Skver Chassidim are being told to vote for Hillary.
The announcement was made on Friday night after Davening by one of the Gaboyim in the New Square Bais Medrash.
This endorsement is no surprise as President Bill Clinton in his final days in office granted clemency to four Skverer Chassidim after their tiny New York state community voted almost unanimously for Hillary Clinton in the 2000 senatorial race.
The New Square case involved four men convicted in 1999 of bilking the federal government of more than $30 million in federal housing subsidies, small business loans and student grants. The four were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 2 1/2 to 6 1/2 years.
During her Senate campaign, Hillary Clinton, then the first lady, campaigned in New Square. On Election Day, she received 1,400 votes in New Square to 12 for Republican Rick Lazio.
Six weeks after the election, the Skver Rebbe was granted a 45-minute meeting with Bill Clinton at the White House, with the senator-elect sitting in.
The Rebbe asked for clemency for the four men, saying they had not used the money for themselves, but for programs in their low-income community.
Clinton reduced the prison sentences to 2 to 2 1/2 years, but did not free the men as community leaders had asked.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan was reported to be furious about the reduction in the sentences. It opened an inquiry into the New Square case.
Hillary Clinton said she played no role in her husband’s New Square decision.
The Clintons’ defenders contended that the New Square case could not be construed as a bribery or criminal case because nothing of monetary value was exchanged. They have said the former president did nothing against the law, citing the broad presidential power to grant pardons.
Eventually, the Justice Department declined to file charges.