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The City Council approved a controversial Williamsburg development project in a landslide on Wednesday — refusing to be pressured by a hostile, behind-the-scenes campaign by a powerful Hasidic rabbi who is a political patron of the neighborhood’s rookie councilman.

Earlier during the public review process for the development, Rabbi David Niederman, an influential Community Board 1 member and supporter of Councilman Steve Levin, urged his fellow Hasidic colleagues to reject the proposal, known as Rose Plaza, because its developer is a key supporter of a rival social services organization.

“I would like to ask you to come early to the crucal (sic) CB1 vote,” Niederman’s wrote in an e-mail the we obtained from a supporter of Rose Plaza developer Isack Rosenberg. “We have to stop the Rose Plaza proposal as this is major boost for Rosenberg’s CJC org. Hope to see you there.”

The board followed Niederman’s advice and voted down the project, 31-8, though community board votes are only advisory.

The e-mail has incensed Rosenberg’s allies, who charge that Niederman is “playing politics” in order to financially damage two organizations, Central Jewish Council and the United Jewish Community Advocacy Relations and Enrichment, which compete with Niederman’s powerful and politically connected United Jewish Organizations for social services funding from the government.

“This is a scandal!” said Hasidic leader and former Council candidate Isaac Abraham. “It reveals that Neiderman’s opposition to the project was never, as he said, about affordable housing, but an internal, personal vendetta and a feud. Niederman has shown his colors. He should be thoroughly investigat­ed.”

Complicating matters, Niederman’s allies charged that Rosenberg’s friends created the e-mail because they were bitter about Neiderman’s legitimate demands that the project set aside more than the originally promised 20 percent affordable housing units.

“The e-mail was fabricated,” said Community Board 1 member Simon Weiser, who said that he did not receive the e-mail. “They’re running a smear campaign. I am willing to give you a million dollars that there was never such an e-mail. Any e-mail you get from Niederman doesn’t look like this.”

Rose Plaza, which now calls for 754 units, 30 percent of which are set aside at below-market rents, has been a lightening rod among the Satmar community, Williamsburg’s largest Hasidic Jewish sect, since Rosenberg began the process last year to rezone the Kent Avenue site, which currently houses his Certified Lumber factory.

For four years, the sect has been bitterly divided following a power struggle between the late Satmar Grand Rebbe’s two surviving brothers, Aron and Zalman Teitelbaum.

The schism has largely played out in private until prominent Aronite Rosenberg sought to rezone his waterfront property, drawing the ire of the Zalmanite faction.

The Zalmanites then lobbied Levin, Borough President Markowitz, and Community Board 1 members to oppose their rival Rosenberg — an effort that did force Rosenberg to provide more affordable units and some much-sought-after family sized units.

He also removed a restaurant and a private beach, which were in earlier versions of the plan, but angered some Hasidic activists who fear that future residents would wear bathing suits while relaxing on the Williamsburg waterfront.

Levin was a key part of those negotiations, leading to his support for the project after more large units were added — a position that left him in the clear with many observers, despite his ties to Niederman and his toxic e-mail.

“The truth prevailed,” said Gary Schlesinger, executive director of the Rosenberg-allied UJCare, a three-year-old social services operation. “The councilman’s voted on the Rose Plaza project on the merits and did not get mired in politics. Now that the e-mail has been made public, Rabbi Niederman’s affordable housing agenda was just a smokescreen and Niederman’s use of public funding is a smear campaign against someone from the other side from the communtiy is criminal conduct and should be investigated by the authorities.”

Levin’s office said that it had no knowledge of the e-mail, though is leaning towards the belief that it was fabricated.

Abe Deutch, an advisor to Niederman’s United Jewish Organizations, said that Niederman assured him that he did not send the e-mail, noting that people have fabricated e-mail from Niederman’s office in the past.

“How stupid could a person be to send an e-mail to someone on the other side who would vote against it anyway?” said Deutch.

But a spokesman for Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Bushwick) confirmed that she has seen the e-mail and forwarded it to Borough President Markowitz’s office asking for investigation.

