The polls have closed and the votes are counted. Brad Lander has been declared as the winner of the Democratic Primary and most certainly will be the next Councilman representing the 39th district in the New York City Council.
For our community this is most welcome news. Over the past several months, I have developed a close and warm relationship with Brad. I was amazed at his gentle demeanor in the midst of a tumultuous campaign and witnessed his ability to see the good of everyone with whom he came into contact with. Brad has a keen understanding of the community, and its distinct needs which were so passionately articulated by concerned citizens during the course of the campaign. Brad is a dedicated public servant who has made a commitment to our community. I have no doubt that he will make us proud as our representative in the City Council.
Yes, there was those that supported another candidate and that is the fundamental right of each and every citizen to express their support for the candidate of their choice. Indeed, Brad did not receive the majority of the Orthodox Jewish vote – nor anything close to it-but knowing Brad as being the ultimate public servant – that statistic won’t be a factor in how he works on behalf of our community. That philosophy is the distinction between a politician and a public servant.
But now the voters have spoken and our democracy has demonstrated once again that we are privileged to live in this great and free nation where we live according to our traditions and can shape our own destiny.
Now is the time to come together and unite behind Brad so that we can work together to help those that are the most vulnerable of our society. Brad looks forward to working with everyone to bring the resources which we need so desperately to those that are most deserving.
I urge everyone to offer your advice and good wishes. Only thru goodwill can we hope to accomplish our common goal of addressing the most pressing issues facing our community.
As we usher in Rosh Hashanah, I take this opportunity to both congratulate Brad Lander and wish him and his family a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.
(By: Ezra Friedlander for YWN)