Erick Salgado's speech start at 7:23
see a moving (different) video of R Romi Cohen's endorsement
Erick Salgado, the only conservative candidate running in the Democratic Mayoral Primary, has been endorsed by Rabbi Romi Cohen.
Rabbi Cohen, a respected leader in the Jewish community who has performed over 30,000 brisos, said, “I know one person who has in mind family values, ethics, morals and religious freedom, and this is Erick Salgado. He not only understands it, but is willing to fight for it.”
Beyond just endorsing Salgado, Rabbi Cohen issued this statement to the community, “It’s the obligation of every person, who’s concerned about the future of New York and the future of our lives and our children, to elect a person like Erick Salgado.”
Salgado thanked Rabbi Cohen saying, “I am most honored to have received Rabbi Cohen’s endorsement. Rabbi Cohen is a community leader who has gained the trust of tens of thousands of parents over his long career one family at a time. His sending out the message that community members should vote for me is especially meaningful.”
Salgado pointed out that, “My accent might be strange. My accent might be different. But my values are very similar to those of the Jewish community. I believe in a big family structure, in G-d Almighty, in family and in tradition. And that’s what separates me from the rest of the candidates.”
“Many of the candidates are very liberal and they mock us because we believe in G-d, because we believe in our religion. We have to show them that we stand united, unwilling to compromise our beliefs and dedicated to maintaining the traditions we are required to follow. City Hall must not interfere,” Salgado added.
Salgado has previously received public support from other leading rabbonim including Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Nelkenbaum, Rosh Yeshiva of Mir; Rabbi Israel Portugal, Grand Rabbi of Skulen; Rabbi Auziel Admony, of B’nai Yosef; Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim, Av Beis Din, Rav Kehillah Yotzei Mashad, and YU Rosh Yeshiva; Rabbi Yisrael Neuman, Lakewood, Beis Medresh Gevoah Rosh Yeshiva; Rabbi Moshe Green, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva D’monsey; Rabbi Shlomo Tzvi Stern, Debreziner; Rav Khal Yesodai Hatorah; Rabbi Amram Klein, Ungar Rav; Rabbi (Samuel) Shmuel Dovid Krausz, Udvari Rav and Rabbi Beni Rachmanov, a student of Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim and a leader in the Queens Bucharan community.