Updated 10:22 am, April 19, 2010: Corrects an error about the age of UJCare.
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Danny from Brooklyn says:
I spoke to several CB1 board members and all of them denying receiving such email only David weinstock who happens to be a UJCARE board member received it.
Mr Short please do your homework before you get more dragged into Issac Abraham's (who happens to be and signs as UJCARE's public relations guy) revenged and smear campaign on Rabbi David Niederman.
April 16, 2010, 9:03 am
Sam from WILLIAMSBURG says:
Dear editor.
I am surprised that you can publish such an article .as I clearly stated to aron short that this e-mail is fabricated buy troubled board member, it is also clear from the fonts as so.
I even asked aron to get from AOL an acknowledgement that no such e-mail was received.
What is so surprising that all the board members voted against this based on the issues of low income and unit sizes .so who sent them an e-mail to oppose this? .
We all know that this is a smear campaign buy Abraham –Schlesinger.
Aron you have reached a new low. Maybe why you cover this because your name is also aron and I suspect you are also a partner to the aronites.

April 16, 2010, 9:45 am
Jewish from ft greene says:
I find this headline extremely offensive. I don't have an opinion one way or another about this development, and I no nothing about the various people involved, but the use of the word "Jew" in this way is appalling.
April 16, 2010, 10:41 am
Jewish from ft greene says:
sorry, "know nothing" above.
April 16, 2010, 10:41 am
Jewish from ft greene says:
sorry, "know nothing" above.
April 16, 2010, 10:41 am
Jewish from ft greene says:
sorry, "know nothing" above.
April 16, 2010, 10:41 am
Jewish from ft greene says:
sorry, "know nothing" above.
April 16, 2010, 10:41 am
Dav from Greenpoint says:
Very intrusting article…we call this corruption! If that’s the case that should be investigated how community board 1 is playing politics.
Otherwise shot them down and stop wasting tax payer’s money!! And get more affordable housing...
April 16, 2010, 10:45 am
cut the crap says:
Aaron, I knew you are biased against Lopez and his allies, but I am surprised and shocked that you fell for this garbage.
April 16, 2010, 10:46 am
Mike from Greenpoint says:
“I would like to ask you to come early to the crucal (sic) CB1 vote,” Niederman’s wrote in an e-mail the we obtained from a supporter of Rose Plaza developer Isack Rosenberg. “We have to stop the Rose Plaza proposal as this is major boost for Rosenberg’s CJC org. Hope to see you there.”

Aaron: This makes me wonder if you are really dumb and stupid or you are on the verge of becoming so.

Do you realy believe what you writing or you simply love fabricated gossip?

Rabbi Niederman is much smarter then sending out such a ridiculous email.

Such stupid writings wont boost your career in any way.
April 16, 2010, 10:53 am
Hebrewish from Clinton Hill says:
@Jewish: you should write a letter to the NYT ethicist about this.
April 16, 2010, 10:55 am
Keith from Greenpoint says:
" Looks like this Niderman is full of politics. & Weiser is his puppy!!! I mean I can understand how people are so blind to see that the whole issue here is only politics. Didn't rosenberg promised 30% a week ago & Niderman wasn't happy & ask for 40%? (I saw that in the brooklyn eagle). As I saw yesterday that Levin was already tied so he had no other choice just to join the winners & vote for it.

Its a shame to see the jewish people in my neighborhood fighting like this (to me they always say that they don't fight only in the shul, but now it was in counsil!) "
April 16, 2010, 11:20 am
Who got the email? says:
Can you verify who got the email?

Aaron you reported it, now show proof. tell the full story.

WHO GOT THE EMAIL??!!!

the answer is clear, NO ONE. This is a fabricated story. and the reason Aaron reported it is is not cuz he felled for it, neither is it cuz of his Lopez hatred.

AARON GOT MONEY FROM UJCARE TO REPRORT THIS STORY.

WHAT A SHAME

AARON, YOU LOST YOU CREDIBILITY
April 16, 2010, 11:20 am
The candidate from Williamsburg says:


Fact#1 every criminal makes one mistake, leaves 1 fingerprint and then it kicks him in the behind.

Fact #2, Boro President Marty Markowitz's legal office was shown this E-mail back in January and was asked to have Niederman removed from CB1, it was not Isaac Abraham.

Fact #3, the office of the UJO does a lot of dirty things on government pay that has nothing to do with helping people, its more of an underworld guerilla operation.
April 16, 2010, 11:25 am
The candidate from Williamsburg says:


To Danny "

First of all we really can find the authenticity of the E-mail all UJcare has to do is ask the Department of Investigation's and the State Attorney General Andrew Coumo to confiscate the computer and the blackberry from the UJO that is government paid for they will check it out.

It is not Isaac Abraham who got the E-mail, it is not Isaac Abraham who sent the E-mail and it is not Isaac Abraham who has to check if it is a fabricated mail which is hard to believe because the entire community knew that the real issue was the internal war and not affordable housing.

