2000-05-06 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

As we go through life, many people do not thank God for the blessings of good health and happiness. Many families have been unfortunately touched by cancer. Everyone knows of one friend, neighbor or relative who us cursed by the plague of cancer.

You might have read over the past month the unfortunate plight of a little six-year-old, Steven Morales, who has been diagnosed with Brainstem Glioma (cancerous tumor). Steven has gone through traditional chemo and radiation and has exhausted those options. The Morales family has opted for alternative treatment.

We have been working closely with the family and John McLoughlin, editor of The Wave, who did a fine job in raising more than $15,000 in one month.

It had come to our attention that little Steven is a Yankee fan. I reached a woman I called my second mom, Lally Davis, president of the Philip Port American Cancer Society. Her son Lawrence Davis, born and raised in Rockaway, owns a sports memorabilia store called Hall of Heroes in Roosevelt Field. Last Wednesday, Lawrence arranged for Steven and his family to spend almost a half-hour with Yankee pitcher David Cone. When Steven was wheeled in, Cone walked around the table to talk to him. He gave Steven a large colored picture of the Yankee players celebrating his perfect game. Cone autographed the picture for Steven and autographed two baseballs for his father Frank.

Steven’s face lit up with a smile that me burst out in tears. I personally lost it because I was overwhelmed by how wonderful David Cone was with Steven and Steven’s reaction to David. God bless Lawrence Davis, owner of the Hall of Heroes, for making a difference. Special thanks to David Cone. God Bless you!

On Wednesday afternoon, we were invited to attend Neponsit Adult Day Care’s Easter party. We were tricked into thinking we were just going to a party. In fact, it was a special celebration in which Maxine Schack and her staff presented me with an award for "Man of the Year" for supporting the medical and social needs of Rockaway’s senior citizens. My strong commitment will continue to make Beach 102 street a new home for adult day care, as well as continuing to fight to reopen Neponsit Home.

Late Thursday evening we had the pleasure of again conferencing on the phone with Abraham Reichmann, CEO of the Heathmont Corporation, developers of Destination Technodome. We discussed the upcoming meeting with Governor George Pataki, his secretary, and his chief of staff, Brad Rice, on Thursday, May 4. Also involved will be Borough President Claire Shulman, Senator Malcolm Smith, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Canada’s largest bank), Oppenheimer Chairman Paul Roger, and the Global Investment Bank. The three corporations will be playing a major part in the funding of Destination Technodome.

The city has committed $125 million for infrastructure. We are looking to get matching funds from the state. The plan for Technodome estimates that the city and state will gain $210 million in local and state taxes from construction and $158 million in local and state taxes annually from operations. Reichmann said he will remind the governor of the importance of reopening the Rockaway line to provide for transportation of visitors to make Technodome a success.

Our next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday, May 20. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. Call my office now for reservations.

It has come to our attention that two burglaries of food and supplies at the corner home of the Neponsit Adult Center at Young Israel at 716 Beach 9 street. They were also robbed five times in August and September 1999. It is time for someone to stop this crime spree. We urge the 101 Precinct to have a sector car travel around this area to deter future robberies.

We are looking for registered Democratic voters who would like to work the Election Board for the September primary, October registration and the general election in November. The hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $130. If you live between 95 street and Breezy Point or in Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, or part of Woodhaven. Call my office…

We meet at Good Government Regular Democratic Club every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 11 p.m. We are at 112-20 Beach Channel drive. Come up to register to vote or voice your opinion.

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