New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg at his home on Thursday night. Leaders of several community Mosdos attended the meeting.
According to a BeChadrei Chareidim report, the Governor reassured the Rebbe that he would not interfere in Yeshiva education. Orthodox Jewish Yeshivas in New York City have been under investigation in recent years over allegations from a group called YAFFED that the yeshivas provide an inadequate level of secular education.
Cuomo is up for re-election in November, and is facing a furious primary challenge from ultra-liberal activist Cynthia Nixon, a former actress.
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Also last week, New York State Senator Simcha Felder visited the Rebbe and received his bracha and full support.
Just before Pesach, Felder held up the New York State budget over his demand that the Senate pass a bill recognizing the positives of a Yeshiva education. Felder, a Democrat, is often the decisive vote in Albany’s 63-seat upper chamber, as he tends to side with Republicans. Many prominent state Democrats have declared war on him.
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