• Op-Ed: Today’s Special Election

    There are 4 candidates running due to the crazy way this race came about. All 4 have at least some chance of winning. I attended events for 2 of the candidates and spoke to many of their backers and heard all of their reasons. Written by a local member of the Crown Heights community • Full Article

    There are 4 candidates running due to the crazy way this race came about. All 4 have at least some chance of winning. I attended events for 2 of the candidates and spoke to many of their backers and heard all of their reasons. I’ll mostly be focusing on these 2 and hopefully I’ll help my loyal audience decide for themselves.

    Menachem Raitport:

    Pros – He’ll be first Chasid in state legislature. His team registered almost 300 new voters. He has managed to get almost all community ‘leaders’ & ‘Rabbis’ to back him which is not easy especially for someone like himself. He’s at least trying to run a serious campaign. He doesn’t have rock-star competitors.

    Cons – He doesn’t understand the political system. He sounds really bad whenever he speaks and will sound really dumb when he announces that ‘he wants to take the money from the public schools and give it to the yeshivas or that when he helps more street kids become plumbers there will be less drugs’. He will be in the minority in his new position. There’s 150 State assembly people and almost 70% are democrats and many of the republicans aren’t exactly right wingers. He’ll have zero power. Now for the biggest issue. EVEN if he wins which my math puts it below 30% chance, he has no chance of keeping the seat in the next election which will take place at the same time as presidential elections and will have massive turnout which can only hurt a Lubavitch republican. I’m not going to bore you with the math of how hard it’s going to be for him to win even if every single Lubavitcher goes out and votes for him, but just understand that he needs every ‘what if’ to go perfect for him in order to win.

    Shirley Patterson:

    Pros – She worked her way up the good old fashion way by volunteering, being on school/community boards and networking with all the right people. She’s smart and understands how the system works and has the allies needed to actually get her demands. She’s 100% in agreement with our community on the two main issues consistently brought up a) Education tax credit. b) Re-zoning to allow developers to build for low income people while also making money. She actually has good relations and connections with multiple Lubavitchers. Most importantly she’s part of a political machine which is friendly to Crown Heights (Team Eric Adams).

    Short story (going to go off track for a moment) is this race isn’t really about Raitport vs Patterson. Its about Patterson vs Richardson (one of the other 4 in the race with a very strong operation) Richardson is backed by our evil congresswomen Yvette Clarke and this is really a bully fight between Clarke and Adams for who controls Brooklyn, it’s important to remember how Clarke has back stabbed our community in regards to Israel and other issues on many occasions. If Richardson loses this could be the beginning of Clarke’s downfall and hopefully putting someone good into that congressional seat which is obviously a very important office. If Patterson wins she’ll keep the seat for many years and with all the turmoil in NY State she can actually rise fast.

    Cons – She also doesn’t talk well and have politician people’s skills. She doesn’t know the Lubavitch community and its needs as well as Raitport or even Davis (4th candidate).

    To end off. I hope everyone who is registered to vote makes it their business to go to the polls. When we vote we are already winners.

    To check where your polling site is and to check if your registered.


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    1. Dear ‘Op Ed,’
      Thanks for the interesting article. Who are you? How do we know your ‘calculations’ and insights are correct? They might be.
      “State she can actually raise fast.” ‘Rise fast.’
      boruch n. hoffinger

      Boruch Hoffinger
    2. 30%? why are you afraid to put out the numbers? its not boring its a lie! Prove me wrong.
      Lets see if you have the gits to not erase my comment…

    3. Very interesting, thanks for sharing. Who wrote this?

      Moshe R.
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