It came as no surprise when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was announced as mayor re-elect for his third term in office, but what was surprising was the much narrower win with which Bloomberg took the victory.
Highlighting the narrow victory was the New York Times article about the anxiety which followed amongst Bloomberg campaign staffers, who the mayor showered with bonuses last election when he won by a whopping 19.4 percent, which translated into $1.55 million in bonuses.
So how much influence does Crown Heights really have? Polls showed that even with all the Crown Heights Jewish endorsements Bloomberg did not fare well at all. Chanina Sperlin, who heads up the CH PAC, own block didn’t vote for Bloomberg. The blocks that did vote Bloomberg only did so in margins under 9 percent.
This can be blamed on the last minute endorsements, and the little campaigning and advertising by the PAC, or the simple fact that the PAC has little to no following.
How does this translate in government programs and benefits for our Jewish community?