2000-02-26 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

This has been another exciting week with numerous meetings and events. I have been compared to the Energizer bunny. While others fall out and quit, I continue like a pit bull.

Tuesday morning I was invited to the Breezy Point Golden Age Club for their annual Valentine's Day party, at St. Thomas More. Members come from Breezy Point, Rockaway Point and Roxbury. We were pleasantly surprised when Grace McCloskey presented us with a plaque for our dedication for our dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of the senior community of the Point.

At the same event City Councilman Al Stabile also received a plaque for funding the Golden Age Club and assisting the seniors with their problems. We congratulated each other. The councilman stated he was feeling much better and his health was fine. He explained to the audience that he had a bad case of bronchitis and developed sleep apnea.

On Wednesday evening we attended the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents meeting. Moe Weinschel did his homework and found out how to lower the cost of home gas heat. A representative from Keyspan Energy services said he could deliver gas for .25 a therm while people are paying .38. If you want further information call my office.

We had the pleasure of introducing Malcolm Smith, the candidate for the vacant 10 Senatorial District seat. Malcolm spoke to the issues--supporting the reopening of the old Rockaway Beach line of the LIRR, Destination Technodome and economic development of our community.

After Malcolm spoke, Jo Ann Shapiro, chief of staff for Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, said that she was a candidate for the state senate. She said she had the support of Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and district leaders Augie Agate and Geraldine Chapey, but not mine.

Since the meeting, the governor has set the date for the special election. On Tuesday, March 28, we will be voting for state senate only. Anyone who wants to volunteer can contact me.

Get well wishes to Oliver Rooney, husband of Mary Rooney, who unfortunately fell flat on his face on the ice. He had more than 40 stitches on his face and mouth. We pray for his speedy recovery. Oliver is definitely an outstanding citizen who is always there for our community. Get well and God bless you.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be Saturday, March 11. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $20 returned. Call my office for reservations.

On Saturday evening the annual Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade ball was held at Antun's. The ball is a pre-parade fundraiser and swearing in ceremony for all the grand marshals, honorary grand marshals and deputy grand marshals.

This year the male grand marshal is Jack Ahearn, business manager, Local 30 International Union of Operating Engineers. Jack is a gentleman and a scholar. We asked for his assistance in rebuilding of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. He said he would reach out and help.

Female grand marshal is Rosemary Lombard. Rosemary is an educator and the first woman elected as president of the Mayo Society. She is a lady of class and stature.

The honorary grand marshal (male) is me.

Deputy grand marshal Chris Bowles, owner of the Blackwater Pub, is a man we can always count on to help our community. Deputy grand marshal, Judge Ann B. Dufficy, is an extraordinary woman with great talents. Throughout the district I serve on the mainland, there is never a meeting or event that we don't see Judge Dufficy. She is active in all causes to improve brotherhood, sisterhood and Irish related causes. God bless you.

Others include D. Brian Heffernan, local real estate agent, and Robert Johnson, firefighter and president of the Rockaway Rugby Club. Johnson is a great man and great leader in our community.

Betty Darmody is a very special lady who touches my heart because she reminds me of my mother. Although not a Rockaway resident, but from Woodside, she never misses supporting Irish cultural events. Betty is a woman of class and distinction. God bless you.

Michael McCarthy, an active member of AOH Division 21, has always supported all Irish issues and cultural affairs. He is a pillar of the community and a wonderful man. William Flaherty is the heart of the Rockaway Rockies who gives of his time to help youth of our community learn to play hockey. Thank you for what you do for the youth of our community.

Our great friend Frank Dowd, security to Cardinal O'Connor and a former aide to Congressman Mario Biaggi, is a pillar of the Rockaway community. When you speak of class, the name Frank Dowd comes to mind.

Unfortunately unable to attend due to food poisoning was the mother of the creator of the parade, a woman who put in more than 25 years of hard work and labor, Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan.

We are honored to share the great parade day of Saturday, March 4 with these honorees.

We wish to express our deepest thanks to one of the classiest, kindhearted and religious women, Mary Lenihan. Mary had the honor of presenting us with out sash. God bless you. We love you.

We are at the headquarters of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club every Thursday evening from 7:30-11 p.m. Come up if you have a community problem or just want to talk about community affairs. We welcome your membership, but you don’t have to join to come in.

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