2002-10-26 / Columnists

Simon Says….

From the Desk of Lew M. Simon,
Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

From the Desk of Lew M. Simon,
Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B

Come meet and talk to the candidates in the Nov. 5 election. The Good Government Regular Democratic club will meet on Thursday October 31 at 7:30 P.M. Our headquarters is at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive opposite Waldbaum's. Refreshments will be served. The candidates are M. Carl McCall Governor, Dennis Mehiel Lt. Governor, Alan G. Hevesi comptroller, Eliot Spitzer Attorney General, Marguerite Grays, Peter J. Kelly, Seymour Rotker, Charles J. Thomas Justices of the Supreme Court, Timothy Dufficy and Diccia Pineda-Kirwin Judges of the Civil Court, Anthony D. Weiner Congress 9thCD, Malcolm Smith Senate 14th SD and Audrey I Pfeffer Assembly 23rd AD.

Our next Atlantic City trip will be on Saturday, November 16. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. We have 8 1/2 hours to enjoy Trump Marina. The cost is $28 with $16 returned. Call my office for reservations.

We hope Jack King is feeling better. Jack is an outstanding community leader and transportation activist.

We extend our condolences to Mary Rooney, our executive vice president on the loss of her mother, Mollie Gaynor, in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland. Mollie lived on a farm and raised four children. She reached the age of 90 and one month. We know Millie will be an angel looking out for all her family.

Tuesday, November 26 is our chance to speak up at the NYC Districting Commission public hearing on redistricting City council lines. We feel it is time to put Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy back together as a team. We share part of the biggest school district, a postal district, the A train, an ocean, bay, beach and boardwalk.

We share the same bridges. Thank God the Crossbay Bridge is now free for all of our residents. We also share the worst transportation system in NYC. City administrations have tried to use many parts of the peninsula as dumping grounds for unwanted programs.

It was a very sad day in 1991 and 1992 when Rockaway was split up for election. We see no good reason for breaking us up. In 1988 as you may remember, our club president Sara Berger ran for the Democratic State Committee. She was defeated by Bertha Thomas, an Afro-American from Arverne. Congressman Floyd Flake was elected to represent all of Rockaway. Later Sen. Al Waldon and now Sen. Malcolm Smith represent all of Rockaway.

Since the early 1990's when the district was divided many people who were friends for years and worked in unity on issues became split by separate political zones.

Today I received numerous calls daily from all over the Rockaway peninsula for help and assistance. Many of these people think I'm their district leader and know no other district leader. It is my pleasure to assist all who need assistance, never refusing because of political affiliation or boundaries. It is a great pleasure and honor to have people from all ends of the peninsula call me for assistance. It is time for us all to work together.

Together we can make reopening the old Rockaway Beach rail line, an affordable ferry and a recreation center open to all our residents. We can revive the Far Rockaway shopping center which has decayed under the control of two fighting siblings. We can obtain movie theaters, major chain stores, our own college as well as a role in the 2012 Olympics.

Long time residents can remember Martin's Paint in Far Rockaway, Weissman Lumber in Rockaway Beach, 5 or 6 movies at different times, a bowling alley, men's and women's clothing stores with the latest fashions, Morton's Army and Navy store and a kosher deli. As a young child growing up in Arverne, we remember Rockaway Beach Boulevard for the great stores nearby under the L. They included Pomerantz Bakery, Paul's Pizzeria, Associated, Met, kosher deli, Harold's Fruit and many others. On the boardwalk in the Beach 30's we had Jerry's Knishes, Tucky Cup, Lenny's Bingorena, beautiful rides on Beach 33 Street and our fabulous Rockaway's Playland.

If you agree that Rockaway's best days should be ahead of us, that entertainment and recreation should come back, tourism should be encouraged and this should not be a dream but a reality, please sign up to have your voice heard on Tuesday, November 26 at the Queens public hearing at Queens College, Lefrak Concert Hall, Music Building from 6 to 9 P.M. Please call (212) 487-7170 to sign up to speak.

We will be putting together buses and car pools to Queens College. If you are interested in speaking out call our office at 945-1216. United we stand, divided we fall.


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