1999-12-11 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

We would like to wish all our Jewish neighbors, friends and constituents a happy and joyous Chanukah. This time of year is a very busy time for all with Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year's season.

This is the time when people can plan for the New Year and the next millennium. We want to see more young people at meetings as we work for the future of our families and communities. It may be hard to get out after a hard day's work, but we need your ideas and support.

This past Wednesday we attended a gala fundraiser for the Al Gore for President 2000 campaign at the Crown Plaza LAG in East Elmhurst. The keynote speaker was Vice President Al Gore's charming wife, the future first lady, Tipper Gore. Her eloquent speech touched all who were there. Some of the notable people attending were Public Advocate Mark Greene, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Borough President Claire Shulman, Congressman Joe Crowley, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, Queens Democratic Leader Tom Manton, Democratic organization secretary Michael Reich and organization attorney Frank Bolza. District Leaders Dr. Geraldine Chapey, Henry McCoy, Chet Szarejko, Honey Miller, Mary Ann Dorsa, Ethel Chin and yours truly, along with many others. Former borough presidential candidate Lois Marbach of Promotional Strategies, who helped many officials get elected, was present.

We were proud to have a big contingent from the Rockaways, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Woodhaven. Our president, Sara S. Berger, of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club; Vice President Andrew T. McGee; his lovely wife, Maureen; Lally Davis, president of the Philip Port unit of the American Cancer Society; and Irving Matos, president of Metro Force, a real good security firm. Others included Eric Shivarain; Shelly Ginis of the 1199 Political Action Committee; Katherine Pierce, owner of the Mystique Yacht cruise lines, who is charming and beautiful; Joyce Gerace, vice president of programming for the Democratic club; Izzy Lindenbaum, Neponsit resident and club board member; Jennie Stewart, secretary of the Ozone Park branch of the Good Government Club; Mohammed Islam, vice president; John McLoughlin, editor of The Wave (a closet Democrat) and a breath of fresh air in our community; Joe Gallagher of Roy Reuther Houses, who is always available to help our community; and yours truly. A good time was had by all and the prime rib dinner was superb!

On Friday afternoon the Rotary Club had their annual menorah lighting service on Beach 116 street. It was led by one of our spiritual leaders, Rabbi Joseph Weiss of West End Temple, along with the Jewish War Vets of our community. Many children and neighbors were there to join in this festival of lights.

We would like to thank the Good brothers, Steven and Kenny, who handed out hot chocolate and Chanukah gelt for all.

We then went to the annual Christmas tree lighting in the Breezy Point shopping center. This annual event is always well attended with almost everyone from Roxbury, Breezy Point and Rockaway Point crowding into the parking lot. Bob and Clare Timonius and Donald Ritter planned the festival. Kevin Buckley, general manager of the Breezy Point Cooperative, and Helen Hyland, president of the board, were present. This annual event is usually held on a day when everyone is freezing cold. This year God has shined his love on our community and the weather was beautiful.

Sometimes we feel like a chicken without a head running from one event to another, but loving what we do at all times. On Sunday there was a champagne fundraiser for Congressman Anthony Weiner at Lundy's in Sheepshead Bay. The guest of honor was U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. Each and every table of the huge restaurant was filled with some guests standing to support our great congressman. Weiner had a hard act to follow after Schumer went on to the U.S. senate, but Weiner has proved himself to be a skinny clone of Chuck Schumer. We are really blessed with a fine U.S. senator in Chuck Schumer and a fine congressman in Anthony Weiner. Among the elected officials present were Public Advocate Mark Green, Comptroller Alan Hevesi, Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer, Councilmembers Stephen DiBrienza, Mike Nelson, Herb Berman and Howard Lasher, State Committeeman Joe Addabbo and District Leaders Augie Agate, Geraldine Chapey, and yours truly.

We are still trying to go to Atlantic City on December 18. Responses have not been good. If you want to go call my office now, we leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The Trump Marina Casino returns $17 of the $23.

The Good Government Club is open Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 11 p.m. to serve community needs. We are listed in the phone book under Lew Simon. Don't hesitate to call.

We would like to welcome back our good friend Steve Conklin of Engine 266 on Beach 94 street. Steve was burned while rescuing a family from Bay Towers. After surgery and a long healing process we thank God that he is still here to help the public. We would like to congratulate Steve and his wife on the expected addition to their family.

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