As an underdog in the race for mayor, Democratic mayoral candidate Erick J. Salgado added Sunday evening a chip of the Orthodox Jewish vote to his drive for mayor of New York City. In a full page ad, obtained by YWN, Mr. Salgado is touted as the only choice for mayor in the Democratic primary, for Orthodox Jewish voters. “Mayoral candidate Erick Salgado is the only known candidate in the current New York City mayoral race, committed to safeguarding our moral values,” the letter of support, signed by 39 prominent Rabbis considered well respected in the Yeshiva world, and Hasidic community, reads.
“It is halachically (according to Jewish law) incumbent upon every Jew to assist Mr. Salgado’s campaign in its needs, in order for Erick Salgado to win the mayoral race,” The Rabbis write in their endorsement letter. “Every Jew, registered as a Democrat at the time of the Primary, is obligated to vote for Mr. Salgado.”
The current letter of support is the second of a kind where the Rabbis call it an obligation to vote for Mr. Salgado. At Mr. Salgado’s campaign kick-off on the steps of City Hall, his Jewish Liaison Joseph Hayon read a letter signed and authorized by some of the leading rabbis in the Orthodox community, in support of Mr. Salgado. “It is ‘mitzvah chiyuves’ (religious obligation) to support his campaign. It further obligates any jew who is not registered to vote to do so, in order to vote for Mr. Salgado in the Democratic primary,” it stated.
The letter was signed by Rav Avrohom Yaakov Nelkelbaum, Rosh Yeshivas Mir; Rav Benheoil, Rav of Bnei Yosef and Rosh Yeshiva of Mikdash Melech; Rav Elyahu Ben Haim, Rav of Yesodai Mahsad (5000 congregants) in Queens; Rav Shlomo Tzvi Stern, Debreziner Rav of BP; Rav Amram Klein, Ungar Rav; Rav Moshe Green, Rosh Yeshiva of monsey and Rav Yisroel Neuman, Rosh Yeshiva Lakewood.
Over the weekend, Mr. Salgado celebrated a new poll, conducted by Siena Research for the NY Times, showing him with a 50% increase of support since last month’s poll. Mr. Salgado, whose campaign was not found eligible for the City Campaign Finance Board matching funds program, has inched up ahead of former councilman Sal Albanese drawing into a statistical tie with embattled John Liu, who’s at 4% of registered Democratic voters.
(Jacob Kornbluh- YWN)