Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donavan, a Republican candidate for congress, met with the leadership of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, FJCC, in a wide-ranging discussion on issues.
Mr. Donavan, a conservative Republican, has won consecutive elections in Staten Island for District Attorney and is seeking the congressional seat vacated by Rep. Michael Grimm who resigned last December. The 11th congressional district includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, including a significant area of the greater Flatbush/Midwood community. The FJCC executive board discussed issues important to the Orthodox Jewish community including support for Israel, Homeland Security, education issues, Sandy recovery and a myriad of other items. The meeting was hosted by executive board member Peter Rebenwurzel and chaired by FJCC Chairman Josh Mehlman. Avi Schick, Esq. a founding member of the FJCC executive board, who has worked with Mr. Donavan in the past, added insight on many timely issues of concern. Chaskel Bennett, FJCC co-founder implored the DA to be a strong advocate on the issues deeply important to the Orthodox Jewish community, if elected to congress.
Mr. Donovan for his part declared his support for school choice initiatives and promised to be unwavering in his support of the US- Israel relationship. He concluded by making the case for the need to have a strong Republican voice representing New York City in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.
The founding mission of the FJCC is to meet candidates for office and elected officials to dialogue, inform and educate them on the issues of concern to the Orthodox electorate.
A meeting with the Democratic candidate, NYC Councilman Vincent Gentile is scheduled for after Passover. The special election will take place May 5, with very low turnout expected.