2019 Guest List

October 19, 2019

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This week’s guest is the renowned archeologist Shimon Gibson, co-director of the university’s Mount Zion archaeological project.  During the past 20 years, Gibson has conducted numerous excavations and field surveys in different parts of Israel. In August of this year, Archaeologists excavating on Mount Zion in Jerusalem uncovered evidence of the Babylonian conquest of the city, which appears to confirm the Biblical account of its destruction.

Archeologist Shimon Gibson
Archeologist Shimon Gibson
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  • Click here to read CNN coverage: Archaeologists find evidence of Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem — as told in the Bible

 

October 12, 2019

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October 5, 2019

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Discussion regarding helping others in Southern Brooklyn with Chasdei Lev Founder Naftoli Miller, Josh Mehlman, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales, NYC Councilman Chaim Deutsch, NYC Councilman Robert E Cornegy, Shloimie Dachs and Shia Friedman.

Chasdei Lev Food distribution at Floyd Bennett Field
Chasdei Lev Food distribution at Floyd Bennett Field

 

September 28, 2019

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David Horovitz Founder of The Times of Israel
David Horovitz Founder of The Times of Israel

David Horowitz, Founding Editor of The Times of Israel joins Community Matters this week to discuss the elections in Israel. Exploring the question: Where do they from here?

Horowitz is a British-born British-Israeli journalist, author and speaker. He is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, a current affairs website based in Jerusalem that launched in February 2012. Previously, he had been the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report.

 

September 21, 2019

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Jonathan Schanzer
Jonathan Schanzer

This week, Jonathan Schanzer, Sr VP of the Research Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former terror finance analyst for the US Treasury Department joins the show. Discussion pertains to Iran, the Attack on Saudia Arabia, Impact on America, Israel and the Mideast.

 

 

September 14, 2019

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September 7, 2019

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Evan Bernstein, NY/NJ Regional Director of the ADL
Evan Bernstein, NY/NJ Regional Director of the ADL

Evan Bernstein is the New York/New Jersey Regional Director at the Anti-Defamation League and is responsible for all initiatives across New York State and Northern and Central New Jersey. This week he comes to Community Matters to discuss if Jews are Safe in New York, the recent Violent Assaults and The Rise of Antisemitism in our Community

He is regularly quoted in local and national news sources that have included CNN, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times about issues related to civil rights and anti-Semitism.

Evan has been appointed to the New York City Public Advocate’s Hate Crime Task Force and the Governor of New York’s Interfaith Council. He also sits on the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Interfaith Advisory Council and Congressman Andy Kim’s New Jersey Leadership Council on Combatting Anti-Semitism and Hate Speech.

 

August 31, 2019

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Dr. Eric Mandel
Dr. Eric Mandel

Dr. Eric Mandel, Director and Founder of MEPIN™, the Middle East Political and Information Network™. is this week’s guest. Discussion pertains to the fear of war rising in the Middle East.

Dr. Mandel is also the Northeast Co-Chair of StandWithUs, an international organization dedicated to educating the public about Israel, while fighting the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) against Israel.

 

August 24, 2019

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Congressman Max Rose with Leon Goldenberg
Congressman Max Rose with Leon Goldenberg

Congressman Max Rose joins the shows to discuss the 9-11 Victims’ Compensation,  The Staten Island Seawall and more.

The congressman is an American veteran and serves as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 11th congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. He defeated incumbent Republican Dan Donovan in 2018.

Rose served in the U.S. Army as a platoon leader in the War in Afghanistan, where he was wounded, from 2012 to 2013. For his service he was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

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August 17, 2019

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August 10, 2019

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August 3, 2019

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Nnicole Malliotakis stands with the fearless girl statue in downtown Manhattan
Nnicole Malliotakis stands with the fearless girl statue in downtown Manhattan

NYC Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis joins the show this week to discuss Anti-BDS Legislation, Support for Israel, Immigration and Sanctuary States. The second segment of the show will  feature discussion pertaining to the Queens District Attorney Race and why your vote does matter!

More about this week’s guest: Nicole Malliotakis was first elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. She is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. Nicole currently represents a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She was the first Hispanic-American elected from Richmond County. She was re-elected to her third term in November 2014 with an overwhelming 73 percent of the vote.

