Good morning, New York, and happy July. Mazel tov to all the parents dropping off their kids at summer camp.
Donald Trump’s long-serving chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, surrendered on Thursday to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
- The charges, expected to be unsealed by New York prosecutors today, are related to alleged tax crimes by the Trump Organization over perks and benefits awarded to employees.
- Weisselberg’s support for his son Barry is at the center of the probe, which alleges unpaid taxes on benefits like Barry’s rent, SUV, and his children’s private school, sleep-away camp and Hebrew school.
- Prosecutors hope Allen Weisselberg will flip against Trump in exchange for lessening his own legal risk.
- Flashback: Trump allegedly showed off photos of naked women at the shiva for Weisselberg’s mother.
Even after a do-over, Jewish progressive Brad Lander’s lead over Corey Johnson in the city comptroller’s primary slipped to 21,000 votes, with roughly 125,000 Democratic absentee ballots still outstanding.
- The city’s Board of Elections recalculated the results Wednesday after a botched release, and now stands by the updated preliminary ranked choice votes, The City reports.
- Top of the ticket: “The citywide primary put Kathryn Garcia within striking distance of Eric Adams in the quest for the Democratic mayoral nomination. And Maya Wiley isn’t out of the hunt yet.”
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Who’s behind those big pink advertisements in Times Square condemning antisemitism?
- Fox5NY profiles Archie Gottesman, co-founder of JewBelong, who says, “Antisemitism has gotten out of control and we need to talk about it.”
- Read our story about JewBelong, a nonprofit that seeks to attract marginal and unaffiliated young Jews through its brash and often humorous ads.
New York Rangers star Adam Fox was named the top defenseman in the National Hockey League, the first Jewish player to win the honor.
- Fox, 23, a native of Jericho, Long Island, joins Hall of Famer Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins in winning the Norris Trophy in only his second season.
BEYOND THE BOROUGHS
A street and shopping plaza in Woodmere, Long Island were named after former resident and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
- Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin said at a ceremony Tuesday that the honor recognized the U.S. relationship with Israel and Hempstead’s 200,000 Jewish residents.
Republicans in the state Legislature introduced a bill to establish a Special Legislative Task Force to Combat Antisemitism. Nassau County’s Arnold Drucker is leading the effort.
Read our colleague Ron Kampeas’s report from Surfside, Florida, where local Jews are doing what they can to comfort families awaiting the grim news from the site of the condominium collapse.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has sparked a fresh round of criticism by telling CNN that her Jewish Democratic colleagues who call her antisemitic “haven’t been partners in justice.”
THE VIEW FROM CAMPUS
Jewish college students are standing up for Uyghurs, the repressed Muslim minority in China. “As a child, I rarely doubted that, one day, I would have to speak out against genocide,” writes Avi Ackermann, a college sophomore, in a column for our The View From Campus series.
PEOPLE AND PLACES
David B. Edelson is the new chair of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He succeeds Sue Neuman Hochberg. Edelson, the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Loews Corporation, is the former board president of NYC’s Central Synagogue and is currently president of the Board of Trustees of New York’s Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services.
Rebecca Guber was named founding director of The Neighborhood: An Urban Center for Jewish Life, an arts-forward community center being planned for Central and Northern Brooklyn. Guber, who starts today, was director and founder of Asylum Arts, and previously the Founding Director of the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artist. The Neighborhood, which is looking for a permanent home, is being kicked off with private donations and an initial grant from UJA-Federation of New York.
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Democratic Majority For Israel presents a Zoom webinar with LGBTQ activist and Israel’s new Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll, discussing the work that remains to be done to ensure LGBTQ rights in Israel. Register here. 2:00 pm.
Actress Tovah Feldshuh will read from and discuss her recent book “Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played” at The Hampton Synagogue, 154 Sunset Avenue, Westhampton Beach, NY. Details here. 7:30 pm.