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Former U.S. Representative from New York, serving from 1983 to 2013 - member of the Democratic Party.
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ENG: Gary Leonard Ackerman (born November 19, 1942) was a U.S. Representative from New York, serving from 1983 to 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party. On March 15, 2012, Ackerman announced that he would retire at the end of the 112th Congress on January 3, 2013 after fifteen terms, and would not seek re-election in November 2012. Early life, education, and early career Ackerman was born in Brooklyn, the son of Eva (née Barnett) and Max Ackerman. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Poland. He was raised in Flushing, Queens. He attended local public schools, Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated from Queens College in 1965. After college, Ackerman became a New York City School teacher where he taught social studies, mathematics, and journalism ...
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Ackerman on his rescue mission:

If this ain’t official business... what is? Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) returned to Washington this week after successfully facilitating the release of a former intern accused of spying on Egypt for Israel. Ilan Grapel, a 28-year-old Emory University law student who interned in Ackerman’s New York district office in the summer of 2002, was detained in Egypt in mid-June amid allegations of inciting civil discontent. The dual American-Israeli citizen was in Egypt working with an NGO to assist Sudanese refugees. Shortly after arriving in Cairo, Grapel was photographed holding a ...

Queens Man Freed In Overseas Prisoner Swap Arrives Home

Back on U.S. soil and in the arms of his family, it was an emotional reunion Saturday at John F. Kennedy Airport for Queens resident Ilan Grapel. However, he kept the moment light saying he knows the first thing he wants to eat: Chocolate chip pancakes. Grapel was released from prison as part of a prisoner swap between Israel and Egypt. He was arrested back in June during the Egyptian uprising accused of spying for Israel, which he denies. He says he spent much of his time in solitary confinement. "They did give me conditions to make sure that my health was attended to. I would get anything ...

Ackerman slams GOP for weak housing law

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) criticized his Republican colleagues after Congress watered down legislation in late November that he said would have stabilized the housing market in Queens. In an attempt to stabilize the housing sector, Congress raised the limit in 2008 — from $625,000 to $725,750 — on which the Federal Housing Authority, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were allowed to guarantee mortgages in high-cost areas. Those high-cost areas include the New York metropolitan area, Boston, Chicago, southern California, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., among others. That ...

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Bipartisanship at last: U.S. politicians line up to castigate Palestinian unity deal
In stark contrast to partisan wrangling over the budget and women’s rights, Democrats and Republicans are lining up to demand the cut-off of U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority as a response to the reported unity deal between Hamas and Fatah. Expect the Obama administration to take heed and agree with Congress–especially with the 2012 […]
Congressional chairman to Palestinians who live in the capital of the Jewish people: Drop dead
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, issued the following statement today concerning the Israeli construction in Jerusalem. AIPAC is tweeting happily about it. “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is not a settlement. “As such, the resumption of construction in Jerusalem is not […]
Naked conspiracy: Ackerman says ‘first class team’ of 5 Jewish, pro-Israel congressional chairs has ‘major, major, major influence’ on Obama
The Forward’s Nathan Guttman has a fine piece of reporting up about how the Israeli right is hoping that the Congress will change hands next week. The best part of the piece is where the Congressional Democrats protest, Hey we love Israel just as much, even more! Read this with your eyes open. I know, […]
New York liberal Democrat implies Gutman is anti-Semitic
Rep. Gary Ackerman speaking outside the United Nations in September 2011 (Photo: Ackerman.house.gov.) The controversy over Howard Gutman’s remarks is proving to be a clarifying moment. Similar to how the Democratic Party attacked Barack Obama over his call for peace negotiations to be based on the 1967 borders earlier this year, liberal Democrats are slamming […]

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