2000-08-19 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

Lew Simon is surprised by members and friends from the Good Government Regular Democratic Club on his birthday.
Lew Simon is surprised by members and friends from the Good Government Regular Democratic Club on his birthday.

Once again the heavy rains have increased the infestation of mosquitoes in Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point. Many parents are afraid to let their children play normal sports activities because they are afraid of mosquito bites. Seniors who have heart conditions or asthma or other breathing problems are afraid of fatal cases of West Nile Virus.

We constantly hear that we have salt-water mosquitoes, not the ones that carry the West Nile Virus. Yet, we question why nothing is done to solve this problem. This is the worst year in a decade.

There have been numerous sightings of dead sparrows and pigeons in Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point, yet the New York City Department of Health refuses to check this out. My neighbor, Linda Plummer of REMAX, and I saw a dead pigeon on a roof outside our office hallway window. The Health Department told us to throw it in the trash. How will they know if the virus is present? It is time for the New York City Health Department to step up to the plate and remember that we are taxpaying citizens.

On Tuesday afternoon, in 90 plus weather, friends and neighbors gathered in support of the re-election of our great Congressman Anthony Weiner. We got together to take pictures at Riis Park.

At this event City Comptroller Alan Hevesi took his time to come to the Rockaways. There were similar announcements in Forest Hills and Brooklyn. At these announcements Weiner got the support of Public Advocate Mark Green, Borough President Fred Ferrer, Congressman Joe Crowley, and Councilman Steve DiBrienza. It was an impressive group of highly respected public officials.

In my opinion Congressman Weiner has earned our support by attending more local meetings than some local officials who don’t have to go to Washington.

This past Friday I celebrated my birthday. I was taken out to dinner at one of the best places to eat, The Beach Club. We went back to my office and I got the shock of my life -- a big surprise birthday party that was put together by board members of the Good Government Democratic Club.

I would like to thank the sneaky people: Dario Schuster; Andy and Maureen McGee; Mary, Ben and John Lenihan; John and Helene Flaherty; Scott Winick; Sara Berger; Joanna Mazza; June Baehr; Joe Gallagher; Flo Altshuler; Linda Ruscillo; and Ursula Powell. It was great to see so many friends I consider my family. It was one of the best days of my life.

Our local Wendy’s has a great program to help local community organizations. To participate in proceed’s night your organization chooses a weeknight with the manager. A register is set up with a sign for the organization. Twenty percent of the proceeds that come in that register go to your organization. If you are interested, contact Wendy’s Manager Evelyn Powell.

On Wednesday evening I celebrated my birthday with birthday girl Sheri McLoughlin, her wonderful mother Florence Weiss (who was one of my mom’s best friends), and Wave Editor John McLouhglin. I felt like my mom was smiling down because of her long relationship with Florence and Sheri. Happy birthday Sheri…many, many more!

We still have seats available for today, Saturday, August 19 trip to Trump Marina in Atlantic City. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $15 returned. We leave from the Good Government Regular Democratic Club headquarters at 112-20 Beach Channel drive (opposite Waldbaum’s). Call my office for reservations.

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