Multiple Jewish leaders endorsed Assemblyman Felix Ortiz in his race for New York City Council in the 38th Council District which includes the Boro Park neighborhood from 10th Avenue towards Sunset Park. Felix Ortiz is currently the Assistant Speaker of the New York State Assembly. Felix is an army veteran who has won the endorsement of the PBA and other key organizations representing the police in New York City for his pro-police positions.
These leaders including Councilman David Greenfield who endorsed Felix Ortiz over the incumbent Councilman who has turned on his Jewish constituents. “Felix Ortiz has been serving Boro Park for decades as an Assembylman. I’m proud to join so many of my colleagues in supporting him for City Council because he has a long record of supporting the Jewish community on key issues like funding for yeshivas and strongly opposing anti-Semitisim. Felix Ortiz has been a loud and consistent voice for yeshiva parents, Jewish organizations and Israel.” Other elected officials endorsing Felix Ortiz for City Council include Assemblyman David Weprin and Councilman Rory Lancman both of whom have served with Felix Ortiz in the New York State Assembly and spoke of his firm commitment to the Jewish community.
The incumbent Councilman, Carlos Menchaca, alienated the Jewish community after he voted against a resolution to stop the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel BDS movement that seeks to destroy the State of Israel. This came only days after Menchaca led a rally where he chanted, “All the walls have got to go, from Palestine to Mexico.” Assemblyman Dov Hikind who supported Menchaca four years ago explained that Menchaca lost all credibility after his anti-Israel vote and tirade. “It’s hard to believe anything he says,” said Hikind about Menchaca. “He has really disappointed me in terms of his sincerity,” adding that Menchaca was “ignorant and pathetic.” Menchaca is also a strong supporter of anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour and defended her after she tweeted statements that encouraged Palestinian violence against Israeli soldiers.
Other prominent Jewish leaders, whose organizations are listed for identification purposes, have endorsed Felix Ortiz for New York City Council including Leon Goldenberg and Chaskel Bennett of Agudas Yisroel of America, Rabbi Berish Freilich, Yanky Daskal and Motty Katz of Boro Park Shomrim, Rabbi Yitzchok Fleischer of Bobov, Mendy Reiner of Renewal and the Orthodox Jewish Political Action Committee.
The Primary Election is today, Tuesday, September 12th. “The winner of the Primary Election is almost guaranteed to win the seat in November. We expect this election to have a very low turnout. Every vote will count. So please come out and vote for Felix Ortiz this Tuesday for City Council,” implored Councilman Greenfield. Polls open Today at 6AM and close at 9PM.