 

July 27, 2019

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NYC Councilman Kalman Yeger
NYC Councilman Kalman Yeger

This week’s guest is NYC Councilman Kalman Yeger. Discussion surrounding the recent Power Outrages and Con Ed. Plus, discussion regarding flooding, infrastructure and numerous instances of buckets of water being thrown on Police Officers.

  •  CLICK HERE for the most recent updates from Kalman Yeger on Twitter

More about the Council Member:  Kalman Yeger serves in the New York City Council for the 44th district, which includes all or parts of the Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Gravesend, Kensington, and Midwood neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

 

July 20, 2019

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July 13, 2019

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July 6, 2019

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Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein discusses his first year in office. He reviews the lessons he has learned, successes and more.

Prior to being elected to this seat, Simcha served on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legislative affairs team in Albany, and as part of the mayor’s senior Intergovernmental staff at City Hall. During this time, Simcha played a crucial role advocating for budgetary and legislative priorities vital to the City of New York in Albany, and was instrumental in helping craft and pass many pieces of legislation in the state legislature.

Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein
Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein

 

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June 29, 2019

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This week’s show features an Election Recap with Jewish Community Leader Chaskel Bennett. Discussion regarding Farah Louis’s win and her campaign for a united district 45. A second segment takes a look at the shocking results of the Queens District Attorney Race and a Community Victory in Rockland County’s District Attorney race.

 

June 22, 2019

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Leon Goldenberg is a  Board Member and strong supporter of Shalom Torah Centers in East Windsor, NJ
Leon Goldenberg is a Board Member and strong supporter of Shalom Torah Centers in East Windsor, NJ

This week’s topic is Shalom Torah Centers. A thriving school in a now thriving community, developed in NJ. Leon is the Chairman of the Board of plays an active role in the organization, which provides exceptional education to students who may have otherwise been unable to obtain a Jewish education.

Guests include Rabbi Nachman Greenwald and more.

 

June 15, 2019

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Antisemitism in New York City is up over 80%! This week’s show discusses this rise with guest Rabbi Michael Miller who is the Executive Vice President of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

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Rabbi Michael Miller

Discussion includes a wide variety of topics such as common areas where hate crimes are occurring, common types of hate crimes, responses by the community, law enforcement, reasoning for the surge in hate crimes and more. Plus, further discussion on the various video recordings of hate crimes against Jews. It is underlined that we must increase funding to get more surveillance cameras at synagogues and Jewish schools, etc.

 

June 8, 2019

No show this week, on account of the Jewish holiday of Shavuos.

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June 1, 2019

No show this week, to make space for the annual Oorah radiothon.

Lipa sings at Oorah's Radiothon
Lipa sings at Oorah’s Radiothon

 

May 25, 2019

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The Queens race for District Attorney is coming up. This week’s guests are NYC Councilmember Rory Lancman and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. They discuss the components of the community and diversity in the district. Additionally, each candidate reviews their specific community ties, successes and top focuses.

NYC Councilman Rory Lancman
NYC Councilman Rory Lancman

Councilman Rory Lancman chairs the Committee on the Justice System, overseeing the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the district attorneys in all five boroughs, the City’s special narcotics prosecutor, the public defender organizations, the civil legal services providers funded by the City, and the courts.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, grew up in Forest Hills in a Jewish family. She has been an NYS Assembly member, a NYC Council member and worked in the private sector. Katz graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (summa cum laude), where she was named a Commonwealth Scholar, and later earned a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law.

 

May 18, 2019

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Farah Louis wins the Special Election for District 45 in Brooklyn, New York. Guests tonight are Chaskel Bennett and NYC Council-member Kalman Yeger.

Farah Louis
Farah Louis

Discussion pertains to what went into determining the candidate which the Jewish community would support. Additionally, the effort put into helping a candidate and how the community pulled together to support Farah Louis and push her into victory.

 

May 11, 2019

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On May 14th, there is a Special Election to fill the vacant seat in City Council District 45. This segment encompasses how this process works, who is up for election and who many people and groups in the Jewish community are endorsing.

Guests include Councilman Chaim Deutsch, Councilman Kalman Yeger, Community Activist Chaskel Bennett, City Council Candidate Farrah Louis and more.

