2002-08-03 / 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

The Good Government Regular Democratic Club obtained the highest number of valid signatures to qualify candidates for the September 10 primary. The petition was for Diccia Pineda-Kirwas, candidate for Judge of the Civil Court in Queens; Timothy Dufficy, candidate of the Civil Court-Fifth Civil Court District; Malcolm Smith, State Senate; Audrey Pheffer-State Assembly; Democratic District Leaders Lew M. Simon and Geraldine M. Chapey; State Committee Members, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and Patricia J. Young O'Connor and delegates and alternate delegates for to Judicial Convention.

We wish to thank the hundreds of people who helped gather signatures to place my name on the ballot. We thank the members of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club, the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways and the South Side Women's Democratic Club which has members in the 23 A.D. part A and part B and in the 38 A.D. as well as election inspectors and coordinators. The Women's Democratic Club has been in existence since World War II.

Special thanks to candidate Timothy Dufficy and his mother Judge Ann Dufficy who served as Democratic District Leader in the 38th AD, who brought down a number of great petition carriers to help us come in as the highest.

We wish to personally thank all of the fine individuals who went out and braved the heat. I eat, sleep and think politics. That's why I proudly stand out morning, noon and night when petitions are out, accompanied by my petition carriers. We must especially thank all of you great democrats who affixed your names to our petitions. Because of you we have made the ballot.

Since there are no other candidates for District Leader, my name will not appear on the ballot. We will continue to serve our District for the next 2 years.

Thank you and God bless you from the bottom of my heart. I serve you with pleasure and receive no financial compensation.

On Thursday evening, we made our annual pilgrimage to the Office of the Board of Elections, which is located in Manhattan. It is great to see candidates and their supporters from all over the City. We wish to thank especially the Queens Democratic Organization under the leadership of Tom Manton, County Law Chair Frank Bolz, Secretary Michael Reich and Jerry Sweeney who put together and bound our petitions. We thank two great ladies of Queens County, Mary Lou Plunkett and Jamie Plunkett. Mary Lou put in a couple of hot evenings obtaining petition signatures and is always available to all of us in Queens County. Jamie always makes sure that the petitions are correctly spelled and legally correct. She is a perfectionist and a wonderful person. We thank you ladies from the bottom of our heart.

To Matthew Plunkett and Sean Crowley, who spent many hours duplicating petitions and Inspector's Certificates, we thank you for all you do.

On Saturday afternoon, we spent several hours fundraising with Lt. Chris Kalisak and the junior members of BCVFD. As a proud member, we stood with them reminding everyone of the great work they did on 9/11, 11/12 and everyday of the year to save lives.

Saturday evening, we attended the St. Camillus Special Olympics Send Off to Ireland at the home of Flip and Rita Mullen. The Olympians will travel to Ireland on August 8 to compete in Dublin and Galway City. As many of you are aware, we presented them with a $1,000 check that I obtained from Sweet n' Low's Marvin Eisenstadt. It was nice to see the great support that came out to send this group to Ireland. We wish the Special Olympians good and luck and success is Ireland. You make us proud and we love you.

Our next Atlantic City bus trip will be on Saturday, September 21. The cost is $28 with $16 returned. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8:00 a.m. Reservations are a must. Seats are limited. We are taking reservations and payments immediately. Call 945-1216.

We would like to give special thanks to Dolores Floyd who spent so many hours over a hot barbecue making sure that everyone was fed at the Bay Towers Day Party. Dolores, thanks for all you do. You are my family.

On Sunday evening, we attended the RMAC concert series with Dean Karahalis, conducting the Long Island Pops. The music was wonderful. Many of us sang along with the conductor.

The New York City Department of Design and Construction is now doing a multi-million dollar project along Rockaway Beach Blvd. from Beach 140 Street to 120 Street and along Newport Avenue from Beach 125 Street to Beach 116 Street. They began putting in catch basins on June 21. We expect noise, dust, dirt, mud, street closings and restrictions on driveway access and street parking. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Community Construction Liaison, Bob Cullen at 318-7564. You must inform the Contractor and the Resident Engineer at the first occurrence of property damage. The contractor is Diamond Asphalt Corp., 91 Paidge Avenue, Bklyn, NY 11222, 718-383-4198. The Resident Engineer is Timothy Weiss PE at 318-8316. If you intend to file a claim with the New York City Comptrollers Office you must do so within 90 days. Our office is available to advocate for you. We have already advocated for people with damage to sewer lines and trees.

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