In an odd turn of events, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is remembered and praised by New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. De Blasio currently serves as public advocate, and, during his two terms as a city councilman, courted the crucial Orthodox Jewish vote in his district of Borough Park.
“Millions of people around the world lost a leader today in Rabbi Chacham Ovadia Yosef. His wisdom, charity and sensitivity were legendary. My thoughts and prayers are with Chacham Ovadia’s family and the millions of mourners around the world,” de Blasio’s office said in a statement.