August 19, 2008 / Brooklyn news / Politics / The Politicrasher

Handout photo of the week!

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Take a good look at the usual suspects gathered in this handout photo and you’ll have a pretty good idea of which local pols will enjoy the support of the Satmar community in Williamsburg.

Surrounding Satmar leader Rabbi David Niederman (the bearded man near the center) is a veritable who’s who of favor-seeking Brooklyn pols: (from left) Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D–Greenpoint); state Sen. Martin Malave-Dilan (D–Bushwick); City Councilman (and would-be comptroller) David Yassky (D–Brookyn Heights); the always-dapper Kings County Democratic leader, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D–Bushwick); and state Sen. Marty Connor (D–Brooklyn Heights), who is facing a strong primary challenge. Assemblyman (and would-be congressman) Darryl Towns (D–Bedford-Stuyvesant) and state Sen. Eric Adams (D–Fort Greene) appeared in another handout photo.

The Friday photo op was convened ostensibly to celebrate 4,000 newly registered Satmar voters, but the real purpose of the event was to put on display the politicians who will be backed by the sect’s typically monolithic voting bloc.

Of course, the politicians didn’t even hint at that, offering the usual paeans to Democracy.

“I am positively delighted at the success of this non-partisan voter registration drive under the auspices of Rabbi David Niederman,” Connor said in a statement that was similar to those put out by the other pols.

So it fell to Niederman, himself a Towns staffer, to remind the politicians of the reason they were there.

“This [voter registration drive] is a great show of our united strength, and that strength is what brings resources to our communities.”

In other words, money talks — and this photo speaks volumes.

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Updated 5:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

willitown from williamsburg says:
Aug. 19, 2008, 11:19 am
Bill W. from Williamsburg says:
This is the first indication of why Connor will win in three weeks.
Aug. 19, 2008, 9:51 pm
Jenifer from Williamsburg says:
Louis Kestenbaum from the ODA and Rabbi David Niederman are two bit Ganovs ( thiefs ) Louis Kestenbaum is known for delivering only upon a kick back . Why isnt someone asking this: How come that almost the entire energy saving window program that the goverment subsidizes goes to the bronx? The ODA is in williamsburg and its suppose to help the locals but somehow that program is not available to the locals..or the small business programs that are somehow only handed out to the relatives of louis Kestenbaum ( bum )
Aug. 20, 2008, 7:38 pm
Yankel Zurich from Clinton Hill says:
Assemblyman Lopez wake up: The williamsburg community is starting to ask qestions from the old guard do nothings. election day is comming closer,,,and the DO NOTHINGS will become nothings
Aug. 20, 2008, 7:43 pm
Rachel from Williamsburg says:
Louis ,Lezer Kesetnbaum is a diviant,Just google his name. I wonder how the goverment funnels thru his organisation 42 million a year . I would not trust him with a dime
Aug. 21, 2008, 12:11 pm
Yocheved from Flatbush says:
A Sordid Lawsuit Shakes the Satmar Chasidic world .

Brooklyn N.Y. Lezer ( Louis ) Kestenbaum chairman of the ODA in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY resigned from the ODA soon after settling a lawsuit filed in May in U.S. District Court for the District of Florida for an undisclosed sum alleging he had a sexual relationship with a minor, Joel Kestnbaum the son of Louis kestenbaum will become chairman of the ODA.
Sept. 8, 2008, 5:59 pm

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