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New York Post: Jonathan Judge makes inroads in 44th district City Council race

February 15, 2010

A friend forwarded us this story from the New York Post regarding the 44th City Council District race. Apparently, Jonathan Judge has been gaining quite a bit of traction in his race to succeed Democrat Simcha Felder. Here is the story (with commentary soon to follow):

While Republican candidate Jonathan Judge continues efforts to be inclusive of the entire 44th City Council District, his two main challengers continue to court the major religious Jewish voting bloc.

The district includes Borough Park, Bensonhurst, Midwood and a small part of Kensington. The special election to replace Simcha Felder is slated for March 23.

“For this campaign, everything has been grassroots and working together with a very diverse community — and if successful, it will bring together a 21st century version of the district,” said Judge.

Judge, who was born and raised in Kensington, said this includes working in equal measures with the Italian, Russian, Asian, Pakistani and Jewish communities in the district.

“Not all the communities have been represented as much as some and we’re working to make sure everyone is represented in the same way,” said Judge.

Judge has long been active in the community, starting at 17 when he began volunteering for Community Board 14, where he interned throughout college and now works as part of the board’s staff.

He also served for two years as the 70th Precinct Community Council’s recording secretary, where he created the 70th Precinct Community Council Blog (http://70pctcc.blogspot.com), which keeps residents informed of all the latest information about the council and public safety in the community.

As Judge pounds the pavement in his attempts to forge a diverse coalition, his two main opponents, Joe Lazar and David Greenfield, continue to spend much of their time lining up endorsements and courting the Orthodox Jewish community.

Both recently made campaign trips far outside their district to Williamsburg.

Large numbers of Satmar Hasidic Jews have lived in both Williamsburg and Borough Park for decades as residents have moved from smaller quarters in Williamsburg to larger properties in Borough Park and vice versa.

Hasidic-owned businesses have branches in both neighborhoods, and a private bus line featuring direct service from Lee Avenue to 13th Avenue runs twice an hour.

“We are one community,” said Williamsburg resident Moishe Indig. “The Satmar community is in Williamsburg, Borough Park. It’s one big family.”

Both Greenfield and Lazar made the Williamsburg journey looking to win Satmar Rebbe Aaron Teitelbaum’s blessing and shore up support from members of the sprawling Satmar sect, the third largest in Borough Park.

Greenfield attended a post-marriage ceremony, known as the seven blessings ceremony, with over 1,500 guests, that was held for Teitelbaum’s granddaughter.

Lazar appeared at a smaller fundraising dinner for a Satmar college, known as a koleo, which Rebbe Teitelbaum attended.

Sources that fear upsetting either the Greenfield or Lazar camp say both are playing strong-arm politics in the tight-knit religious Jewish neighborhoods.

The Borough Park Satmar community was promised if they support Greenfield he will help repair the Williamsburg Satmar community’s relationship with Kings County Democratic boss Vito Lopez, because the Aaron Teitelbaum faction in Williamsburg has had a strained relationship with Lopez, said one source.

Greenfield also picked up the support of Mayor Bloomberg last week, but thus far is finding it hard to get people in Borough Park to openly support him.

This could be because Assemblymember Dov Hikind appears to be pulling out all the stops in getting the word out that whoever backs Greenfield will have no access to him or State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, said another source.

Bobov Hasidic Jews, of which there are a good many in Borough Park, are still being courted by both Lazar and Greenfield.

“It’s (the election) turning into a very nasty thing, but it’s nothing I didn’t expect,” said one highly placed Borough Park source.

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20 Comments
  1. Young Republican permalink
    February 16, 2010 12:38 am

    As an orthodox Jew living in Brooklyn it’s sad to see how Jews continue to sell out to democrats. But on the other hand, what has the republican party done to reach out to this important demographic? Orthodox Jews voted overwhelmingly for George Bush, John McCain, and for Michael Bloomberg this past November. If the republican party would only put in a little effort, perhaps they would be able to pick up a few seats in the city council and state assembly. (Remember Simcha Felder’s run for the Senate in ’08, that could have given the GOP the vote they needed hold on to the majority.)

  2. Race To Succeed Felder Heats Up! permalink
    February 16, 2010 1:26 pm

    “A Republican, Jonathan J. Judge, president of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, is also running.”

