2002-06-01 / Letters

Lew Not A ‘Lewser’

Lew Not A Lewser

Dear Editor; 

My husband and I would like to thank The Wave and specifically Editor Howard Schwach for the opportunity to express our opinions and passions, on a variety of subjects.

Although we are both passionate and opinionated, neither of us finds it necessary to be nasty or mean. As my dear departed Mom used to say, "It's not what you say, it's how you say it". The letter appearing in the Saturday May 25th edition of The Wave, entitled "He's a Real Lewser", was both nasty and mean.  Those reading this letter would not necessarily understand what Jay Sullivan was referring too. It seems to us Sullivan was looking for an opportunity to bash Lew more than to express a different opinion. We will take this opportunity to better explain what we believe Jay Sullivan was referring too.

That is the 106 Precinct Council Meeting in April. Lew Simon does not want less police presence in Rockaway. John McLaughlin's letter was stating fact, since John is president of the 100 Precinct Council, he does know Lew s record and involvement. I suggest Jay Sullivan check the minutes of April's Meeting, which were read at May's Council Meeting on May 8, he then could speak from act and not just his obvious biased opinion.

My husband and I met Lew seven years ago, when we had been ticketed for parking on Rockaway Beach Blvd (between 124th St. and 125 St.) on a weekend in March. The sign was incorrect.  I had heard of Lew, I can't recall exactly how. I called his number, left a message we did not expect to receive a call back. (What politician returns calls to someone unknown?) Lew called back and met with us at his office that evening. He was sick at the time, with a temperature.

I know this sounds like one of those stories. Lew immediately started with phone calls. I think he has all phone numbers for Commissioners and others memorized. The end result was our ticket was voided and the sign was promptly corrected. Seven years later we are still friends. We have helped him with petitions, campaigning, attending meetings and have had many a heated discussion.

My daughter and I had organized the rally at J.F.K. Airport, after the crash of flight 587. She and I had made a firm decision to attempt to keep this demonstration non-political, not an easy endeavor in Rockaway. Lew was the only elected official to attend, lending his loud voice to our protest. Lew knew he would not receive any credit or recognition for this rally nor did he
attempt to monopolize the protest. 

To be fair and factual Congressmen Weiner sent a representative, Councilman Addabbo called me to wish us luck, stating he was supportive. I have wondered since if they or other politicians had been named co-sponsor if they would have attended for the photo-Op.

Many different things have been said about Lew Simon, one that can't be claimed (with any honesty) is that Lew does nothing for his District.  It sounds cliché, Lew's life is community involvement, working for other' s needs, fighting for changes for the better. Lew will never miss a meeting throughout his District. All callers who leave a message do receive Lew' s call back. Has Lew put (his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion)? Yes! At times I have cringed. Many other politicians are more polished and know how to play the game better. I am not an authority on the duties of a District Leader. I would imagine it is minimal, since no salary or staff comes with the job. Not many people are interested in working for no monitory gain. However are other elected officials passionate to accomplish for Rockaway, or are other political leaders own agendas of utmost importance?

Myself, husband, son, daughter and granddaughters are newcomers to Rockaway, having been here only seven years. We love Rockaway, and often speak of things that could be even better. Planes, Schools, Transportation, Quality of Life issues, shopping, to name some. We have wondered what the elected officials (other than district leaders) have been doing the last 25 years. If I had been an elected official, Community Board Member, School Board Member, or Member of the Chamber of Commerce I would be hanging my head. 

Oh, by the way, Jay Sullivan, Mickey Mouse is not interested in politics, however I do believe constituents think of some of our elected officials as cartoon characters.


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