The hottest race in this Thursday’s Primary Election, is the race between Shlomo Mostofsky and Theresa Ciccotto for Civil Court Judge. “While there is a third Jewish candidate in the race, his fundraising and support has not materialized in to make him a serious contender,” said one political consultant.
As a result, insiders believe it’s a matter of which community pulls out their vote in this Thursday’s primary. “Traditionally, this has been a Jewish seat. Theresa is trying to take advantage knowing that this third Jewish candidate may peel off enough votes in the race to allow her to sneak a win from her Bay Ridge community,” the political consultant explained. “If the Jewish communities of Boro Park and Midwood come out big in support of Mostofsky he should win this race.”
In recent days, Mostofsky, who is a leading askan and past-President of the National Council of Young Israel, has secured serious support from political and religious leaders. Councilman David Greenfield was the first to endorse Mostofsky citing his years of askanus and extraordinary legal skills. That announcement was followed up with statements that were released by several prominent rabbonim and askonim including HaRav Yisroel Belsky, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel and Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser singing Mostofsky’s praises and citing their personal experience working with Mostofsky as one of the leading askanim of our time.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, Esther Pollard, the wife of imprisoned Jonathan Pollard, made a rare endorsement of Mostofsky for Judge as an expression of appreciation for all the years that Mostofsky has spent leading the fight to free Jonathan Pollard from prison.
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(Dov Gordon - YWN)