The last time a billionaire ran for office, he remained there for 3 consecutive terms.
But other than money and political aspirations, there isn't much in common between Mayor Michael Bloomberg
and the Greek-American businessman John Catsimatidis
who hopes to succeed him.
Recently asked if he'd follow Bloomberg's lead in taking a symbolic
dollar-a-year salary, the owner of Manhattan's largest supermarket chain
replied: "99 cents. I'm a grocer..."
Running on the Republican ticket, Catsimatidis came to the Crown Heights
neighborhood on Wednesday evening, some 24 hours after his opponent Joe Lhota
Meeting him at the offices of the local Jewish Community Council were Chairman Zaki Tamir
, Executive Director Eli Cohen
, governmental liaison Chanina Sperlin
and activist Yaacov Behrman
Also present were Rabbi Shmuel Butman
Director of Lubavich Youth Organization who is a personal friend of
Catsimatidis, and the candidate's Jewish liaison Yoel Lefkowitz
"I can win in November but I need to win the Republican primary first,"
he told them, after a long discussion on affordable housing, job
opportunities and religious freedom (in particular, the Bris custom of
TRAINING THE NYPD
Meanwhile, another public Crown Heights figure attended a pre-Rosh
Hashanah meeting that City Council Speaker and Democratic candidate for
Mayor, Christine Quinn
, held with Orthodox Jewish officials.
, Director of Foundation &
Government Services at the Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn, sat
close to Quinn as issues such as the middle class struggles were
While Halberstam didn't speak up, she surely was pleased that the topic
of her life's mission of security issues was raised during the meeting.
City-funded security for schools was discussed, as well as the need for
the NYPD to enlist the expertise of outside groups in training their
officers to respect the customs and beliefs of citizens.
Coordinating the meeting -without uttering a word- was the PR man Ezra Friedlander
, CEO of The Friedlander Group and senior adviser to the Quinn campaign.
Always versatile, Friedlander has his hand in other pots as well. ("Just watching him is..." Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
of the New York Board of Rabbis commented about Friedlander. "...is exhausting," Quinn chimed in.)
He was seen escorting Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
to a private home in Crown Heights Thursday night to trump up support in his NYC Comptroller bid.
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Devorah Halberstam (L) at the Christine Quinn meeting with Orthodox Jewish officials
From L: Halberstam, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the NY Board of Rabbi and Quin
NYC Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer (C) in the home of Chanina Sperlin (L)
From L: Ezra Friedlander, Chanina Sperlin, Scott Stringer and Eli Cohen