    “While acknowledging that the 44th has been consistently represented by a Democrat in recent years, Judge said “it’s a very conservative district and Republicans have tended to cross-endorse [Democrats].” He added, “If you look at the vote tallies for ’05, Simcha Felder got more votes on the Republican line than on the Democratic line.” (Felder ran on both ballots that year). Judge, who is a coordinator at Community Board 14 in Flatbush, said the district is more diverse than people realize.”

    “We have an Italian community and a Pakistani community as well as Ashkenaz, Sephardic and chasidic Jewish communities,” he said. “Everyone needs to be adequately represented in City Hall. I want to have a broad coalition to make sure everyone benefits, and that we address the obvious issues like being taxed to death.”

    http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a17840/News/New_York.html

  3. Marcus T. Cicero permalink
    February 16, 2010 2:31 pm

    Special Election To Replace Felder: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    “The special election to replace Simcha Felder – the outgoing Council Member from the 44th District – will be Tuesday, March 23. The Jewish Press will hold a debate between the four candidates – David Greenfield, Joseph Lazar, Jonathan Judge, and Nachman Caller – on February 24 at the Borough Park YMHA. Greenfield and Lazar are already piling on their celebrity endorsements from the likes of Ed Koch (Greenfield) and Bill de Blasio (Lazar).

    Candidates previously considered to have an interest in running are Ezra Friedlander, Moishe Oiring, Pinny Ringel, and Brooklyn Civil Court judge Noach Dear.

    Greenfield and Judge were both spotted pressing the flesh at the 18th Avenue N-train station in the past eight days.”

    http://www.bksouthie.com/tag/david-greenfield/

    Join The Jewish Press on Wednesday,February 24th, 2010 for a special community forum on the special city council election to replace Simcha Felder. All three candidates have agreed to attend. 7:00 PM (1900 Hours) at the Boro Park YMHA.

    http://www.jewishpress.com/default.cfm

    Boro Park YMHA
    4910 14th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219-3136
    Phone (718) 438-5921‎

  4. Shimon Reuven Ben-Yisrael Yehuda of Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish and Short LLP permalink
    February 17, 2010 1:23 am

    Jonathan Judge will recive no help and tactical support from the failed, disgraced, lazy, incompetent Brooklyn GOP KCRC.

    Therfore, the grass roots, rank and file GOPers and moderate independents ought to expeditiously muster up their resources and assist Jonathan Judge.

    The voters of the 44th City Council District ought to be aware that there is a viable, positive, productive alternative to the status quo and politics as usual.

    Please respectfully consider volunteering.

    > Distribute campaign literature door-to-door in the 44th District.

    > Join Jonathan at meet-and-greets in public places (subway stations, supermarkets, etc.)

    > Subscribe to Jonathan J. Judge for New York City Council – 44th District – E-mail list.

    http://jonathanjudge.com/volunteer/

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does”
    – Margaret Mead quotes (American anthropologist whose great fame owed as much to the force of her personality and her outspokenness as it did to the quality of her scientific work, 1901-1978)

    Deuteronomy 16:20, “Justice, justice shall you pursue…”

    Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everlasting stream”
    – The Prophet Amos 5:24 (NASB), Nevi’im (Hebrew: “prophets”)

  5. Gerry O'Brien is Back permalink
    February 17, 2010 2:18 am

    Rumor has it Gerry O’Brien and his cadre of lunatics is openly trying to destroy Jonathan’s campaign for City Council. Stay on top of it, Atlas!!!!!!

  6. Candidate Jonathan Judge in the news lately! permalink
    February 17, 2010 12:49 pm

    “Jonathan J. Judge was elected Corresponding Secretary of the New York State Young Republicans in June 2009. Currently, he is serving his second term as President of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, which was founded in 1881.”

    http://www.nysyr.us/?page_id=171

    Brooklyn, NY – The Jewish Press To Host 44th District City Council Debate.

    http://www.vosizneias.com/48417/2010/02/02/brooklyn-ny-the-jewish-press-to-host-44th-district-city-council-debate/

    While Republican candidate Jonathan Judge continues efforts to be inclusive of the entire 44th City Council District, his two main challengers continue to court the major religious Jewish voting bloc.

