2001-10-06 / Columnists

Simon Says…. From the Desk of Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

Simon Says….
From the Desk of Lew M. Simon,
Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

God bless each and every Democratic voter who came out on this difficult time to cast their vote in the prinmary. It was quite rewarding to have won the Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point districts. Rest assured that I will always be available for those who need me.

Our office is located at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, second floor. As you are well aware, I am still the Democratic District Leader, non-salaried and with volunteer help.

We are urging all to get involved and come and join us to make some of my great ideas a reality. They include the reactivation of the old Rockaway Beach line, free prescription for seniors and disabled, scheduling of a Super A Train to lower Manhattan as well as numerous other issues to improve the quality of life in our district. We can make a difference if we work together as a team. Please join our Democratic club.

The World Trade Center tragedy has devastated our district. It has personally devastated myself and the members of my organization. One of my best friends, with whom I worked closely on a host of issues from obtaining a children’s park, Israel solidarity parade and other causes for the betterment of the community was lost on September 11 on the 87th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

Stephen Lefkowitz was a person I considered the brother I never had, giving so much of his time unselfishly while serving as co-treasurer of my campaign. He made sure every I was dotted and every T was crossed. He was a perfectionist extraordinaire. He left behind his beautiful wife, Sara and lovely son, Daniel.

It is very hard to watch a six-year-old screaming "Where is my daddy?" As I sit here and write this column, I still would like to replace Steve and have me there and him here. Sorry, folks, that’s what is in my heart.

One other very special person lost was First Deputy Fire Commissioner Chief Bill Freehan. Bill was the best of the best. Whenever I personally called him, he responded and answered our call. He stepped up to the plate to make sure our local volunteer fire and ambulance corps got much-needed materials. He was always available to all NYC firefighters as a brother, father and best friend. Looking out for all, we will miss all of these fallen heroes who are serving as angels in God’s Kingdom in Heaven.

On Thursday, October 11 the runoff in the Democratic primary for mayor and public advocate will take place. It is with great pleasure that we urge you to vote for a great Democrat, Mark Green. He has been my great friend since he was Commissioner of Consumer Affairs. He has been to our district numerous times and he knows the plight of our poor transportation system. A vote for Mark Green is a vote for good government.

On Monday Mark Green received the support of the Queens Democratic organization. After being endorsed by Borough President Claire Shulman and County Chairman Tom Manton, Green spoke to the press. When he saw me, Mark said, "Congratulations, I lost one last year and I’ll be mayor. You lost one this year and you’ll win next time. I worked closely with Lew in the past and will continue to work with him."

Our monthly Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday October 20. We leave for Trump Casino at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 dollars with $11 dollars returned. Ten people will win $11 dollars on the bus. Call my office for Reservations. I am listed in the Rockaway phone book.

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