“[R]ecognizing the intensity of the change that has happened on the ground and our need to meet and it respond to it and show a path forward” — which is to say, “The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, under pressure from ultra-Orthodox rabbis, is set to ease New York City’s regulations on a controversial circumcision ritual that has been linked to herpes infections in infants”:
Posted: February 25th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, views ultra-Orthodox New Yorkers as a key political constituency, and he pledged to rescind the consent rule on the first day of his administration. His aides have spent months conferring with Orthodox leaders on a compromise.
Still, the mayor’s team did not exactly trumpet the new circumcision policy on Tuesday.
In an unusual rollout, aides to Mr. de Blasio announced the policy in the early evening, typically a time when City Hall releases information that could be construed as sensitive.
The administration did not allow city health officials to speak on the record during a briefing about the new policy. Instead, reporters were asked to attribute quotations to “Official 1″ and “Official 2.”