2000-06-03 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

Last Sunday evening the Rosh Ha Yeshiva Mercaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor honored me at their 13th annual dinner. I was recognized for my assistance in fighting numerous city agencies that have been unfair to their school. They had problems with water bills and HPD violations that were corrected and never taken off.

I have been a strong supporter of a good Yeshiva education. These high school boys go on to become great pillars of society -- great rabbis, educators, doctors, lawyers, etc. The great quality of education, as well as their Judaic studies, make me proud to be involved and makes me proud to be Jewish.

This past week we have once again been running after the numerous potholes, ponding conditions and sewer problems in our community. One of our great accomplishments came after listing to the cries of numerous senior citizens from Rockaway Park, Surfside, and Dayton Towers about the difficulty of walking home from Waldbaum’s. They said they had to walk in the gutter because there was no sidewalk from the back of Waldbaum’s to Beach 108 street. Surprise, there is now a three-foot walkway for safe pedestrian traffic.

I am proud to listen and produce for my constituency. God bless First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Transportation Anthony J. Fasulo and the J.E.T.S. Emergency Response Team, under the direction of Ken Wales, John R. Draper, and Mike Panarese. We thank them for the great work they do on behalf of the residents of New York City.

Some of the locations being repaired include Beach 113 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard; in front of 264 Beach 116 street; resurfacing on the beach block of Beach 120 street and the 200 block of Beach 122 street; new curbs and a paved lane for Rockaway Beach boulevard from Beach 129 street to Beach 130 street; and repairs to numerous ponding conditions on Beach 125, 126, 127 and 128 streets.

In the month of January we took on the fight of faulty sewer work done on Beach 138 street and Beach 127 street. The contractor made a major blunder by putting these pipes six inches below ground level and not following guidelines and regulations to bury them deep enough so they would not freeze. I said I would be a pit bull on the city’s back until it was done right.

Work in now near completion -- the right way! I will make sure all these streets will be paved properly.

Our next Atlantic City trip is on Saturday, June 24. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. Call my office for reservations.

We are saddened about the loss of Daniel McCorgray, who died after a long battle with cancer. During the years in politics we worked closely with his sister Marie McCorgray Rosado. Marie asked if her brother could be in our convertible in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but he was too ill to join us. Our heart goes to the family. May he rest in peace.

On Thursday afternoon we attended the annual luncheon of the Philip Port Chapter of the American Cancer Society. This is the 40th anniversary of the chapter, which has raised more than one million dollars for cancer research. I am proud to be associated with this fine organization for more than 25-years.

At the luncheon they honored charter board members Nan Knebel and Marie Reiger and recognized long standing active board members Lally Davis, Fawn Poveromo, Pearl Prober, Lydia Mitchell, Sylvia Rogoff, and Dorothy Sullivan. The luncheon chairwomen were Nanette Knebel, Lydia Mitchell, and Sylvia Rogoff. We are proud to serve on the luncheon committee with these active board members.

Congratulations to District Leader Augie Agate, 23 A.D., Part A. I had the pleasure of seconding his nomination for civil court judge. Augie’s honesty, integrity and fairness will make him a pillar of the courts.

Our condolences to Congressman Anthony Weiner and his family on the tragic loss of his brother, who was killed by a car while walking.

Help is just around the corner. Stop by my office every Thursday evening, 112-20 Beach Channel drive (upstairs, across from Waldbaum’s) or call 945-1216.


Lew Simon (left) with DOT crew: Ken Wales, Joe Polcino, Stanley Cannelli, Nick Iannuzzelli, and John Draper. 
Lew Simon (left) with DOT crew: Ken Wales, Joe Polcino, Stanley Cannelli, Nick Iannuzzelli, and John Draper.

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