2000-03-04 / Letters

The Other Side Speaks

Dear Editor;

Ordinarily I do not dignify letters in the paper by replying to them.
However, the letter from Stephen Cooper in last week's paper called for a reply. I have very vivid memories of that campaign against the homeless
shelter. I do not remember Steve at the hearing although he may have been there. I also do not remember Walter Ward's presence. Ward's actions were probably taken quietly out of the limelight since he was a councilman, not a member of the Board of Estimate. It must be remembered that our elected officials usually do not act except after having a situation called to their attention by a "rabble rouser" like Lew. That campaign against the homeless shelter was my introduction to Lew Simon. It is as a direct result of my watching him in action and being impressed by
his professionalism and effectiveness that I became aligned with him

I am sure that Lew's efforts were not the only ones which resulted in
shutting down this attempt (one of many) to dump on Rockaway. I do not
downplay the results of what was a many faceted fight carried on by many of those of us who are concerned citizens of this peninsula. At the same time, I resent those who belittle the work that we did under the direction of Mr. Simon. No progress is ever made by one person. It takes many and also needs
differing styles to accomplish anything.


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