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Brooklyn, NY - Jewish Press: Why We Endorse Joe Lazar For NYC Council

Published on: March 10, 2010 10:06 AM
By: Jewish Press Editorial
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Brooklyn, NY - Joe Lazar is our choice in the March 23 special election to replace Simcha Felder as New York City Councilman from Brooklyn’s 44th Council District. As reflected in the overwhelming turnout and audience participation in the February 24 Jewish Press forum featuring the candidates for the seat, there is an unusual seriousness with which this race is being taken.

Perhaps as few times before, it has become clear that elected office cannot just be a reward for the candidate who yells the loudest or who puts out the most inflated, self-congratulatory press releases with extravagant claims of credit for this or that achievement. Rather, the times require elected offiicials with proven ability to best address complicated issues that are fast approaching intractability, if they have not already arrived there.

Without question, Mr. Lazar stands head and shoulders above the other candidates. It is now generally recognized that for the foreseeable future, the overarching job of local government will be to do more with less spending. Key to this will be an ability to effectively evaluate the budgets and plans of various city agencies while considering the proper mix of higher taxes and reduced expenses.

An effective member of the City Council must be an integral part of this process. Comparing the background and training of the candidates, Joe Lazar shines. None of the other candidates even approaches his experience in this regard. He has been the highly respected budget director of a major New York City agency and a recognized expert in the field of public budgeting. Working with various state and city agencies, he devised creative ways to secure millions of dollars in funding for community services.

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He was a pioneer in providing affordable housing in Boro Park; he contributed significantly to the growth and preservation of yeshivas; and, he played an integral role in creating programs to help Holocaust victims and children at risk. This experience in the workings of government will also be an enormous resource for constituents of the 44th district when they turn to their councilman to intercede on their behalf with city and state elected officials and administrative agencies.

In sum, with Mr. Lazar, voters in the 44th district would have as their representative on the council someone who will be relied on by his colleagues as
an expert in fiscal matters and treated as a serious player owing to his experience in government and his demonstrated penchant for teamwork.

Joe Lazar seems ideally suited for the times.


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 Mar 10, 2010 at 10:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Well said I will vote for Joe

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Your dirty tricks are not working Greenfeild, what are you going to do now burn the JP on 13th ave.and say they encourage "Toaiva"

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 10:28 AM Conservative One Says:

Kudos to the Jewish Press for endorsing the best candidate to replace Simcha Felder in the City Council. Joe Lazar is far superior to Greenfield and he doesn't have to resort to dirty party politics to get his point across.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 10:28 AM Anonymous Says:

"Perhaps as few times before, it has become clear that elected office cannot just be a reward for the candidate who yells the loudest or who puts out the most inflated, self-congratulatory press releases with extravagant claims of credit for this or that achievement."
No further comment needed!

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 11:05 AM Wow Says:

What a endorsement with a complete swipe at the other candidate.

"elected office cannot just be a reward for the candidate who yells the loudest or who puts out the most inflated, self-congratulatory press releases with extravagant claims of credit for this or that achievement."

I hope people see how accurate that line is.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM Yankel Says:

Couldnt of said it better. Joe is the man for these times.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM Zissy Solomon Says:

As a strong Grendield supporter. I have no problem with the Jewish Press endorsement for Lazar. Let all the the JP readers in LA, I'll, NJ, Fl, continue to support Mr LAZAR. Most yidden who live in the 44 district don't read the JP, nor would they take it into their houses.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 11:58 AM Go Joe! Says:

Down with Vito Greenfeild!

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Notice to Greenfield

DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB!

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 12:11 PM Yankel Says:

Reply to #7  
Zissy Solomon Says:

As a strong Grendield supporter. I have no problem with the Jewish Press endorsement for Lazar. Let all the the JP readers in LA, I'll, NJ, Fl, continue to support Mr LAZAR. Most yidden who live in the 44 district don't read the JP, nor would they take it into their houses.

lol Its funny you say that, being that most of Greenfields endorsements are from out of district.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 12:16 PM Shmuel Says:

Reply to #7  
Zissy Solomon Says:

As a strong Grendield supporter. I have no problem with the Jewish Press endorsement for Lazar. Let all the the JP readers in LA, I'll, NJ, Fl, continue to support Mr LAZAR. Most yidden who live in the 44 district don't read the JP, nor would they take it into their houses.

If the Jewish Press has no influence in that area, why did Brad Lander, who Dov Hikind (and Lazar) enthusiastically endorsed, lose by a landslide among voters in that district to the candidate the Jewish Press endorsed? Lander won overall, but he was creamed in Boro Park. So it seems the Jewish Press is at least as if not more influential among Boro Park voters than even Mr. Hikind.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM Velvel Says:

Congratulations Joe Lazar!

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Zissy Solomon Says:

As a strong Grendield supporter. I have no problem with the Jewish Press endorsement for Lazar. Let all the the JP readers in LA, I'll, NJ, Fl, continue to support Mr LAZAR. Most yidden who live in the 44 district don't read the JP, nor would they take it into their houses.

most of flatbush reads JP

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 01:09 PM Achdus am yisroel Says:

Joe lazar is uniting us "other"-s are seperating us & making a chillul hashem & forgetting we are still in galus...... Let all in the 44th District Vote to unight Klall Yisroel & Work together with the district as a whole jews & Gentiles alike and may there only be peace between us and our neighbors
P.S I am an independent person out of the district so i write unbiased just knowing some inside about the recent political dealings the last few weeks in court.....

