Cuomo’s Chassidishe Neighbors in Mount Kisco Not Given The Opportunity To Vote Because of Church Location


andrew-cuomoNew 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 theĀ 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 theĀ 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.

Jacob Kornbluh – JP Updates

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  1. Another alternative would have been for all of them to vote by absentee ballot.Then they would have a 100% turnout. It ia quite common for church auditoriums to be used as polling places. It is by no means unique to that polling station. To solve this issue, the Ner Yisroel Yeshiva got the yeshiva to be the polling station for the entire area ,not just for the residents of Yeshiva Lane.

  2. Interesting, that despite the fact that the board of elections is a Democrat and “refused to accommodate (to) their needs”… some still feel compelled to vote Democrat.

    Maybe it’s a Siman from Shamayim, that we should reconsider our party affiliation….

  3. Stop whining and vote by mail with an absentee ballot like everyone else who has the same problem all around the country. It is not reasonable to expect (or even to ask for) the board of elections to move all polling places out of all religious institutions.

  4. My voting place got moved from a public school to a church because of security – they didn’t want hundreds of people wandering into the school building on a school day. The church was the only nearby building that could accommodate it. My Rov said to vote by mail. It avoids the problem of the church and is also much more convenient than standing in line.