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Albany Beat — November column

Posted on November 24, 2016

Election Aftermath: State Politics And Congress By: Marc Gronich The brief narrative about last week’s elections on the state level is that everything remains the same moving into next year’s legislative session. The Republican-controlled Senate picked up an extra seat in the Buffalo area but could lose a seat on Long Island when the absentee Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — September column

Posted on September 21, 2016

Trump Receives NY Conservative Nod The New York State Conservative Party, with 160,000 enrolled members across the state, gave Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a boost with an endorsement from a majority of the conservatives gathered at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square this month. Some of the party’s committee members abstained from supporting Continue Reading »

Clarence D. “Rapp” Rappleyea Dies at Age 82

Posted on September 5, 2016

Clarence D. “Rapp” Rappleyea, a Republican leader of the New York State Assembly for 12 years during the 1980s and 90s, has passed away. He was 82 years old. The Norwich native died at Albany Medical Center on Sunday, September 4th. Rappleyea became minority leader in 1983, three years after I was starting out as Continue Reading »

Questions Surround New Kosher Food Booth At New York State Fair

Posted on September 1, 2016

SYRACUSE, NY – The Great New York State Fair opened for its 175th year last week and for the first time it features a kosher food booth. Catering by The Oaks, a Syracuse-based food service run by the Sodexo company, is the vendor serving an all-dairy menu including deep-fried potato knishes ($4), deep-fried apple or Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — August column

Posted on August 17, 2016

Orthodox Rabbis Urge Leniency In Child Porn Case The Albany Orthodox Jewish community was rocked by the sentencing of Michael Isaacson, convicted in federal court on three counts of child pornography charges. “On March 1, Isaacson admitted that he distributed child pornography files over the Internet,” according to Richard Hartunian, the United States Attorney for Continue Reading »

Pay Bump for State Union Workers

Posted on July 29, 2016

Pay Bump for State Union Workers By Marc Gronich Members of the state’s second-largest public employees union, the Public Employees Federation (PEF), are now in line to receive their long-promised two percent pay raise retroactive to April 2015. For the 54,500 members of the mostly white-collar, high-paying state jobs, the retroactive pay will be approximately Continue Reading »

Boycotting the Boycotters

Posted on July 22, 2016

Here is an extended version of the article that appeared in The Jewish Press. Boycotting the Boycotters by Marc Gronich Countries and companies that support politically-motivated acts of boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel should not expect a friendly reception when seeking business from New York state, according to the leadership of the state Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — July column

Posted on July 14, 2016

Cheese Dreams Turn Sour For Albany Businessman By: Marc Gronich State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D – Manhattan) has issued a multi-count indictment against Lawrence Rosenbaum, 64, of Albany, accusing him with fraudulently soliciting more than $1 million from a number of investors to advance the production of kosher and halal cheese in upstate New Continue Reading »

Rabbi Roy Feldman: From Manhattan’s KJ To Albany’s CBAJ

Posted on June 29, 2016

InDepth » Interviews and Profiles » Rabbi Roy Feldman: From Manhattan’s KJ To Albany’s CBAJ By: Marc Gronich Roy Feldman, the assistant rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is leaving a synagogue with a membership of 1,100 congregants to be the spiritual leader of a 100-member synagogue in Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — June column

Posted on June 23, 2016

Legislature Wraps Up Session On Shabbos By: Marc Gronich State lawmakers wrapped up the 238th legislative session over Shabbos, which prevented observant Jewish lawmakers, few as they are, from voting on some of the most important measures of the session. Most lawmakers left Albany around 3 p.m. Friday to be home with their families for Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — May column

Posted on May 19, 2016

Child Abuse Takes Center Stage In Albany A particularly frustrating and gut-wrenching issue dominating the final days of the legislative session concerns a push to remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex abusers of children. The law currently states that after a victim or survivor of abuse reaches the age of 23 he or Continue Reading »

Albany Beat — April column

Posted on April 26, 2016

Felder May Return To Democratic Conference EITC Defeated Once Again The failure to include the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) in the latest state budget has many factions roiled. It is seen as a victory for the teachers’ unions and another blow for groups such as the Catholic Conference, Agudath Israel of America, (AIA) and Continue Reading »

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