Community groups fighting the growing influence of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish population in New York City’s northwestern exurbs are joining forces to counter the Hasidic bloc vote in this year’s gubernatorial election.
Growing up in the South Bronx, Ken Lipper sat at his grandmother’s knee, tallying the hems and collars she sewed. The 7-year-old boy wanted to ensure the immigrant from Russia, who spoke no English, was properly paid.
Edward I. Koch, the outspoken three- term New York mayor who led the biggest U.S. city from the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1970s and boosted the spirits of crime-weary residents, has died. He was 88.