2002-03-02 / 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

Since the death of James Conway Sullivan, I wanted to recognize the great efforts of a wonderful individual who had given so much to improve Irish cultural affairs and set policy in the Irish community.

Immediately the idea came to mind to rename Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 102 Street to Beach 108 Street James Conway Sullivan Boulevard or way. As you are well aware each year the parade goes down the boulevard and the reviewing stand is on the boulevard.

James Conway Sullivan started his career as Republican State Committeeman. He was formerly an elected member of the Community School Board 27, an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and founder and president of what is now called the James Conway Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cultural committee.

Jimmy Sullivan was dedicated to organizing the parade, fighting for Irish cultural and heritage projects, advocating the McBride principles, Irish immigration rights and educating people about the inequities in Northern Ireland. He also worked to educate American children about the true nature of the Irish famine. This is the first year the parade is named in his honor.

Belated happy birthday to Irving Greenberg. We are glad to see you are up and about.

On Saturday evening the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department held their 97th dinner dance. Among those inducted were Assistant Chief Joseph Nocerino, EMT, safety officers, Robert Nussberger, John Napolitano and Andrew Knee, Fire Officers inducted were Captain Kevin Trudden, Captain Thomas Larkin, EMT, and Lieutenants Frank Bassetti, Robert Leonard, EMT and Brian Williams, EMT.

Business Administration inductees include President Edward O’Hare, Vice president Desiree Napolitano, Treasurer Ruth Trudden, Financial secretary John Napolitano, Recording Secretary Peter Borriello and Sergeant at Arms Edwin Wilmarth III.

It was an honor to have Tom Murphy, Chief of Battalion 47 NYCFD, and his lovely wife, Nadia, attend.

At this dance I was honored for my strong commitment to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, my community support, always being available and not knowing the word no. During the past eight years I purchased three used NYC fire trucks, obtained special parking signs, replace fire house flooring, raised money and was a pain in the rump. They bestowed the greatest honor available by naming me honorary Battalion Chief, the first honorary Battalion Chief for the BCVFD.

On Thursday March 7th, State Senator Malcolm A. Smith will be the guest speaker at the Good Government Regular Democratic Club. He will update us on the budget issues, the Rockaway Ferry, Arverne by the Sea, the Belle Harbor Impact Proposal, security cameras for Rockaway housing developments, health care, Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform, transportation and the improving the quality of life for those who live in the vicinity of airports.

The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Your membership is welcome, but you do not have to be a member to attend. The club meets at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive (opposite Walbaum’s).

Since last November, I have been working closely with the Volunteer Firefighters Association and their president, John Steele, to have their insurance paid by the city every year. With the help of Joann Ariola, Queens Director of the Mayors Assistance unit, we expect that local volunteers will be covered. This would assist all three departments in the Roxbury-Breezy Point community and Broad Channel.

On Saturday March 2nd, the Queens County St. Patrick’s Parade will kick off from beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue. On behalf of the parade committee on which I serve, I invite you all to attend. We have invited Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Queens Democratic Leader Tom Manton and expect them to attend.

We are praying for the great weather to continue. All of our local elected officials is expected. Come on out and say hello. Look for me in the vintage white convertible.

Our next trip to Atlantic City Trump Marina will be on Saturday, March 16th. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 with $16 returned. Call 945-1216 for reservations.

We are looking for volunteers to work closely with me to improve the quality of life in our community. This is good for credit for college students, for retired people and just people who want to get involved and make a difference. Call my office if you are interested.

It has sadly come to my attention that the NYC Department of Parks failed to obtain the necessary permit to offer the lifeguard training program at Far Rockaway H.S. We hope this is not another example of the City’s failure to remember Rockaway. We urge the Parks Department to take immediate action to begin the training program so the lifeguards can be ready for Memorial Day.

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