By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Joe Lhota, who has been steadily on top of the polls in the Republican primary for mayor, has picked up support from the Sephardic Jewish community.
The Sephardic Community Federation (SCF), a public policy group within the Sephardic community, announced its endorsement of Lhota on Aug. 28.
"We at SCF support candidates who we believe will serve New York City's best interests, while being the best on important issues to our community including public safety, anti-terrorism, lower taxes and support for business and education," the endorsement statement read.
"I'm very grateful for the Sephardic Community Federation's support," said Mr. Lhota. "Whether its issues of making New York City more affordable, keeping our streets safe, educating our children or caring for the needy, these are the issues that all New Yorkers care about. I have worked closely with the SCF in the past and I look forward to continuing our partnership as mayor,” he said.
The Sephardic Community Federation (SCF) is the umbrella public policy and political advocacy arm of the Sephardic Jewish community in New York City. The primary goal of the SCF is to ensure that the community receives its fair share from government and has a seat at the table on all major policy issues in New York, according to the organization’s leaders.
Lhota, the former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, is on top of the polls in the Republican race for mayor over his rivals John Catsimatidis and George McDonald. ABC News reported that in a recent Marist poll Catsimatidis trailed Lhota 33 percent to 22 percent. The poll also found, however, that 30 percent of Republicans remain undecided.
Catsimatidis, who is said to be worth an estimated $3 billion, owns an oil refinery and is the founder and owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain. He has spent $4 million of his own money in the mayor’s race to date, according to the ABC News report. McDonald is the founder of the DOE Fund, a non-profit organization that helps homeless people find jobs.
The primary takes place on Sept. 10.