2000-06-17 / Columnists

Simon Says….

Enjoying the Breezy Point Gold Age Club Hawaiian party are (left to right) Dorothy Ryan, Dorothy Taphouse, Monsignor Connolly, Mattie Curley, Grace McCluskey, Lew Simon, and Joan Wilmarth. 
Enjoying the Breezy Point Gold Age Club Hawaiian party are (left to right) Dorothy Ryan, Dorothy Taphouse, Monsignor Connolly, Mattie Curley, Grace McCluskey, Lew Simon, and Joan Wilmarth.
by Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

My fellow Democrats… unfortunately that time has come again! It has been six years, three great terms, that I have served you as district leader. I look forward to continuing to improve the quality of life in the district I represent. We need your continued support as an enrolled Democrat.

If you would be kind enough to sign the petition, which is now being circulated, my name will be placed on the ballot for reelection. Petitions will be available at the Good Government Democratic Club every Thursday evening. If you live west of Beach 95 street through Breezy Point or on the west side of Broad Channel, you can call to help us with the petitions.

Countless number of people have asked me to list the number of the man in charge of putting the muni-meters on Beach 116 street. John Girardi is in charge of off street operations and facilities management. He can be reached at 718-786-7114. It is imperative that you pick up the phone and alert him that you are not going to tolerate the unsafe, unfair conditions that plague the handicapped and senior citizens as well as many mothers who are with a young child.

It is very difficult to walk to the meter when there is no walkway. When one car is parked east and one car is parked west, the narrow zigzag walkway is harder to walk through than a maze. We have heard many stories of senior citizens falling as well as many almost hit by cars as they walked in the street to put their money in the meter. To allow this is ridiculous!

Nancy Rasmussen, board member of the Breezy Point Cooperative, is working on obtaining letters to get a few handicapped spaces designated under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Nancy is an advocate for disabled Americans.

We will be inviting John Girardi to spend several hours with me one day in July to hear the complaints with me. The date will be announced in my column.

Hats off once again to DOT First Deputy Commissioner Anthony J. Fasullo, special assistant John Messina, and secretary Patricia and staff for always being Johnny on the spot and responding in an emergency. It was quite funny to see the people come out from DOT to paint over Walk/Don’t Walk signs when it was hanging by a thread. One call to the commissioner’s office and it was replaced within 24-hours at 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Residents of apartment buildings have told me that AT&T, Bell Atlantic and Sprint have been putting in signal relays on their roofs. These contracts are quite lucrative ranging from $25,000 and up. Many neighbors on the Beach 124 street beach block have complained about the installation of an antenna on 123-11 Rockaway Beach boulevard.

The residents are worried that these waves may cause cancer. Although I am not a doctor and it has not been proven that there are health-related concerns, we questions why it is placed in a residential area where it can put many people at risk. I was reminded of one cooperative in Far Rockaway, which rejected quite a lucrative contract when the company could not guarantee that there were no long-term health effects.

We have noticed that the Doppler radar has been erected in Floyd Bennett Field. Although not operational at this time, we are outraged that this could be allowed to happen in our community. I still feel that it would be easier to equip the planes with their own Doppler radar and not place soon to be obsolete equipment near us.

It is time for Congress to act immediately to allow all seniors and disabled on Medicare to obtain prescription drugs at a nominal charge. Many have to choose between paying rent or taking care of their health. One woman who gets shots for her blood at $350 an injection to fight cancer would be helped.

The high price of insulin and blood pressure medication is ruining the health of some of our neighbors. We urge everyone to write Congressmen Meeks and Weiner and tell them to get moving on this issue. Their addresses are on the editorial page of this newspaper.

To participate in the primary election in September and the general election in November, you must be registered. Come to our office and get registered.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. We return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. Call my office now for reservations.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in our community!

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