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Brooklyn, NY - Felder Switches Focus From Comptroller's Race to State Senate Seat

Published on: June 1, 2008 11:13 PM
Last updated on: June 2, 2008 12:12 PM
By: Observer - NY Post - NY Daily News
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Brooklyn, NY - Councilman Simcha Felder is not getting into the city comptroller race, but he will run for the Brooklyn State Senate seat currently held by fellow Democrat Kevin Parker. The five-way comptroller’s race was always going to be a tough haul for Felder. (He never declared, but gave every indication he would enter the race). Felder, who is an Orthodox Jew, was one of three candidates from Brooklyn (along with David Yassky and Jim Brennan) running for comptroller, and one of four Jewish candidates (in addition to Yassky, Melinda Katz and David Weprin). The fifth candidate, Adolfo Carrion, is well-funded, and is the only Latino running citywide. Felder has doubtless calculated that in a Senate race, the demographics will be more to his advantage. If the votes split along ethnic lines, Felder could conceivably put together a winning tally on the strength of the district’s Orthodox Jewish population, which is concentrated in Borough Park. Borough Park, the 45th Assembly district is represented by Dov Hikind, who has told some members of the Jewish community that he wanted Parker unseated. Felder used to be Hikind’s chief of staff. Mayor Bloomberg is going to put his political clout on the line and will be endorsing his longtime ally for the state Senate seat. Felder has roughly $1.4 million on hand in his city campaign committee. Because the contribution limits are lower for city races, he can use that cash to bankroll a Senate run. Brooklyn Councilman Simcha Felder confirmed  this morning that he indeed plans to challenge Sen. Kevin Parker in September.

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 Jun 02, 2008 at 08:28 AM MOISHE Says:

Whatever office Simcha seeks, I will support him because he is a real mensch.


 Jun 02, 2008 at 09:39 AM Chaim S. Says:

I've known Simcha Felder since he was a bochur. I was his professor in college for several courses. You ask where he was a mensch? Anywhere you touch him. He is a baal midos, a talmid chochom, an ehrliche yid, a class act gentleman who has warm and encouraging words to everyone he meets. He works selflessly and diligently for the good of his constituents, for the city as a whole and for klal yisroel. There are very few real menschen in politics but Simcha Felder is surely on top of the list.


 Jun 02, 2008 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

So why did he vote to build a goyish building next to shop rite if he is so ehrlich?


 Jun 02, 2008 at 01:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Simcha supporting a goyish building says nothing about him "not being ehrlich". He has supported many Jewish organizations and works for the good fo the Jewish people, that being said, he serves his community as well Anonymous.
Contrary to what Anonymous believes, being Ehrlich and helping others are not mutually exclusive.
The real question is though: what about the pigeons?


 Jun 02, 2008 at 01:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Go Simcha Go!!!


 Jun 02, 2008 at 01:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Time to get someone in Albany that will care for us in Boro Park. Simcha I'm with you all the way.


 Jun 02, 2008 at 01:43 PM Name Says:



 Jun 02, 2008 at 02:02 PM Anonymous Says:

To Name
I hope you also don't forget all the other stuff Felder did for us in the community, Like getting alot of funding in the past 7 years into his district, getting us a new park on 18 Avenue, trying to get rid of the garbage flyers on our door steps, and fighting for us when we need him.

You know that his vote didn't make a difference at all.


 Jun 02, 2008 at 02:04 PM Anonymous Says:

pigeon man to the rescue!


 Jun 02, 2008 at 02:24 PM shmuel Says:

that pigeon thing was the best idea the guy had


 Jun 02, 2008 at 03:53 PM Anonymous Says:



 Jun 03, 2008 at 03:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Garbage flyers on our door steps, was not Felder it was Dove Hlkned


 Jun 04, 2008 at 12:46 PM dov Says:

You have your politicians mixed up. It was Simcha - not Dov - who worked on the flyers. It was also Simcha who got the garbage trucks off the streets in the morning to help traffic. Even though he's kosher, he brings home the bacon!


 Jun 05, 2008 at 03:41 PM Anonymous Says:

our community look what simcha did with 1.9 million
Community Center of Rockaway Peninsula $75,000
Machon Bais Yaakov $25,000
Relief Resources $75,000
Foundation for Jewish Broadcasting $50,000
Yeled V Yalda early Childhood Center $95,000
Project Lend a Hand $20,000
Baiskan Tziporah Afterschool Program $25,000
Center for Community Resources $25,000
66th Pct. $25,000
Jewish Community Council for Crown Heights $95,000
United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg, Inc. $75,000
Jewish Community Council for Boro Park $50,000
Jewish Community Council for Canarsie $95,000
Ohel $350,000
Agudath $350,000
Crown Heights Preservation Committee Corporation $95,000
Tree Pruning $100,000
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty $250,000
Midwood Development Corporation $50,000


 Jun 16, 2008 at 10:29 PM pigeon lover Says:

Thanks no more pigeon poop on my car windshield


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