    The district includes Borough Park, Bensonhurst, Midwood and a small part of Kensington. The special election to replace Simcha Felder is slated for March 23.

    “For this campaign, everything has been grassroots and working together with a very diverse community — and if successful, it will bring together a 21st century version of the district,” said Judge.

    Judge, who was born and raised in Kensington, said this includes working in equal measures with the Italian, Russian, Asian, Pakistani and Jewish communities in the district.

    “Not all the communities have been represented as much as some, and we’re working to make sure everyone is represented in the same way,” said Judge.

    http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2010/02/15/park_slope_courier/news/courier-yn_park_slope-44whatnot.txt

  7. Republicrats NOT WELCOME permalink
    February 17, 2010 4:08 pm

    Watch for it. I can assure you all the establishment (including District Leaders and members of the Brooklyn GOP Leadership) have been working to undermine Mr. Judge’s campaign.

    Whether this is some sort of stupid vendetta or orders from Marty Golden and Vito Lopez, I am not sure. But I can tell you positively that Mr. Judge has and will be attacked in the coming weeks by his own party, the Bay Ridge Republicrats included.

    • Young Republican permalink
      February 18, 2010 1:39 am

      Are these allegations based on anything or are they just assumptions. If you can prove it, I’d like to know so I can have a word with my District Leaders.

      • Republicrats NOT WELCOME permalink
        February 19, 2010 11:41 am

        Here’s what I’ve heard: Russell Gallo, Leslie Rice, Bob Howe, Phyllis Carbo, and Joan Braunstein all collected signatures (and not that many) for this no name candidate behind Jonathan’s back after he reached out to the party and asked for their support.

        Whether they are doing this to placate Vito Lopez/Marty Golden or because they don’t like Jonathan for some reason, they are not doing what they’re doing in the best interest of the party.

        And Gerry O’Brien has supposedly been pouring over Jonathan’s signatures. If he even tries to challenge those signatures, the firestorm it will bring…I don’t want to be in Brooklyn if that happens…

  8. The fifth wheel permalink
    February 17, 2010 5:47 pm

    It seems that there is a 5th candidate or spoiler for either Lazar or Greenfield as well.

  9. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    February 18, 2010 9:14 am

    More important— how many KCRP Executive Board members and their toadies collected signatures for Kenneth Rice, even though they did not live in the 44th Councilmatic District?

    Make no mistake, to borrow a favorite Neo-con phrase, Jonathan Judge’s candidacy in the 44th represents an “existential threat” to the KCRP leadership headed by Craig Eaton.

    Watch this one backfire, though…….
    Hint: any vote-not-for-Mr. Greenfield is a vote for Mr. Lazar; any vote-not-for-Mr. Lazar is a vote for Mr. Greenfield.

    As I have often said to/about Craig (is-that-a-threat) Eaton, “Let’s see what happens.”

  10. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    February 18, 2010 10:43 am

    f/y/i-

    “February 9, 2010 – Four candidates have filed certification
    forms to join New York City’s voluntary Campaign Finance Program for the
    special election in Council District 44, the Campaign Finance Board announced
    today. In order to qualify to receive public matching funds for the
    March 23 election, candidates were required to file their forms by the
    February 8 certification deadline.

    The first campaign finance disclosure filings for all
    candidates in the special election are due Friday, February 19.

    The following candidates have submitted certification
    forms as of today:

    David Greenfield
    Jonathan Judge
    Joseph Lazar
    Kenneth Rice

    Candidates who certify as participants in the city’s
    voluntary Campaign Finance Program must appear on the ballot, have an opponent on the ballot, and meet a two-part threshold before becoming eligible for public matching funds.”

    http://www.r8ny.com/node/151571

  11. Maya Karpinski permalink
    February 18, 2010 10:48 am

    Brooklyn Council Race Update: Jonathan Judge Tries to Knock David Greenfield off the Ballot

    February 17, 2010

    Brooklyn, NY – Our insiders at the Board of Elections inform us that five candidates have filed for the right to run in the Council race on Tuesday, March 23rd to fill the vacant seat of former Councilman Simcha Felder. First to file was education advocate David Greenfield guaranteeing him the first line on the ballot under his party name “Community First.” After Greenfield, retired civil servant Joe Lazar filed. Insiders say that these two have more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

    Two Republicans have filed – Jonathan Judge and Kenneth Rice. Interestingly, an apparent associate of Jonathan Judge filed a challenge to front-runner David Greenfield seeking to throw him off the ballot. It seems that Mr. Judge is concerned that Greenfield’s endorsement by the Conservative party will take away votes from Judge who is a registered Republican.

