[Video below.] The Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition (FJCC) held an executive board meeting Sunday and hosted political figures from across the political spectrum, highlighting the strength of the Flatbush Jewish electorate and the FJCC’s central role in facilitating the community’s political engagement.
The event at the Young Israel of Midwood, was chaired by Josh Mehlman, and individual candidates and elected officials were introduced by FJCC board members Avi Schick, Leon Goldenberg and Chaskel Bennett.
The candidates who appeared, including all three Republican candidates for Mayor, and candidates for Comptroller and Public Advocate, came to earn the support of this politically influential group representing the Greater Flatbush and Midwood areas.
Mayoral candidates Joe Lohta, John Catsmitidis, George McDonald and Sal Albanese spoke about various subjects of interest to the group including, security and safety, support for school choice and the need for the city to work with the non- profit and religious community. City Comptroller candidate Elliot Spitzer, Public Advocate candidate Daniel Squadron, Councilman Jumanee Williams, Brooklyn Boro Presidential candidate Eric Adams, and Assemblyman Alan Maisel also attended and addressed the group . Representatives from the major Democratic Mayoral candidates were in attendance as a sign of support for the work the FJCC is doing.
Of particular mention, the three local elected officials who represent Flatbush/ Midwood communities, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, State Senator Simcha Felder and Councilman David Greenfield each spoke about the importance of organizing the community to come out and vote with all expressing strong support for the FJCC and its mission.
The FJCC, formed this past May, has already hosted all the Democratic Mayoral candidates, at a forum for the Orthodox Jewish community and has remained in touch with each campaign. Leaders also met with privatly with DA Joe Hynes, DA hopeful Ken Thomson, and many other candidates and elected officials.
With strong Rabbinic backing, the FJCC continues to grow its coalition and develop strong working relationships with individual candidates. The community is urged to vote in the primary on September 10.
For video of the meeting, click here.