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Rapfogels (one ex-Forest City) resurface as lobbyists in Albany

Judy Rapfogel Is Back In Albany With A Big Lobbying Contract, the Forward's Josh Nathan-Kazis reported 1/14/19. It's $20,000 per month for a year.

Rapfogel, of course, was the former Chief of Staff to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, convicted of corruption in 2016. And she's married to William Rapfogel, former executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a charity powerhouse, who was pleaded guilty in 2014 to stealing from his employer.

And they were connected to Forest City Ratner in a couple of ways: the Met Council gave executive Bruce Ratner an award, presented by Silver; Michael Rapfogel, who's now partnering with his mother at GrandRap Strategies, was hired by Forest City; the developer directed profits from a cantorial concert to the Met Council; Silver and William Rapfogel attempted to steer a Lower East Side urban renewal project to Forest City; and Forest City and the Met Council later partnered (unsuccessfully) on a bid for that urban renewal project.

The lobbyists, say the Forward, citing public filings, "have a $240,000 contract from a Virginia-based victim’s advocacy nonprofit [Victim Policy Institute] to lobby in support of a bill extending the statute of limitations for child victims of sex crimes." That, notably, is something some religious organizations have opposed.

“This is about bringing justice to survivors and protecting children from predators,” her son, Michael Rapfogel, told the Forward. “The cause picked us but it is something we are happy to fight for.”

Where's W. Rapfogel?

William Rapfogel, Crain's New York Business reported 8/1/17, had updated his LinkedIn page to say he was "senior adviser" to Newark-based IDT Corporation, after his "merit release" in May 2017.,


His current LinkedIn page says he's Chief of Staff to the Chairman of IDT, as well as associated entities, as well as a Senior Executive with a real estate firm called Realty Crown LLC.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the IDT founder 5/11/1, in How Telecom Speculator Howard Jonas Made Billions From Verizon, AT&T. The article noted that it's a family affair: some of the nine children of founder Howard Jonas work in his businesses, which include an energy company, a pharmaceutical company, a mobile app company, and more.

Here's an August 2010 Crain's feature on Jonas, headlined CRAZY? OR CRAZY LIKE A FOX?

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