More about City Council Candidate Farah Louis

Farah Louis is a top candidate for for the city council seat vacated in District 45. She holds a Masters in Public Administration, from New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a Bachelors in English from Long Island University. Farah is also a proud product of the New York City public school system, attending Midwood High School in the heart of Flatbush.

Farah Louis
Farah Louis is the preferred candidate for the Special Election in City Council District 45

 

May 4, 2019

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The guests this week include Rabbi Moshe Heir, NYC Council Candidate Monique Chandler-Waterman (District 45/Special Election) and community activist Chaskel Bennett. The first half of this week’s show discusses the murders at the Chabad of Poway in California. The second half of the show focuses on the upcoming election to fill the vacant seat in Brooklyn’s City Council District 45.

More about the Guests…

Rabbi Marvin Hier Founder and Dean Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum
Rabbi Marvin Hier Founder and Dean Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum

Rabbi Marvin Heir is the Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, its Museum of Tolerance and of Moriah, the Center’s film division. He was “the first Orthodox rabbi ever to give a benediction at an American president’s inauguration“.

Monique Chandler- Waterman
Monique Chandler- Waterman

Monique Chandler Waterman is a top candidate for the city council seat vacated in District 45 and received the endorsement of Jumaane Williams , who last held the seat and is now the Public Advocate of New York City. Monique has been a Community Organizer, a Public School Teacher and a Civil Rights Advocate. She is a Community Outreach Director for former Council Member Jumaane Williams.

 

April 27, 2019

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Discussion regarding IMMUNIZATION. Host Leon Goldberg shares his families personal experience with vaccinations. Guest Dr. Jane Zucker is the Assistant Commissioner at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She speaks in regard to people whom should be vaccinated and those hwom cannot for pre-existing medical reasons. Dr. Zucker formerly worked for the CDC. The show moves on to include details of why a certain sect of Jews refuse to get vaccine and how this affects the community in terms of health and public perception.

 

April 20, 2019

No show this week, in observance of Passover

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April 13, 2019

Discussion regarding the elections in Israel. This week’s guest is Malcolm Hoenlein who is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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Malcolm Hoenlein

Early legislative elections were held in Israel on April 9, 2019 to elect the 120 members of the 21st Knesset. Elections had been due in November 2019, but were brought forward following a dispute between members of the current government over a bill on national service for the ultra-Orthodox population, as well as impending corruption charges against incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This charge comes despite the fact Netanyahu has a very trusted reputation in Israel. He also managed to capture the millennial vote. This is a very telling point to note.

 

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April 6, 2019

Nathan Lewin
Nathan Lewin

Guest Nathan “Nat” Lewin is an acclaimed lawyer at Lewin & Lewin. Discussion regarding the Blaine Amendment (click here for full details). Additionally, discussion regarding Lewin’s  relation to the Holocaust and his families journey in bringing their family to America by use of determination and meticulous maneuvering. He was 5 years old when his family was able to escape the Holocaust and get into the United States.

More about this week’s guest: Nat Lewin has engaged in trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts for more than 55 years. Lewin also fought the case for Chabad of which allowed them to place their private Chanukah Menorah’s in public spaces. He has been voted by his peers to be included in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the District of Columbia for all of the 25 editions of that volume. He has argued 28 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and drafted and filed more than 235 briefs in that Court.

 

March 30, 2019

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U.S._Customs_and_Border_Protection.svgHost Leon Goldenberg speaks with U.S Customs and Boarder Protection Dept. Discussion regarding what their top priority that they are looking for, the benefits of Global Entry, currency regulations when traveling and more. They even go on to speak about topics such as the limited fruits and nuts that are and are not allowed on airplanes, airline passengers traveling with etrogs and more.

Guests from the Department include: Frank Russo Port Director of the Office of Field Operations. Ginger Peron, Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist. Anthony Compost Supervisor Customs and Boarder Protection Officer, who deals more with outgoing.

 

March 23, 2019

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Guest Shafik Gabr, International Chairman of Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Commission. He is a leader in business and one of the world’s premiere collectors of oriental art. Gabr is also a dedicated philanthropist.

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Shafik Gabr in discussion regarding the Congressional Gold Medal for President Sadat

Host Leon Goldenberg speaks with Safik Gabr in regards to why people felt that President Sadat was a leader deserving of the Congressional Medal. More details revealed which pertain to what happened when the President took the chance of introducing his commitment for peace and how Egypt was cut off and even removed from the Arab League. Learn how President Sadat accomplished his mission at a very high price to himself.

