1999-11-13 / Columnists

Simon Says….

by Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

On Sunday evening the Queens County St. Patrick's Parade Committee had their annual fall dinner dance. Beach Club owner's Kenny and Steve Good are gracious enough to donate all the proceeds from this joyous event. The dinner choices included chicken marsalat salmon and prime ribs. The food was superb. We urge all to patronize and thank the Beach Club for what they do for our community.

This year marks the 25 year of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in our community. The 2000 millennium parade should be a great year for us. Male grand marshal will be Jack Ahern, president of Local 30 Operating Engineers. Female grand marshal will be Rosemary Lombard who is vice president of the County Board.

Yours truly will be an Honorary grand marshal. I am so pleased and honored to represent so many Irish immigrants and Americans who have settled in our great country, state, city and community. We will continue to work diligently for the MacBride principles, Irish immigration and peace in Ireland. Former State Committeeman Stephen Cooper personally congratulated me and said we are doing a fantastic job in our community.

Deputy grand marshals include Ann Dufficy, who is a retired State Supreme Court Justice, Irish activist and a resident of Breezy Point; Chris Bowles, owner of Blackwater Tavern and an Irish community activist; Frank Dowd, retired NYPD and an aide to former Congressman Mario Biaggi. Frank also works with our great Cardinal of distinction, Cardinal O'Connor.

Other deputy grand marshals include Michael McCarthy, Irish activist and also part of Division 21 A.O.H.; Bill Lavin, former C.E.O. of Woolworth's and a community resident who works hard for Irish causes; Betty Daromdy is a resident of Woodside and is always fighting for all Irish Catholic causes and is always at every event in the Irish community. She is a wonderful, sweet charming lady of class. D. Brian Heffernan is a realestate agent who was responsible for the John F. Kennedy, jr. mass held at St. Francis this summer. Rosemary Sullivan sr. has given 25 years of great community activism in Irish and Catholic causes and was finally recognized as a deputy grand marshal. Her beautiful smile and lovely red hair make her special to all of us.

Also attending was my counterpart, District Leader Augie Agate who works so did diligently for our community.

The Rams Horn Diner is under new management. The food is superb. I can personally say that because I look forward to having their prime ribs special from soup to nuts for $11.95. Look for a major renovation and revamping of the diner. We wish Chris good luck and success. Hope to see you in the diner.

Mark Green was the speaker at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club last week. I introduced Mark as the next mayor of New York City. He referred to me as the best community organizer. Mark was proud of the vote by New York City voters in rejecting the City Charter amendments. He charged that the mayor had tried to slip these amendments in an off year election when low voter turnout was expected. He said that the mayor was creating false issues instead of dealing with such real city problems as solid waste disposal, connecting our schools to the internet, hiring 25,000 new teachers and making the city work for all working families in the city.

Green charged that Rockaway had been ignored by city administrations for 30 years. He said that the closing of the Neponsit Health Care Center was a disaster and that there was no imminent danger to residents or staff. He hoped that the situation would be resolved by negotiations between the mayor and the city council. He referred to Assemblyman Al Vann as a leader in the fight to rehabilitate the Franklin avenue shuttle. The MTA wanted to demolish this line which runs from Fulton street to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Green supports our efforts to reopen the Rockaway Beach line.

Jack King, chairman of Qrail, spoke about his appearance as head of a Rockaway delegation supporting the Rockaway Beach line. The delegation testified at a hearing on the MTA capital budget chaired by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Speaking time was arranged by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer who also participated in the hearing.

Another topic Green discussed was the need to continue the successful efforts to reduce crime by holding local precinct captains responsible for crime reduction while also making them accountable for reducing any police abuse in their precincts.

We were saddened to hear about the loss of Madeline Monaghan. Madeline was a great friend and a community activist in the Broad Channel community. Known as Sissy to all her friends, she was always around sharing her love and her wonderful smile at every event.

We spent many a good night in the old Dayton Plaza bingo hall waiting to fulfill our dreams of winning. Madeline worked for many years on the election board and recently became a coordinator. Madeline had two children who were lawyers. Her son Thomas (Butchy) practices in the Broad Channel community. Her daughter, Kathleen Harnisher, is the wife of Frank. Madeline was also blessed with beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Madeline must be a special angel in God's Heaven because she was one on earth.

A special happy birthday to one of our colleagues on the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, Joan Boden, She is a major fundraiser for this endeavor. We wish you many more joyous birthdays.

We would like to thank a fine doctor who is always available when needed. As many of you may know I recently suffered from a cough that lingered and felt like it was killing me. We would like to thank Dr. Mitchell Kurk for his expertise, professionalism and bedside manner. He is definitely the doctor of the millennium. Thank you for all you do.

We will be going to Atlantic City on Saturday, November 20. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $23 with $17 returned. Call my office now for reservations.

I am available to help with community problems at any time. If you have any questions or comments about this column call my office. I am listed in the Rockaway phone book.


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