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New York - Blamed By Heastie For Budget Delay, Felder Wins Support Of Jewish Community

Published on: March 30, 2018 03:52 PM
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New York - With the clock ticking down to both the New York State budget deadline and to Passover, a Brooklyn lawmaker is being blamed as the final roadblock to the passage of a $168 billion package.

A statement released by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said that 99.9 percent of the details have been worked out, with just one hurdle left to be cleared:  educational policy regulating non-public schools.

Numerous reports have emerged on social media casting Senator Simcha Felder as the person responsible for the budget holdup as he advocates for yeshivas to be exempted from certain curriculum requirements.

The New York Post (https://nyp.st/2E7MqCK) reported that Felder acknowledged that issues that he had raised had yet to be resolved, but that his concerns were not the only impediment to the budget being passed before the March 30th deadline.

“I’m not Jesus,” said Felder. “I’m not Moses. I’m not that powerful.”


But Heastie disagreed with the Democratic Felder, a pivotal figure in the Senate because he caucuses with Republicans, giving them a majority.

“After months of hard work to craft a spending plan for New Yorkers, the state budget is being held up by an unrelated non-budgetary demand in the State Senate,” said Heastie.

A Daily News (https://nydn.us/2pTzVpv) editorial slammed Felder for the delay categorizing his attempt to exempt yeshivos from state oversight as “blackmail” and calling on Albany lawmakers to call Felder’s bluff.

“Better to shut the government down than to let one man pervert public policy like this,” wrote the Daily News.

Support for Felder has been strong in the Jewish community with both Central Bobov and Satmar Headquarters tweeting their appreciation. Responding to the many tweets trending with the #IStandWithSimcha hashtag, Felder’s communications director Sheri Toiv replied “Senator Felder asked me to let you all know that he appreciates your support and that you have given him the strength to stand strong. Wishing you all Ah Freilichen Yom Tov and a Happy Easter.”

Reached via text message just after 3:30 PM Felder told VIN News that he was still in Albany.

“Still voting and then trying to get home in time,” said Felder.

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 Apr 02, 2018 at 09:41 AM yosher Says:

Shame on Felder, no Yiras Shamayim.


 Apr 02, 2018 at 11:03 AM Anonymous Says:

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yosher Says:

Shame on Felder, no Yiras Shamayim.

You have no yrias shomiam. Shame on you. Its because he has yiras shomaim and cares about jewish schools that he is sticking out his neck


 Apr 02, 2018 at 11:04 AM ShlomoH Says:

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yosher Says:

Shame on Felder, no Yiras Shamayim.

Seems to me you have no idea what you read. What makes you say what you wrote? Nothing in the article insinuates that. Additionally, I know Simcha personally and the Yiras Shomayim literally drips from him. You must’ve had too much wine to drink at the sedorim.


 Apr 02, 2018 at 06:37 PM Geulah Says:

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yosher Says:

Shame on Felder, no Yiras Shamayim.

And dina de malchusa he does have. This is what makes politics the show it is, no issues, just pander to the $$$ that keep you in the job that pays much better than welfare and makes you work no harder than DC37 clerk. The fools are staring back at us in the mirror.


 Apr 02, 2018 at 03:02 PM REALIST Says:

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yosher Says:

Shame on Felder, no Yiras Shamayim.

Did you even try to understand the issues he is standing up for?
Or are you just here to blindly criticize a man that is putting the spiritual good of the klal before being home with his family for Yom Tov?
And you call yourself 'yosher'?


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