The NY Daily News reports that a Williamsburg hardware store owner/tenant activist has thrown his hat into the ring to replace our man in the City Council David Yassky who is running for City Comptroller (note to Daily News copyroom… check spelling). Isaac Abraham hopes to become the first Hasidic Jew to be elected to that branch of the city's government:
NY Daily News: Hasid to Seek..: Isaac Abraham, a hardware store owner and tenants advocate, said he is responding to "very strong" pressure from friends, colleagues and community residents to seek the post Yassky must vacate in 2009 due to term limits.
"I honestly feel I have watched this community grow and be deprived of most of the services it should have gotten," said Abraham. "There are problems that should be addressed. Letters from elected officials say, 'We're looking into the matter.' That will not happen on my watch. If I win, I will make sure they are addressed and responded to and acted upon."
How are some in the Jewish community reacting? There's a lively discussion on Vos Iz Neias going on right now.