Maybe it’s just me, but I’m confused concerning Lew Simon and his unyielding cry to reopen the Neponsit Home. Whether it’s in The Wave or in the Breezy Point News, Lew keeps demanding that the city should reopen the Neponsit Home. I really think we have to question his motivation. With so much oversaturation in the Rockaways, why does he demand that we bring back that particular home? Is his only motivation that his two Mary cronies had personal interests there? One Mary (his treasurer) worked there and has been relocated and the other Mary (the great petition collector)—her son-in-law worked there.
If Lew’s motives were sincere, why wasn’t he bothered about the removal of patients and the closing down of the Seville? Maybe that one benefited Joan and nobody he knew lost a job there. If memory serves me, both Marys and families joined Lew when he was picketing and demonstrating against the opening of the S.U.S. building at 85 street several years ago, even though that was going to bring jobs into the area. Is oversaturation only an issue when we don’t have any friends "personally" involved?
While I sympathize with the manner in which the patients were removed from the Neponsit Home, those patients will not be the ones that return if that home is allowed to reopen. So the reopening of that home will only serve to further oversaturate us. Why not use some of that energy constructively to help fix up some of the nursing homes that we are still stuck with? Why not use some of that energy to help relocate some of the homeless from 116 street?
What will he look to do next? Maybe track down Michael Andrews and let him know that the trench coat legal beagle has been sighted on the other side of the Verrazano and it is once again safe for him to return to Rockaway and reignite the SRO population?