"I spoke to several CB members" how many is "several" and who did leave out, and you are 100% sure that they all told you the truth because you are so well contacted and we also have to believe you when we read that you actually called people cause your name is "Danny".

The real problem is why didn't Niederman deny it, why did he use Weiselhead to do it, you know the answer.
April 16, 2010, 11:26 am
SAM from WILLIAMSBURG says:
REPLY TO WHO GOT THE EMAIL ,
IT WAS DAVID WEINSTOCK WHO SAID HE GOT THE SO CALLED FABRICATED E MAIL . WHO EVER WAS AT THE CB1 MEETING SAW WHAT A FOOL WE ARE DEALING WITH .HE BEHAVED THEIR LIKE A LUNATIC .
HE WAS SCREAMING AT ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS.
April 16, 2010, 11:28 am
Dav from Brooklyn says:
“The e-mail was fabricated,” copies of the email can be picked up at UJO headquarters at 32 Penn street.
April 16, 2010, 11:36 am
The candidate from Williamsburg says:
For those schmucks who have no idea how to respond only to attack Aaron, that he is being paid by UJcare and an enemy of Vito Lopez, the fact is that Aaron endorsed Steve Levin for City Council in the 33rd district against Isaac Abraham and the UJcare
April 16, 2010, 11:36 am
Tom in Will says:
To "The candidate from Williamsburg" (wondering who that is?...).

Can you back up your so called facts? do you really think people are so stupid???

Hey Aaron, Why don't you report "The candidate from Williamsburg" Fact #2 ("Boro President Marty Markowitz's legal office was shown this E-mail back in January and was asked to have Niederman removed from CB1, it was not Isaac Abraham.")

This would be such an amazing report for you, it would shock and rock up the whole Brooklyn and beyond, You would be seen as the Bob Woodward of Brooklyn (and Isaac as the deep throat?)

Aaron in collaboration with "The candidate from Williamsburg" (No, Its not Isaac Abraham its Marty Markowitz...) (credit: Fact #2) these stupid nonsense fabrications wont get you anywhere.
April 16, 2010, 11:44 am
Danny from Brooklyn says:
To The candidate from Williamsburg.

Fact#1 every criminal makes one mistake, leaves 1 fingerprint and then it kicks him in the behind. I AGREE

Fact #2, Boro President Marty Markowitz's legal office was shown this E-mail back in January and was asked to have Niederman removed from CB1, it was not Isaac Abraham. THE EMAIL WAS FROM DAVID WEINSTOCK THE ONLY CB1 MEMBER TO RECIEVE THE EMAIL FROM UJO, I KNOW THAT MARTY DENEID THE APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE EVEN AFTER THE SO CALLED EMAIL THATS MY PROOF, NOW SHOW PROOF OF MARTY ASKING TO REMOVE RABBI NIEDERMAN

Fact #3, the office of the UJO does a lot of dirty things on government pay that has nothing to do with helping people, its more of an underworld guerilla operation. PLEASE SHOW PROOF
April 16, 2010, 11:45 am
Danny from Brooklyn says:
To the candidate

First of all we really can find the authenticity of the E-mail all UJcare has to do is ask the Department of Investigation's and the State Attorney General Andrew Coumo to confiscate the computer and the blackberry from the UJO that is government paid for they will check it out. UJO HAS SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR FBI AND THE GOVERNMENT LOOKING OVER THE STUFF, IF YOU WANT ASK THEM TO COME AGAIN

It is not Isaac Abraham who got the E-mail, it is not Isaac Abraham who sent the E-mail and it is not Isaac Abraham who has to check if it is a fabricated mail which is hard to believe because the entire community knew that the real issue was the internal war and not affordable housing. ITS ISAAC ABRAHAM WHO DOES THE PR FOR UJCARE (AS HE SIGNED BEFORE PASSOVER) AND HE KNOWS ITS NOT TRUE, HE DONT NEED TO CHECK IF ITS TRUE HE IS PART OF THE SMEAR.......

"I spoke to several CB members" how many is "several" and who did leave out, and you are 100% sure that they all told you the truth because you are so well contacted and we also have to believe you when we read that you actually called people cause your name is "Danny". I DONT THINK I NEED TO RESPOND TO THIS, BUT I GAVE YOU PROOF ON MY WORDS NOW ITS YOURS (ISSAC ABRAHAM) OR THE WRITE FROM THIS STORY (AARON) TO PROOF HIS WORDS
April 16, 2010, 11:46 am
The candidate from Williamsburg says:
Fact #2, Boro President Marty Markowitz's legal office was shown this E-mail back in January AND WAS ASKED to have Niederman removed from CB1, it was not Isaac Abraham.

