2000-01-22 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

Honoring Congressman Weiner and Senator Schumer (second from right) at a brunch at Lundy's are (from left) Democratic District Leader Augie Agate, Democratic District Leader Lew Simon, and Frank Gullisco, president of the South Queens Democratic Club.

Our next Saturday night in Atlantic City will be on February 12. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 p.m. We have eight hours to enjoy the Trump Marina. We have a great time between our movies and our jokes. We hope we are winners but we are all one big happy family.

On Tuesday, January 11 Community Board 14 held an election for second vice chair. The nominating committee re-nominated Viola Akers. Steve Cooper nominated himself and was seconded by Palmer Doyle. The election results were 25 for Viola Akers and six for Steve Cooper. We wish Viola Akers sincere congratulations and continued success. At the some time we wish Steve Cooper continued success.

This past week my office got many calls about numerous potholes and treacherous icy conditions on the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway bridge. The roadway was not sanded during inclement weather. Shame on the TBTA for not taking care of the Marine Parkway bridge. We are under the belief that the sand truck was too wide, but they could use a utility vehicle and drop sand out of the back windows.

Once again we have gotten a large number of calls about the condition of Rockaway Beach boulevard between Beach 112 and Beach 115 streets. The sidewalks and gutters are dirty and sewers are overflowing with garbage, We have reached out to DEP to clean their sewers. We know merchants are doing their share, but during the evening people are going through garbage bags and making a mess. We urge everyone to chip in and help keep the boulevard clean.

On Saturday U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Anthony Weiner hold a press conference on the prices we pay for prescription drugs. Weiner told of a heart medication that is sold to Americans for $25 but is available for animals for $6. What's wrong with this picture? Why are the pharmaceutical companies ripping us off? It is about time prescription drugs are made available to Americans at reasonable prices. No one should have to go to Canada or Mexico to got the prescriptions they need.

Wendy's has been gracious enough to do a proceeds night for any not- for-profit organization that would like to raise money. They got 20 per cent of the total receipts at a designated register from 5 to 8 p.m. Any interested organization should contact Wendy's Manager Evelyn Powell.

On Sunday, January 23, the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Cultural Committee will have their annual Hearts and Shamrocks Dance. The purpose is to raise funds for the 2000 parade and to swear in the marshals and deputy marshals. The tickets are $20. The event will be at St. Camillus from 4-8 p.m. There will be free beer and soda. There will be dancing to Martin Quinn and Frank Keegan and band.

The next big parade fundraiser will be at Antun's on Saturday, February 19. Tickets are $60 and are available at my office.

The annual "Doo Wop" concert will be hold at Beach Channel on Saturday, January 29 at 7 p.m. Nine groups will participate and partial proceeds will go to the Susan G. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We have been working with the U.S. Census since they started their outreach in southern Queens. We are still looking for people in Dayton West, Surfside, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Neponsit, Breezy Point, Roxbury, Rockaway Point and Broad Channel. Enumerators are paid $16 per hour, office workers $14 per hour, and crew chiefs get $20 per hour. A test must be taken. If you score high enough, you will be called to work. If you are interested in working and making money and helping to count people in our community and getting our fair share of federal dollars call my office. I am listed in the Rockaway phone book under Lew Simon. Leave a message with your name and phone number and the Census Bureau will call you back.

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club is open every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 11 p.m. We are located at 112-20 Beach Channel drive opposite Waldbaum's. Just drop in to discuss current affairs and community problems. New members are welcome, but you don't have to be a member to come in.



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