2000-07-01 / Columnists

Simon Says….


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

June has been extremely wonderful to us. While knocking at the doors of registered Democrats, I have been asked, "Why don’t you run for a paid position." My response is, "One day." Many disgusted Democrats who are not happy with Hillary have joked, "Why not you."

Numerous people are asking me, "Why don’t you run for the city council seat?" People are aware of the term limits that prevent our current Councilmember, Al Stabile, from seeking reelection in 2001. I am from the school of take one day at a time. My dreams and hopes are to make our communities the best we can be.

Resident of Shore Front parkway and people who drive through there are complaining about the trees planted on the corners. These trees obscure the view when turning and can cause an accident. They have requested that the corner trees be replanted further away from the corner.

It’s great news to hear that Rockaway’s own Steven Morales, the little boy who has brainstem cancer, has been blessed with a miracle. His current new treatment has reduced his tumor by 18 percent, but unfortunately the steroids has caused swelling in his face. Each treatment costs more than $7,000. We call upon the community to keep helping Steven…make a check payable to Steven’s Choice, c/o Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, 361 Beach 42 street, Far Rockaway, New York, 11691.

On Tuesday we attended the Breezy Point Golden Age Club annual barbecue, which was held in Fort Tilden. The weather was beautiful and the members had a fantastic time enjoying a hot buffet lunch.

Wednesday we the inauguration of the St. Francis Golden Age Club. Newly elected president Maureen McGee, a good friend of ours and a board member of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, took the oath of office. We stopped by to congratulate her.

Maureen and her husband Andy McGee are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Eileen McGee Campbell and Mary Ann McGee. Eileen has a wonderful husband, Shawn, and two sons. Maureen always makes time to share her love with everyone. Nora Gallagher, who was a great president, has handed her throne to a class person.

Serving with Maureen is the eloquent Catherine Moran as vice president. This dynamic duo will prove to be a very hardworking team.

Special welcome back to Rockaway’s own Karen Flower. Karen and her family are visiting. Her daughter Samantha has grown to be a beautiful young princess. We love you!

Hats off to Buildings Commissioner James Leonard for finally issuing the "Order to Vacate" for the closed, unsafe building at 230 Beach 118 street. Now we hope residents of Beach 117, 118 and 119 streets will be able to sleep peacefully at night.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m. We return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $12.50 returned. Call my office for reservations.

We are saddened by the loss of a dear friend, Anna Urciuoli. Anna was a close friend of my mom, as well as me. She had worked as a home companion for years. Her love and big heart helped many of her patients to live a happy and comfortable last few years. We will deeply miss Anna; a lovely, kind and religious person. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family.

We are saddened by the Central Park copycat incident that occurred at MS 180. We hope new leadership at MS 180 will turn this school around so that all children zoned for MS 180 will be able to attend. Parents must feel comfortable sending their children to MS 180 so they won’t have to send them to District 21 and 22 in Brooklyn.


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