By COLlive reporters in Crown Heights
Crown Heights has voted Sunday for a 31 year-old attorney specializing in criminal defense as the leader of its secular communal organization.
Not only did Zaki Tamir get the most votes (1105), but he is the only candidate who passed the 50% mark required to be elected for the Vaad Hakohol – Crown Heights Jewish Community Council.
The results came as a shock to the two dozen or so present at the hours-long counting in the basement of 770 Eastern Parkway which ended at 3:04 AM.
Tamir, married with 3 children, moved to the Brooklyn Chassidic neighborhood in 1999, and has won over the voters with his professional-seeming conduct, promising to improve security and social services.
He was not awake to learn about the results. His last communication with COLlive.com was at 1 AM when he was notified of the diverse voting trend.
“Bipartisan Vaad. Huh?” he wondered.
The runner ups who didn’t make the 50% cut are current Vaad Chairman Fishel Brownstein with 1016 votes, 28 year-old real estate broker Yossi Hackner with 942 and veteran activist Rabbi Shea Hecht with 936.
The 3 are set for a run off in a separate election on a date to be set by Rabbi Avrohom B. Rosenberg, the Monsey dayan who called for and monitored the elections following the communal Din Torah he presided.
The count was conducted by an equal number of representatives of Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba and Rabbi Yaacov Schwei who jointly monitored each paper, number and computer chart (built especially for this by Benny Raskin).
While many eagerly awaited results – thousands were constantly visiting COLlive.com for the hour-by-hour updates – counting dragged out due to a complicated and what some may consider overly-cautious system set by Rosenberg.
Tired and sweaty, the 16 volunteers who are counting turned to Shimon Goldberg, an educator in Oholei Torah hired by Rosenberg to keep order and quiet in the room, asking him for drinks “or at least sushi” (They got neither).
2,044 out of 2,064 votes cast were eligible (blanks and any hand-writing was disqualified). Here are the full results for Vaad Hakohol:
Zaki Tamir 1105
Fishel Brownstein 1016
Yossi Hackner 942
Shea Hecht 936
Avrohom Benarroch 923
Chanina Sperlin 880
Michoel Chazan 863
Zev Cadaner 846
Meir Spinner 786
Elie Poltorak 759
Aron Vogel 654
Meir Schreiber 424
Yosef Keller 377
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