OU Meets With New York Gubernatorial Candidate, John Faso

26 Sep 2006


The Orthodox Union, through the Board of its Institute for Public Affairs, met last week with John Faso, the Republican candidate for Governor of New York, as part of a regularly scheduled policy-making meeting of the Board. Mr. Faso spoke and took questions for approximately half an hour on issues of importance to the Orthodox Jewish community, as well as on more general concerns.

Mr. Faso spoke of his strong support for school choice issues, noting he was the original sponsor of education tax credits in the New York State Legislature some years ago, and was instrumental, as Minority Leader of the Assembly, in securing the votes to pass charter school legislation. (This year, in a legislative compromise with Governor Pataki, what had been proposed as an education tax credit was passed as a tax credit for families with school-aged children.)

Mr. Faso also discussed his views on homeland security, and economic revitalization and government reform, including term limits for statewide elected officials and legislative leaders.

Nathan Diament, Director of Public Policy at the OU, stated: “We thank Mr. Faso for joining our leadership in a frank discussion of his views on the future of New York and our constituency’s views on matters of policy that affect them and their neighbors.”

Editor’s Note: This event constitutes no endorsement of a particular candidate for office. The OU has extended an invitation to host New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, at a similar meeting.