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Rockland County, NY - Anonymous Campaign Signs Suggests Chasidic Community Banks On Welfare For Financial Support

Published on: October 26, 2016 09:25 AM
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Rockland County, NY - A pre-Election Day mystery has popped up in Rockland County with signs that have potentially anti-Semitic overtones linking two candidates running for different offices, while casting aspersions on the Chasidic community.

The black and white signs bear the words “David Carlucci for Medicaid” and show a picture of Chasidic county legislator Aron Wieder, reported The Journal News.  Smaller print on the lower half of the signs bear the words “Working together other people can carry us.”

State Senator David Carlucci is running for re-election against Republican Tom DePrisco in the 38th District, which covers virtually all of Rockland County’s Jewish community.  Wieder, a Democrat, is facing off against incumbent Karl Brabenec in the 98th Assembly District, which includes parts of Monsey, Kaser and Wesley Hills and extends northwest through Kiryas Joel and Monroe. 

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The signs, which were posted throughout Ramapo and Clarkstown on Sunday night, give no indication as to their origin.

There “is nothing on them to suggest who is paying for them,” said Vincent Balascio, chief of staff for Clarkstown town supervisor George Hoemann.

Many of the signs have been removed by code enforcement officers because they were improperly placed in the public right of way.

Negativity in the final days before an election is not uncommon observed Carlucci, who categorized the signs as “extremely unfortunate.”

“Every candidate runs into issues with signs,” said Carlucci.  “I learned early on you can’t get caught up on the sign issue.”

Both Brabenec and DePrisco denied any involvement in the signs and said that their campaigns are focused exclusively on the issues, not negativity.

“They are simply ridiculous and do not make sense,” said Brabenec.  “It is important to me that candidates run positive campaigns based on the issues.  I have always kept it positive and will continue to do so.”

“While my opponent and I can and will criticize each other regarding specific issues, I will always remain focused on being civil,” noted DePrisco.

Wieder did not respond to a request for comment on the issue.

While the political candidates all seemed eager to distance themselves from the signs, sentiments on the Clarkstown - What They Don’t Want You To Know Facebook page, dedicated to informing town residents about “politics, scandal and patronage” ran in the opposite direction, praising the signs as “one of those classic statements that crystallizes an election.”

“In our opinion this sign makes a brilliant appeal to voters not to vote for either Senator Carlucci or Legislator Wieder and is a classic example of the expression of free political speech,” read a post that appeared on the page on Monday evening.


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 Oct 26, 2016 at 09:34 AM Secular Says:

This couldn't possibly be true; people dishonestly receiving government assistance...

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 10:19 AM outoftown Says:

Now, that is genious campaigning. Truth hurts. Doesn't it??

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 11:28 AM Mayer Alter Says:

Never known anyone in the Chassidic community to either take benefits they are not entitled to under law, use 501 c accounts for their personal benefit or fail to repay money they legally owe, as in defaulting on credit card account.

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 11:55 AM why? Says:

In response to #'s 1 and 2..

Why must you be so anti semitic in front of the world.. Is this why you were sent here (to this world)?

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 12:19 PM Ben Says:

Just substitute the word Hasidic for black and watch the uproar. ....
Obama would weigh in Sharpton would go ballistic etc

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 12:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Almost all of my new neighbors in Ramapo are collecting welfare. My husband works for the welfare office. We watch the new BMWs park every night. 10 kids, all dressed in designer clothes. Conspicuous spending on welfare?

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 12:50 PM MMNSY Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Almost all of my new neighbors in Ramapo are collecting welfare. My husband works for the welfare office. We watch the new BMWs park every night. 10 kids, all dressed in designer clothes. Conspicuous spending on welfare?

Can you name the street where I can find ? I'd like to see the family of 10 with the BMW with designer clothing taking benefits... You are so full of hate. So sad. Nebach

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 12:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
why? Says:

In response to #'s 1 and 2..

Why must you be so anti semitic in front of the world.. Is this why you were sent here (to this world)?

In front of the world?? What are you talking about??? VIN's readership is primarily orthodox (frum) jews. When there is wide spread corruption and shtick in the community, or a certain segment of it, we need to speak up!

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 01:20 PM mr613 Says:

Shtech Nisht Aros Der Goyim's Eigen!

The current status quo is unsustainable.
Teaching the younger generations that relying on government handouts is not a shameful thing is a shanda!

