By COLlive reporter
13 activists and directors of Crown Heights organizations have privately signed an endorsement calling on residents to reelect NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a third term.
“We, the leaders of the Crown Heights Jewish community, are confident that Mike Bloomberg is the only choice to get New York City through these difficult times,” they wrote in a letter dated October 2009.
Bloomberg holds a double-digit lead over Democratic City Comptroller Bill Thompson, in polls leading to Tuesday’s election.
Both opponents visited the Brooklyn neighborhood’s Chassidic community in the last month, but the wealthy Jewish mayor seemed to win over the majority of its leadership.
The letter was signed by various local individuals representing themselves and not their non-for-profits.
Among the signatories were Rabbi Mordechai Gurary, Rabbi Shea Hecht of NCFJE, Abraham Bistrizky of Hatzalah, Chanina Sperlin of Vaad Hakohol and businessmen Sholom Ber Drizin and Sam Malamud.
They were joined by Rabbi Benzion Stock of Associated Beth Rivkah Schools and Rabbi Zev Cadaner of Beis Chaya Mushka school.
“Bloomberg’s leadership has led to significant improvements in our yeshivas. Title 1 Educational Services have expanded so that over 14,000 yeshiva students are now eligible to receive the extra help that they need,” they wrote.
The letter also makes mention of the crime rate, saying “streets are safer than ever and our quality of life has improved.”
In addition, the Political Action Committee of Crown Heights has endorsed the following names: Bloomberg for Mayor, John Liu for Comptroller, Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate, Marty Markowitz for Borough President, and Charles J. Hynes for District Attorney.
They also recommended Council Members Letitia James, Darlene Mealy and Mathieu Eugene.
The PAC is headed by Sperlin and its members are Shmuel Marmulszteyn, Binyomin Rosenberger and Leibish Nash.