New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is running around the state courting Orthodox Jewish voters in his reelection bid. But there’s one group that he won’t get support of: his own neighbors.
Some 150 chassidishe residents in Mount Kisco are not planning to vote in Tuesday’s election, since the polling place that serves the neighborhood is placed in a Church.
Over the past few years, the polling site that the Governor cast his vote, is in the building of a church, and according to Rabbi Hillel Weinberger, even though the room itself is not being used for worshiping, Jews are prohibited from entering it.
The Board of Election’s commissioner is a Democrat, and according to the residents he refused to accommodate to their needs or consider an alternative place.
One of the solutions they brought up was to place a table in the parking lot where the chassidim would vote by affidavit. But so far, nothing was done to solve the situation, and according to a noted leader of the Neitra community in Mount Kisco the chassidishe residents plan to boycott the election.
Governor Cuomo’s campaign told JP the governor has no say as to where the polling site should be placed.