2001-01-06 / 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

Snow, snow, snow go away. God help you if you live in Rockaway on a beach block. On a dead end street it is difficult for the sanitation trucks to clear your street. It is quite apparent the Sanitation Department did a good job of cleaning the main streets. We hope in the future they will do the other streets just as well. They must find a way to clear streets without making mountains that keep people from crossing the street or getting to the bus. We wish the Sanitation Department would come up with new trucks that would pick up snow, compact it and dump it on the beach.

Once again we were alerted that the Gil Hodges Memorial Parkway bridge was closed due to hazardous conditions. We are again questioning the condition of the concrete lanes. Potholes, potholes, craters. What shall become of this bridge?

Each day we hear from enrolled voters who are fed up and disgusted with the fact there are so many types of voting machines, rules, and regulations. There must be a standardized way to vote in the U.S.

We have been pushing and urging elected officials to allow voters to use ATM type machines. Each voter would have a pin number. A ballot for your area would come up on the screen. This type of system would prevent fraud and assure a higher number of voters casting ballots by making it more convenient.

While most of us vote on machines in New York, we found a problem with some affidavit ballots. These are used when the machine is broken or a person’s name couldn’t be found. Some unopened affidavits ballots were found in a garbage can on Beach 116 street. How did they wind up in the garbage two days after Christmas? One was from Far Rockaway and the other from Rockaway Park. What gives? We are asking Barbara Conacchio, chief clerk of the Queens Board of Elections, to help investigate this matter.

We also urge the Board of Elections to check the lists of registered voters to remove the names of those who have died. We regularly give lists of people who have moved or died to the Board when we do the nominating petitions. These names remain, but the names of people who have moved to the next block were nowhere to be found. There is definitely a need for election reform.

We are saddened by the death of Robert Churchill. It came as a complete shock and we extend our sympathy to his mom Jean and family.

A pioneer woman who had a heart of gold, Lillian Davis, will be deeply missed. Lillian was an active member of the Hammels Senior Center. A small, petite lady of 90, she appeared to be 50. She was a person of class and character and definitely earned her wings to be an angel in God’s heaven.

We are also saddened by the loss of Joe Crowley sr. He was the father of Congressman Joe Crowley. He leaves his wife, Eileen; two sons; two daughters; and the congressman. Joe Crowley sr. was a very smart attorney. His loss will be a loss to all.

We had the pleasure of meeting Rock Shah 337 who is a pro wrestler and WHW heavyweight champ. He is a future superstar for the WWS. We wish him the best of luck. You can meet him at his current employment at the Dragons Den Florist on Beach 116 street.

On Thursday, January 11, 2001 the Good Government Regular Democratic Club will present Brian McLaughlin, an assemblyman from Queens and also head of the New York City Central Labor Council. He will discuss labor relations, the improvement of our labor force and economic development in our community, city and state. McLaughlin will play an important role in the future either as a candidate for higher office or in supporting other candidates.

The Good Government Club meets every Thursday evening at 7:30 at 112-20 Beach Channel drive opposite Waldbaum’s parking lot. Refreshments including bagels, cream cheese, coffee and cake will be served. You are invited to join our club, but you do not have to be a member to attend.

Our next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday, January 13. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $16 returned. Eleven people can win $10 on the bus. For reservations call my office. If you need help with any community problems, call my office and we will return your call.

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