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Albany, NY - Turning Up The Heat On Felder, Cuomo Reportedly Launches Plans For Primary Upset

Published on: May 2, 2018 07:33 AM
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FILE - Sen. Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn asks New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio if he knows the cost of a loaf of bread and  a dozen eggs during a joint legislative budget hearing on local government on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)FILE - Sen. Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn asks New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio if he knows the cost of a loaf of bread and a dozen eggs during a joint legislative budget hearing on local government on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Albany, NY - His efforts to bring Senator Simcha Felder back to the Democratic side of the aisle summarily rebuffed, Governor Andrew Cuomo is said to be trying a different tactic to have the 17th District represented by a true blue party member – taking Felder down in the upcoming elections.

Hoping to give his party a Senate majority, Cuomo has already managed to dissolve the Independent Democratic Caucus, bringing eight Democrats who sided with Republicans back to the fold, but Felder has stood his ground, much to the governor’s frustration.

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According to the New York Post (https://nyp.st/2FycIPe), a source said that Cuomo is “deeply involved” in finding a challenger who could unseat Felder.

“He’s personally involved in trying to determine who the best challenger would be to Felder,” said the source.

Felder seemed undaunted by the news that Cuomo was hoping to oust him from Albany.

“He has to do what he has to do and I have to do what I have to do,” Felder told VIN News.  “I was sent here by people I represent to serve them by doing what’s important to them.”

New York State of Politics (http://bit.ly/2FxoSrG) also reported that Cuomo is looking for a viable candidate to run against Felder, with a source saying that unless he aligns himself with Democrats, Felder will be facing a September contest with “the full weight of the party behind it.” Currently, the only person who has thrown their hat in the ring to take on Felder is lawyer Blake Morris. 

In an interview with City and State New York (http://bit.ly/2Fx6oaV) last month, Felder noted that having Democrats warning that they wouldn’t support him in the September primary would not have him changing his mind.

“I don’t respond to threats well,” said Felder.  “It only encourages me. You can ask the principal I had in yeshiva. Whenever I was disciplined, it had the opposite effect. I made more trouble.”

Felder also refuted reports in the Post saying that Cuomo had called him personally asking him to cross the aisle in mid-April, saying the last conversation he had with the governor on that topic took place sometime before last November. 

Cuomo issued a letter to Felder on April 25th, publicly asking him to rejoin Senate Democrats, calling his refusal “a wasted opportunity to move the Senate forward.”  Cuomo said that with Felder’s support, Democrats could advance causes that would benefit party members including ethics reform, campaign finance reform and the DREAM act and abortion and LGBTQ rights.

In an interview with NY1 (http://bit.ly/2Fy3gLG) after the letter was released, the governor said that he had no intention of playing hardball with Felder noting, “I am not a pressure kind of guy. I’m a charm-circle-them-with-love kind of guy.”

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also tried to sway Felder, asking him to rejoin the party now instead of waiting for a presumed big Democratic win for the Senate in November, according to The State of Politics (http://bit.ly/2FyA5Iu).

“I’m urging him to be with us and there’s a blue wave,” said Stewart-Cousin. “I believe there will certainly be more Democrats next year. So why wait?”

Felder told the Post (https://nyp.st/2Fx50Ff) last week that he chose not to rejoin his fellow party members even after Democrats won two seats in a late April election because it was in the best interests of his constituents. 

“One of my characteristics is I don’t forget people who were good to me. I have a very good, long memory,” said Felder.

Governor Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the matter.



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 May 02, 2018 at 08:00 AM Educated Archy Says:

Good luck Cuomo.

You ain't throwing him out of a frum Jewish district especially with his popularity.

I guess this is what yoni calls a free democracy where we try to bully those that don't support us . And I thought only Trump does that . What a suprise that dems do it even more .

To the satmara that loves dems Hillary and his sanctuary cities , don't forget it's the republicans in ny that saved satmar . Just ask R Aron about felder and the repubs

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 May 02, 2018 at 08:45 AM shimonyehuda Says:

if he acts like a repugnicant the democraps should throw him out of the party.

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 May 02, 2018 at 08:54 AM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

Good luck Cuomo.

You ain't throwing him out of a frum Jewish district especially with his popularity.

I guess this is what yoni calls a free democracy where we try to bully those that don't support us . And I thought only Trump does that . What a suprise that dems do it even more .

To the satmara that loves dems Hillary and his sanctuary cities , don't forget it's the republicans in ny that saved satmar . Just ask R Aron about felder and the repubs

Archy,Simcha Felder is the polar opposite off that man in the White House that you hold in high esteem. Simcha's honesty and integrity are beyond question. I don't think he's capable of telling a lie. His years of service in government is a true kiddush Hashem. All elected officials should strive to emulate Felder's high standards.

