2001-10-20 / 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

Once again, Rockaway is getting stuck as a dumping ground for the city. Forty-four studio apartments are to be built at 29-54 Beach Channel Drive at the corner of Bay 32 and Beach Channel Drive. These apartments are for mentally disabled men and women who were formerly homeless. On and off-site service will be provided by PSCH. Where are these people going to be working? How are they going to be able to get to work?

Watch for new one and two-family homed from Partnership Housing to be built from Beach 35 Street to Beach 50 Street, between Edgemere Avenue and the bay. The minimum income required will be from the high $40 thousands to $80 thousand.

A proposal for a health care facility and vocational and college level educational center on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 62 and Beach 63 Street was presented to Community Board 14 on Tuesday. This is not quite the community college we have been working for many years. It is quite obvious from hearing them speak that they are looking for an enrollment of 200 students.

Their suggestion that most of the students would be in walking distance and not in need of parking was ridiculous. With the Addabbo Center moving there, there will be a large number of employees with cars. Where will they park?

We are not against this project. We welcome it with open arms. We were really hoping that 6200 would become a community college of its own. I personally would like a state of the art community college on the beach like Kingsborough.

Our prime waterfront property in Arverne would make a fine college site. It would be one of the most attractive in New York State.

We urge all Rockaway residents to contact their city, state and federal officials and tell them if you think a real college would benefit us. Their names and addresses are on the editorial page of this paper.

There are still seats available on the bust to Atlantic City on Saturday, October 20. The bus leaves at 5:30 p.m. and returns at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $13 returned.

Thursday evening was great. One of my good friends won the Democratic nomination for Mayor. I’ve known Mark Green since his first run for the Senate in 1986. When he was the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, he promptly returned our calls. We served as one of his Queens coordinators during his first run for Public Advocate. We will be devoting our time to making sure Mark Green becomes the next mayor of New York City.

We are in need of reaching all enrolled voters, no matter what party enrollment they have, to assist me in coordinating a strong general election campaign. We are asking all interested parties to call my office. We are planning on setting up a meeting to coordinate this effort, as well as a meeting with the candidate.

Hats off to City Council speaker Peter Vallone, who as we write today, has endorsed Green. State Comptroller Carl McCall also endorsed Green.

The Parks Department with the help of our local garden clubs is planning to plant millions of bulbs in memory of the 911 victims. Five thousand are planned for Rockaway. Nadia Murphy, civic beautification chairman, tells us that the Belle Harbor Garden and Shore Garden clubs will be out planting bulbs this weekend. On Saturday, they will be at Pat Brackley Square at Beach 124 Street and the Rotary Triangle. On Sunday, they will be at Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk. Volunteers with gloves and hand spades are invited. Each bulb is considered a prayer and should bloom in the spring.

I am always available. Please do not hesitate to call.


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