Above: The two Satmar rebbes, brothers Aharon Teitelbaum, left; and Zalman Teotelbaum, right
Cops Allegedly Give Satmar Hasidim Fewer Traffic Tickets To Please NYC Mayor
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
One of the perks of belonging to a large and powerful voting bloc appears to be getting fewer moving-violation traffic tickets than you actually deserve.
The NYPD gave out significantly fewer traffic tickets in the heavily hasidic sections of Williamsburg, Brooklyn because the administration of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to keep the Satmar hasidic bloc vote happy, the New York Post reported today.
“They pander and he gives them a lot of what they want. De Blasio is known to have tight ties to the hasidic community,” an unnamed former mayoral liaison reportedly said.
The NYPD’s own records show moving violations in the notoriously corrupt 90th Precinct that encompasses Williamsburg have dropped 32% since de Blasio took office.
7,077 moving-violation tickets were given in the area from January 1 through the end of September 2015.
In 2014 for that same time period and same geographic area, the NYPD gave out 8,242 moving-violation tickets.
However, from January 1 to the end of September 2013 while Michael Bloomberg was still mayor, the NYPD issued 10,365 moving-violation traffic summonses.
Hasidic fixers and rabbinic leaders “get in with the Police Department and do their thing. I’ll tell you one thing, they didn’t all take driver’s ed and change their driving habits,” the unnamed former mayoral liaison said.
Shimon Weiser, a well-known Satmar fixer with strong ties to Williamsburg’s hasidic modesty squad is a member of the local public community board. Wiser insisted the decrease in moving-violations came from an educational campaign, not from corruption.
Williamsburg’s Orthodox leaders denied they
“I don’t think there was any special effort [to get the number of moving-violations issued by cops decreased by calling de Blasio] or any special discussion. [Previous] enforcement brings education. Once they realize the law, people learn. They’re much more cautious,” Weiser claimed.
More than 25% of moving-violations issued are for lack of seatbelt use and talking on a cellphone while driving, and the decrease in moving-violations appears to be primarily for those two violations. 30% fewer seatbelt tickets were issued in 2015 compared to 2013, while 50% fewer cellphone summonses were issued in 2015 compared to 2013.
Hasidic leaders have complained vociferously about this ticketing for the better part of a decade.
For its part, De Blasio’s office denied there was a pro-hasidic bias in policing.
The “NYPD issues tickets…without regard to neighborhoods,” de Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton told the Post.
However, the NYPD did not respond to the Post’s questions about the tickets.