2001-07-07 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

It seems one can’t go anywhere without running into or falling over one of the many candidates or their petition carriers in this election season. It’s just heating up and bound to get a little nasty. There was Lew Simon and his entourage marching on the boulevard going east just as carriers for Chris Jorge were walking west. I expected Lew to wave his scepter and declare war! There are some, like John Baxter, who say that having so many candidates in this race is good for the process. I don’t know if I agree. The people here in Rockaway vote. A candidate cannot get elected with just a majority of the mainland vote. By slicing the voter pie so thin, we will undoubtedly loose to a mainland candidate. Personally, I would love to see a local win; however, if I were to predict this horserace, I would say that Joann Ariola could take the race from either Lew Simon or Joe Addabbo. She is a tough competitor, a savvy debater, and she connects with people. The only problem I have with her is that she is not a "Rockaway girl". Also, don’t discount John Baxter who is well versed on the many issues. It will surely be fascinating to watch them debate.

I asked John recently if he was in this race to win, and he replied, "I am in it to raise holy hell!"

Local Belle Harbor Attorney John Macron is also in this race to win. He is running against Joann Ariola in the Republican primary. I met with Mr. Macron recently and I was most impressed by his grasp of the issues. Although he is relatively unknown in the district, he is someone whom you ought to meet and get to know. John has been involved in politics for a number of years. He was most recently the Queens County Coordinator for John McCain’s Presidential campaign. He states his reasons for entering into this race. "There is no cohesive leadership in our community. We are readily split up because we’re afraid to lose the little we do have. We need to risk. Life is not made easy here in Rockaway. Our government has continued to fail in providing the necessary services to improve our community."

Here is where he stands on just some of the issues. He feels that Transportation and Education will be the key topics in this race. Macron is for privatizing the Green Bus Line and adding an express thru Brooklyn. He is for re-opening the L.I.R.R. and for Ferry Service. He states, "Government should encourage people to use the system. If you enable people to use a system, the system would improve itself."

As for our schools, John Macron is most in favor of a Magnet Program for J.H.S. 180 . It could be partially financed through corporate sponsorship. " We have an incredible Media Center. Perhaps H.B.O. would want to underwrite some of the facilities."

The fate of Arverne is always a polarizing issue. Macron is in favor of opening the lots up for auction.

As a Belle Harbor resident, John is sincere in his attempt to serve our issues in the council. His three daughters attend P.S. 114. His wife, Marilyn, nee Cowhey, was raised here and has deep roots in the community.

Mr. Macron was born in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. His family was from Counties Cork and Kerry. He attended P.S. 102, Our Lady of Angles and Christian Brothers Academy. He majored in Political Science and Philosophy at Drew University, and obtained his Law degree at New York Law School. He has been practicing since 1991. To help finance his education, he worked in his family’s construction company and became a member of Local 608. He met his wife, Marilyn Cowhey, who is also an Attorney, while the two worked in the same Law firm.

His political interests began while working as a Legislative Aide to Marie Muhler, the Minority Republican Whip in New Jersey. He was head of the Young Republicans and built quite a reputation for himself. Then, Guy Mollinari came calling and asked Macron if he’d consider working on John McCain’s campaign. "The experience", he states, "gave me entry into the many districts through out Queens and to obtain a clear grasp of the different issues." He hopes to be able to build a good Republican Party in Queens where he feels the philosophical differences in the two parties have been blurred.

…And they’re off!

***Congratulations to Wave General Manager Sandy Bernstein as he was recently installed as the new President of the Rockaway Rotary. The installation was held at a dinner party at Kennedy’s.

***Congratulations to my friend Barbara J. Morris as she received the Paul Harris Award. The award is given for outstanding service to the Rotary. Other distinguished recipients have included the late Rabbi Weiss, and Barbara’s good friend and mentor, Fred Springer.

***It was so nice to run into Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan the other evening at the new and sensational Tiberio DiMare Restaurant. Mrs. Sullivan was dining with her daughter Rosemary Murphy, son-in-law John Murphy, and Mrs. Sullivan’s sister Virginia and her husband Mike. We were a party of five and one remarked how beautiful Mrs. Sullivan is. And she is just as beautiful on the inside! It was great to see my favorite waitress Tina, who always makes you feel like family. Stop in and taste the culinary excellence of the new Tiberio DiMare at their new location on Beach 116 Street.

***I was speaking with Dr. Peter Galvin recently who always organizes the annual A.O.H. cruise around Manhattan. Unfortunately, the cruise last week had to be cancelled due to inclement weather; but we certainly look forward to next year’s cruise aboard the River Rose.

***See you On The Beach!

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