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Brooklyn, NY - Freier, Schwartz, Jaffee, Wieder All Win In Today’s Primaries

Published on: September 13, 2016 10:38 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - With 100 percent of the votes counted in the Brooklyn’s 5th Judicial District as reported by WNYC, Brooklyn lawyer Ruchie Freier has become the first Chasidic woman judge in the New York State Supreme Court.

Mrs. Freier, founder of Ezras Nashim, an all women’s volunteer ambulance corps serving portions of Brooklyn,  handily beat opponents Mordechai Avigdor and Jill Epstein in the race for the civil judge position for the seat formerly held by Noach Dear, capturing 41 percent of the vote.  She was trailed by Epstein with 35.2 percent and Avigdor with 23.6 of the vote.

Mrs. Freier won the endorsement of the Daily News and also the Jewish Press who hailed her as a role model for Orthodox Jewish young women and girls.

“I am absolutely honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to make a kiddush Hashem,” the 51 year old Mrs. Freier told VIN News.

Dave Schwartz ran unopposed in the race for Democratic district leader in the 48th Assembly District. 

Schwartz was hand-picked by for the position by Assemblyman Dov Hikind who has served as minority leader for over a decade. Hikind praised Schwartz, his communications assistant, for his youthful energy and enthusiasm.

“We celebrated a great victory tonight,” said Hikind. “One of the things Duvy brings to the table is hundreds of young people. I think it is absolutely wonderful.”

The eyes of many a city dweller were turned northward tonight as members of New York City’s Orthodox Jewish community have been monitoring pivotal primary results in the Hudson Valley, with several important races held today. 

NBC News has declared incumbent Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee the winner in the 97th Assembly District, easily beating back a challenge from Airmont planning board member Thomas Gulla by a margin of 30 percentage points, despite having been roundly criticized after her remarks on the Assembly floor in June 2015 stating that private school parents in the East Ramapo School District may have been ineligible to vote in school board election. 

In the complicated four way race in the 98th Assembly District, incumbent Karl Brabenec survived a challenge from John Allegro, winning with 58 percent of the vote, while Chasidic Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder beat Krystal Serrano in the Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote.  Wieder will also be running on the Independent line in November, after walloping Brabenec by 64 percentage points.

“I thank each and every single one of you for your support,” tweeted Wieder tonight after the final results came in.  “Onward to November.”


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 Sep 13, 2016 at 11:00 PM inNY Says:

Congrats Ruchi, this is great news.. the Charedi establishment who did not publicly endorse you, are sore losers.. lots of luck to you,.

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 Sep 13, 2016 at 11:02 PM pinktfarkert Says:

Congratulations! So my vote wasn't wasted.
I hope she has the courage to send Jewish litigants to Beit Din.

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 Sep 13, 2016 at 11:07 PM Anonymous Says:

BTW I think it's civil court not Supreme court.

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 Sep 13, 2016 at 11:15 PM cholent Says:

The fact that she is a chasidic woman should not be a reason to endorse her.
Qualifications for the position should determine endorsement.
I don't know her and I am sure she is a nice role model.
This type of reasoning leads down dark roads.
For example, we need equal blacks and whites or men and women on a board of directors.
That is asinine. Yes, you should try to get diversity. But diversity for diversities sake leads to incompetence and the eventual disintegration of the organization.
We should be touting her qualifications as a judge not her gender and ethnicity and cultural background.
You can't promote a person or a cause to be fair.
Finally, in the private sector employers that need to make payroll employ the most qualified. It is public arenas that this type of illogical behavior occurs.
Ironically, when these experiments fail, it is the people that you wanted to help the most get hurt the most.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 01:08 AM Chaim Says:

Asach Mazel & Bracha Mrs Frier! You are a true role model to the whole Klal Yisroel!

Mrs Frier has more accomplishment in one of her pinkies than most of the so called leaders in our circles.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 01:15 AM Anonymous Says:

To bad Jaffe lost, but yosher koach to all the rabbis who signed the psak that assered voting for all candidates that supported assisted suicide. Next time the chradi askonim should have listened to the rabbis and make assisted suicide the issue not $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 08:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Mazel tov and keep on being a role model for young women. Too bad I live out of your voting district because I would have enjoyed marking an "x" next to your name. Hatzlachah!

