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NY’s AG bows out of ParCare probe • Max Rose won’t run for mayor • Larry King hospitalized with Covid

The Waterford crystal ball, located on the roof of One Times Square, marks the start of 2021. (Brecht Bug/Flickr Commons)
The Waterford crystal ball, located on the roof of One Times Square, marks the start of 2021. (Brecht Bug/Flickr Commons)

New York’s attorney general won’t participate in the investigation into ParCare, the Jewish-run health clinics under scrutiny for allegedly misusing the coronavirus vaccine.

ParCare owner Gary Schlesinger, a chasidic leader from Williamsburg, is a longtime supporter of Laetitia Janes. “In order to avoid even an appearance of conflict, the attorney general has personally recused herself from this matter,” James’ office said in a statement, according to The New York Post.

But the investigation will continue into whether ParCare may have obtained doses of the coronavirus vaccine fraudulently and distributed them more broadly than state guidelines allowed.

Sen. Chuck Schumer challenged Republicans to investigate Donald Trump for voter fraud after the president was heard on a telephone call urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to overturn the election results.

“You want to investigate election fraud? Start with this,” the New York Democrat tweeted at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who along with 11 other Republican senators has committed to challenging the certification of the Electoral College results Jan. 6.

Former Rep. Max Rose will not run for mayor of New York City this year.

Rose, a Jewish Army veteran, hinted at a City Hall run after losing his bid for re-election to a second term in Congress in Staten Island to Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

“While I won’t be a candidate for Mayor this cycle, I am not going anywhere in the fight to make our city and country live up to their promise,” he said in a statement Sunday.

A shortage of vaccines may slow down Israel’s aggressive Covid vaccination effort.

Reports of the shortage come as Health Minister Yuli Edelstein on Monday morning said 1,224,000 Israelis have received the first dose of the shot, some 12 percent of the country’s population. By contrast, the United States has vaccinated less than 1 percent of its population.

The pause in the vaccination drive won’t affect the administration of the second dose of the vaccine to those who received the first shot, the Times of Israel reports. But the healthcare system may stop scheduling appointments for the first dose of the vaccine as a stopgap measure, until further deliveries of the vaccine arrive in Israel.

Related: Why is Israel doing such a better job than the U.S. in delivering the vaccine? 

Israel’s small size is only part of the answer. “Israel’s heavily digitized, community-based health system — all citizens, by law, must register with one of the country’s four H.M.O.s — and its centralized government have proved adept at orchestrating a national inoculation campaign,” The New York Times reports. In addition, Israel entered into negotiations with drugmakers well ahead of other countries.

Larry King has been hospitalized with Covid for over a week.

The 87-year-old King, best known for his decades hosting radio talk shows and for hosting “Larry King Live” on CNN for 25 years, has survived multiple heart attacks, angina and lung cancer. His three sons and other family members have not been able to visit him at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

King was born Lawrence Zeiger and raised in a Jewish family in Brooklyn.

The chasidic journalist who was accosted during Orthodox Jewish demonstrations against Covid-19 restrictions in Brooklyn is joining the staff of the Forward.

Jacob Kornbluh, lately of Jewish Insider, will be the Jewish news site’s senior political correspondent. Kornbluh, who grew up in the Belzer chasidic community of London, was cornered and threatened in October by a mob protesting Gov. Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions.

Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse, the endearingly sleazy Lower East Side restaurant, denied rumors that it is closing permanently due to the pandemic.

Owner David Zimmerman told followers in a text message that he plans to reopen the restaurant “in the future,” although he will likely have to relocate, Gothamist reports.

The basement eatery on Chrystie Street specializes in Eastern European food like latkes, chopped liver, shmaltz and garlic-smeared steak. Although not kosher, it was once described as “loudly, raucously, endlessly, embracingly Jewish, a permanent underground bar mitzvah where Gentiles can act like Jews and Jews can act like themselves.”

Deaths

Joan Micklin Silver, a pioneering female filmmaker who directed two of Hollywood’s most iconic Jewish films, died at her home in Manhattan at 85. The cause was vascular dementia, according to The New York Times. Silver directed “Crossing Delancey,” the Lower East Side rom-com involving a pickle maker, and “Hester Street,” an influential low-budget tale about Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants. But she was also recognized as one of the only female directors working in Hollywood through the 1970s and ’80s.

Streaming

Jewish Theological Seminary presents its latest series of Monday webinars with JTS scholars, beginning with Dr. David Kraemer, who will explore Jewish attitudes toward converts from antiquity and through the ages. Kraemer is Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics. Register here. 2:00 pm.

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