Fact #2, Boro President Marty Markowitz's legal office was shown this E-mail back in January and was asked to have Niederman removed from CB1, it was not Isaac Abraham. THE EMAIL WAS FROM DAVID WEINSTOCK THE ONLY CB1 MEMBER TO RECIEVE THE EMAIL FROM UJO, I KNOW THAT MARTY DENEID THE APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE EVEN AFTER THE SO CALLED EMAIL THATS MY PROOF, NOW SHOW PROOF OF MARTY ASKING TO REMOVE RABBI NIEDERMAN

I'm not going to dance with your stupidity, read again what I stated and your response is just as much crap
that the person that showed the E-mail to Marty's lawyer asked, not that Marty's office asked for Niedeman's removal, as for "PROOF" the proof is you can't read, and you can't defend Niederman because he has yet to deny it and when HE does we will deal with that.

you just keep on responding and go for the kill on Isaac Abraham and the UJcare that will not help Niederman and UJO at all.
April 16, 2010, 12:07 pm
Keith from Greenpoint says:
" Looks like this Niderman is full of politics. & Weiser is his puppy!!! I mean I can understand how people are so blind to see that the whole issue here is only politics. Didn't rosenberg promised 30% a week ago & Niderman wasn't happy & ask for 40%? (I saw that in the brooklyn eagle). As I saw yesterday that Levin was already tied so he had no other choice just to join the winners & vote for it.

Its a shame to see the jewish people in my neighborhood fighting like this (to me they always say that they don't fight only in the shul, but now it was in counsil!) "
April 16, 2010, 12:10 pm
Tom in Will says:
To "The candidate from Williamsburg", Lets suppose that you wrote something,

Answer a simple question

WHO GOT THE EMAIL???!!!

That's what this story is all about. if you can't say who, then its a fabrication.
April 16, 2010, 12:19 pm
Danny from Brooklyn says:
TO Keith,
Please provide the link to Brooklyn Eagel where Niederman asked for 40, all I saw was that Levin asked for it.

True he gave last week 30 percent but he only agreed and signed leagel Tuesday night a day before the vote that he will give 4 bedroom and 60 three bedroom apartments.

It was onlt Tuesday night a day before the vote when he signed not to make a beach front and not a restaurant.
April 16, 2010, 12:42 pm
Saul from Willi says:
This is not the first and last e-mail you will find on slimy Niederman the guy has 3 blackberry's and 2 phones on himself, constantly smearing anybody who does not say what he wants, on rose plaza alone he spent Days upon Days just to testify (and work behind the scenes) against the project, the day that the sub-committee heard arguments he was in city hall at 9am he didn't leave until after 6pm, so tell me that he does not use smear and slime???!!!
April 16, 2010, 1:36 pm
Joseph from Wmbsg says:
Listen, when the story is in favour by niederman/weiser then aaron is their hero, when aaron do legitimate journalist work, then they attack.
They (UJO) are so afraid of the truth, and lost the spin battle this week, after rejecting this rose plaza with such vicious hate.
The fact is, they them self are not confident, caught with the pants down, as hasidic people in wmbsg are not shocked from this niederman email, as their official txt massage is full of human hate.
Niederman, is screening the community application based on aaronite and zalmonite and every civic issue is guided by this stupid divided satmar fight.
Shame !
April 16, 2010, 2:34 pm
Nechama from Williamsburg says:
Neiderman & Leser Kestenbaum and company do this always when they think anyone in the community is in their pathway. They do a well-organized smear campaign and will try to bury you in an avalanche flurry of bogus charges, many of which are simply not worth answering. They will also Distribute leaflet that will contain false and misleading information. The last such avalanche of falso leaflets against the Rose development was openly distributed by Shimon Weiser who works for the UJO the so called rabbi David Neideman.
April 16, 2010, 2:41 pm
Ben from Bushwick says:
But a spokesman for Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Bushwick) confirmed that she has seen the e-mail and forwarded it to Borough President Markowitz’s office asking for investigation.

its about time to take care of business and clsed this Organization
....
April 16, 2010, 3:54 pm
joe from greenpoint says:
I Know david and ujo i also know cjc ujc david and weiser helped thousads of jews garry helped himself (you know what i mean)
April 16, 2010, 4:08 pm
joe from greenpoint says:
I Know david and ujo i also know cjc ujc david and weiser helped thousads of jews garry helped himself (you know what i mean)
April 16, 2010, 4:08 pm
Sam from Williamsburgh says:
SHORT's SHORTCOMING

Such an unproffesional story. Its based on accusations of people who are clearly enemies of Niederman, and makes it llok like facts. This clearly biased and unproffesional from a journalistic point of view.

