An Israeli lobbyist is reportedly taking over the New York City Department of Education, after a state agency spent more than $600,000 on his lobbying for the school district.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the lobbyist, Yossi Shklar, is the chief financial officer of Shkler Associates, a firm that has spent more that $4.4 million on lobbying since 2014.
Shklenar is the chairman of the board of directors for the lobbying firm’s New York branch.
The report did not mention the name of the school where Shkkel is a director.
Shlara was not immediately available for comment.
He is the only New York State legislator to be appointed by Gov.
Andrew Cuomo to the office of a state department chair, and the first in the state to hold that post.
The department’s budget for fiscal year 2019 was nearly $1 billion, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
Shkel’s firm is listed as the primary contributor to the governor’s office in that fiscal year, according the database of New York state elections and campaigns maintained by the Center for Public Integrity.
The center’s reporting found Shkarl’s office also contributed nearly $100,000 to the campaigns of two New York Democratic senators, Daniel Squadron and Joseph Crowley.
Shklar has served as the director of Shklars campaign finance organization since 2014, when he served as a political operative for Shkalar, who is a member of the United States-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
In his Senate campaign, he spent more on lobbying than any other candidate in the race, according an analysis of filings by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Shkharl was elected to the New Jersey Assembly in 2012.
Shkklar was elected as a state senator in 2014 and was reelected to his Senate seat last year.
He previously served as director of the New Mexico Public Service Commission, where he was a key adviser to the Albuquerque Public Utilities Commission, a political action committee controlled by a political ally of Shkhlar’s.
He also was the director for a New York-based advocacy group that promotes the interests of the Israel-based American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according his LinkedIn page.
In 2015, Shklar, now 56, was the CEO of Shkel Associates, which is a firm owned by Shkar.
In 2017, Shkel resigned as CEO of the firm.
Shksar was previously an attorney at the firm and a board member of its board.
He was a former chairman of Shkkar Associates.
He has not returned requests for comment for this story.
Shkovar previously served on the board for the Jewish Coalition for New Jersey, a lobbying group that is affiliated with the Israel advocacy group J Street.
Shdklar previously represented the New Orleans-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
He founded and served as executive director of Covingson & Burlings Public Affairs.
He served as CEO from 2006 to 2008.
Shkakel was also a member, as a senior adviser, of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New Jersey.
Shkel was also an adviser to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 2016 presidential campaign.
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