 

March 16, 2019

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Rabbi Eli Abadi
Rabbi Eli Abadi

This week is part 2, of the journey to obtain the Congressional Gold Medal for former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Followed by the recent invite to be hosted in Eygpt, by the country’s current President, to the group involved in securing this honor for President Sadat.


This segment of Community Matters is Guest Hosted by Chaskel Bennett. Guests include Rabbi Eli Abadi, Ezra Friedlander of the Friedlander Group, Eli Epstein, Leon Goldenberg and Agi Goldenberg.

 

March 9, 2019

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Chaskel Bennett

This week’s show is Guest Hosted by Chaskel Bennett. Guests on the show include Leon Goldenberg and Ezra Friedlander of the Friedlander Group. Discussion this week is regarding the recent trip to Egypt in which a delegation of Orthodox Jews met with the President of Egypt. It should be underlined that they were the guests of the President.

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Meeting President El-Sisi… Orthodox Jewish activist Ezra Friedlander in a historic visit to Cairo

Leon and Ezra were responsible for putting together this commission of which sought and secured the Congressional Medal of Honor for President Sadat.

 

March 2, 2019

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Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez
Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez  joins to the show to discuss the spike in attacks against Jews. Specifically, the discussion begins as a review in what the D.A. considers when he pushes to charge someone with a Hate Crime. The point is made that – sometimes things look like hate crimes but they are hard to prove because of a lack of evidence.

The D.A. says that he has a plan to work on addressing what has happened to Jews in Crown Heights and stop it from continuing. He plans to work on the Crown Heights Community and get together community leaders, groups of kids and more to really reach the community.

Discussion also includes how, the D.A.’s office is also doing proactive investigations. Previously, past persons in this position would deal with situations after they happened. Currently, D.A. Eric Gonzalez is trying to identify the persons and stop them before it occurs or stop them from continuing.

 

February 23, 2019

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Honoree, Dob Bauman is the President of Glatt Mart on Avenue M
Honoree, Dob Bauman is the President of Glatt Mart on Avenue M

Discussion regarding the upcoming Legislative Breakfast of COJO – Flatbush.

This Week’s Guests include:
Larry Speiwak, Chairman, COJO-Flatbush
Moshe Zakheim, Board COJO-Flatbush
Lou Welz, Executive Director of COJO-Flatbush
– Honoree Dov Bauman, President of Glatt Mart

COJO of FlatbushCongrats to this years honorees at COJO’s Legislative Breakfast: Congressman Peter King, NYS state senator Andrew Gounardes, NYS Assembly member Simcha Eichenstein , NYC councilman Justin Brannan, Police Commissioner James O’Neill, Zahava Szasz Stressel – PhD, mount sinai president Scott Lorin MD, MBA ; CEO of Goldmont Realty – Leon Goldenberg, President of Glatt Mart Dov Bauman and devoted COJO volunteer Esther Raphael

Congratulations! Left to right: Moshe Zakheim, Rafael L Espinal Jr., Leon Goldenberg, NYC council member Laurie Cumbo, nyc council member Justin Brannan and Chaim Deutsch
Congratulations! Left to right: Moshe Zakheim, Rafael L Espinal Jr., Leon Goldenberg, NYC Council Member’s Laurie Cumbo, Justin Brannan and Chaim Deutsch (Legislative Breakfast 2019, at Kol Yaakov)

 

February 16, 2019

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Public Advocate Candidates:

Assembly member Ron Kim
Assembly member Ron Kim

Ron Kim is a New York State Assembly member representing the 40th District, which includes portions of Whitestone, Flushing, College Point, and Murray Hill in Queens. He is proposing “The People’s Deal.” This includes Cancel Student Debt, End Corporate Subsidies and Bust the Trusts.

New York City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez
New York City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez

New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, represents the 10th Council District, which includes the neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill. He has been an advocate for immigrants in his district of Upper Manhattan. Rodríguez serves as the Chairman of the Council Transportation Committee.

 

February 9, 2019

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Guest, Rabbi Eli Cohen of Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. Met Council is the umbrella organization for this and 15 other local Jewish Community Councils.

