a pet. The following was found posted very very low on a refrigerator door: Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate […]

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Chris Banks is Back on the Campaign Trail

Monday, February 24th, 2014

http://politicker.com/2014/01/chris-banks-to-challenge-charles-barron-for-open-assembly-seat Dear all: It will be Round 3 for Chris Banks against the Barron Machine. Having lost twice to Mrs. Inez Barron, first for assembly, then city council, Chris is now gunning for the weaker link-Mr. Charles Barron. I use the term “weaker” because there are actually more people who like Inez, especially some of […]

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Read All About It! Young Yarmulkaed Dynamo is the One to Watch and He Will Be in the Council Till 2025

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Dear all: So well over a year ago  I wrote about David Greenfield’s political ascendency, powerbroker status and rivalry with the local assemblyman: “Go, David, Go!” Knowing him for well over a decade, I can vouch for his honesty, brilliance and choice of friends. J Now that it is in the Politicker everyone else can […]

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Some Interesting Tidbits About Brooklyn Politics

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Liu may challenge Velazquez for Congress By Will Bredderman Insiders say former Comptroller and failed mayoral candidate John Liu is weighing a run against Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Sunset Park). http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2014/7/ww-brooklyn-delegation-2014-02-10-bk_2014_7.html  

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What Is With These Bronx People?

Monday, February 24th, 2014

We have a potential challenges to a sitting congressman and now to 2 sitting state senators. http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140212/BLOGS04/140219928/councilman-eyes-challenge-of-bronx-senator. Joel

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NYC Council Picks Committee Chairs–Continuation of “Spils to the Victors”

Monday, February 24th, 2014

And here they are. The long awaited committee chair and leadership positions. To the best of my assessment, four Members did not get any committee chairships. Feed: The Daily Politics – NY Daily News Blogs Posted on: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:12 PM Author: The Daily Politics Subject: NY City Council Picks Committee Chairs The City Council is meeting […]

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The Plot To Kill Ed Koch

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Thanks to WR Dear all: I have often written of my wonderful experiences working my ass of in 6 of Ed Koch’s campaigns starting with his running for mayor back in ’77, as well as the 12 years in his administration http://www.schnurassociates.com/the-mayoral-racethe-jewish-votewhere-is-ed-koch-when-you-need-him-most/ and http://www.schnurassociates.com/edward-i-koch-rip/. We kept up through all the years, he was Uncle Ed […]

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Lappin Named President of the Alliance for Downtown NY

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Nice to see that Jessica’s unique talents will still be in the public sector. I first met her back in 2002 ish when she was serving as District Manager for Councilman Gifford Miller, whom she later replaced. Dan Garodnick and she would hold a magnificent joint Holiday Celebration each December that had all of the […]

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Much Better Roundup of New Council Than What I Sent Earlier

Monday, February 24th, 2014

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL CHAIRS: City & State’s comprehensive rundown of who was selected to lead the chamber’s committees and subcommittees, along with the amount of their lulus—plus, who got snubbed! http://bit.ly/1hMcOlT

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The Cross Culture and Languages of Brooklyn

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Tx to TH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpX47QJmu2s&feature=youtu.be

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More Power To The People!

Friday, February 21st, 2014

* Some say rules reform in the New York City Council will weaken the Speaker, but it is better to have a system to build consensus than to encourage bullying and soft bribery, Councilman Brad Lander writes in City & State: http://bit.ly/1c5XRGL No more bullying or shouting, “My way or the highway!” at city hall, […]

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Bronx Congressional Race-Take 2

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Really good to see how many political junkies there are out there who read my stuff almost immediately because a bunch have already written. Let me be clearer about what I wrote. The federal (congressional) races are in June and the State (Senate and Assembly) are in September. Neither Senator Diaz, Sr. nor Assemblyman Crespo […]

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What Goes ‘Round, Comes ‘Round

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Dear all: I like Dominic Recchia. At one time we were very close. During Gifford Miller’s run for mayor (2005), we ran the entire South Brooklyn operation out of Dominic’s law office on the border of Flatbush/Bensonhurst. Recchia is quintessential Brooklyn, especially in his manner of speaking and gesturing, which are usually done simultaneously. Now […]

