by Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B
Last Sunday, I attended a special communion mass and breakfast honoring the memory of a great community leader, Richard W. Knott, Sr. Knott gave of his time freely to the Rockaway Knights of Columbus Post 2672 for more than 30 years. The main ballroom was dedicated in his honor. His lovely wife, Claire, Richie, Jr., Gary, daughter, Claire and all of his family attended this breakfast in his memory. He has become an angel in heaven as he was on Earth.
Hats off and special thanks to the Rockaway Action Committee. They definitely helped to beautify Rockaway Park by installing a lovely sign in the center of the median of Beach 108 Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Mickey Carton Way and Shore Front Parkway. The sign reads, "Welcome to Rockaway Park."
A column in this paper last week incorrectly characterized my position on the development of Floyd Bennett Field. About a year and a half ago, I found an announcement in another paper of a Request for Proposal for the Floyd Bennett hangers. I immediately reached out to Gateway to remind them that they agreed to talk to the community leaders and elected officials prior to any future proposals for the field.
I have kept track of the development at Gateway since 1988, when we gathered thousands of signatures to stop commercialization at Riis Park. I questioned the traffic impact on Flatbush Avenue and how it would impact Rockaway. I requested a traffic study and asked that a ramp from the Belt Parkway be constructed directly into the field.
I remain concerned about the long-term effects of exposure to the Doppler radar. The world-renowned epidemiologist, Dr. John Goldsmith, has reported that serious damage can be done by direct exposure to those rays. I worry about the children and parents who visit the site.
This past Sunday evening, a group of Rockaway residents joined in a motorcade to the home of the owners of the Golden Video store on Beach 116 Street. We went to Staten Island. Our purpose is to get the owners to agree in writing to remove all hard core porno and sex novelties. There will be a rally outside the store every Monday at 7 p.m.
Our next trip to Atlantic City Trump Marina will be on Saturday, May 9. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. To enjoy eight hours of fun, call my office now for reservations.