The New York City Jewish community continues to stand behind its long-time advocate Eric Adams, as the mayoral candidate, who has been topping the latest polls, continues gather Orthodox Jewish endorsements. On Monday, Adams added to his growing list of Orthodox Jewish endorsements: a coalition of growing and thriving Staten Island Jewish groups and the influential Sephardic Community Federation (SCF), which is based in Flatbush.
Among the Staten Island supporters were Grand Rabbi Tzvi Pollack, shlita, Harav Chaim Yehuda Pollack, shlita, who is rosh kollel of Kehilas Agudath Shomrei Hadas, Grand Rebbe of Grossvidan, Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Ari Weiss, Mark Weiss, the executive coordinator of Hatzolah Staten Island, Avrum Shmiel Rosenberg, Gabie Pinny Markowitz, Dudi Handler, David Schonfeld, and Zecharia Roth Mirocznik.
“Eric Adams is the best candidate to lead us,” said Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, who is the founder of COJO of Staten Island.
Mr. Ari Weiss, a community activist who co-endorsed Adams, said, “Eric is not just a friend who I’ve known for years, he a loyal person to our community, to every community.
“He bridges every community together.
“Any time any problem was up and coming, Eric was their Number One, tackling it and helping everyone out: no matter what area it was, no matter what capacity. I am proud to say that we endorse Eric Adams, and I hope everyone will vote, and Eric will be our next mayor.”
The support of the SCF and Staten Island comes less than a week after the Crown Heights community and the Far Rockaway Jewish Alliance (FRJA) endorsed Adams, who served in the NYPD for 22 years, and represented Brooklyn’s 20th Senate District as a state senator from 2006 to 2013.
“He’s always followed through on every promise, and he is well-qualified to be our next mayor,” said Mr. Ronnie Tawil, an SCF co-chairman.
Adams “is thrilled that SCF has joined our growing movement for mayor and cemented his decades-long relationship with the Sephardic Jewish community,” Brooklyn’s borough president said through a campaign spokesperson. “[Adams’] support from all corners of the city’s Jewish community mirrors his support from all corners of this diverse city, and will produce the broadest governing coalition in New York City’s history when he’s elected mayor.”
Brooklyn’s borough president, who prioritizes public safety, which he says “is a prerequisite to prosperity,” is using his deep experience as an NYPD captain to propose innovative ways to fight crime and better protect those who are targeted by perpetrators of hate crimes.
When the FRJA endorsed Adams last week, FRJA’s Pesach Osina praised the frontrunning mayoral candidate for “rooting out anti-Semitism.”
On May 10, when Eric Adams placed a kvitel on the kever of the Ribnitzer Rebbe, zt”l, a photograph was taken to reveal the note to say, “As mayor, I will be a fierce fighter against anti-Semitism.”
When anti-Semitic perpetrators started attacking Jews on May 20, Adams tweeted, “There can be NO tolerance for anti-Semitism in our city.
“This hate crime must be swiftly and thoroughly investigated. The guilty brought to justice. Hate has no place here. All races and religions must feel safe in NYC, and we must be a model of diversity for the world.”
In addition, Adams is a finalist this week to gain the endorsement of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition.
Early voting begins on June 12 for the New York City mayoral primary, which will take place on June 22.