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New York Compromise On Yeshiva Education Could Yet Be a Beacon

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:58:40 EST

Whose education is more sound and basic? Is it the youngster who knows more math than Bible? Or is it the youth who knows more Bible than math?There are no doubt millions of Americans who, if forced to choose, would choose the Bible as more sound and basic. No doubt millions of others would choose math.My own view is that they're both sound and basic, but that wasn't the question. And who gets to decide?This problem lies at the heart of the budget compromise that Albany struck this month in...

'Golden Handcuffs' Could Replace 'Golden Door' Under Cuomo Scholarship

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:52:14 EST

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," but once you arrive in New York, don't dare try moving somewhere else, or Governor Andrew Cuomo will be chasing you to take back your college scholarship money.Leave it to Mr. Cuomo to transform what Emma Lazarus's poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty called the "golden door" into a modern version of golden handcuffs.Mr. Cuomo's new "Excelsior Scholarships," included in the recently passed New York state...

How Governor Mario Cuomo Helped Change My ThinkingOn War and the Constitution

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:33:42 EST

With war clouds scudding in the Middle East and Asia, I'm thinking of my late friend Attila the Hun . . . pardon me, Mario Cuomo. The ex-governor once took me to lunch for the sole purpose of lecturing me on war.Before we fight, Cuomo wanted Congress to declare the war. He wasn't satisfied with some nickel-plated "authorization for use of military force." He insisted on a proper declaration of war. Otherwise, no war at all.What he had to say strikes me as a coming question, when President Trump...

How a Girl Named Masha And Her Mother Zelda Changed History's Course

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:37:41 EST

Originally my plan today was a column about the meeting between President Trump and China's communist party boss Xi Jinping. Then came word of the death early this morning of Masha Leon.She was for decades the gossip columnist of the Jewish Forward. Along with a handful of others including the New York Post's Cindy Adams Masha was a master of one of journalism's most wonderful genres.By day Masha ran with her husband an educational publishing company. By night, she worked the party circuit...

Why Not Hire Bharara To Investigate Iran For Cheating on A-Bombs

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:02:25 EST

What should Preet Bharara do next? Life, especially public life, is full of second acts. A previous U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who was unpopular in certain circles for overreaching in white-collar criminal cases against Wall Street, Rudolph Giuliani, turned out to be a pretty successful mayor of New York.In that spirit, here are some possible future career options for Mr. Bharara, who was fired on Saturday after he refused a request to resign.The most common path would...

Feds Pursuit of de Blasio Turns New York Mayor Into Sympathetic Figure

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:55:38 EST

The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is a tax-and-spend bleeding-heart liberal who ordinarily would be way down on the list of people that this center-right columnist would want to spend any time defending.So give the Obama-Trump-Schumer U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, some credit. With his open-ended, leaky, and so far inconclusive yearlong investigation into "corruption" by the mayor and his administration, he's achieved the nearly impossible task of...

How the Chelsea Bombing Vindicates Ray Kelly And Spies of the NYPD

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:31:39 EST

Just as authorities are scrambling after the terror bombings in Chelsea and across the river, settlement talks are coming to a head in the lawsuit over whether the NYPD can keep tabs on Muslim communities in New Jersey.That's where the accused bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami, allegedly hatched his would-be murderous scheme. That's where Rahami's own father two years ago warned an over-taxed FBI that his son was a terrorist.FBI agents, though, couldn't find anything on the aspiring terrorist and...

25 Years After Crown Heights Liberals Have Yet To Stand With Orthodox Jews in N.Y.

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:50:09 EST

"Jewish homes were being attacked, windows broken. Jewish residents were cowering in the safest rooms of their homes. Sympathetic gentiles in the area were sneaking word to some of their Jewish neighbors to keep their lights turned off."Marauding bands of outside agitators were roaming around, blaming Jews. This was taking place not in, say, prewar Poland or the Pale of Settlement back in an even earlier time. This was taking place in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn."That was how the...

John Faso Is Testing Classical GOP Campaign In the Season of Trump

Fri, 5 Aug 2016 06:01:25 EST

In the season of Donald Trump, how will a traditional Republican tough but polite, fiscally conservative fare in an election here in New York? We're about to find out in our 19th Congressional District.That's where John Faso, who headed the Republican ticket for governor in 2006, is running for Congress. It's his bid for a comeback after getting steamrollered by Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace.I've always thought Mr. Faso's loss in 2006 was a tragedy for New York (imagine how...

Women-Only Swim Hours At a Pool in Brooklyn Ignite Ire of the Times

Thu, 2 Jun 2016 20:11:59 EST

It's hard to imagine the horror that must have come over the editorial board of the New York Times when it discovered that a public swimming pool in Brooklyn has been accommodating Orthodox Jewish women.This is happening, the Times complains in a hysterical editorial Wednesday, at the pool on Bedford Avenue. For several hours a week, it reports, the pool is "unmoored from the laws of New York City and the Constitution."Skip the misplaced metaphor of a swimming pool being "unmoored" (it's a hole...

America's Greatest Muse Is Ignored by Arts Elite In an Era of Abstraction

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:43:38 EST

Above: Audrey Munson - NY First Super Model from Roberto Serrini on Vimeo. June will mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of Audrey Munson, the greatest artist's muse of the 20th or maybe any century. New York boasts at least 15 statues of her, including two flanking the entrance of the Brooklyn Museum. So who'll be honored at the Brooklyn Museum's annual dinner for the Elizabeth Sackler Center, which is dedicated to "feminist art its past, present, and future"? Marxist professor Angela Davis.

Andrew Cuomo on the Spot After Obama Asks States To End Iran Sanctions

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:11:54 EST

Could the fact that President Obama refused to submit his Iran agreement to the Senate for a standard up-or-down treaty vote turn around and, as my sergeant in the Army used to say, bite him in the gluteus maximus?It turns out that could depend on Governor Andrew Cuomo. New York is among the states that have enacted their own sanctions against Iran. The more Obama tries to give up to Iran, the more the state sanctions will start to irk the ayatollahs.Which is precisely why the Obama...

New York Primary Day Emerges as Voting Drama Over Delegate Thresholds

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:22:32 EST

Thriller novelists couldn't script a plot more suspenseful than today's Republican primary in New York and what it means for frontrunner Donald Trump. Will his inevitable victory "beat" expectations? After four straight losses, he needs a huge win both to bounce back and to keep alive any chance to win enough bound delegates to secure the nomination in the primaries. Having sprayed insults and attacks in every direction, he'll face difficulties wooing unbound delegates before or at the...

How the Times Flunks The Test of Economics On NY's Minimum Wage

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:13:30 EST

I teach economics. If any of my freshmen students were to submit to me a paper on the minimum wage as full of errors as the New York Times's recent plea for a New York statewide minimum of $15 per hour, those students would receive a solid "F." Fortunately, my students' knowledge of economics is vastly superior to that of the Gray Lady's editorialists.Start with the Times's accusation that only "stingy" legislators in Albany would vote to block Governor Cuomo's scheme to raise New York's...

The Race Is On To Stop Anti-Semitism at CUNY As Israel Gets Attacked

Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:58:50 EST

Americans are mourning today the murder of one of their finest sons, Taylor Force, a West Point graduate. He made it through tours in Iraq and Afghanistan only to be stabbed to death by a Palestinian Arab terrorist on the streets of Tel Aviv.It is a bitter moment, one that will be talked about at dinner tables in homes across America. The State Department was quick to issue a condemnation, declaring there is "no justification for terrorism."Could this kind of violence erupt at the City...

'Horsepucky' Is the Word For City Council Plan To Raise Its Own Pay

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:03:08 EST

Mayor de Blasio is denying that a connection exists between the votes set for Friday on a pay raise for the City Council and the deal over the horse carriages in Central Park. To which I say: "Horsepucky."The connection is that they're both an insult an affliction of the long-suffering taxpayers of New York. They are a grab for money and power by a permanent political class that lives better than the public it serves.People resent it. This, in my reckoning, is one of the biggest issues in...

The Bratton-Kelly Feud Can Best Be Settled In the Next Election

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:03:45 EST

In the feud if that's what it is between Police Commissioner William Bratton and his predecessor, Raymond Kelly, I'm on Commissioner Kelly's side. I hope he sticks with the questions he's raising all the way to the mayoral race of 2017.Somebody should. I'm not an expert and don't have a view one way or another on the veracity of the crime statistics at the center of their argument. But this strikes me as about more than the fine points of the way murders and shootings are being tallied...

Baby Left in Manger Reminds the City Of Safe Haven Laws

Thu, 3 Dec 2015 05:47:57 EST

The newborn boy abandoned in a nativity display at a Queens church last week lucked out. His mother bought towels at a 99-cent store to keep him warm, and then left him in the manger to be found. But many abandoned babies aren't so lucky. Every year hundreds are dumped in the trash, left to die in the cold or killed by panicked new mothers.All 50 states have "safe-haven" laws to prevent this, but too few women know about them. These laws allow mothers to surrender their newborns at a police...

Next: The Sheldon Silver Campaign Reform ActFor Tax-Funded Elections

Thu, 3 Dec 2015 04:59:19 EST

Sheldon Silver hasn't even been sentenced yet, and already the left is plumping for public financing of elections. Or to put it another way, if Albany is going to lose its access to graft, why not force the taxpayers to pay up?Our Democrats couldn't care less that Silver sold his office for reasons that had nothing to do with raising money for his campaign. They know that he represented a safe district on the Lower East Side, winning easily (in 2008 he got 100 percent of the vote).No, it wasn't...

For the Love of New York: Ray Kelly Eyes a Run For Mayor of the City

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:46:40 EST

It looks like it's time yet again to start thinking about the possibility that the former police commissioner of New York, Raymond Kelly, could run for mayor. That's what I took from the story that ran in Tuesday's Post under the headline "Ray hints at a run for mayor" and quoted the ex-police commissioner as saying, "Never say never."That's the best political news of the week, and Mr. Kelly confirmed the point when I spoke with him Wednesday. He was "somewhat open to it" is the way he put it...