De Blasio Leaves Lhota An Open Field In The Orthodox Jewish Community

Following our report, The Jewish Weeks’s Adam Dickter followed up with a featured piece about Joe Lhota working overtime to pick up support in the orthodox Jewish community.

“Joe Lhota has spent an enormous amount of time visiting the Jewish community and talking with them about important issues like public safety, helping small business, school choice and less governmental interference,” said a Lhota spokesman Tuesday.

“In recent months Lhota has asked rabbis for their blessing, gone sukkah-hopping, shook hands on street corners, visited Jewish shops and, on one recent occasion, ran into controversy when a zealous Borough Park rabbi asked female staff and reporters to wait outside his shul,” Dickter writes.

He also notes that both de Blasio and Lhota were invited to the Jewish Community Council of Borough Park’s annual breakfast Sunday, presided over by a former City Council aide to de Blasio, Yeruchim Silber. But only Lhota showed up.

“It does appear he is trying to make inroads here and is spending a lot of time in this community,” Mr. Silber told The Jewish Week. “When a major party candidate comes, you hear him out.”

In contrary, Mr. de Blasio has kept his public appearances to a minimum while he focuses on fundraising — an event with Hillary Clinton netted a reported $1 million Monday — and debate preparation. His campaign spokesman did not respond to an inquiry Tuesday about whether any upcoming appearances were planned at a Jewish venue.“It’s no surprise Bill de Blasio is absent from the [Jewish] community because showing up would require him to answer questions on his role in the Dinkins administration during the Crown Heights riots, his record raising taxes and fees and his plans that will handcuff the NYPD and make us less safe,” said the Lhota spokesman.

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