NYC Mayor: Sandy Home-Repair Effort Working Better
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says a program to help city homeowners with Superstorm Sandy home-repair efforts has made progress following his administration's overhaul.
De Blasio said Monday that there have been 727 construction starts and 878 reimbursement checks through the Build it Back program so far this year. That's compared to none at the start of the year, when he took office.
The program had come under criticism for its sluggish pace. A report earlier this month from the ...
NY Ballot Question Divides Government Watchdogs
New York voters will face a ballot question next month that, if approved, would create a commission to oversee redrawing the state's political map — a process that has long been criticized for being controlled by politics.
The proposed commission sounds like the kind of reform that would please good-government groups like Common Cause and Citizens Union. But instead, the two watchdog groups are split over the referendum and whether it represents progress or an empty promise.
Additional Rabbonim Drop Out of Jerusalem Rabbinate Race
The list of candidates in the Tuesday afternoon election for new chief rabbis of Yerushalayim continues to shrink as additional rabbonim drop out of the race.
The first rav to drop out was Rabbi Yehuda Rosenthal. He dropped out days after registering, leaving many wondering why he entered the race to begin with.
Rabbi Avraham Chanoch Kutnier and Rabbi Moshe Maimon have also pulled out of the race since they are both over seventy and no longer eligible. Once again, one might question why ...
Nothing Like A Day At Home For Unpopular President
They say you can never truly go home again, but for Barack Obama, perhaps the old adage doesn't apply.
Across the country, far more Americans say they disapprove of the president than approve. Democratic candidates in tough races are practically begging Obama to stay away this year.
But this is Chicago, where support for the town's favorite son still runs high. Throngs of Chicagoans craned their necks and shouted cheers in Obama's direction during his brief trip home.
Obama arrived ...
Is the IDF Lying About False Alarms in S. Israel?
Sirens sounded in an Eshkol Regional Council community of southern Israel on Monday 26 Tishrei. Sirens sounded in a number of communities in the south on Sunday. The IDF reported in all cases the sirens were a false alarm triggered by malfunction or over sensitive sensors.
Major (reserves) Ran Levy however insists this is not so and that rockets were indeed fired in some case. Levy is active with an organization that represents southern residents and seeks to protect their rights.
Even If Their Party Wins US Senate, Some Republican Governors Say Obamacare Repeal Is Unlikely
While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away.
Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income people in their states, despite their own misgivings and adamant opposition from conservative legislators. Three more governors are negotiating with the Democratic ...
Deri Joins Livni in their Opposition to Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Shas leader Aryeh Deri and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni are actively opposing the candidacy of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race. Livni insists the rabbi is racist and his candidacy should be disqualified, referring to the rav’s policy opposing the rental or sale of Jewish properties in Tzfas to Arabs. Livni stated that electing Rabbi Eliyahu to a chief rabbi post in the capital would be tantamount to lighting a match in a gas station.
For Deri, who ultimately ...
US Lawmaker Demands Probe Of Nazi Benefit Payments
A senior House Democrat is demanding an immediate investigation following an Associated Press report that suspected Nazi war criminals and former SS guards received millions of dollars in American Social Security benefits.
Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York requested the inquiry in letters sent Monday to the inspectors general at the Justice Department and Social Security Administration.
Maloney, a high-ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called ...
President Rivlin Address the 'From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other' Conference
President Reuven Rivlin addressed the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities at a special conference on "From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other".
"The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn’t skip any arena.
"I too have been exposed to verbal abuse every time I post something ...
US Agency Warns Car Owners to Get Air Bags Fixed
A potential crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed.
The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are inflated in crashes.
Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem and there have been multiple injuries. They also say more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with the faulty air ...
Justice Minister Livni: Don't Vote for Rabbi Eliyahu
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is calling on members of the 48 strong voting body not to cast a ballot for Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita, who hopes to become the next Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Yerushalayim. According to a Channel 2 News report, Livni is working to sabotage Rabbi Eliyahu’s election bid.
She was preceded by former ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) Director Yuval Diskin. Both feel that Rabbi Eliyahu’s public remarks against renting and selling homes in Tzfas to Arabs ...
Obama Casts His Vote Early in Chicago
President Barack Obama has cast his vote early for the 2014 midterm elections.
Obama voted Monday at a community center named after the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. near his family's home on Chicago's South Side. He says it's exciting and that he loves voting.
Obama isn't discussing his vote. But he says the most important job in a democracy is the job of citizen.
Obama and other Democrats have been urging their supporters to vote early this year instead of waiting until Election ...
Degel Shifts Support from Rav Schlesinger to Rav Lau
After all but agreeing to back the candidate of Rabbi Eliyahu Schlesinger Shlita in his bid to become the next Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, Degel Hatorah has announced it will be joining Agudas Yisrael in backing Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lau Shlita.
In an interview with Kol Berama Radio Rabbi Schlesinger stated he was not going to back out of the race, calling on Rav Lau to step down to clear the road for his victory. Rabbi Schlesinger stated he is planning to see the race through to the ...
Boston Bomb Case Judge Wants 1,000 Juror Summonses
At least 1,000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said Monday.
Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, planted two bombs near the marathon finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev ...