Green And Yassky, But Not Opponents, Halt Campaign On Yom Kippur

September 28, 2009

Author: Julie Bosman and Kareem Fahim

Source: The New York Times

City Councilman John C. Liu had a few harsh words on Monday for his opponent in Tuesday’s comptroller race, Councilman David Yassky. Mr. Liu, surrounded by cheering supporters, criticized Mr. Yassky for an advertisement that began running last week, and added that Mr. Yassky had run a “highly negative campaign.”

Mr. Yassky could not immediately respond, and for good reason: he was observing Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

Services had barely ended when Mr. Yassky’s campaign fired back. Danny Kanner, a spokesman for Mr. Yassky, said it was “unseemly” for Mr. Liu to attack while Mr. Yassky was “observing the holiest day of the year” for Jewish New Yorkers.

Mr. Yassky and Mark Green, a candidate for public advocate in Tuesday’s runoff election, were taking the day off from politicking, at least until sundown, when Yom Kippur ended