2000-08-05 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Picnics and Politics

Last week the Trinity Senior Services, Inc. (Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, chair) sponsored a bus trip to a picnic in Sunken Meadow Park. I greeted seniors from Roxbury, Breezy Point, Rockaway Point, Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Rockaway Beach and Broad Channel as they boarded the bus for the outing.

The weather was great. It wasn't too hot or too cold. Many of the
seniors brought their own beach chairs. Picnic tables and benches were provided at Sunken Meadow Park itself.

During the day, the seniors enjoyed a barbecued chicken lunch and
delicious dessert. It tastes particularly good because it's cooked over a
hot charcoal flame and served piping hot. In the late afternoon, everyone
gathers around again to enjoy a tender steak cooked to order. The steak
dinner is complimented by another tempting dessert. Everyone raves about the meals.

People have an opportunity to take a leisurely stroll on the beach, go
swimming, play cards or just sit and enjoy chatting with friends.

Since this year is an election year, many of the candidates mingled in
the crowd. Peter Vallone, the speaker of the City Council and candidate for
mayor of New York City in 2001, walked around to meet and greet friends and neighbors. Peter Vallone took the time to speak to all the members of our group and to listen to their comments. Peter has a vital concern for education. He and the City Council began a Merit Scholarship Award, which motivates youngsters to achieve in school and helps more people to be able to afford CUNY. One valuable part of the educational component is to have access to the library. Under his leadership the City Council has dramatically increased funding in order for our libraries to stay open six days a week. Libraries are used by youngsters of all ages.

Charles Joe Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney, walked through the
picnic grounds talking to everyone he met. He has done an outstanding job as the district attorney in Brooklyn. He has streamlined the system so that the police officers and the members of the district attorney’s office work hand in hand to protect the public. He is a skilled attorney and a first-class administrator. He has dedicated his life to public service.

Candidates for the New York State Senate Seat also attended the picnic. Both Hillary Clinton and Rick Lazio spoke to everyone. They addressed issues like social security and health care.

Hillary Clinton also visited our area recently and spoke to the people
gathered at 105-00 Shore Front parkway in the Daytons. She spoke on her platform for improving education. She commented on the need for more teachers and the terrible effects that the teacher shortage will have on education.

As the political season gets into full swing we will have the opportunity
to hear from many different people.

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