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 01:31 PM R MOSHE Says:

Reply to #7  
Zissy Solomon Says:

As a strong Grendield supporter. I have no problem with the Jewish Press endorsement for Lazar. Let all the the JP readers in LA, I'll, NJ, Fl, continue to support Mr LAZAR. Most yidden who live in the 44 district don't read the JP, nor would they take it into their houses.

What you sound like is both ignorant and bitter.
First learn to spell the name of the person you so strongly support, correctly.
Second learn to get your facts straight- the Jewish Press has its strongest base in NY and as one who lives in the 44th, can assure you MANY people there read it.
Just the same old rhetoric from the same old people.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 04:15 PM Anonymous Says:

what housing what growth and preservation of yeshivas

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 05:02 PM Zissy Solomon Says:

Reply to #15  
R MOSHE Says:

What you sound like is both ignorant and bitter.
First learn to spell the name of the person you so strongly support, correctly.
Second learn to get your facts straight- the Jewish Press has its strongest base in NY and as one who lives in the 44th, can assure you MANY people there read it.
Just the same old rhetoric from the same old people.

Firstly. it was a typo. Yes, I know how to spell Greenfield, Thank you. Secondly, get your facts right. Hamodia has 26,000 readers weekly, majority in NY. vs the JP has 36,000 majority out of state. Prove it yourself by reading JP latest circulation statistics. Thank you

BTW, Tuesday the 23rd after 9:00pm we will see who's bitter! It certainly wont be David Greenfield.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 05:57 PM Anon Says:

Reply to #17  
Zissy Solomon Says:

Firstly. it was a typo. Yes, I know how to spell Greenfield, Thank you. Secondly, get your facts right. Hamodia has 26,000 readers weekly, majority in NY. vs the JP has 36,000 majority out of state. Prove it yourself by reading JP latest circulation statistics. Thank you

BTW, Tuesday the 23rd after 9:00pm we will see who's bitter! It certainly wont be David Greenfield.

So, who is Hamodia endorsing? I don't know, but since Agudah has endorsed Lazar, I am guessing Hamodia has, or will, endorse Lazar as well.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 06:08 PM Anonymous Says:

congrats joe lazar you deserve it

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 06:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Greenfeild will only help Bloomberg in hiking all tickets & taxes....

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 06:25 PM zizala sholaman Says:

Reply to #17  
Zissy Solomon Says:

Firstly. it was a typo. Yes, I know how to spell Greenfield, Thank you. Secondly, get your facts right. Hamodia has 26,000 readers weekly, majority in NY. vs the JP has 36,000 majority out of state. Prove it yourself by reading JP latest circulation statistics. Thank you

BTW, Tuesday the 23rd after 9:00pm we will see who's bitter! It certainly wont be David Greenfield.

i agree with you on one thing, Greenfield wont be any more bitter the night of the election than he is now. He's a lame duck and everyone knows it, it wouldn't surprise me if he dropped out tonight.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 06:34 PM Hamodia-affiliated Says:

Reply to #17  
Zissy Solomon Says:

Firstly. it was a typo. Yes, I know how to spell Greenfield, Thank you. Secondly, get your facts right. Hamodia has 26,000 readers weekly, majority in NY. vs the JP has 36,000 majority out of state. Prove it yourself by reading JP latest circulation statistics. Thank you

BTW, Tuesday the 23rd after 9:00pm we will see who's bitter! It certainly wont be David Greenfield.

LOL! Hamodia is also supporting Lazar unofficially, or so it seems, that is also why David Greenfield came kicking & screaming at the Hamodia headquarters on the day following the debate, to complain about the article reporting the debate.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 07:26 PM bp resident Says:

David Greenfield has my vote. We need a true Askan and go-getter with political power houses by his side, david is my choice and needs to be yours.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 07:57 PM David Says:

Reply to #17  
Zissy Solomon Says:

Firstly. it was a typo. Yes, I know how to spell Greenfield, Thank you. Secondly, get your facts right. Hamodia has 26,000 readers weekly, majority in NY. vs the JP has 36,000 majority out of state. Prove it yourself by reading JP latest circulation statistics. Thank you

BTW, Tuesday the 23rd after 9:00pm we will see who's bitter! It certainly wont be David Greenfield.

According to a recent article in the Forward, the Jewish Press has over 50,000 circulation, and the Forward described the JP as the leader among Orthodox papers.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 09:15 PM Truth Says:

Reply to #23  
bp resident Says:

David Greenfield has my vote. We need a true Askan and go-getter with political power houses by his side, david is my choice and needs to be yours.

I don't get it. Doesn't the Greenfield camp say to vote for Greenfield because he is independent and does not rely on the 'machine'. now you say that he "political power houses by his side". These are all fancy words. Greenfield supporters keep on calling Lazar a puppet for having influence. I am getting the feeling that the candidate who yells loud here, also talks from two different sides of the mouth.

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 Mar 10, 2010 at 11:16 PM friend of Greenfield Says:

As a friend of david I can say for sure he is not at all the way all of you make him out to be however I do think his real problem is his backers, they are the ones who don't get it and I think he was done a tremendous disservice. All I can say is I hope next time around he is more selective of his "camp". Sometimes you need to go out of the box and get the pros and tell your friends thanks but no thanks, they are not the right bunch for this game (frum community politics)

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 Mar 11, 2010 at 01:10 PM puppet master Says:

Greenfield is a Lopez puppet.
You see how easy it is to say whatever you want on a blog!
It must be true it's on a blog or newspaper.

People stop reading stupidity and speak to the leaders of your childrens yeshivos and your mosdos. Ask them who they are backing and why. Then make your own decision. Don't believe anything put out by either campaign or their supporters.

That's what I did and they were unanimous in their support for 1 of the candidates. They backed up their opinion with actual facts and not press releases.

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