New York’s Jewish population goes up and to the right

Bob Turner. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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There are some startling statistics in the UJA-Federation of New York's study about the Jewish population in New York City and the surrounding eight counties, which was previewed in the Times and is expected to be released widely today.

"40 percent of Jews in the city identify themselves as Orthodox," up from 33 in 2002, for example, and "74 percent of all Jewish children in the city are Orthodox."

The report says there was "explosive" growth in the Hasidic population, and that there is a 43 percent poverty rate in Brooklyn's Hasidic population.

These shifts have already had an impact on local politics, in the election of Bob Turner, the debates over bike lanes and school vouchers, and the controversy surrounding the Brooklyn D.A.'s approach to sex-abuse prosecution.

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Events

Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and has no public schedule.

9 a.m. Councilwoman Gale Brewer attends Personal Democracy Forum 2012 at NYU's Kimmel Center, 566 LaGuardia Place.

11 a.m. City transportation commissioner Janete Sadik-Khan will unveil details of this year's Summer Streets activities at East 17th Street and Park Avenue South.

12 Noon: Councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander, the NYCLU, Muslim American Civil Liberities Union and D.R.U.M. unveil legislation to increase oversight of the NYPD on the City Hall steps.

12:30 p.m. Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, Scott Stringer, John Liu, Bill Thompson and Tom Allon appear at a 2013 Mayoral roundtable discussion hosted by City and State NY and moderated by David Chen of the Times, at 60 Washington Square South.

5:30 p.m. Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symone, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Danny Dromm, Councilman Jimmy van Bramer and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez celebrate LGBT Pride, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street.

7:15 p.m. Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Guardian Angels 33rd Annual Gala at the Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue and 61st Street.

The Numbers

Siena:

59-35, Obama leads Romney among New York State voters.

53-38, Obama leads Romney among independent NYS voters.

2012

Thursday's speech by Obama at Cuyahoga Community College will be "Obama's first 2012 campaign event that is neither a large rally nor a fundraiser." [Carol Lee and Laura Meckler]

Mitt Romney's call for school vouchers (although he doesn't use the term) is "an about-face" from George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind plan and takes the G.O.P. "back to its ideological roots by emphasizing a lesser role for Washington". [Trip Gabriel]

Obama and Romney should be as blunt as Jeb Bush about the economy. [Frank Bruni]

You can now make political donations via text messages, up to $50 per month per cell phone number. [Jack Gillum]

"What was present during the Bush years scandals but isn’t in the Obama years is 'the drumbeat.'" [John Podhoretz]

Ambassador Wintour? [Page Six]

NY-13

Rep. Charlie Rangel: "I look at it as though they are applying for my job." [Reuven Fenton and Carl Campanile]

OutsideRangel's first debate, he tried greeting State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who said, "The debate is in here congressman." Rangel replied, "Well, that's not the guy that I helped become senator, by a long stretch." [Kate Taylor]

Rangel is "looking genuinely sad as he's being attacked for being in office for so long." [@ColvinJ]

Rangel skipped a debate yesterday in the Bronx. [Alex Kratz]

Mailer: "Barack Obama isn't supporting Charlie Rangel. Why should we?" [Celeste Katz]

Stop-and-Frisk

Michael Bloomberg: Cops will do "significantly" fewer stops because public possession of small amounts of marijuana will be decriminalized. [David Seifman]

Rev. Floyd Flake: Stop-and-frisk "is not really what I would call a top-shelf issue." [Inside City Hall]

Albany

"Cuomo — who rails against “special interests” in Albany — was the biggest beneficiary" of donations from lobbyists, with $143,539. [Erik Kriss]

The News leads with the same angle: Cuomo taking more money from lobbyists than anybody else in the state. [Ken Lovett]

A prescription drug package of legislation, designed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assemblyman Michael Cusick and State Senator Andrew Lanza, passed both houses of the legislature yesterday. [John Annese]

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said money raised by tickets issued by the M.T.A. should go the M.T.A., not New York City. [Pete Donohue]

City Hall

Michael Bloomberg's health initiatives are gaining some traction in the Bronx, where nearly one in three adults is obese. [Winnie Hu]

A backlog at the city's Department of Finance will result in homeowners getting higher property bills than they deserve. [Michael Howard Saul]

To encourage the purchase of local food, Bloomberg and Quinn new guidelines for food contracts that will allow "a 'price preference' for local food so long as the price falls within 10% of the lowest bidder." [Sumathi Reddy]

City Council

Councilman Ruben Wills was booted from the budget negotiating team and will lose some of his power to allocate discretionary funds for not cooperating with a state probe of expenditures at a nonprofit he once led. [Michael Howard Saul]

He's a "knucklehead" and is now drawing attention, again, to the Council's member-item process. [Daily News]

New York's Jewish Population

A new report released today by the UJA-Federation of New York found:

a 43% poverty rate in Brooklyn's Hassidic population;

"40 percent of Jews in the city identify themselves as Orthodox," up from 33 in 2002;

"74 percent of all Jewish children in the city are Orthodox";

220,000 Russian-speaking Jews in the city;

493,000 Jews in Orthodox houses (Orthodox, Hasidim and "yeshivish"). [Joseph Berger]

Policing 

Officer Richard Haste, who shot Ramarley Graham, is expected to turn himself in today.

Haste's father: "When he told the kid to show him his hands, he didn’t show him his hands," and, "He reached for his belt. Unfortunately my son thought his life was in jeopardy, and he opened fire, and unfortunately this kid got killed." [Joseph Goldstein and Wendy Ruderman]

"The NYPD later acknowledged Haste did not receive the required training to operate in a plainclothes street-narcotics unit." [Douglas Montero, Larry Celona, Chuck Bennett, and James Cahalan]

The head of the police officers union said Haste will be exonerated. [Sean Gardiner]

"Of 933 uniformed officers who retired in 2011, 95 received six-figure pensions." [Carl Campanile]

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for the Bronx D.A. to review allegations of sexual abuse at Horace Mann. The Bronx D.A. is interesting in hearing any reports about the school. [Jenny Anderson]

Education

The city's four-year graduation rate is 60.9 percent, down from 61 percent in June 2010. And: "one in five students graduated from a city high school last June ready to take on college-level work." [Yoav Gonen and David Seifman]

Fracking

A pro-fracking report from the University of Buffalo was written by three professors who did not disclose they do work for gas drilling companies. (A fourth author is the son of the man who leads the Wyoming's Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy.) The U.B. report criticized by other professors at the school for "copying entire passages." [Mireya Navarro]

Tech Note: I'm having some computer troubles and won't be including Front Page images today.

Here's what's on the covers:

Newsday: Prescription drugs; amNew York: Stupid Subway Tricks; Daily News, Metro: Ramarley Graham; New York Post: A Syrian activist at Columbia; New York Times: main image is wildfires in Colorado. Spain, Putin and Romney on education are above the fold.