2000-11-04 / Columnists

Simon Says...

Simon Says...

This has been quite an interesting week of weird events...

Friday morning numerous community residents alerted me to a sign announcing a topless go-go bar on the beach block of Beach 116 street. I immediately reached out to my counsel, Terry Flynn, jr. and Terry Flynn, sr.

They explained some of the laws concerning these establishments. Adult entertainment requires a cabaret license issued by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. On premises consumption of liquor requires a license from the New York State Liquor Authority. If there are three or more establishments serving liquor on premises within a 500-foot radius, the applicant must demonstrate that the license is in the public interest.

We are always prepared to fight off evil. We are a good family community.

On Saturday evening I reached out to the owner of the building, who lives in Belle Harbor. He assured me that the sign would be removed.

Tuesday evening, October 24, we attended a forum for candidates sponsored by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and The Wave. At this forum our elected officials and their opponents answered questions from a panel of community residents.

This was a great entertainment program. The powerhouse of the evening was a tough lady who ain’t going to take it anymore – Cynthia Jenkins. Many people were impressed by her no nonsense style.

We were personally very much angered with an answer to why people bus their kids to District 21 school. Congressman Weiner’s representative answered it was due to overcrowding. Baloney! Until they get a magnet school at MS 180, parents will continue to spend over $500 a year to bus their children to other districts, as well as pickup and move.

On Wednesday evening we attended the 100 Precinct Community Council elections. Elected as president was Jerry Rashkis; Harold Rochelle, first vice president; Liz Sulik, second vice president; and Nancy Woods, third vice president. Other vice presidents include Palmer Doyle, John Sparta, Tom Mulholland, Reverend Henry Maddox, and Jate Doremus. Sandee Doremus is recording secretary and Joann Greenberg is treasurer. Good luck to the newly elected board. There is still a need for someone to represent Dayton Towers and Bay Towers on the board.

We were also called on Friday by local resident Charlotte Kulovny of the 100 block of Beach 97 street. She told me that she received a letter notifying her that the old hotel next door, 172 Beach 97 street, would be demolished. The corporation listed on the paper is a dummy corporation and no number can be found at this bogus address. At this time we are not able to verify any permits to demolish this building issued by the NYC Department of Buildings.

We have reached out to the owner of the adjacent property, Jonathan Miller of Rockaway Park Estates, to let him know what is going on. Apparently this property was bought at an HPD auction. We will be keeping an eye on this situation.

Since Tuesday is Election Day we want to express our feelings about the importance of voting and being counted. We are supporting the Gore-Lieberman ticket that will save Social Security, put more dollars into education, protect the environment, get prescription drug coverage for seniors, and give the bulk of tax cuts to the middle class.

We are urging all to vote for Congressman Anthony Weiner and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer.

We will get a chance to vote on a $3.8 billion Transportation Bond Act. It includes $225 million for a terminal for the AirTrain in Jamaica, but no money for reopening the Rockaway Beach line. We oppose this bond.

We meet at the Good Government Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel drive (opposite Waldbaum’s) every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, November 9, we will discuss our local schools with District Superintendent Matt Bromme and the principals of P.S. 114, P.S. 225 and M.S. 180, and other guests.

Our next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday, November 18. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $16 returned. Eleven people on the bus will get a bonus of $10. Reserve a spot now.

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