Orthodox man in Brooklyn 370.
(photo credit: Michael Wilner)
NEW YORK – The new mayor of New York City will be Democrat Bill de Blasio, who
swept 73 percent of the popular vote and 51% of the Jewish vote, exit polls
This represents a big shift away from the traditional pattern of
the Jewish bloc overwhelmingly voting for a Republican candidate, as happened
during the elections of former mayors Rudolph Giuliani and Michael
As of Wednesday not all votes have yet been counted, but
according to an election map breakdown provided by local TV outlet NY1, the
Jewish vote in particular tells a “tale of two cities,” said David Pollock,
director of government relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of
In Brooklyn, for example, while almost all other neighborhoods
came out strongly for de Blasio, the neighborhoods of Brighton Beach and
Manhattan Beach showed a strong turnout for Republican candidate Joe Lhota. Both
of these communities are mostly a mix of Russian-speaking and Orthodox Jews,
Crown Heights, an epicenter for hassidic Jews, was very
strong in Lhota voters.
In contrast, Borough Park and South Williamsburg,
as well as Rego Park and Forest Hills in Queens, which also have a mix of
Russian-speaking an Orthodox Jews, all trended towards de Blasio, but did not
strongly support him.
The Reform Jews of the Upper West Side, a
traditional Democratic stronghold, voted in a similar manner to their religious
counterparts in Brooklyn: trending toward, but not fully supportive of, de
The biggest issue for these voters was the continuation of the
Bloomberg legacy, for which de Blasio was able to make an “incredible case,”
East Side Jews voted the exact opposite: trending for
Lhota. The upper East Side is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in New York
and traditionally a Republican stronghold.
“In every mayoral election
since 1989, Jews have voted two-to-one or more for a Republican,” Pollock said.
“This is quite different from previous years. There’s more of a mixture. What
you’re seeing is a return to the Democratic Party, but a bifurcated Jewish
community. More than bifurcated: Jews voted in all different
In other mayoral elections, Democrat Toni Harp, mayoral
candidate in New Haven, Connecticut, used the address list and mailing labels of
the Greater New Haven Jewish Federation for a mass mailing over the weekend
prior to the election, the New Haven Register reported. Sydney Perry, executive
director of the New Haven Federation, told the Register that they do not take
sides in elections, nor did he have any idea how Harp’s campaign got a hold of
their address labels. Harp won her race.
In a similar shenanigan in
northern Virginia, interns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry
McAuliffe reportedly accessed the personal contact information of the members of
at least two local synagogues and a Jewish day school to send out promotional
materials, the Washington Free Beacon reported. McAuliffe also won his race.