The Zalonim sect of Satmar in Williamsburg are set to endorse Bill de Blasio as their choice for mayor, sources tell YWN.
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota tried reaching out to Satmar and requested a meeting with Rabbi Moshe Dovid Neiderman, but was declined. Mr. Lhota has recently said he’s fully supportive of the Metiztzah B’peh ritual, an issue dear to the heart of the Orthodox community, and is committed in reversing the current rule, while Mr. de Blasio has remained mum on the issue, only promising to revisit the issue and sit down with the Rabbis.
In their previous endorsement, when the community backed Bill Thompson for mayor, Rabbi Neiderman cited the issue of Metzitzah B’peh as a determining factor in their endorsement. It is not clear, however, whether Rabbi Neiderman got Mr. de Blasio’s commitment to reverse the regulation or not.
We will update as soon as we get more information.