2001-10-13 / 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

It has come to our attention that the 26th Ward Water Pollution Plant will be dumping 60 million gallons of raw sewage into Jamaica Bay each day this week. Due to the fact that we found out and complained the dumping was shelved for 24 hours. I spoke to the chief of staff and the general counsel, Charles Sturcken and Assistant Commissioner Lanehan. I told them that the decision to dump in our bay is unacceptable.

Environmentalists have found that marshland is disappearing in the bay. We are well aware of bad odors and get reports of dead fish in the bay. We’re fed up with the constant dumping in Jamaica Bay, which is part of our community.

I have been warned to watch the Rockaway plant. It may be closed to repair a cracked pipe. Additional millions of gallons of sewage would be poured into the bay. We urge all to pick up the telephone and call DEP Commissioner Joel Miele at his office (718) 595-6565 to voice your outrage and concern. Voice your anger as well to the Commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Conservation, John Cahill at (518) 457-2390. Mary Ellen Kris is the regional director for New York City. Her telephone number is 482-4949.

Why did Bay Ridge get a free ferry while Rockaway has none? In the wake of the September 11 disaster and the traffic congestion in lower Manhattan, we urge Mayor Giuliani to give us an opportunity to prove that a ferry from Riis Landing to the South Street Seaport would take 30 to 35 minutes and would alleviate the burden of getting from Rockaway to Manhattan.

For shame on all of the elected officials for not demanding a Rockaway ferry after Brooklyn got their free ferry. The mayor has done a fine job in this time of crisis. He has spent numerous days at memorials and candlelight vigils in our community. He seems to know where Rockaway is, but he doesn’t seem to know that a ferry would make sense for all of the residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel.

We are saddened by the loss of a wonderful woman, Annie Billups, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her sweet smile and kind ways go a long way. She shared the love in her heart with her wonderful family. Her daughter, Ora, son, grandchildren spent many hours and days together.

Annie was a dialysis patient who fought each and every day to live and to enjoy life. Annie, we will miss you. You’ll be another lovely angel who earned her wings in God’s Kingdom.

Hats off to President Bush for standing up to Osama BinLaden. We hope that you will not stray like your father did and allowed Saddam Hussein to remain in power. We must stay the course and take down all these terrorists and make sure it does not happen again.

Many of our people fear nuclear bombs and biological warfare. At this time we all need to come together and become one. We’ve got to remember to hug our neighbors and tell our children we love them. God Bless all those who are fighting for our country and all those fire, police and EMS who have given so unselfishly in this time of crisis.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, October 20. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $11 returned. Eleven people will win $10 on the bus. Let’s get our minds off our troubles and let’s go to Atlantic City. Call my office for reservations.

We are planning a meeting of the Good Government Democratic Club to introduce the Democratic candidates. Our meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. Watch for the date.

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