    Finally, we are told that there was a late entry to the race – student Abraham Tischler. Insiders tell us that because of his late entry Mr. Tischler is ineligible to receive matching funds and it is questionable whether he will even make the ballot.

    Keep refreshing YWN for all the latest news in this exciting race for City Council.

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/48753/Brooklyn+Council+Race+Update:+Jonathan+Judge+Tries+to+Knock+David+Greenfield+off+the+Ballot.html

    • Isaac permalink
      February 18, 2010 11:00 am

      I’ve heard the Judge campaign has already responded to this story, which is largely false. But, then again, everyone knows Yeshiva World News is a shill for David Greenfield’s campaign. They call him the “front-runner” without any poll having been done LOL. I mean, if there is a front-runner, at least say it was Joe Lazar, who collected many more signatures than Greenfield.

      Another biased “news” media outlet. What do you expect? LOL

  12. Maya Karpinski permalink
    February 18, 2010 11:12 am

    Isaac, thank you for clarifying this news.

    I’m sure many media outlets (and individuals behind the scene) have a “favorite” candidate they are trying to push.

    Jonathan Judge would be the best choice out of the various candidates running for this council seat. I’m biased indeed!
    If you want an independent, “not politics as usual,” qualified, productive, intelligent, competent person – then the voters would be wise to cast their vote for Jonathan Judge.

    We need change in Brooklyn. Jonathan Judge can help bring about effective, positive reform.

    Let us press on! Go JJJ!

    • Isaac permalink
      February 19, 2010 11:46 am

      I found this as a comment to the YWN biased piece:

      This is in response to the post issued by The Yeshiva World News entitled “Brooklyn Council Race Update: Jonathan Judge Tries to Knock David Greenfield off the Ballot.” The Judge campaign believes only a brief response is necessary to this article.

      Firstly, while it is true that one person who collected signatures for Jonathan Judge filed general objections to Mr. Greenfield’s petition signatures, the title suggests that Mr. Judge himself objected to them. He did not. Furthermore, no specific objections have been filed or will be filed by anyone connected with the Judge campaign against Mr. Greenfield’s signatures. Therefore, no one from our campaign is trying to “knock David Greenfield off the ballot.”

      Secondly, the claim made in the article that Mr. Judge is “concerned that Greenfield’s endorsement by the Conservative party will take away votes from Judge who is a registered Republican” is laughable and just plain wrong. It is unfortunate that the Conservative Party refused to offer Mr. Judge, a life-long conservative and uniquely qualified candidate, an opportunity to interview for their endorsement. The Conservative Party has further undermined its credibility in our borough by doing so.

      It is regrettable that the blog that made these dubious claims did not first call the Judge campaign to verify their story before they recklessly posted it. We would respectfully request that they retract the portions of their story that are inaccurate.

      Thankfully, more credible news organizations in the Jewish community have demonstrated fairness and accuracy in their reporting, which our community as a whole is better for.

      Mr. Judge looks forward to working with all of our community’s leaders to promote the diverse needs of the district and to earning the votes of his neighbors.

  13. Moe Green permalink
    February 18, 2010 11:29 am

    “Our insiders at the Board of Elections…blah blah blah….” could that “insider” be Prof. Jeffrey Kraus at BOE? (Dr. Jeffrey F. Kraus, Chair)

    – OR – one of Craig’s pal at the BOE?

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/vac/html/about/message_from_chair.shtml

  14. Greenfield is a Hypocrite permalink
    February 20, 2010 1:54 pm

    You should all know David Greenfield filed challenges to Jonathan’s signatures. What a hypocrite! After Jonathan said he had no intention of challenging Greenfield’s petitions, Greenfield goes ahead and challenges them anyway. Democrats are scum, and Marty Golden is in the Greenfield’s purse. Makes me sick,

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