By COLlive staff
Elliot Spitzer, former Governor of New York and candidate for NY City Comptroller, visited Crown Heights Thursday to meet community leaders and to present his ideas for the campaign.
Spitzer enjoyed lunch with community leaders at Mendy’s Restaurant at the Jewish Childrens’ Museum, discussing matters of concern to the community.
Joining him were Zaki Tamir, Chairman of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council; Zaki’s wife Avigail; Chanina Sperlin, CHJCC Vice President for Governmental Relations; Rabbi Eli Cohen CHJCC Executive Director; and Yaakov Behrman, community activist.
Prominent on the agenda were support for the Police Department in maintaining the low crime numbers in the City, and concern that increased scrutiny of the NY Police Department will erode security on the streets.
The discussion went from jobs to housing to concern for the future of the programs that allow the CHJCC to assist the more needy in the community.
“Elliot seems to have recognized his personal mistakes, and he is humbly seeking a lower office,” remarked Yaakov Behrman. “I respect that. I believe he has the experience and qualifications to be the most effective comptroller.”
While the community has not made an endorsement at this time, the candidate made an appeal for support from the Jewish community of Crown Heights in the upcoming primary on September 10, shortly after Rosh Hashana.