I commend all the hardworking Yidden that refuse to take the sketchy easy handout path and work full time pay their income taxes and put in an honest days work!
Mesiras Nefesh for Torah is not welfare section8 and food stamps. Did the Gedolim of yesteryear have these handouts? No they were truly Moser Nefesh having the best herring the best Flonkin and the best Yapchick and not paying for it is not being Moser Nefesh!
May I Add Me K'Amcha Yisroel for Tomchei Shabbas,but the gedolim of yesteryear didn't have that either!

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 01:27 PM allmark Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Almost all of my new neighbors in Ramapo are collecting welfare. My husband works for the welfare office. We watch the new BMWs park every night. 10 kids, all dressed in designer clothes. Conspicuous spending on welfare?

If this is true, why doesn't he ask for an investigation?

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 02:06 PM Anonymous Says:

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allmark Says:

If this is true, why doesn't he ask for an investigation?

The authorities are in Ramapo more often than anyone realizes. Dozens of Mercedes and BMWs are leased to section 8 renters. Some of these renters own several properties under LLCs. Arrests were made a few months ago. Egregious fraud from frum.

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 02:59 PM boobi Says:

Reply to #4  
why? Says:

In response to #'s 1 and 2..

Why must you be so anti semitic in front of the world.. Is this why you were sent here (to this world)?

No one is as anti semitic as someone who cheats and defrauds the government remember that di shoite

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 03:02 PM boobi Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Almost all of my new neighbors in Ramapo are collecting welfare. My husband works for the welfare office. We watch the new BMWs park every night. 10 kids, all dressed in designer clothes. Conspicuous spending on welfare?

Almost all of my boro park neghbors also collect welfare and i bet 75 per cent of our yidden who live in boro park also collect welfare i know right next to me all my neighbors collect

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 03:16 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

all of this is true.

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 03:08 PM boobi Says:

Reply to #9  
mr613 Says:

Shtech Nisht Aros Der Goyim's Eigen!

The current status quo is unsustainable.
Teaching the younger generations that relying on government handouts is not a shameful thing is a shanda!

I commend all the hardworking Yidden that refuse to take the sketchy easy handout path and work full time pay their income taxes and put in an honest days work!
Mesiras Nefesh for Torah is not welfare section8 and food stamps. Did the Gedolim of yesteryear have these handouts? No they were truly Moser Nefesh having the best herring the best Flonkin and the best Yapchick and not paying for it is not being Moser Nefesh!
May I Add Me K'Amcha Yisroel for Tomchei Shabbas,but the gedolim of yesteryear didn't have that either!

You are truly a rightous person a tzadik in my oppinion everything you wrote is the truth a groisen shekoiah.

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 03:10 PM boobi Says:

Reply to #7  
MMNSY Says:

Can you name the street where I can find ? I'd like to see the family of 10 with the BMW with designer clothing taking benefits... You are so full of hate. So sad. Nebach

HE is describing the situation in a nutshell about the bmw s etc.

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 04:44 PM MMNSY Says:

Reply to #16  
boobi Says:

HE is describing the situation in a nutshell about the bmw s etc.

Boobi, He is describing by exaggerating. The exaggerating comes from a piece of hate in that heart. Don't kid yourself or try to kid all other commenters. Thank you.

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 Oct 26, 2016 at 09:18 PM Liepa Says:

All the people on this forum besmirching others is only because they themselves aren't getting anything and they don't 'faargin' that others are able to get.

I understand where they're coming from. That said, I don't get anything myself but I 'faargin' someone else who does get, completely.

My policy is, I'd rather give than receive, always!

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 Oct 27, 2016 at 01:23 PM Anonymous Says:

This article is all over Facebook now.. the man pictured surely does not represent me as a frum jew. They blame him for the destruction of anything good. Everyone is crawling out of the woodwork to condemn him and all of us.

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 Oct 27, 2016 at 07:52 PM Anonymous Says:

He was also arrested a few years ago and jailed for intimidating voters. Then he was fired from the village for forging his time card. He certainly should not be representing us. Oy vezmere

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 Nov 02, 2016 at 01:12 PM benalt Says:

Reply to #1  
Secular Says:

This couldn't possibly be true; people dishonestly receiving government assistance...

It is an issue if they plan their lives around getting government assistance also. A safety net shouldn't be l'chatchila. On the plus side, think of all the schus the government will get and all the schus the goyisha tax payers are going to get for their suport. Will they be sitting next to yidden in the yeshiva shel mayla? The goyisha deviants will be happy I am sure, yidden not so much...

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