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“The Lord(s) of Flatbush” *2014 Edition

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

*1974 movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler Dear all: Went to new Councilmember Chaim Deutsch’s swearing in soiree last night along with what looked like 500 other nearest and dearest friends. People from walks of life joined many from the Orthodox Jewish community who came out in large numbers to celebrate the ascension of […]

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Rory Lancman-New Councilman

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Dear all: There were 4 swearing-ins yesterday but I only had time to go to one. I chose to go to new Queens Councilman, Rory Lancman’s. I know Rory from his assembly days but got to know him better when he ran for congress. He asked for my help but I told him that for […]

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Councilwoman-Elect Puts Foot in Mouth

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

December 6, 2013 Dear all: I have only met Laurie Combo once and have worked particularly close with one of her incoming staff members in the past. I want to believe that on this one she was clumsy in expressing her thoughts. Joel * Incoming City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who is under fire for comments […]

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My Own Personal Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Dear all: I love this country and still get goosebumps when pledging allegiance to the flag. And a good portion of that comes from the fact that when I do that, I think of my late father and uncles who served this great nation in uniform during WWII. My father as a U.S. Army Master […]

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The Race for City Council Speaker Starts in Earnest NOW!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

* New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito will launch her campaign for Council speaker at the Somos Fall Conference in Puerto Rico, which insiders describe as her coming-out party, Capital New York writes: http://bit.ly/1bav7yK All the Speaker candidates are expected to be in Puerto Rico for the Somos Conference including the 800 pound gorilla, Bill De […]

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Glass Ceiling Broken By Brooklyn Orthodox Community With Election of Councilman Chaim Deutsch By Wide Margin

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Dear all: I was going to write about my neighbor, Chaim Deutsch, well, former neighbor because he now has to move into his new district, who will be representing a large swath of Midwood and all other neighborhoods going down to the boardwalk. This post by the secretive (no one knows for sure who he […]

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Musical Chairs in East New York

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY! REMEMBER TO VOTE “EARLY AND OFTEN.” http://politicker.com/2013/11/barron-announces-assembly-run-and-plan-to-bag-albany-establishment/ Just got off the phone with Chris Banks, the young man who, unsuccessfully, took on Assemblywoman Inez Barron for husband Charles’ term-limited council seat. He has already opened up a committee to run against the other half of the Barron Political Machine but that […]

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Are Dov Hikind’s Political Days Comin To An End?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

http://jpupdates.com/2013/10/24/nyc2013-hikind-vaguely-endorses-bill-de-blasio-for-mayor/ “According to a campaign source who was not willing to go on the record, the campaign of Mr. de Blasio rejected Mr. Hikind’s offer to do a joint appearance or issue a joint statement, due to his reputation as a polarizing figure and his diminishing influence within the community.” The NYS Assembly races are […]

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NICE PICTURE!!!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I was paying a condolence call to one of the Grand Rebbes on the loss of his brother. Can you pick me out in the crowd? Hint-I am the one with a tie.  Guess they wanted to show that he has some non-chassidic friends. Or that I swing both ways. LOL!

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“The Battle of Leningrad”- But This One is in Brooklyn, America and it is Russian vs. Russian

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Dear all: A definite boost for Chaim Deutsch’s candidacy. Even if he was officially on the ballot, Davidzon would have no chance of winning. As a write-in candidate? Puh-leeze! Looks like we may very likely see Councilman Chaim Deutsch in the City Council for the next 4 years. You would be hard pressed to find […]

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The Bronx-YES!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Dear all: I have written before about the pride I have in having been nurtured in The Bronx, the only part of NYC connected to Mainland America, the only borough preceded by an article and where people say what they mean and mean what they say.   This article from “The Bronx Bureau” about recently […]

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A new Pope is Being Chosen, but Unlike in Rome, this one Might be Jewish or Female!!!

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

“The murmur and excitement surrounding the election of the Speaker is like what happens when the Pope dies.” COUNCIL WATCH: FIRST ABOVE EQUALS: City & State columnist Seth Barron analyzes the contest to be the next Speaker of the New York City Council, including the influential role of Democratic county leaders in Queens, Brooklyn and […]

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The City Council Speaker Race

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130916/BLOGS04/130919912     Dear all: It is as if I wrote this article. All the points I have been making for the last 6 months are in it as well as the new issue of the Public Advocate runoff race and its impact on who might be the next Speaker. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! This is […]

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THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE!

