By Eshkol Levi
In two months, New York State will be holding an election for a number of important races. I would like to highlight two races in particular that are extremely important to the Jewish community.
Many of you might know or might not know, but Jesse Hamilton who was our former State Senator, and District Leader for many years is running to become the Assemblyman for the 43rd district (map attached) Jesse is running against current Assemblywoman Diana Richardson. Jesse is not just another politician.
Jesse is a staple in our community. He attends many Jewish events and functions like Shalom Zacor’s, Shiva calls and many more. Jesse has provided stellar constituent services when he served as our State Senator, and most importantly he provided funding for our community and community organizations.
Ask around, and you will find that many within the community met or know of Jesse while some actually personally know of him as well. Most importantly, Jesse had a full-time Lubavitcher who worked for him and served as the liaison for the Jewish community. There is no better testament then having someone from within our community serve on his staff so as to ensure the needs of our community are being met.
Jesse hosted a number of Chanukah parties while Senator. Jesse would hire local Jewish businesses to host or cater these events for him. Jesse forged relationships with a lot of our younger and working folks. Jesse held town halls for residents. He made it his business to speak up, stand up, and meet with victims of a crime committed against them. Lastly, Jesse secured funding for our community. So, in short, there has no better friend or advocate then our very Jesse Hamilton
On Friday Jesse met up with Rabbi Shimon Herz from the Shalom Center where Jesse donated masks for the staff and the seniors. In addition, Jesse also met with Yingi Bistritsky from Hatzaloh. Jesse donated to Hatzaloh masks and face shields. “It is the least I can do to ensure that our seniors have the protective equipment they need to stay safe and healthy, and at the same providing much needed PPE equipment like masks and face shields for the members of Hatzaloh. Members of Hatzaloh are on the frontlines everyday putting their lives at risk to save others. It is the least I can do to say thank you and support them and their families during this time of uncertainty.”
A list of some of Jesse’s many accomplishments from when Jesse served as our State Senator:
So, how can you help Jesse Hamilton? Vote. The election for both races is being held Tuesday, June 23rd.
The important thing now is for our community to register and come out and vote.
HOW TO VOTE
To register to vote (driver’s license needed), visit https://voterreg.dmv.ny.gov/MotorVoter/?_ga=2.68587793.1850807472.1587671271-511128061.1508872104
If you are having trouble registering online, please email [email protected], and they can stop by and have you fill out a paper registration form, and deliver it to the Board of Elections on your behalf. Please note, if you are registering for the first time, it is important that you register as a Democrat. In NYC the races that count are primaries. So, you must register as a Democrat in order to help elect Jesse.
Registering as a Democrat will also allow you to vote in the November elections. The key here is to be able to vote in the Democratic primaries. So, we need everyone and anyone who can register to do so, and to register as a Democrat. The deadline to register to vote and be able to vote in the June 23rd election is Thursday, May 21st.
If you are already registered, and not sure if you are a Democrat or not, you can check your status here.
If you are registered and Democrat, then you will have two choices:
Go in person on June 23rd to vote for Jesse.
You can send back the absentee ballot that the governor has announced will be mailed to every voter in NYS. However, if you do decide to vote by absentee ballot, email [email protected] so they can pick up the ballot from you, and ensure it gets counted and filed with the Board of the Elections prior to election.
Here is a chance for our community to really send a message that enough is enough, and we demand change. We demand true representation for our community. Representation by folks who care, have fought for our community and hopefully with your support will be able to fight for our community in the future.