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 10:38 AM commonsense99 Says:

Congats Bentzi W. on your win Great victory, its a shame Jaffee won

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 01:31 PM Kepipesiom Says:

Not Chareidi. Not Chasidic Not Orthodox, A violation of Torah and Halacha. As others have mentioned, women are isqualified as witnesses or judges. Even as witnesses or judges in goyishe courts.
רמב"ם הלכות מלכים פרק ט' הלכה י"ד "אבל לא בעדות אשה ולא תדון אשה להם.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 02:13 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Maybe she can have someone challenge Greenfield next?

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 03:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Kepipesiom Says:

Not Chareidi. Not Chasidic Not Orthodox, A violation of Torah and Halacha. As others have mentioned, women are isqualified as witnesses or judges. Even as witnesses or judges in goyishe courts.
רמב"ם הלכות מלכים פרק ט' הלכה י"ד "אבל לא בעדות אשה ולא תדון אשה להם.

That's about jewish law. But nowhere does it say that women can't say testimony or preside as judges for secular courts.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 03:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Firstly many lifish charedi girls attend college. Secondly the prohibtion you qute is for jewish appointments not secular.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 03:45 PM Ina Says:

Personally, I believe Ruchie Freier should not sit on the Civil Court because she has the ability to be the next Esther Jungreis, and this is what our generation needs. However, so many of the above comments are simply so close minded and deplorable! She is a proud Chassidishe woman and I have no doubt is following the directive of her rabbonim. Just curtail all the jealousy and wish her well in what is her choice.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 05:09 PM Secular Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

That's about jewish law. But nowhere does it say that women can't say testimony or preside as judges for secular courts.

To # 9 and 10, the RAMBAM cited is specifically talking about being a judge for non -
Jews.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 03:31 PM Judge Says:

Reply to #11  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Maybe she can have someone challenge Greenfield next?

she already challanged greenfield, mordy vigdor was david greenfields puppet he put him in on the ballot to run & she beat him by a LANDSLIDE! it wasnt even close
FINAL RESULTS:
FREIER: 41% 4,730
VIGDOR: 24% 2,835

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 04:39 PM heyward Says:

What judge freier should focus on. that if there is a dispute among's chasidim she should chase them out of her court room and direct them to go to the Beth Din. Like her uncle Judge duvi smith did.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 06:56 PM Kepipesiom Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

That's about jewish law. But nowhere does it say that women can't say testimony or preside as judges for secular courts.

רמב"ם הלכות מלכים פרק ט' הלכה י"ד is talking about secular (בני נח) courts.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 07:59 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Reply to #17  
heyward Says:

What judge freier should focus on. that if there is a dispute among's chasidim she should chase them out of her court room and direct them to go to the Beth Din. Like her uncle Judge duvi smith did.

Beth Din should be outlawed in this country on same level of Sharia Courts. These courts are illegitimate, unjust and run by powerful warlords/ rabbonim. They seek no justice but favoritism for their supporters or highest bidder that fills the bank accounts for those in power.

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 Sep 14, 2016 at 10:28 PM EmergMedTech Says:

Mazel Tov! I was not even aware that she's from a chasidic women. I knew her from EMS, as an eidle, humble, nice person, who was an wonderful, compassionate paramedic, a leader and a good attorney. She made a big kiddish Hashem in the tzniusdik way she behaves among frum, non frum and non Jewish people. Kudos to her, she earned it. I am certain that she'll do a wonderful job as "Judge". I can't wait to call her "your honor".

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 Sep 15, 2016 at 01:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Kepipesiom Says:

Not Chareidi. Not Chasidic Not Orthodox, A violation of Torah and Halacha. As others have mentioned, women are isqualified as witnesses or judges. Even as witnesses or judges in goyishe courts.
רמב"ם הלכות מלכים פרק ט' הלכה י"ד "אבל לא בעדות אשה ולא תדון אשה להם.

by the way there are rishonim that allow a women to be a dayan in a Jewish court
even though we don't pasken like those rishonimby a beis din, I think there are more rishonim who say openly a women can be a dayan on a Jewish court, then those who asser her on a goyish court.
btw there is a much bigger problem of any Jew being a judge on a non Jewish court.
PS if you pasken like the rambam then any Jew who votes for a goyish women to be a judge is also not Orthodox.
I have no opinion on her (and for all I know she can be worse than izevel), but do have a problem with you using a Rambam that is not universal psak to pasul a women who may be a bigger yori shamayim than you.

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