2002-01-12 / 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

Hats off to newly appointed Fire Commissioner Nick Scopetta for rescinding the order set by former commissioner Tom Von Essen not allowing fire personnel to pay respects when a comrade’s body is discovered.

We wish to extend our sincere congratulations to newly elected Mike Bloomberg, Comptroller William Thompson and Public Advocate Betsy Gottbaum. We listened to the inaugural speech of Mayor Bloomberg, who asked for a twenty percent cut across the board. Public Advocate Gottbaum voiced her concern with the cut since her office has already taken 85 percent out during the previous administration. With a staff of 40 or 45 people, how can this office serve the city?

Police, fire and board of education can’t take any more cuts. Parks and cultural affairs have already been cut to the bare bones. The Department for the Aging has many fantastic programs for seniors that cannot be cut.

The Building Department must assign one inspector to each community board to check on illegal conversions and SRO’s. The DOT must have resources to maintain our infrastructure. The Health and Hospital’s Corporation was devastated under the Giuliani administration.

We look to the Board of Education to do away with its top-heavy jobs at 110 Livingston Street. Assemblywoman Adele Cohen will be introducing legislation to do away with school boards. We’d like to know how you feel about that proposal.

School board elections seem to be on hold at this time. All appointments for the city Board of Education expire on June 30. What will become of the Board of Education? Will Chancellor Levy’s contract be renewed? Stay tuned.

I wish to personally thank one of the Beach 116 Street merchants, BBC Department Store, which responded when asked for assistance.

They were gracious enough to provide us with gifts. Woodhaven’s Home Depot stepped up to the plate when called upon as well.

Out next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday, January 12. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $16 returned, the highest return in the city. Call now for seats. I can be reached at 945-1216. I return all calls personally.

Harry G’s ninth annual Doo Wop Concert will take place on January 25 at Beach Channel High School. There will be a number of major great acts from the ‘50’s. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Memorial Scholarship Fund. For tickets, call 516-377-0357.

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