I have been an active Democrat in Rockaway most of my adult life. For six years, I was the Democratic State Committeeman in Rockaway. In addition, for the last 15 years, I have served as a member of Community Board #14. I am aware of the problems and concerns of the people of Rockaway in the 32nd Council District.
Over the years, I as well as many other people have observed a great credibility gap in reference to Lew Simon. It is not the small random little lies and distortions that one could fins with some people and politicians, but the culmination of many years of distortions, exaggerations, and lies that seem to flow from Simon.
He has been taking credit from people who have done things and directing that credit to himself. He does this be magnifying his involvement in anything successful. He then makes the claim to leadership or being the person responsible for the event.
Many people in the political world know of Mr. Simon. They know of his lack of credibility and his crude behavior. City Council representatives must network with each other and develop mutual support or local projects in order to address the needs and concerns of their community and the city. I believe Mr. Simon could be a liability in the City Council because of his poor reputation. Therefore, I feel it is necessary to write against a vote for Lew Simon in the Democratic Primary on September 11,2001.
I read his list of endorsements from his ad in The Wave. It must mean something that he did not get endorsed by his Democratic Co-District Leader, his assemblywoman or his Congressman. He was not even endorsed by his Queens County Democratic Organization. Yet, he has been a Democratic Leader for 7 years!
The Citizen’s Union did not endorse him even with his recent claim to them of being a "retired teacher." Another falsehood from Simon. He had worked for a short time for two of the Mayoral candidates, Mark Green and Alan Hevesi. Although they have endorsed other City Council candidates, Simon did not get endorsed by either Mayoral candidate. I wonder why?!
The last four years of Rockaway’s City Council’s representation was not so great. Are the Rockaway voters of the 32nd Council District willing to accept more years of nothing happening to improve Rockaway or worse the embarrassment and humiliation Mr. Simon can offer? Rockaway voters do not take that chance!
There are two Democratic Candidates, Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Christina Jorge. I believe either candidate would be an active, strong, intelligent and respected City Council Representative. Rockaway and the 32nd Council District deserve no less. On September 11, it is time to be serious. The City Council position is no joke.