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Dear all:   The primaries are over, a definite Public Advocate runoff, a possible mayoral runoff and a bunch of tense general elections are in the offing.   Some friends have won, some friends have lost, new friendships are waiting to be made. It is all part of the Cycle of Life and the sooner we accept […]

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THE MARIA DEL CARMEN ARROYO RE-ELECTION RACE | Derek Jeter Just One Factor in South Bronx Council Race

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

http://www.bronxbureau.org/2013/09/05/derek-jeter-just-one-factor-in-south-bronx-council-race/ “Neither the councilwoman nor her mother has ever been charged with wrongdoing.” Dear all: As many of you know by now, I hail from The Bronx. The Bronx is distinct because it is the only borough connected to the Mainland, the only borough preceded by an article, and a borough where you grow up […]

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Christine Quinn Won’t Let Up On Bill de Blasio’s Landlord Cash

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

And the claws and last days “Hail Mary”s are now hitting the airwaves. I will be “off the air” for the Rosh Hashana holidays.   Let me wish all of you and your families, A HAPPY, HEALTHY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR whenever you celebrate it and most importantly the time to enjoy it   Joel […]

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“Christine Quinn was arrested this morning for criminal possession of prescription medication.”

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Top-county-official-arrested-in-prescription-drug-4783526.php?cmpid=twitter No, not THAT Quinn!   Joel

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Will the NYT Endorsement Have an Impact in the 35th CD? I SURE HOPE SO!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Dear all: Longtime friend, Ede Fox, is running for the Brooklyn city council seat being vacated by Tish James. We got to know each other over the 6 years she served in the city council first working for Melissa Mark-Viverito (winning reelection) and Jumaane Williams (winning reelection). Always polite, efficient and with a friendly smile […]

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“Fowl” Play In Brooklyn DA Race?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Well the Brooklyn DA Race is getting animalistic with comparisons to chickens being slaughtered and snakes on the loose. ——– Feed: The Daily Politics – NY Daily News Blogs Posted on: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 1:41 AM Author: The Daily Politics Subject: “Fowl” Play In Brooklyn DA Race?   The race for Brooklyn District Attorney has become a real […]

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Eliot Spitzer Routing Scott Stringer — And He’s Less Embarrassing Than Anthony Weiner: Poll

Friday, August 30th, 2013

According to the latest poll, Scott Stringer may beat Spitzer but that is only if the other 4 boroughs don’t vote. Feed: The Daily Politics – NY Daily News Blogs Posted on: Friday, August 30, 2013 10:24 AM Author: The Daily Politics Subject: Eliot Spitzer Routing Scott Stringer — And He’s Less Embarrassing Than Anthony Weiner: Poll Eliot Spitzer […]

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Quinnipiac: Scott Stringer Erases Eliot Spitzer’s Lead In NYC Controller Race; Tied At 46%

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

And in that other race, the one for Comptroller……. Feed: The Daily Politics – NY Daily News Blogs Posted on: Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 PM Author: The Daily Politics Subject: Quinnipiac: Scott Stringer Erases Eliot Spitzer’s Lead In NYC Controller Race; Tied At 46% Scott Stringer has erased Eliot Spitzer’s lead in the Democratic primary for city controller […]

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A Game Changer in the 48th CD Race?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

* New York City Council candidate Igor Oberman has received nearly $30,000 in campaign contributions from several businesses he hired to work in the Trump Village apartment complex, where he is co-op board president, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/18mQt74 —————————— The redistricted 48th  councilmanic (the old Mike Nelson seat) now has more Russian-Americans in it than any […]

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Political Version of Having Your Cake and Eating it Too

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Dear all: So what do you when you withdraw your endorsement from a sexual harasser and an alleged sexual harasser (he admits harassing the girl but not the guy) who is running for city council but he still uses it? ——— * City Council candidate Micah Kellner is touting the endorsement of Rep. Carolyn Maloney, […]

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Major Chassidic Endorsement for Bill Thompson Today

