A Democratic councilman for a Republican-gerrymandered 'super Jewish' Senate seat
Former City Councilman Simcha Felder walked into the offices of Hamodia, an Orthodox Jewish newspaper, and announced he was running for the newly created "super Jewish" State Senate seat in Brooklyn.
The district includes Borough Park and Flatbush and currently is divided up between six state senators. Combining those two neighborhoods was "a longstanding dream" of Jews in the area, according to Hamodia. Felder's successor in the Council, David Greenfield, disagrees, calling it a "super ghetto."
The district was created by the Republicans in the State Senate, who were allowed by the governor to reconfigure the state's now 63 Senate districts for maximum partisan advantage.
Reuven Blau predicted Felder's move back in November. Felder currently works as a top aide to New York City Comptroller John Liu, who only last month, gave Felder a $15,000 raise, according to Blau.
Celeste Katz sees Felder's entrance onto the campaign trail as another sign of how bad Liu's own campaign problems really are
Felder represented part of the district when he was a councilman for two terms. Its many Orthodox Jewish voters are mostly socially conservative and very much in favor of expanded entitlement programs like school vouchers.
Those are the voters who helped propel Republican Bob Turner into congress and helped make longtime Democratic councilman Lew Fidler's State Senate race against a Republican newcomer a coin toss.
Felder is a Democrat and said he'll run on the Democratic line. But he's signaling he won't be walking lock-step with the caucus, which means the Republicans who drew the district could win an ally, even if they don't win the seat.
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Super Jewish State Senate district
Former councilman Simcha Felder will run for that seat; Felder's successor in the Council has called it a Jewish "ghetto". [Adam Dickter]
Felder is leaving a month after getting a $15,000 raise from Liu. [Reuven Blau]
Flashback: Reuven Blau had the scoop in November. [Daily News]
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