Gov. Hochul Visits the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l
By Yehudit Garmaise
While US Rep Lee Zeldin was traveling from Flatbush to Boro Park yesterday to pledge his unconflicted support for New York’s yeshivas, Gov. Kathy Hochul headed to the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, in Queens.
On her kvittel, the governor wrote, “May G-d help me be a messenger on behalf of the Jewish community in New York and protect them from all evil and hate,” Jacob Kornbluh tweeted.
Since August 2021, when Gov. Hochul stepped up to lead the state after Andrew Cuomo resigned, she has taken many formidable actions to protect and defend Jewish people, such as investing $25 million in grants that protect Jewish institutions and communities against hate crime, increasing the reimbursement cap by $2,000 for victims of hate crimes, and announcing more than $33 million in federal funding to help nearly 200 Jewish nonprofit to prevent terrorist attacks.
The governor also signed a bill that requires NY schools to teach public school students about the Holocaust, and dedicated $2.6 million to fund support services for the many Holocaust survivors who sadly live in poverty.
Former Assemblyman Dov Hikind said that while Gov. Kathy Hochul clearly wants to fight anti-Semitism and help Jews in many ways, he was not impressed with her sudden interest in engaging with the Orthodox community by visiting the Ohel after months of refusing interviews with Jewish media.
Despite her many promises to Orthodox Jewish groups in private, the governor also has neglected to say anything at all after the New York Times started its smear campaign on the community and New York State Department of Education issued new regulations on yeshivas.
“If she agrees with the New York Times, she should say it,” said Hikind, who founded Americans Against Anti-Semitism. “I would have more respect for her if she took a position. But she hasn’t said anything.”
Hikind explained Hochul’s silence on the yeshiva issue by saying that the governor seems to want “to dance at every chasuna.”
“She wants to be everything to everybody. She wants to please the progressives and radicals [and their agendas], but then last week she started talking about crime and today she woke up suddenly and went to the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
“She won’t pick a side on anything.”