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 May 02, 2018 at 09:01 AM mgold Says:

Archy,

It's time you change your name to UNeducated Archy, as a fair amount of your posts indicate ignorance, but the following one takes the cake

"To the satmara that loves dems Hillary and his sanctuary cities , don't forget it's the republicans in ny that saved satmar"

The proposed education law was a huge danger for ALL Orthodox Yidden , Chassidish, Litvish, and everyone in between, & BH Simcha was there to save the day.

Kudos to Simcha Felder for standing up & defending the rights of ALL religious students in NYS, but what does this have to do with Satmar ??

Yes , The Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel worked long and hard , supporting Reb Simcha to stay strong , does this mean that the other Satmara support Hillary?!?!

Such twisted thinking , your Bias against chasidim in general & Satmar in particular is sickening.

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 May 02, 2018 at 09:46 AM REALIST Says:

GO SIMCHA GO!!!

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 May 02, 2018 at 10:08 AM Anonymous Says:

He is sitting in the lion's den !!! Tread carefully !!!

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 May 02, 2018 at 10:33 AM Anonymous Says:

May we all merit observing the downfall into disgrace of this incompetent, hateful governor.

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 May 02, 2018 at 10:39 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

I will be voting for Simcha, AND Nixon this coming Sep. all the frum should vote for Nixon so this way the Republican candidate for governor can win, don Corleone Cuomo abandoned yeshivas, passed gay marriage and now is at war with anything decent. All frum DEMS vote for Nixon.

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 May 02, 2018 at 11:08 AM AmYisroel Says:

so the democrats want him so they can protect illegal aliens baby murder men who claim to be woman to be allowed into girls bathrooms and force people to support gay marriage no frum Jew can support the democrat agenda and if it's about money, money comes from Hashem not the government

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 May 02, 2018 at 11:44 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
shimonyehuda Says:

if he acts like a repugnicant the democraps should throw him out of the party.

Ok so he will run as a republican and win.

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 May 02, 2018 at 11:51 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #3  
yaakov doe Says:

Archy,Simcha Felder is the polar opposite off that man in the White House that you hold in high esteem. Simcha's honesty and integrity are beyond question. I don't think he's capable of telling a lie. His years of service in government is a true kiddush Hashem. All elected officials should strive to emulate Felder's high standards.

Point well taken. I'd want my kid to emulate Simcha any day vs Trump.

That being said, at the current moment we need a liar and tirckster in the WH to set all the other liars like crooked hillary and establishment staright. We need to clean house and wipe the floors. The media and establishment has lied for too long. Oh they are very good at reporting facts. But half facts and misinformation Hillary and the others I believe obey the law but they are masterful at pushing the liimits kind of like Shelly taking kickbacks yet making sure its not quid pro quo. And they are very naive falling for every piece of garabge from climate change to the fact that muslims are peaceful. We need a no nonsense corrupt guy to wahs the floors with the establishment and their black lies.

So yes Simcha is far more virtues but we need Trump too.

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 May 02, 2018 at 11:55 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #4  
mgold Says:

Archy,

It's time you change your name to UNeducated Archy, as a fair amount of your posts indicate ignorance, but the following one takes the cake

"To the satmara that loves dems Hillary and his sanctuary cities , don't forget it's the republicans in ny that saved satmar"

The proposed education law was a huge danger for ALL Orthodox Yidden , Chassidish, Litvish, and everyone in between, & BH Simcha was there to save the day.

Kudos to Simcha Felder for standing up & defending the rights of ALL religious students in NYS, but what does this have to do with Satmar ??

Yes , The Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel worked long and hard , supporting Reb Simcha to stay strong , does this mean that the other Satmara support Hillary?!?!

Such twisted thinking , your Bias against chasidim in general & Satmar in particular is sickening.

My appology if my commented sounded like I am bais or discriminating among frum jews. I never do that nor was that my intention. I never meant to say that Satmar willib is Hillary vs Satmar KJ. That was not my intention at all.

No bias against any chasdim.

My point was simply, that it was the republcians that saved the day for klall yisroel. We had one commentor who keeps on claiming that Satmar supports Hillary and dems. I was simply addressing him and stating that I don't think that's true as evdient from this case.

But in a nutshell, yes all of NY jews were well served with Simcha and the republicans. That's all I meant. Don't be so quick to judge next time

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 May 02, 2018 at 01:12 PM NJMoshe Says:

Reply to #4  
mgold Says:

Archy,

It's time you change your name to UNeducated Archy, as a fair amount of your posts indicate ignorance, but the following one takes the cake

"To the satmara that loves dems Hillary and his sanctuary cities , don't forget it's the republicans in ny that saved satmar"

The proposed education law was a huge danger for ALL Orthodox Yidden , Chassidish, Litvish, and everyone in between, & BH Simcha was there to save the day.

