2000-09-30 / Columnists

Simon Says….

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

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

Once again it’s time to give a plug to the old Rockaway Beach line of the LIRR. With the horrendous condition of local transportation, the savior for getting to Manhattan quickly and safely would be the Rockaway Beach line. It would take 38 minutes to Penn Station through Queens, not Brooklyn.

At the same time, for more than 10 years, we have been fighting and screaming that "A" line service must become more of a real express. There are only a small number of trains during peak hours marked "Rockaway Park A Express". During other hours you have to take a shuttle and change at Broad Channel to go to Manhattan.

Numerous time while riding "A" trains the dispatcher allows trains for Lefferts boulevard to go ahead of Rockaway trains. Those who venture home from Manhattan during peak or even off peak hours find it difficult to find Rockaway Park or even a Far Rockaway train.

Many of us have taken a train to Euclid avenue, changed for a Lefferts "A" train to Rockaway boulevard, then changed for a Far Rockaway train to Broad Channel and finally had to change for a shuttle. Are you nauseous yet?

We have asked Larry Reuter, president of the MTA, to have "A" trains go express from Rockaway boulevard to Hoyt Schemerhorn and on the way home the last Brooklyn stop would be Hoyt Schemerhorn and trains would skip all stops until Euclid avenue. This service will benefit all of Rockaway, Broad Channel, Breezy Point, and even Howard Beach and Ozone Park.

On Sunday, September 10, the Rockaway Council Knights of Columbus installed Larry Kelly as Chancellor. Larry is one of the finest individuals one can meet. He is one of the best carpenters and handiest persons I know. He is always giving of himself. He is always there for St. Camillus. He is a great father and loving husband, but always finds time to lend a helping hand.

May God bless Larry and his lovely wife Mary and the family. Congratulations on your new position at the Knights of Columbus.

On Thursday evening I attended the Queens County Democratic Judicial Convention as an elected delegate from the 23 A.D. I was accompanied by Sara S. Berger, president of the Good Government Democratic Club. We were proud to support the reelection of Justice Joseph Golia and the promotion of James Dollard and Ronald Hollie from Civil Court to State Supreme Court.

After these final candidates were chosen, there was a meeting of the Queens County Democratic Committee in which more than 3,000 enrolled Democrats are members. We were proud that under my leadership we brought the largest delegation of County Committee members.

One of the speakers was City Council Speak Peter Vallone. He told of his efforts to reopen the Neponsit Health Care Center. He expects to meet with the mayor to discuss this issue and will include is in. Vallone also called for an investigation of the recently revealed practice of the Parks Department demanding voluntary contributions before granting permits for public use of a park.

We wish two fantastic people a special happy birthday. First is Maureen McGee. Maureen is president of St. Francis Seabreeze Golden Age Club. She is one of the classiest, eloquent, intelligent and finest persons you will meet. She is always outgoing and sharing and being there to help others. We wish you a special happy birthday. God bless you.

We also wish a special happy birthday to Linda Berger, a kind person who always tries to help and is indeed most helpful. Her love and generosity always show through her lovely smile. Happy birthday and many more to you two special ladies.

Last weekend was the RMAC festival. Unfortunately on Saturday afternoon the heavens opened and mist and rain kept many visitors away. Sunday was a beautiful day. It was quite obvious that the RMAC festival is the event of the year. This event is attended by people from all over the city, state and tri-state area.

The Shore and Belle Harbor Garden Club showed award-winning displays. There were great pony rides and great vendors. Hats off to Barbara Eisenstadt, John Musumeci, Fern Liberman, and all the volunteers for RMAC, which includes me. Congratulations on a job well done.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be Saturday, October 21. Call my office for reservations.

Our Candidates Night will be on Thursday, October 19. We expect our local candidates and representatives of the national ticket.

Our annual dinner will be at The Beach Club on Wednesday, December 13 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The cost will be $35 for buffet, soda and beer and live music by First Choice Entertainment DJ’s.

We wish L’Shana Tova or Happy New Year to all our Jewish friends. Happy and healthy and sweet New Year to you and your family!


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