Following Short's coverage of this whole saga, his bias is clear.

On one instance, wrote reported that "Rose Plaza gets Marty’s thumbs up", but the story was pbviously not approved by this paper, and only ran in the Courrier which contradicted it by reporting: "Marty’s ‘Rose’ thorn: Put affordable housing promise in writing... Borough President Markowitz has rejected a developer’s bid for an 800-unit apartment complex on the South Williamsburg waterfront — unless the builders set aside 100 more below-market-rate units than they originally promised."

Check it out:
http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2010/01/15/brooklyn/courier_frontpage_beeprose.txt

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/3/33_03_ac_markowitz_rose_no.html

There is a clear pattern of bias, that the Editors ought to check out.
April 16, 2010, 4:19 pm
The candidate from Williamsburg says:
AMBER ALERT

lets stop doing what we do right now, the media is looking for David Niederman to respond if he did or didn't send an E-mail that's in question.

We all know via and interview for a Jewish magazine, that he has 3 cell phones, 2 blackberry's and 15 landlines, we don't need Simon Wiselhead (Travel agent) or the unlicensed plumber Abe Deutch to respond, its that simple.

"If you want to know how stupid a person can be" the answer is" as stupid as Niederman
April 16, 2010, 4:46 pm
Nachman from Brooklyn says:
Dear Sam
On domino was the same think, the Beep Did support the project with conditions,
Its a common practice, and It means approved
Same was rose plaza, approved with conditions, means approved
This corrupt land use community board, led by ward dennis made a flp flop motion to misrepresent the intent, he made a motion to disapprove.
The dissatisfaction by the zalmenoties are so obvious and it is for one simple reason, they did want to kill this project forever and never approve this land for development.
Niederman, for his naïve biased mind, just put confidence in those hate mongers who are hungry for blood in this divided community
It will be hopefully a lesson for UJO leadership, not to be tangled by this ugly politics which drive them the last few years.
They should wake up, and live in harmony with the entire community in peace.
And Writer Aaron just got a good story, which catch his good eye as all good sniffy reporters, tough luck for niederman, he got caught, next time be careful.
April 16, 2010, 4:52 pm
bruce from 11211 says:
look at the updated story: THIS EMAIL WAS JUST FAKE....

http://brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/17/wb_roseemailfolo_2010_04_23_bk.html

david weinstock claims he got it by mistake, why didn't all the other members get it by mistake?????

8 members claim they didnt get it. only one 1 member who is an UJCARES board received it....

weinstocks mistake....
April 17, 2010, 10:10 pm
yolefrompupa from brooklyn says:
rabbi Niderman keep on with u'r good work u are loyal to the community for the last 30 years. don’t be scared about a few youngsters who are busy only with politics and games all day long u are a hero keep on
April 17, 2010, 11:29 pm
The candidate from Williamsburg says:
AMBER ALERT

lets stop doing what we do right now, the media is looking for David Niederman to respond if he did or didn't send an E-mail that's in question.

We all know via and interview for a Jewish magazine, that he has 3 cell phones, 2 blackberry's and 15 landlines, we don't need Simon Wiselhead (Travel agent) or the unlicensed plumber Abe Deutch to respond, its that simple.

"If you want to know how stupid a person can be" the answer is" as stupid as Niederman
April 17, 2010, 11:55 pm
Moshe Duvid from williamsburg says:
smells like a real rat, looks like the million dollar offer by Weiser is being funded by Vito Lopez, who's probably using it as another non-profit expense, like he did in his ridgewood bushwick senior citizen center where his aide was recently charged with falsifing documents - or from the corrupt Brooklyn Democratic Party he heads - maybe he found Clarence Norman's wallet
April 18, 2010, 5:45 am
jack from Williamsburgh says:
"But a spokesman for Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Bushwick) confirmed that she has seen the e-mail and forwarded it to Borough President Markowitz’s office asking for investigation."

Please update us on the investigation...

Also then we need to investigate Councilwoman Diana what she was seeing...
April 18, 2010, 2:36 pm
rashid says:
"jack"...WTF? You need to call the police to file a missing report for your brain.
April 19, 2010, 12:17 pm
Sarah from Williamsburg says:
Can we just kick all the ——ing artist-hating kikes out of Williamsburg? kthx.
Aug. 7, 2010, 10:24 am

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