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Dear all: Bill Thompson is set to receive a major endorsement from NYC’s largest Chassidic voting bloc this afternoon. The Solomon/Zali Satmar group, centered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn but also in Boro Park, will be announcing their support for their long time friend. I would venture to guess that the 8000+ votes this brings Bill will […]

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RELEASE: 18th DISTRICT COUNCILWOMAN ANNABEL PALMA ENDORSES JOHN LISYANSKIY FOR 47th DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Dear all: Glad to see that someone I well admire, Councilwoman Annabel Palma, chair of the Bronx Delegation, has endorsed my good friend John Lisyanskiy for City Council in the race to replace Domenic Recchia in Southern Brooklyn. She joins Councilman Erik Dilan, former chair of the Brooklyn Delegation and other prominent elected officials and […]

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Tony Avella Ends Queens Borough President Run

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

And then there were two! Well, that is 100% more than in Brooklyn! Avella’s dropping out of the race can only help Peter Vallone Jr. and hurt Melinda Katz. I am sure that this makes Avella ecstatic. I can still vivdly remember a 2005 Land Use sub-committee hearing in which Melinda, then chair of Land […]

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The Bushwick Council Race

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/disgraced-pol-draws-support-lindsay-park-article-1.1426834 Love him or hate him, Vito Lopez will always be a topic of news coverage and unless Zeus starts throwing down thunderbolts to disrupt the voting on Primary Day, Vito will be the next councilman from Bushwick. I have been saying it since Day 1 of this campaign. He delivered for the community and […]

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The Mayoral Race/The Jewish Vote/Where is Ed Koch When You Need Him Most? -edited

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/141106/missing-koch?all=1 Dear all: Thought I would send around this article because it contains 3 topics close to my heart: The Jewish Vote, Elections and my former boss and dear friend, Ed Koch. Seems that Ed set the parameters for how a mayor should be measured and I can’t disagree with that. I worked in 6 […]

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New Front Runner

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/08/bill-de-blasio-leaps-to-first-place-in-democratic-ny-mayor-primary-quinnipiac-

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Don’t you just love the Technicalities of the law?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

* City Councilman Daniel Halloran is trying to get federal bribery charges dismissed by arguing that taking money to help get state Sen. Malcolm Smith a Wilson-Pakula isn’t bribery under state law, Crain’s Insider writes: http://bit.ly/1cgEIqq Hey! If it works…….. Joel Update August 20:  I have been told by a very close friend who is a […]

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More on the East New York Council seat race

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Dear all: I have already extolled the virtues of my candidate, Chris Banks, for the soon to beformer “Barron seat” in East New York, Brooklyn. Today’s Daily News has an extensive write up on all the 6 candidates running for City Council, their positions, backgrounds, monies raised, etc. and I am sending that to you. The […]

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The King is Dead! Long Live The King! Sea Change Coming to Brooklyn’s Jewish Community?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130721/BLOGS04/307219975 http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/the_gift_of_graft_ab252XyQOy87o1If1giIWJ Dear all: Assemblyman Dov Hikind has represented the Boro Park section of Brooklyn since 1982 when he beat the sitting assemblyman, Sam Hirsch (he was the one with the bandaged head during the chassidic storming of the police station in 1979). Since then he has not been challenged. All that may soon change. […]

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How NOT to Answer Your Door When the Press Knocks!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/council_ethics_big_slumlord_T91H5hq5Ug6NQELaR1IgAN   Dear all: I like Councilwoman Inez Dickens. She is competent, friendly, a Harlem establishment figure, a firebrand on the campaign trail, the Assistant Deputy Majority Leader in the New York City Council and will undoubtedly sail to reelection for a third term.    What will probably not happen is her still being considered […]

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Micah Kellner’s City Council Bid Backing Crumbles After Sexual Harassment Allegations Emerge

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Is this the beginning of the end or the end? Upper East Side Assemblyman Micha Kellner’s bid to replace Jessica Lappin on the city council may be doomed. Though Kellner was considered a shoo in by all political pundits until a few days ago, Ben Kallos may now actually become the next council person from […]

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The Brooklyn DA Race – 2 Posts

