When Brooklyn DA Charles (Joe) Hynes met with orthodox Jewish supporters he proudly declared,
I grew up in a 84-family apartment house where the only goyishe (gentile) families, were the super’s and mine. I was the shabbos goy (sabbath gentile). I was the real shabbos goy. Mario Cuomo, our governor said he was a shabbos goy. He lived in South Jamaica, Queens. There wasn’t a Jew within 10 miles of South Jamaica, Queens. I was the real shabbos goy.
Here is the deal on the shabbos goy for those not in the know. Orthodox Jewish observance of the Sabbath includes abstaining from certain tasks such as lighting fires or turning on light switches. There is of course no expectation under Jewish law that gentiles will observe the Sabbath. However, Jews can’t directly instruct and pay a gentile to do prohibited Sabbath work for the benefit of Jews. However, if a gentile should just happen to relight the stove; well that is different!
Here is how it goes down with a well-trained shabbos goy, Burich Goldberg knocks on Joe Hynes’ door and says “Hi, we are so bummed that our chulent pot is cooling because the stove’s pilot light went out.” Joe doesn’t reply, “Are you telling me to go upstairs and light the pilot for you?” Oh no. Instead, Joe just ambles upstairs, makes himself at home and goes to work and lights the pilot. Maybe they thank him with a shot of Slivovitz. Maybe they tip him handsomely at Christmas. But absolutely no one dares to say, “This is a quid pro quo.”
Joe Hynes is the “real shabbos goy.”
P.S. At the same event, Hynes did not directly ask for money, but mentioned how it was necessary for a campaign.