2000-11-25 / Letters

Battling For Lew

Dear Editor;

I am disturbed by the "name withheld" letter that appeared in the Bag of Mail on November 18.

The Seville, Queen Esther and Shalom Home was privately owned. There were many problems with the residents and they were closed because of their standards. The neighbors wanted the home closed.

I am not a member of Lew Simon’s Good Government Club. I called Lew as soon as I heard of the Neponsit HCF’s closing. He has always answered the call of anyone with a problem on the peninsula without asking for one’s party application.

As far as the saturation of nursing homes in the area, Neponsit HCF was there before the others—the only city-run residence in the west end and one with which the residents of Beach 149 street seemed satisfied.

You are wrong when you say the former residents would not return. If reopened I am sure their requests to return would be considered. The situation is in litigation.

What harm was done when Lew took on the battle for the Neponsit Home? The fact that some of his friends worked there is not so surprising. The Neponsit Home employed hundreds of Rockaway residents.

It sounds like "name withheld" has a personal grudge against Lew.

ESTELLE FLEISCHER


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