2001-11-03 / 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

Last Friday I attended the wedding of Donna Marie Long who married Michael J. Moran. Donna is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Long and Michael is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Rooney.

The wedding was held in the afternoon at St. Camillus and was followed by the reception at the Coral House. I had the pleasure of sitting with Maxine Schack and the staff of the Neponsit Day Care Center. Michael’s mother, Mary Rooney, is employed there.

We started off with the cocktail hour on the roof garden. It was a little chilly, but no one complained because the food was excellent. We proceeded into the hall in which we had a wonderful time with the great D.J. and great, wonderful people.

The bride Donna was beautiful. Mary Rooney as well looked beautiful. We extend our congratulations to the loving couple. P.S. Michael, your mom would like to be a grandma.

We received a lovely letter thanking us for our participation in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce with the Relief Memorial effort during the 10 day delivery of 200 meals for firefighters and police officers who were there to protect our local community.

We wish to personally thank Central Food and Paper of 70 Brooklyn Terminal Market owned by Fred and Maxine Schack for the donation of a full refrigerator truck of fish and other appetizing items to feed people. Maxine is Executive Director of the Neponsit Day Care program.

There are some community events you may find helpful. An escape school for children ages five to fifteen will show the children how to protect themselves from undesirable characters. The program will be held on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. A Smart and Safe Seniors program to give advice on avoiding being mugged will be given on Thursday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. Both programs are free and will be at the church on Beach 94 street. Pre-registration is required by calling Ilene Devlin at 634-7077.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, November 17. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. Eleven lucky persons win $10 on the bus. Call my office now for reservations.

Tuesday is the general election and judgment day for the future of New York City. We are urging all enrolled voters to cast their votes. We are endorsing Mark Green for mayor. He is a proven leader with quality decision making skills, a proven track record of success and a sensible caring accessible elected official who is needed in this time of tragedy. He will continue to improve on the many good things Rudy Giuliani has done.

The 9/11 tragedy hit us all, and it hit me personally. My campaign treasurer, Stephen Lefkowitz, who worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at 2 World Trade Center was lost. A memorial service held this past Sunday was packed to capacity as every memorial service has been. Steve leaves a widow, Sara and a six year old son, Daniel behind.

In doing one of the eulogies at this memorial, I chose to change it a little. Steve was one of my best friends. An accountant by trade and a perfectionist extraordinaire, he knew where every penny came from and personally called to thank everyone who contributed.

I made a special point of saying that I wish I could have changed places and it could have been me. The second point I made is that I wish my phone would ring and hear that Steve had been found badly injured in a hospital or with amnesia. And for those who say I’m a dreamer, so be it.

It was nice to see Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Barbara Larkin, president of the Belle Harbor Property Owners, Jack King, past president and Herb Gormley, Vice President, at the memorial. Steve and Sara served as secretaries of Belle Harbor Property Owners.

We in the Rockaways are very saddened by the loss of one of our elder statesmen, Howard Santamore. He was a man who put his full adult life into the educational system and his community. As a community activist he worked with the Rockaway beach Civics and was on the right side of Rockaway issues.

We would love to name a street or educational facility after Howard. To his wife and family, he is definitely an angel who will improve education on earth.

I urge all those who supported my campaign to stay involved and become an active member of our Democratic Club. We meet regularly on Thursday evenings at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive.

We oppose the idea of casino gambling in Rockaway. You may find my statement elsewhere or from my office.


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