Kudos to Simcha Felder for standing up & defending the rights of ALL religious students in NYS, but what does this have to do with Satmar ??

Yes , The Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel worked long and hard , supporting Reb Simcha to stay strong , does this mean that the other Satmara support Hillary?!?!

Such twisted thinking , your Bias against chasidim in general & Satmar in particular is sickening.

If you call him Uneducated Archy he will start to whine and cry, as he did when I called him by that name.

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 May 02, 2018 at 01:58 PM Jonny Jones Says:

Simcha Felder has single handedly consigned another generation of Frum Jews to abject poverty. Everybody, and I mean everybody, needs an education that will allow them to be able to earn a living. If anyone thinks this is not so.....just look at some of the incoherent comments that are posted on the Vos Iz Neis website. Poor grammar, poor spelling, and inability to write down a cogent thought. This is the result of a paltry secular education.

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 May 02, 2018 at 02:05 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #13  
NJMoshe Says:

If you call him Uneducated Archy he will start to whine and cry, as he did when I called him by that name.

Sneaky yoni once again pulls tricks out of his hate

Folks, Yonasonw= NJmoshe= Phineas= Reisman= Aron1= Yakovdoe=shimon yehuda

Sneaky yoni hates Trump but copies him via disseminating misinformation employing FB like tactics making up fake names and spamming.

And big bad Mosh = sneaky yoni

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 May 02, 2018 at 02:37 PM hashomer Says:

Reply to #13  
NJMoshe Says:

If you call him Uneducated Archy he will start to whine and cry, as he did when I called him by that name.

why can't he go back to Trumpizprez, is he saying trump is no longer pres?

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 May 02, 2018 at 02:50 PM AYidle Says:

""advance causes that would benefit party members including ethics reform, campaign finance reform and the DREAM act and abortion and LGBTQ rights""
Another great reason why Simcha SHOULD NOT . agree

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 May 02, 2018 at 03:52 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #15  
Educated Archy Says:

Sneaky yoni once again pulls tricks out of his hate

Folks, Yonasonw= NJmoshe= Phineas= Reisman= Aron1= Yakovdoe=shimon yehuda

Sneaky yoni hates Trump but copies him via disseminating misinformation employing FB like tactics making up fake names and spamming.

And big bad Mosh = sneaky yoni

That was suppose to be "hat" . Very cute "typo" though.

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 May 02, 2018 at 04:19 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #14  
Jonny Jones Says:

Simcha Felder has single handedly consigned another generation of Frum Jews to abject poverty. Everybody, and I mean everybody, needs an education that will allow them to be able to earn a living. If anyone thinks this is not so.....just look at some of the incoherent comments that are posted on the Vos Iz Neis website. Poor grammar, poor spelling, and inability to write down a cogent thought. This is the result of a paltry secular education.

"everybody, needs an education that will allow them to be able to earn a living. "

Well said I agree

".....just look at some of the incoherent comments that are posted on the Vos Iz Neis website. Poor grammar, poor spelling, and inability to write down a cogent thought. "
Not a good analogy at all
1) Most of us don't put that much thought into our VIN comments. Its written quickly during our coffee breaks. Sorry to all vin readers on my lack of effort in grammar and writing skills when posting VIN comments
2) You do not need good or proper writing skills to earn an honorable living. There are many Asians where I work, you can't write or talk coherently. This is especially true nowadays where e-mails are sent text like and spelling & grammar is out the door.

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 May 02, 2018 at 05:43 PM HEre we go again Says:

Reply to #2  
shimonyehuda Says:

if he acts like a repugnicant the democraps should throw him out of the party.

Wow liberals have such class...not. Another yoni pseudonym no doubt.

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 May 02, 2018 at 05:45 PM NJMOSHE OUTED AS YONI! Says:

Reply to #13  
NJMoshe Says:

If you call him Uneducated Archy he will start to whine and cry, as he did when I called him by that name.

Thanks for finally admitting it! lol. Smart indeed,,,,hahahahahaha.

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 May 02, 2018 at 05:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
hashomer Says:

why can't he go back to Trumpizprez, is he saying trump is no longer pres?

How old are u? And does mommy know you’re on the internet?

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 May 02, 2018 at 05:47 PM What a joke Says:

Reply to #15  
Educated Archy Says:

Sneaky yoni once again pulls tricks out of his hate

Folks, Yonasonw= NJmoshe= Phineas= Reisman= Aron1= Yakovdoe=shimon yehuda

Sneaky yoni hates Trump but copies him via disseminating misinformation employing FB like tactics making up fake names and spamming.

And big bad Mosh = sneaky yoni

Yup, we all just realized that! He just admitted under all his screen names that he labeled you “uneducated!” And the best part is, he really thinks he’s smart!!!!! Lol!

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