1999-12-18 / Letters

Simon Beats Ariola

Dear Editor;

In last week's issue, while you were grateful for Lew Simon's efforts on
behalf of the community, you said your "crystal ball" showed Joanne Ariola (if she does indeed run for the position) as a front runner of Lew for the council seat. May I suggest you Windex your crystal ball? Lew Simon is here for the people of Rockaway and always has been. I question Joanne Ariola's motives. As a
Rockawayite, I say "Joanne Ariola, who?" She was never here for Rockaway before, and I doubt if she will be here for Rockaway in the future. Lew
Simon has worked tirelessly for the community. I personally have helped him obtain signatures from residents here in Rockaway, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. He truly represents his entire district. He is here for us. He answers our calls. He solves our problems. He contacts the right agencies immediately and has them address our concerns. I don't believe we can say the same for
Ms. Ariola. Granted, we have had more polished politicians in the past. Polish does not make the politician; actions do! I can personally attest to the fact that when you call, "Lew listens."

I do not know Ms. Ariola personally, and I do not wish to denigrate her on a personal level. However, as a resident of the Rockaway community, the only time I hear or see Ms. Ariola's name is when I pass the dilapidated piece of property adjacent to McDonald's on Beach Channel drive which is for sale and she, or her real estate company, is the agent. I want someone I can count on to represent me.....in my opinion Lew stands
heads above Joanne on this one!



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