Forward 4/4/18: Cuome Calls Rabbi of Kiryas Joel for Yeshiva Oversight Compromise

Cuomo Called The Rebbe. The Rebbe Prayed To God. The Budget Deal Got Done.

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo picked up the phone and called the spiritual leader of the New York Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, Satmar Grand Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum, to try to shake a compromise out of a recalcitrant state senator.

According to two people familiar with the negotiations, the call was part of an effort by Cuomo to convince the state senator, Simcha Felder, to compromise on his demand that the state budget end government oversight of the curriculum of Jewish day schools.

The call, part of a broader effort by the governor’s office to reach a compromise on the provision, appears to have worked.

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