After thoroughly analyzing the records of the two candidates for Assemblyman in Brooklyn’s 48th District, the Jewish Voice has come to the conclusion that it is high time for a change from the status quo – and the best person to effect such a change is Republican candidate Nachman Caller.
Mr. Caller has courageously and forcefully focused his campaign on an issue of dire importance to the Boro Park and Midwood communities, namely the acute housing crisis. As he notes, the population explosion in these areas over recent years has forced numerous young Jewish families to struggle to find appropriate housing. At present, they are generally left with just two options – either remain in an overly crowded apartment, or move away from their loved ones to resettle in an unfamiliar community.
Nachman Caller – a veteran real estate attorney with significant experience in this field – has been a breath of fresh air with his well thought-out, carefully detailed 16-page plan to generate new housing in these neighborhoods. And the man knows of what he speaks – he has already helped develop thousands of housing units over the years from both sides of the spectrum. As a real estate investor himself, he oversaw the building of numerous apartments in Borough Park. And as a devoted community activist, Caller has advocated in City Hall as well as in Albany to provide tax breaks to landlords and developers building rental apartments.
Caller has also proven to be an effective leader in other matters, whether as a strong advocate against the expansion of gambling casinos upstate, or as a provider of vouchers to help impoverished local families stay afloat in the midst of an extended recession.
The incumbent in this race – Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has held the office for more than three decades – has paid no attention to the housing crisis that has so negatively impacted on his constituents. On a wider scale, a little research reveals the shocking fact that Hikind has been absent in Albany for 47 percent of the State Assembly’s legislative votes. Moreover, Mr. Hikind does not serve on any of the important committees in the Assembly. In contrast, as a member of the Republican minority with expertise in specific areas, Nachman Caller will undoubtedly be assigned to serve on several committees that tackle issues of great importance to our community.
For all of these reasons, the Jewish Voice heartily endorses Republican candidate Nachman Caller for State Assembly in Brooklyn’s 48th District. We believe it is time for a change – and Caller is the right choice to make things change for the better.