Friday, July 26th, 2013

July 22, 2013 Dear all: After 24 years in office, Charles “Joe” Hynes, is facing a spirited race. The subject of much criticism for protecting the Orthodox Jewish community when it came to sex offenders, not withstanding this weekend’s announcement, and the questioning of numerous “guilty” verdicts that might be overturned, his sixth term may […]

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Some Current Commentary on the NY Political Scene

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

First item is for those who don’t speak Yiddish or aren’t NYorkers http://www.definition-of.com/schmekel http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/07/24/will-schmekelgate-stop-the-rise-of-weiner-and-spitzer/

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Will Eliot Spitzer Pay A Price For The Revival Of Anthony Weiner’s Sexting Scandal?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

I think that the “new” Weiner revelations will impact on Spitzer but probably not enough to change the race’s outcome. As for Weiner, I think he will be hurt enough in the polls that the top 3 Ds will no longer be Weiner, Quinn, Thompson but DeBlasio will start creeping up a bit. As nice […]

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The Brooklyn DA’s Race Heats UP

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Dear all: After 24 years in office, Brooklyn DA Charles “Joe” Hynes, is facing a spirited race. The subject of much criticism for protecting the Orthodox Jewish community when it came to sex offenders, not withstanding this weekend’s announcement, and the questioning of numerous “guilty” verdicts that might be overturned, his sixth term may be […]

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A Rematch in the Making?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130719/BLOGS04/130719853 If Councilman Erik Dilan does decide to run again in 2014 against 21 year incumbent Nydia Velázquez it will now be on an (almost) equal footing. I made no bones about my support for Erik when he ran last year and am there for him again, front and center. Of one thing I am […]

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Video: Stephen Colbert v. Eliot Spitzer

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Dear all: Two comments: I am struck by how easily Eliot rolls/laughs with the lines referring to his scandal.  With the less than 2 months left, the voters’ initial “high” about a new and recognizable face subsides  and the unions, electeds, Wall Street machers, editorial pages and Scott himself rule the day. On the other hand, […]

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The Daily Show Takes on Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In case you missed it ……   http://politicker.com/2013/07/the-daily-show-takes-on-eliot-spitzer-and-anthony-weiner/  

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CHRIS BANKS AND THE MAKING OF A COUNCILMAN

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Dear all: An inglorious period in NYC political life is finally coming to an end. Charles Barron, having served 3 terms in the City Council, is being term-limited out. Praise the Lord! An embarrassment to New Yorkers of all colors, the 42nd councilmanic seat, representing parts of East New York and Canarsie, Brooklyn, is once again, […]

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Jumaane Williams-Community Activist: Troublemaker: Councilman; How High Will His Star Rise?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

http://bklynr.com/troublemaker/ Dear all: In 2009, four challengers emerged to run in the Democratic primary against two-term Councilman Kendall Stewart in Brooklyn’s 45thdistrict. Heavily populated with constituents hailing from the West Indies, most people thought that the unpopular Stewart would win, again, because of the divided field in the 5-way race. I was quite friendly with […]

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NYC Orders Flags To Half-Staff To Mark Death Of Former Queens City Councilman Walter McCaffrey

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Dear all: Walter was truly the type of person who loved and lived for public service. We met back in the Stein for Manhattan BP race in ’77 and stayed friends ever since. In gearing up for his (short-lived) run for Congress in 2000 he came to our offices and I presented him with a written proposal, which he […]

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Bed-Stuy Council Race

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

http://www.bkbureau.org/2013/07/02/bed-stuy-council-race-tests-incumbents-sway/ Dear all: This open seat for city council in Central Brooklyn will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the borough and our city. After 40 years of being a political force in the community, Al Vann is putting in his retirement papers as an active political player. I had a near […]

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Who Will Be The Next Speaker?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

http://politicker.com/2013/06/the-shadow-campaign-for-city-council-speaker-quietly-heats-up/ Joel Schnur

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WC Fields “Possible” Take on the City Council Budget Process

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Dear all: The NYC City Council is finalizing its budget allocations, as we speak, in a rush to complete the process before the end of June. Perhaps this would be the appropriate time to reflect on WC Fields’ position on financial allocations. All the best. Joel

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My Political Mentor – I Worked for the Best, First

