I would like to respond to your article regarding the City Council race last week.
I am appalled that Lew Simon would have the audacity to berate Joe Addabbo, Jr. for having a Dad that was both a successful Congressman and a popular politician. He claims that Joe is latching on to his "dead father" reputation. What a vulgar and disgusting statement, especially since Lew speaks of his own mother with reverence. Simon later apologized and claimed he was speaking from the heart. His heart must be very "cold". It is no surprise that candidate Simon would shoot off his mouth and think later. Does anyone believe for a moment that if Lew Simon could latch onto someone reputable, that he would not? Is Simon suggesting that Joe Addabbo, Jr. change his name? Pretend not to be proud? What is his logic, don’t vote for Joe because he comes from a successful family? Where does he get off discounting Joe’s credentials? Joe really did attend and graduate from college and Law school. He is also a practicing Attorney. No one has ever disputed Joe’s credentials – unlike disputes involving Simon’s credentials.
Joe is the head of his local civic group, an Exec. Member of Community Board #10, V-P of STARS Youth Program and a member of the 106th Precinct Council, etc. as a resident of Rockaway, over the past 5 years I have seen Joe Addabbo, Jr. – in Rockaway – at Civic meetings, Community Board #14 meetings, School Board meetings, 100th precinct meetings, town hall meetings, parades, community cruises, and is a supporter of N.O.A.C. Joe knows the issues and doesn’t differentiate between Rockaway and the mainland. If elected, he will hit the ground running. Joe Addabbo, Jr. knows what is going on and he is a sincere individual that will not embarrass us or disappear.