2000-07-22 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

It is an absolute sheer delight to say God bless you to all of the thousands of registered Democrats who signed our reelection petition to place my name on the ballot. We are proud to announce that the Good Government Regular Democratic Club filed the highest number of signatures in the borough of Queens.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, whose name appeared on our petition, obtained the highest number of any assemblymember in Queens. She called to extend her gratitude to the many members of our organization. Congressman Anthony Weiner called to give us his thanks. Our Democratic club brought in the number one number of signatures of any in the Queens portion of this district. We wish to give special thanks to the number one petitioner, my left and right arm, Johanna Mazza, who obtained more than 800 signatures. Other great petitioners included Linda Ruscillo, John Flaherty, Mary and John Lenihan, Martin Collins, Jackie Devarie, Catherine Diffley, Abe Saposnick, Brian Williams, Margaret Flohr Rosenberg, Carolyn Sullivan, Martin Lattinzi, Steve Lefkowitz, Dario Shuster, Shelly Ginis, and Teddy Scapparo, to name just a few.

But, of course, we must thank all of the Democratic inspectors and personal friends of myself and the female leader. It was appalling to read the column of the female district leader who only thanked the members of her club. We thank all who participated in this tedious tiring exercise in the hot summer weather (and sometimes in rain). God bless each and everyone of you. Don’t hesitate to call upon us. We will always be here. We look forward to hearing from the female leader and state committee members with their thanks.

I have been very blessed that no candidates are running against me for district leader. My name will not appear on the ballot in September. We will be proud to start our fourth term of office on September 12.

On Monday evening we attended a meeting of Community Board 14’s transportation committee. Rosie of Rosie’s Bookstore referred it as the Last Supper. Harold Rochelle was professional in running the meeting.

The topic was the relocation of the bus stop formerly in front of the library on Beach 117 street. Unfortunately the meeting was not publicized so that the bus riders could be present to voice their opinions. A number of residents of Beach 117, 118 and 119 streets were there to speak their minds.

The main suggestion put to a vote was to relocate the bus stop to the southwest corner of Beach 115 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard, adjacent to the parking lot used by the Chinese restaurant. This would be closer for all those people who transfer from the Q35.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of retired local firefighter, Irving Mars. Irving was a first generation American, World War II veteran and a New York City fireman for 22 years. Since his retirement in 1976, Irving made statues and plaques honoring firefighters. He was the originator of the "Bravest" statue, which honors firefighters on the job. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Raquel and children Ginger, Audrey and Kenny. He is also survived by five grandchildren.

We are also saddened by the loss of Alan Fleischer, longtime community resident and husband of Estelle Fleischer, secretary of the nursing department at Peninsula Hospital. Estelle helped in the fight to try to save the Neponsit Home. Her late husband was a client at the Neponsit Adult Day Care while battling Alzheimer’s. He had a stroke several weeks ago, which led to his ultimate death. May Alan rest in peace.

Each and every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. "Dancing Under the Stars" will be presented for your pleasure on Beach 84 street and Shore Front parkway. Thanks to the generosity of our great friends, Marvin and Barbara Eisenstadt. We asked and they responded.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, July 22. The cost is $25 with $12.50 returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. Call now for reservations. Our next trip will be on August 19.

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