2001-12-22 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey


Congressman Anthony Weiner sponsored a family viewing of Harry Potter for the Rockaway parents and children to enjoy. Congressman Weiner deserves extra credit for being willing to extend himself to help the Rockaway families. This viewing of Harry Potter at the Kings Plaza Movie Theatre was held at the special request of our Congressman.  It was an opportunity for children of every age to enjoy a pleasant afternoon.

Just prior to the showing, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer introduced Professor Dumbeldorf to the audience.  He appeared on stage dressed as he looked in the movie. As he began to speak to the crowd, most of the children knew that it was actually Congressman Weiner playing the role of Professor Dumbeldorf - a character in the Harry Potter movie. I feel certain that several movie producers caught the Congressman's performance and were aggressively calling his office to persuade him to take up a Hollywood acting career. However, since Congressman Weiner is doing such an outstanding job of serving his constituents as our Congressman, I hope that we will be able to persuade him to continue to work for us in Washington. It creates a wonderful spirit when an elected Congressman goes the extra mile. He can use his persuasive theatrical talents when he is debating a bill on the floor of Congress that will benefit our community. Those talents can always be put to good use.

As noted in the attached picture I was delighted to have the opportunity to have a photo taken with the famous Professor Dumbeldorf (AKA Congressman Weiner) since I am a professor at Kingsborough/CUNY. It was a delightful afternoon. The children enjoyed it.

During the week I also had the opportunity to attend many holiday parties. It was great to see Senator Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development at the Queens County Holiday Party. I enjoyed chatting with our state committeewoman Patricia Young O'Connor, Judge Ann Dufficy (district leader from the 38AD) and Eleanor Erranti, the State Committeewoman from the 38 AD.  Congressman Tom Manton, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo joined many other elected officials in singing the wonderful holiday songs that we all enjoy.  Mary Lu and Jamie Plunkett always serve as the most exquisite hostesses. They are truly talented women in many professional areas. They also have a skill for planning social occasions. They are a dynamic team that adds that special mix of graciousness and professionalism that make every event a success.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday and a healthy and happy New Year.

Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey with Professor Dumbeldorf  (Congressman Anthony Weiner) at a special viewing of Harry Potter for Rockaway families.

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