2001-12-15 / 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

We would like to wish all of our Jewish readers, no, scratch that, you are all my family, a happy, joyous Chanukah. May this year be blessed with peace.

On Monday evening we attended the annual meeting of Dayton Towers. President Gerald D’Albora, along with his board and Arco Management, runs a tough, professional meeting. The large number of shareholders was quite impressive.

It was a great feeling to get a warm welcome when I was introduced. I am always available and I return all of my calls.

Since the plane crash on November 12, we have been determined to meet with the FAA to discuss the rerouting of planes. We reached out to Jim Peters of Public Affairs, who was absolutely rude and obnoxious. He said, "You are just a district leader, not a federal elected representative," I had to tell him that I ran in an election and was elected.

Being persistent, I found a friend in one of the FAA staffers, Further information will be announced shortly.

We are deeply saddened by the death of a Rockaway icon, James Conway Sullivan. Jimmy started his career as a Republican State Committeeman, which is roughly equivalent to district leader.

Jimmy was the founder of the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. He also served as a member of the District 27 school board.

Jimmy would always try to help with any problems, large or small. Whether it was a problem with finance, getting a job or just someone to talk to, Jimmy was always available to all. Over 25 years, he gave of his life unselfishly.

We look forward to naming a street in memory of James Conway Sullivan. We know that God will have Jimmy helping everybody in Heaven. We think of him as the greeting angel at the gate, welcoming all.

My deepest sympathy to his wonderful family. We share your loss. Out hearts go out to you with sincere grief.

On Saturday afternoon we went to our usual hangout in Rockaway Park, Waldbaum’s. It was Customer Appreciation Day. Everyone was treated royally with delicious hot dogs, drinks and snacks for free. Excellent job, Waldbaum’s. To all of those who complain, thank God for Waldbaum’s.

In this holiday season of Chanukah and Christmas, we have a sad story from that lousy day of 9/11. Robert Dyer, a resident of Roxbury, is an electrician who was volunteering his time on that day at St. Nicholas Church next door to the World Trade Center. Robert was working on the electrical wiring when the planes crashed and the roof of the church collapsed on top of him. He was lucky to come out alive, but his van, with more than $10 thousand worth of tools, was destroyed. The only insurance he had was liability. On that day, his wife, who was eight months pregnant at the time, heard the tragedy on the radio. She was unable to communicate with her husband by cell phone because the system was down. She went into false labor.

Thank God that Robert is alive and well. The baby was born on November 19. Robert was unemployed for more than a month. The newborn, as well as their six-year-old son, DJ, is struggling this holiday season. We are urging everybody to help the Dyer family to get back on their feet. A donation of tools, gifts for the children, baby clothes or a check will help. Checks can be made out to The Dyer Family, c/o The Good Government Democratic Club, 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694. We must work together as a community to thank God that this family is together to celebrate the holiday.

Robert has reached out to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Victims of 9/11. but he falls between the cracks because his business was in his van and he is self-employed. I guess that there are no thanks for being a volunteer in a case such as this one.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be held on Saturday, December 15. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. You have eight and one-half hours to enjoy with yours truly. The cost is $25 with $14 returned. In addition, ten lucky people will win $11 on the bus. Call my office at 945-1216 for reservations.


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