According to the "Canarsie Courier": "Under the stewardship of NY State Chairman Curtis Sliwa and Kings County Chairman Bob Capano, the state’s Reform Party has been mixing it up on the issues with other political parties and getting serious contenders in place for this fall’s elections...."
Case in point: The Reform Party candidate against Simcha Felder (D-R-C) --- LUIS RIVERA
This is what the report appearing in the "Canarsie Courier" had to say: "One issue that affects many yeshivah school kids and their parents in the Canarsie Courier’s coverage area in Brooklyn, as well as throughout the state, and that has been gaining traction in parochial educational circles, is what the Young Advocates For Fair Education (YAFFED) describes as a sub-standard secular education provided in some ultra-Orthodox schools.... It is an issue that Sliwa protégé, and fellow long-term Guardian Angels member, Luis Rivera, is passionate about. Rivera, the Reform Party challenger currently gunning for Democratic State Senator Simcha Felder’s Brooklyn District 17 seat, issued a blistering press release in which he claims Felder had a [ ] role in lowering the bar for yeshivah education standards.... Rivera argues that the 'Felder Amendment' - as he calls it - 'carves out special treatment to ultra-Orthodox yeshivahs that lowers the bar even further for students.' He claims that the embattled Felder - who is also being attacked by fellow Democrats as a closet Republican - held hostage the current Albany budget until he successfully slipped in the 'yeshivah carve-out.'...” ("Reform Party Flexing Its Brooklyn Muscles" by Rybstein, 7/25/18, Canarsie Courier [http://canarsiecourier.com/reform-party-flexing-its-brooklyn-muscles-p2388-199.htm]).
The article also noted that --- "Felder’s district covers a large swath of Brooklyn’s orthodox communities from Boro Park to Flatlands, Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay, where Rivera faces an uphill battle to become the next state senator...." and that ".... Rivera called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to follow through on his three-year-old promise to investigate the city’s yeshivahs to ensure they are meeting their secular education requirements...."