Lawmakers Back Felder in New 'Super Jewish' Senate District

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At an endorsement press conference yesterday in Boro Park, Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind heaped praise upon Simcha Felder, the ex-councilman both lawmakers are backing in Brooklyn's new "Super-Jewish" state Senate district. But definitive answers to the question of whom Felder, a Democrat, would ultimately caucus with in Albany remained elusive. Felder, who said he did not want to step on the endorsement press conference by breaking that particular piece of news, took no questions, leaving reporters to ask Greenfield and Hikind, themselves both Democrats, about Felder's partisan loyalties, as Felder stood to the side watching. Hikind and Greenfield were asked whether either would rescind their endorsement for Felder, when official word comes down whether he will caucus with Democratic Minority Leader John Sampson or Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos. Hikind said it would not matter either way. "I just want to say that John Sampson is a dear friend of mine, and he will verify that, by the way," Hikind said. "John Sampson has been a great friend of the Jewish community, and Dean Skelos has been a great friend, and I mean that. If you said, 'Which is a better friend?' I would not be able to answer that." To read more from City & State [click here](

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