Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ari Hoffnung withdraws from race

Rep. Anthony Weiner isn't the only one to recently bow out of this year's campaigning.

Last night Ari Hoffnung, co-president of the Riverdale Jewish Community Council, announced on his blog that he will not challenge Oliver Koppell for the incumbent councilman's seat, and has withdrawn from the campaign.

His withdrawal marked the end of his second run for City Council. He lost to Mr. Koppell four years ago.

The last-minute announcement came as a surprise to Stephen J. Budihas, president of the Association of Riverdale Cooperatives & Condominiums. ARC hosted a candidates forum last night, and Mr. Hoffnung was expected to be there. Before the forum began last night, Mr. Budihas said, Mr. Hoffnung called to explain his sudden move.

We'll have more on the candidates forum later today.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So it's a reasonable supposition that most of Ari Hoffnung's supporters will now rally around Councilman Koppell's remaining challenger, Tony Perez Cassino. Being staunch opponents of Mr. Koppell and being thirsty for change, Mr. Hoffnung's supporters would seem to have much more in common with Mr. Cassino and his supporters.

Anonymous said...

So it's a reasonable supposition that most of Ari Hoffnung's supporters will now rally around Councilman Koppell's remaining challenger, Tony Perez Cassino. Being staunch opponents of Mr. Koppell and being thirsty for change, Mr. Hoffnung's supporters would seem to have much more in common with Mr. Cassino and his supporters.

Anonymous said...

Oliver Koppell is in trouble. At the May 27th meeting of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT of Koppell’s own club voted AGAINST him in endorsing a candidate for the 11th District City Council seat.

Such a high negative vote for Koppell is remarkable considering the fact that most of the club’s 61members present that night were staff, friends or family of either Koppell or his pal Jeffrey Dinowitz.

Here is the vote tally:

46 votes for Oliver Koppell (75%)
10 votes for Tony Cassino (16%)
5 votes for No Endorsement (9%)

Anonymous said...

I've lived in the district my whole life. Ari could never beat Oliver. He was living in fantasy land. It's a good thing that his "friend" from Boro Park gave him a job as his aide to facilitate a graceful exit.

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to the alleged City Council candidacy of Community Board 8’s Land Use Chairman Charles Moerdler? The disreputable Riverdale Review really tried to tout that one, but I guess it fizzled out before it even began.

Anonymous said...

In response to the June 3 commenter: Charles Moerdler's candidacy, like Ari Hoffnung's, was contemplated before the City Council changed the term limits law to allow three terms for the Mayor and Council members. Neither Mr. Moerdler nor Mr. Hoffnung wanted to run against Mr. Koppell this year.

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