Discussion regarding security concerns in the Crown Heights area. Specifically topics concerning the recent attacks on Jews. The turnaround time on the attacks. Plus, the motives that made these attacks pushed toward being labeled more severe. Ultimately, the Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has pushed for Hate Crime charges.

 

February 2, 2019

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The New York City Public Advocate Race is going strong and the Election Date for this race is coming up on February 26, 2019. This week’s show focuses on two of the 16 candidates in this year’s race. Host Leon Goldenberg speaks with these candidates about various topics.

Candidates on the show:
– First segment: NYC Council Member Raphael Espinal
– Second segment: Assemblyman Michael Blake

NYC Council member Raphael Espinal
NYC Council member Raphael Espinal

Raphael Espinal  graduated from Queens College, then became a teacher of Adult Literacy and General Education Degree (GED) courses in his neighborhood. He begin to work for New York City Councilman Erik Martin Dilan in 2007. Fast-forward to 2011, Rafael stepped up to the opportunity of serving the 54th Assembly District as a New York State Assembly Member. Over the course of 2 years in the New York State Assembly, Rafael passed 4 bills, fighting liberally for better health care, more sensible immigration practices, and fiscal policies that would benefit the greater good. His unwavering work was recognized by City and State as one of New York City’s “40 under 40 Rising Stars”. In 2013, Rafael was elected to the City Council, where he currently is continuing his work.

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Assemblyman Michael Blake
Assemblyman Michael Blake

Michael Blake is a third term Assembly Member in the New York State Assembly representing the 79th District in The Bronx, New York. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Blake helped lead efforts to create the first — and only — statewide My Brother’s Keeper education program in the country, securing more than $56 million in funding for programs dedicated to helping young men of color graduate from school and obtain stable careers. Additionally, he worked in President Obama’s administration directing African-American, state and local government official and Minority and Women Business Enterprises outreach and used his skills to create change in his own community. According to his official website, he feels that City Hall and agencies must be held accountable for their failures with NYCHA and the MTA.

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January 26, 2019

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Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein
Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein

Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein was elected on November 6, 2018, to represent New York’s 48th Assembly District, which includes the neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood in Brooklyn.

Before his election, Simcha served on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legislative affairs team in Albany, and as part of the mayor’s senior Intergovernmental staff at City Hall. During this time, Simcha played a crucial role advocating for budgetary and legislative priorities vital to the City of New York in Albany, and was instrumental in helping craft and pass many pieces of legislation in the state legislature. Simcha’s City Hall portfolio included the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Department for the Aging (DFTA), Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), NYC Health and Hospitals, Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Department of Transportation (DOT), Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), and Thrive NYC.

 

January 19, 2019

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The guests tonight are New York Council-members Jumanne Williams and Eric Ulrich. They and 22 other candidates are seeking to fill the vacant seat for New York City Public Advocate. The special Election is being held February 26, 2019.

Councilman Eric Ulrich
Councilman Eric Ulrich

Councilman Eric Ulrich is a Member of the New York City Council representing the 32nd District. His constituency includes the neighborhoods of Belle Harbor, Breezy Point and more in Queens. He is a moderate Republican. Ulrich is a moderate Republican, breaking from conservatives on minimum wage legislation, his vocal opposition to President Donald Trump, and his support for rent stabilization.

Councilman Jumaane Williams
Councilman Jumaane Williams

Councilman Jumaane Williams represents the 45th District. He was diagnosed with Tourette’s and ADHD at an early age, but made it through the public school system from pre-school to master’s. Jumaane began his career as a community organizer by serving as the assistant director for the Greater Flatbush Beacon School, then later as the executive director of New York State Tenants & Neighbors.

 

January 12, 2019

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Dr. Jane Zucker comes on the show. She is the Assistant Commissioner at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She formerly worked for the CDC. Discussion regarding vaccines and immunizations and how a certain sect of Jews refuse to get vaccines.

 

January 5, 2019

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Welcoming in 2019 with out first guest of the year, Aaron David Miller. He is the Vice President and Middle East Program Director at the Wilson Center, and is among America’s foremost experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Aaron David Miller
Aaron David Miller

Discussion on global issues. Primarily, speaking on troops deployed in various countries and how long they are needed on the ground. Explanation of what it means to really bring troops home. And, the future of a dysfunctional middle east.