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Dear all:I pause today to honor the memory of the man whose campaign I first cut my political teeth on, who inspired me to get involved in this wonderful country’s political process for the last 37 years -the Honorable Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_M._Jackson, Democratic Senator from Washington State. The memories are so many and so […]

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Sen. Jose Peralta Ends Bid For Queens Borough President

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Another one bites the dust! ———- Feed: The Daily Politics – NY Daily News Blogs Posted on: Friday, May 31, 2013 1:15 PM Author: The Daily Politics Subject: NY Sen. Jose Peralta Ends Bid For Queens Borough President State Sen. Jose Peralta abrubtly ended today his bid for Queens borough president, Those close to Peralta say the decision had […]

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Anthony Weiner Cuts into Christine Quinn’s Lead, Places Strong Second in New Poll

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The most prominent schmuck in the mayoral race keeps on inching forward. Say what you will about his exhibitionist tendencies and his current high negatives but in the end he is the only one on the Democratic line that can claim center field in fighting for the middle class and outer boroughs. He has 3 […]

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Two Newsworthy Political Items

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Dear all: Just got back from City Hall where I stayed till the beginning of the semi-monthly Stated Meeting. Much of what we lobbyists do is spend time in the lobby, hence from where our profession derives its name.  I picked up 2 pieces of news that I was unable to send around till now […]

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A Response to “Is Bias a Factor in Probe of State Lawmakers?”

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Dear all: So I received some immediate responses to my email blast. Not surprisingly, the responses were somewhat predictable based on ethnicity. I am sending around this one response from an Hispanic friend because it made me laugh & cry at the same time. All the best to all of you regardless of your ethnic […]

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Is Bias a Factor in Probe of State Lawmakers?

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Dear all: Some food for thought. Joel http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Is-bias-a-factor-in-probe-of-state-lawmakers-4504258.php

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Unsealed Shirley Huntley Sentencing Letter Spotlights Names Under Possible Investigation

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Hot off the presses! Feed: The Daily Politics – NY Daily News Blogs Posted on: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 2:49 PM Author: The Daily Politics Subject: Unsealed Shirley Huntley Sentencing Letter Spotlights Names Under Possible Investigation   An unsealed sentencing letter by the attorney for ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley could mean a investigative blood bath for state Senate Democrats. […]

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NY Senate Democrats Strip John Sampson Of HIs Committee Assignments

Monday, May 6th, 2013

More shoes are going to drop within the next 1-2 days. My understanding is that there are 3 state and 1 city officials that will also be added. ————– Feed: The Daily Politics – NY Daily News Blogs Posted on: Monday, May 06, 2013 10:40 AM Author: The Daily Politics Subject: NY Senate Democrats Strip John Sampson Of HIs […]

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Huntley article

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Seems that “wearing a wire” is a new accessory for some people. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/huntley_recordings_corruption_prosecutors_FHf9zybhi0PIZqJ3d25rVP

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Councilman-To-Be, Rafael Espinal

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

FROM TODAY’S CITY & STATE * New York City Council hopeful Jesus Gonzalez is abandoning his campaign, giving his top rival, Assemblyman Rafael Espinal, a clearer path to a seat in City Hall. Gonzalez, a darling of the Brooklyn reform movement, filled out forms closing his campaign account with the New York City Campaign Finance Board last month […]

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Edward I. Koch – RIP

Friday, February 1st, 2013

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/02/ed-kochs-funeral-the-full-broadcast   Dear all: Thank you to those who have called, texted and emailed expressing their condolences on Ed’s passing. I spent 12 years in his 3 mayoral administrations and worked on 6 of his campaigns. And then there were the many other campaigns he had me work “on loan.” He was a very unique […]

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Setting the Record Straight: an open letter-to-the-editor

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Dear Editor: Rabbi Nosson Sherman’s comment in the June 28th FJJ issue, that Mayor Ed Koch went to Rav Moshe Feinstein’s levaya “since mayors must show their faces wherever there are large numbers of voters” is erroneous. As a former “special advisor” to the mayor during his 3 terms of office and active in every […]

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Joel’s Corner

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Joel is the consummate professional when it comes to government and politics, which has been his life for more than three decades. Joel joined the firm in 1998 after a decade as Deputy Director for AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the pro-Israel lobby. During his tenure, he coordinated a network of key community […]

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